Best-Reviewed Spanish-Language Movies 2020

The dark side of the immigrant experience is documented in top film Identifying Features, the drama set at the Mexican border following a mother’s search for her son who has disappeared after setting out to find work in America. Features‘ close competitors run the gamut, from the neo-folk horror La Llarona, the visually striking I’m No Longer Here, mixed-media chiller The Wolf House, and even a warm comedy in the shape of The Mole Agent.

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

Adjusted Score: 102223%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning descent into desperation, Identifying Features uses one shattered family's ordeal to offer a harrowing look at the immigrant experience.
Synopsis: A woman tries to find her son's whereabouts after he leaves Mexico to find work in the United States.... [More]
Directed By: Fernanda Valadez


La llorona (2019)

Adjusted Score: 99391%
Critics Consensus: La Llorona puts a fresh spin on the familiar legend by blending the supernatural and the political to resolutely chilling effect.
Synopsis: Alma is murdered with her children during a military attack in Guatemala, but when the general who ordered the genocide... [More]
Directed By: Jayro Bustamante

Adjusted Score: 98466%
Critics Consensus: I'm No Longer Here's occasionally uneven narrative is more than offset by its honest and visually poetic approach to themes of identity and assimilation.
Synopsis: After a misunderstanding with a local cartel, a young man is forced to leave behind his family, friends and everything... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Frias


The Wolf House (2018)

Adjusted Score: 97879%
Critics Consensus: Surreal, unsettling, and finally haunting, The Wolf House is a stunning outpouring of creativity whose striking visuals queasily complement its disturbing story.
Synopsis: A young woman takes refuge in a strange house in the woods after escaping from a German colony in southern... [More]


The Mole Agent (2020)

Adjusted Score: 96890%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Mole Agent offers audiences a poignant reminder that it's never too late to forge new connections and embark on new adventures.
Synopsis: An 83-year-old man poses as a resident in a Chilean nursing home to see if he can find signs of... [More]
Directed By: Maite Alberdi

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