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Best Science Fiction Movies of 2021, Ranked by Tomatometer
Welcome to our guide to the best science-fiction movies of 2021, where we feature Fresh and Certified Fresh genre films from the year. Among 2021’s best you’ll find kaiju death-matches (Godzilla vs. Kong), time loops (The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, Boss Level), superhero and horror hybrids (In the Earth, Black Widow), and mind-blowing animation (The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time).
Check back as we add more to the best-reviewed sci-fi movies of 2021! (Plus, we’re doing the same for 2021’s action movies, horror movies, and the overall best movies of the year.) —Alex Vo
Adjusted Score: 70447%
Critics Consensus: As a story, Space Sweepers isn't as adventurous as its star-navigating protagonists -- but relatable characters and impressive effects keep it from drifting out of orbit.
After snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Spaceship Victory's crew members find a 7-year-old girl inside.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66865%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
After getting a car ride from an unknown man, Lisa wakes up in a tube. On her arm is strapped... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77640%
Critics Consensus: Boss Level powers up the increasingly crowded time-loop genre with a gleefully over-the-top sci-fi action thriller that revels in its own excess.
Trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder, former special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95862%
Critics Consensus: Delivering squarely on its title, Godzilla vs. Kong swats away character development and human drama to deliver all the spectacle you'd expect from giant monsters slugging it out.
Legends collide in "Godzilla vs. Kong" as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81107%
Critics Consensus: Its characters' time-loop journey is a little bumpy and fairly familiar, but heartfelt charm and likeable leads make A Map of Tiny Perfect Things worth following.
The film tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80869%
Critics Consensus: Pacing problems prevent Stowaway from fully engaging, but it's distinguished by its thoughtful, well-acted approach to a story built on an excruciating moral dilemma.
On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship's life support systems. Facing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82568%
Critics Consensus: A bizarrely memorable sci-fi/comedy hybrid, Fried Barry may be an acquired taste, but it certainly isn't chicken.
Aliens take over the body of a drug addict and take it for a joyride through Cape Town.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88227%
Critics Consensus: In the Earth's bleak kaleidoscope of horror is a hallucinogenic meditation on the residual pandemic fears that haunt humanity.
As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102320%
Critics Consensus: Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.
In Marvel Studios' action-packed spy thriller "Black Widow," Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94790%
Critics Consensus: Combining a clever concept, sweet, self-aware humor, and a charming cast, Free Guy is frivolous fun.
In "Free Guy," a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93653%
Critics Consensus: Oxygen gets the white-knuckle maximum out of its claustrophobic setting, with director Alexandre Aja and star Mélanie Laurent making this a must-watch thriller for sci-fi fans.
Oxygen is a French survival thriller directed by Alexandre Aja. The film tells the story of a young woman (Mélanie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94836%
Critics Consensus: Tough but stirring, Little Fish uses one couple's pandemic love story to illustrate the strength of human connection in trying times.
Little Fish, the fourth feature film from director Chad Hartigan, is a romance set in a near-future Seattle teetering on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109431%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
Welcome to hell--a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109688%
Critics Consensus: A nerve-wracking continuation of its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II expands the terrifying world of the franchise without losing track of its heart.
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107360%
Critics Consensus: Eye-catching and energetic, The Mitchells vs. the Machines delivers a funny, feel-good story that the whole family can enjoy.
Young Katie Mitchell embarks on a road trip with her proud parents, younger brother and beloved dog to start her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100547%
Critics Consensus: With its characteristic boldness, Evangelion:3.0+1.01 more than thricely rewards fans with a cathartic finale to the 26-year-old iconic anime tale.
From legendary director Hideaki Anno, EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final installment of the REBUILD OF... [More]