Best-Reviewed Movies 2020: United Kingdom

Want variety? Look to the best U.K. movies of the year, according to the critics. There’s groundbreaking horror – the 100% Certified Fresh His House and Zoom horror smash Host – plus a searing drama that puts you in the deteriorating mind of a man suffering from dementia (The Father), a zing-filled historical comedy (The Personal History of David Copperfield), and a thrilling documentary (White Riot). Notably, three of the films – His House, The Father, and White Riot – come from directors making their feature film debuts.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of February 28, 2021. Scores might change over time.

#1

His House (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.307%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

#2

The Father (2021)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 107.289%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

#3

Host (2020)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103.086%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.459%
Critics Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth,... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#5

White Riot (2019)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.266%
Critics Consensus: Raw and energetic like the music that inspired the 1970s political movement, White Riot offers invaluable insight into how music can change the world -- and how Rock Against Racism still resonates.
Synopsis: With Britain deeply divided over immigration, a motley crew of mavericks band together with The Clash and other top punk... [More]
Directed By: Rubika Shah

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