Best-Reviewed Thrillers 2019

A thriller’s main duty is to keep audiences right on the bleeding edge of their seat, and this year’s Golden Tomatoes winners did just that in terms of sheer unpredictability. Not only did you have the crowd-pleaser Knives Out from Rian Johnson, but entries from Argentina, Colombia, and China presented different perspectives from around the world, and in doing so, found new ways to keep viewers guessing into the end.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

#1

Knives Out (2019)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 117.422%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#2

Rojo (2019)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97.501%
Critics Consensus: A pitch-black thriller with uncommon wit and sophistication, Rojo tells a story as rich and evocative as the deepest shade of its title color.
Synopsis: In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he... [More]
Directed By: Benjamín Naishtat

#3

Monos (2019)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 99.03%
Critics Consensus: As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.
Synopsis: MONOS, Alejandro Landes' third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Landes

#4

Luce (2019)
90%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96.455%
Critics Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.
Synopsis: It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea,... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#5
Adjusted Score: 96.294%
Critics Consensus: Long Day's Journey Into Night may flummox viewers looking for an easy-to-follow story, but writer-director Gan Bi's strong visual command and technical risk-taking pay off.
Synopsis: Long Day's Journey Into Night is a noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Jue Huang) haunted by loss and regret,... [More]
Directed By: Gan Bi

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