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The Best Movies of 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer

Rotten Tomatoes has collected every movie designated Certified Fresh over the past year, creating our guide to the best movies of 2020.

Movies achieve Certified Fresh status by maintaining a Tomatometer score of at least 75% after a minimum number of reviews, with that number depending on how the movie was released. For wide releases (of which there were significantly fewer this year, as you can imagine), the minimum number of reviews is 80. For streaming or limited release movies, that number is 40. And finally, it’s 20 reviews for movies premiering on television. Across all release types, each movie needs at least five of its reviews to be written by Top Critics. Once a movie goes Certified Fresh, the only way to lose it is by dropping below 70%.

So what were some notable movies approved by critics in the most unpredictable, disrupted year in film history? Early in 2020, we saw the likes of The Invisible Man, Emma., and Birds of Prey connect with critics. At one point, January’s Bad Boys for Life hitting Certified Fresh seemed like that was going to be the craziest story of the year.

As theaters shut down two weeks into Onward‘s release, audiences turned to streaming. Over the next eight months, Certified Fresh originals each gave platforms their moment to entertain. Greyhound and On the Rocks shored up on Apple TV+. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Blow the Man Down and The Vast of Night beamed onto Amazon Prime. Hamilton and Black Is King started the conversation on Disney+. David Byrne’s American Utopia danced onto HBO Max, while Palm Springs got weird on Hulu. Netflix covered all the bases with His House, Jingle Jangle, The Platform, Da 5 Bloods, and Enola Holmes. Even boutique streamer Shudder had the year’s viral hit with quarantine-shot Host.

The new normal continues to refine itself, as seen among 2020’s final Certified Fresh releases: Steve McQueen’s series of Small Axe films on Amazon, and prestige Pixar pic Soul going straight into homes. And because awards seasons must not be denied, buzz of Nomadland, One Night in Miami, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom continues into 2021.

Read on for the best movies of 2020, ranked by Tomatometer.

#241

Black Box (2020)
70%

#241
Adjusted Score: 71.968%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing debut for writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Black Box compensates for a lack of surprises with strong performances and an emotionally rewarding story.
Synopsis: Having lost his wife and his memory in a tragic car accident, news photographer Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie) is desperate... [More]

#240

Mulan (2020)
73%

#240
Adjusted Score: 86.374%
Critics Consensus: It could have told its classic story with greater depth, but the live-action Mulan is a visual marvel that serves as a stirring update to its animated predecessor.
Synopsis: When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to... [More]
Directed By: Niki Caro

#239
#239
Adjusted Score: 74.55%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating exploration of human connection, Family Romance, LLC sees Werner Herzog following an unconventional path to existentialism.
Synopsis: Romance is a business. Family, friends, followers. All available for hire. A man is hired to impersonate the missing father... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#238

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#238
Adjusted Score: 81.161%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter... [More]

#237

Jungleland (2020)
73%

#237
Adjusted Score: 74.597%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to muscular work from director/co-writer Max Winkler and his stars, Jungleland punches above its weight in a crowded genre.
Synopsis: When two brothers (JACK O'CONNELL and CHARLIE HUNNAM) rack up a hefty debt, they are forced to chaperone an unexpected... [More]
Directed By: Max Winkler

#236

Archenemy (2020)
74%

#236
Adjusted Score: 75.643%
Critics Consensus: Archenemy fails to follow through on some of its more interesting ideas, but Joe Manganiello's lead performance and the picture's infectious raw energy make for a fun action-adventure.
Synopsis: Max Fist (Manganiello) claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth, where... [More]
Directed By: Adam Egypt Mortimer

#235

The Wretched (2020)
75%

#235
Adjusted Score: 79.101%
Critics Consensus: The Wretched stirs up a savory blend of witch-in-the-woods horror ingredients that should leave genre fans hungry for a second helping from writer-directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce.
Synopsis: Following his parents' separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, is sent to live with his father for the summer and... [More]

#234
Adjusted Score: 78.339%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may feel like little more than an amiable postscript to its predecessor, but fans of the original should still find this a swoonworthy sequel.
Synopsis: It's a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Fimognari

#233

The Other Lamb (2020)
75%

#233
Adjusted Score: 78.961%
Critics Consensus: Smartly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, The Other Lamb uses a young woman's coming-of-age story to explore the powerful hold cults can have on their followers.
Synopsis: For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah (Raffey Cassidy) has known.... [More]
Directed By: Malgorzata Szumowska

#232

The Rental (2020)
74%

#232
Adjusted Score: 82.042%
Critics Consensus: Some tricky genre juggling makes The Rental a bit of a fixer-upper, but effective chills and a solid cast make this a fine destination for horror fans.
Synopsis: Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying... [More]
Directed By: Dave Franco

#231

The Gentlemen (2020)
75%

#231
Adjusted Score: 86.612%
Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.
Synopsis: THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#230

Wander Darkly (2020)
75%

#230
Adjusted Score: 78.498%
Critics Consensus: Wander Darkly's risks don't always yield rewards, but strong work from Diego Luna and Sienna Miller helps this romance remain consistently alluring.
Synopsis: Written and directed by Tara Miele, this drama follows Adrienne (Sienna Miller) as she seems to feel lost while existing... [More]
Directed By: Tara Miele

#229
#229
Adjusted Score: 84.665%
Critics Consensus: Pieces of a Woman struggles to maintain momentum after a stunning opening act, but Vanessa Kirby's performance makes the end result a poignant portrait of grief.
Synopsis: Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably... [More]
Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

#228
#228
Adjusted Score: 87.195%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.
Synopsis: The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in... [More]

#227

Tommaso (2020)
77%

#227
Adjusted Score: 79.385%
Critics Consensus: While admittedly a self-indulgent exercise, Tommaso is powerfully anchored by an outstanding central performance from Willem Dafoe.
Synopsis: Playing opposite the director's own wife and daughter, Willem Dafoe is a Ferrara-like American artist living in Rome in this... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#226
#226
Adjusted Score: 82.863%
Critics Consensus: Another agreeable outing for the titular prehistoric clan, The Croods: A New Age may be the missing link for parents between more elevated family-friendly fare.
Synopsis: The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of... [More]
Directed By: Joel Crawford

#225

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#225
Adjusted Score: 81.425%
Critics Consensus: Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.
Synopsis: In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her... [More]
Directed By:

#224

Summerland (2020)
77%

#224
Adjusted Score: 81.75%
Critics Consensus: In Summerland, the living is a little too easy to raise dramatic stakes -- but Gemma Arterton's performance adds some much-needed extra heat.
Synopsis: Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War... [More]
Directed By: Jessica Swale

#223

Military Wives (2020)
77%

#223
Adjusted Score: 81.657%
Critics Consensus: Like a favorite song you know by heart, Military Wives offers few surprises -- but its pleasures are no less formidable for their familiarity.
Synopsis: Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#222

Greenland (2020)
78%

#222
Adjusted Score: 84.048%
Critics Consensus: Beware, comets of Greenland: Gerard Butler is here to protect Earth -- and show audiences an improbably entertaining time.
Synopsis: A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison... [More]
Directed By: Ric Roman Waugh

#221

Eternal Beauty (2019)
78%

#221
Adjusted Score: 79.48%
Critics Consensus: Eternal Beauty deals unevenly yet honorably with complicated themes, elevated by strong work from the ever-reliable Sally Hawkins and David Thewlis.
Synopsis: When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where... [More]
Directed By: Craig Roberts

#220
Adjusted Score: 79.318%
Critics Consensus: The True Adventures of Wolfboy can be frustratingly uneven, but a worthy story and compassion for its characters help make this coming-of-age story's flaws easy to forgive.
Synopsis: Paul lives an isolated life with his father in upstate New York. He finds making friends impossible due to a... [More]

#219

12 Hour Shift (2020)
77%

#219
Adjusted Score: 79.478%
Critics Consensus: Sharp, twisted, and darkly funny, 12 Hour Shift is an uncommonly clever heist caper with a refreshing female-focused twist.
Synopsis: It's 1998 and over the course of one night at an Arkansas hospital, a junkie nurse, her scheming cousin and... [More]
Directed By: Brea Grant

#218
Adjusted Score: 97.939%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Synopsis: You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? "Birds of Prey (And... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

#217
#217
Adjusted Score: 83.286%
Critics Consensus: The Broken Hearts Gallery is a rom-com with few surprises, but plenty of charm -- led by a performance from Geraldine Viswanathan that's easy to love.
Synopsis: What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you've ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always... [More]
Directed By: Natalie Krinsky

#216

I Am Greta (2020)
79%

#216
Adjusted Score: 81.802%
Critics Consensus: Audiences might not learn anything new from I Am Greta, but its stirring chronicle of the young activist's efforts is inspiring.
Synopsis: In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden, starts a school strike for the climate. Her question... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Grossman

#215

Buffaloed (2020)
80%

#215
Adjusted Score: 81.504%
Critics Consensus: This late-capitalism comedy is undeniably uneven, but Zoey Deutch's effervescent performance gives Buffaloed wings.
Synopsis: Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch) has never run with the Buffalo pack. As a young girl obsessed with making enough cash... [More]
Directed By: Tanya Wexler

#214
#214
Adjusted Score: 84.26%
Critics Consensus: Led by Beanie Feldstein's charming performance, How to Build a Girl puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.
Synopsis: Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life... [More]
Directed By: Coky Giedroyc

#213
Adjusted Score: 86.558%
Critics Consensus: Its unusual approach won't be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia's past.
Synopsis: Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kurzel

#212

Greyhound (2020)
79%

#212
Adjusted Score: 88.479%
Critics Consensus: Greyhound's characters aren't as robust as its action sequences, but this fast-paced World War II thriller benefits from its efficiently economical approach.
Synopsis: In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in... [More]
Directed By:

#211

Koko-di Koko-da (2020)
80%

#211
Adjusted Score: 81.828%
Critics Consensus: Using an effectively creepy setting and a beguilingly evasive approach, Koko-Di Koko-Da takes a chilling look at the long tail of grief.
Synopsis: Elin and Tobias are a happily married couple who regularly vacation with their young daughter. The family is on a... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Nyholm

#210

Charm City Kings (2020)
80%

#210
Adjusted Score: 81.597%
Critics Consensus: Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive.
Synopsis: Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI'ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce... [More]
Directed By: Angel Manuel Soto

#209
#209
Adjusted Score: 83.359%
Critics Consensus: While it may feel muddled at times, The Platform is an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller.
Synopsis: One day Goreng wakes up with his future colleague Trimagasi in the 33rd level of a prison style place, crossed... [More]

#208

The Old Guard (2020)
80%

#208
Adjusted Score: 91.751%
Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre - and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#207

Porno (2020)
78%

#207
Adjusted Score: 79.365%
Critics Consensus: Porno mines sexual repression to produce a laughably lurid -- and genuinely scary -- outing that should delight genre fans in search of a good time.
Synopsis: Four repressed, religious teens and a straight-edge projectionist working at a small-town movie theater in the 1990s discover a secret... [More]
Directed By: Keola Racela

#206

Synchronic (2020)
79%

#206
Adjusted Score: 85.187%
Critics Consensus: Synchronic sets off on an intriguingly idiosyncratic sci-fi journey that should satisfy fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's earlier work.
Synopsis: When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series... [More]

#205

VHYes (2020)
79%

#205
Adjusted Score: 79.994%
Critics Consensus: VHYes is a unique film for specific tastes -- and a rare, albeit grimy gift for viewers who can appreciate its retro aesthetic and absurd humor.
Synopsis: A bizarre retro comedy shot entirely on VHS, VHYes takes us back to a simpler time, when twelve-year-old Ralph mistakenly... [More]
Directed By: Jack Henry Robbins

#204

VFW (2020)
83%

#204
Adjusted Score: 84.458%
Critics Consensus: VFW's solid cast, deft direction, and surprisingly weighty subtext add extra heft to a gory thriller that should hold buckets of sanguine appeal for grindhouse fans.
Synopsis: A typical night for a group of war veterans at the local VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival... [More]
Directed By: Joe Begos

#203

Tigertail (2020)
81%

#203
Adjusted Score: 83.709%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet revealing, Tigertail offers a well-acted -- and ultimately valuable -- look at the immigrant experience in America.
Synopsis: In this poignant multi-generational drama, Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee) is a free-spirited yet impoverished young Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the... [More]
Directed By: Alan Yang

#202

Over the Moon (2020)
81%

#202
Adjusted Score: 84.637%
Critics Consensus: Although many of Over the Moon's narrative ingredients will seem familiar, the film's absorbing animation offers colorful compensation.
Synopsis: Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to... [More]
Directed By: Glen Keane

#201

I'm Your Woman (2020)
80%

#201
Adjusted Score: 86.002%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and subversive, I'm Your Woman is brought to life by a powerful performance from Rachel Brosnahan -- and finds director Julia Hart in near-total command of her craft.
Synopsis: Set in America in the 1970s, I'm Your Woman revolves around Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) who must go on the run... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

#200

To the Stars (2020)
82%

#200
Adjusted Score: 83.782%
Critics Consensus: Its reach may occasionally exceed its grasp, but To the Stars uses its period setting as an effective backdrop for an insightful look at female friendship.
Synopsis: In a god-fearing small town in 1960s Oklahoma, bespectacled and reclusive teen Iris endures the booze-induced antics of her mother... [More]
Directed By: Martha Stephens

#199
Adjusted Score: 93.009%
Critics Consensus: Aided by stellar performances from Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, I'm Thinking of Ending Things finds writer-director Charlie Kaufman grappling with the human condition as only he can.
Synopsis: Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Kaufman

#198
#198
Adjusted Score: 85.173%
Critics Consensus: The Boys in the Band brings the classic stage play back to the screen with a well-acted adaptation containing surprising -- and poignant -- modern relevance.
Synopsis: More than fifty years after Mart Crowley's play became an unexpected smash hit for putting gay men's lives center stage... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#197
Adjusted Score: 85.405%
Critics Consensus: Like the grieving Scrabble enthusiast at the heart of its unique story, Sometimes Always Never scores high enough to be well worth a play.
Synopsis: Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his... [More]
Directed By: Carl Hunter

#196

The Painted Bird (2020)
82%

#196
Adjusted Score: 85.915%
Critics Consensus: Brutally uncompromising in its portrayal of Nazi Germany, The Painted Bird is a difficult watch that justifies its stark horror with searing impact.
Synopsis: In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to... [More]
Directed By: Václav Marhoul

#195
#195
Adjusted Score: 93.102%
Critics Consensus: As wholesomely goofy as its heroes, Bill and Ted Face the Music is a rare long-belated sequel that largely recaptures the franchise's original charm.
Synopsis: The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William "Bill" S. Preston Esq. and Theodore "Ted" Logan.... [More]
Directed By: Dean Parisot

#194

The Whistlers (2020)
83%

#194
Adjusted Score: 87.286%
Critics Consensus: The Whistlers finds writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu working in a more crowd-pleasing vein than previous efforts, with thoroughly entertaining results.
Synopsis: In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides... [More]
Directed By: Corneliu Porumboiu

#193

Let Him Go (2020)
84%

#193
Adjusted Score: 91.903%
Critics Consensus: Let Him Go's uneven blend of adult drama and revenge thriller is smoothed over by strong work from a solid veteran cast.
Synopsis: Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Bezucha

#192
#192
Adjusted Score: 85.875%
Critics Consensus: A low-key charmer led by Adam Brody's sharp performance, The Kid Detective uncovers dark comedy in a story of unfulfilled childhood potential.
Synopsis: A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until... [More]
Directed By: Evan Morgan

#191
Adjusted Score: 83.837%
Critics Consensus: Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer takes an entertaining -- and ultimately sobering -- look behind the headlines of an American tabloid institution.
Synopsis: Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of... [More]
Directed By: Mark Landsman

#190
Adjusted Score: 85.55%
Critics Consensus: You Cannot Kill David Arquette -- nor can you deny the sheer watchability of this unusual and surprisingly affecting documentary.
Synopsis: Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor... [More]
Directed By: Price James, David Darg

#189
#189
Adjusted Score: 90.625%
Critics Consensus: Formally provocative and emotionally raw, She Dies Tomorrow confirms writer-director Amy Seimetz as a filmmaker with a unique -- and timely -- vision.
Synopsis: After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy's carefully mended life begins to unravel. As her... [More]
Directed By: Amy Seimetz

#188

Freaky (2020)
84%

#188
Adjusted Score: 93.989%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining slasher with a gender-bending, body-swapping twist, this horror-comedy juggles genres with Freaky fun results.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO's Big Little Lies) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield... [More]
Starring: Vince Vaughn
Directed By: Christopher Landon

#187

Mank (2020)
82%

#187
Adjusted Score: 96.533%
Critics Consensus: Sharply written and brilliantly performed, Mank peers behind the scenes of Citizen Kane to tell an old Hollywood story that could end up being a classic in its own right.
Directed By: David Fincher

#186

The Way Back (2020)
83%

#186
Adjusted Score: 91.83%
Critics Consensus: The Way Back's occasionally frustrating treatment of a formulaic story is often outweighed by Ben Affleck's outstanding work in the central role.
Synopsis: Back in high school, Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#185

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#185
Adjusted Score: 90.413%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#184

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#184
Adjusted Score: 83.597%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and suitably chilling, Scare Me uses its familiar horror setting as the backdrop for a fresh deconstruction of standard genre ingredients.
Synopsis: During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more... [More]
Directed By: Josh Ruben

#183
Adjusted Score: 85.875%
Critics Consensus: Once Were Brothers my frustrate Band fans looking for a less narrowly focused overview, but the group's music and history remain as engrossing as ever.
Synopsis: Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Roher

#182

The Way I See It (2020)
84%

#182
Adjusted Score: 86.246%
Critics Consensus: The Way I See It takes an engaging look back at a political era from the unique perspective of the photographer who documented it from the inside.
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times #1 bestseller comes The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#181

The Traitor (2020)
85%

#181
Adjusted Score: 88.869%
Critics Consensus: While it doesn't probe particularly far below the surface of its central character, The Traitor tells its fact-based story with enough energy to entertain.
Synopsis: THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early... [More]
Directed By: Marco Bellocchio

#180
Adjusted Score: 84.437%
Critics Consensus: A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears.
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book by Stephan Pastis, the Disney+ original movie "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" follows the hilarious... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

#179

Undine (2020)
88%

#179
Adjusted Score: 92.935%
Critics Consensus: Undine draws on folklore for a dark fantasy whose murky storytelling is often offset by the enchanting romance at its core.
Synopsis: Christian Petzold (PHOENIX, TRANSIT) boldly reimagines the ancient myth of Undine in this suspenseful tale of romance and betrayal in... [More]
Directed By: Christian Petzold

#178

Mr. Jones (2020)
85%

#178
Adjusted Score: 88.59%
Critics Consensus: Flawed yet fundamentally worthy, Mr. Jones peers into the past to tell a fact-based story that remains troublingly relevant today.
Synopsis: Agnieszka Holland's thriller, set on the eve of WWII, sees Hitler's rise to power and Stalin's Soviet propaganda machine pushing... [More]
Directed By: Agnieszka Holland

#177

Martin Eden (2020)
86%

#177
Adjusted Score: 89.776%
Critics Consensus: Martin Eden uses one man's quest for fulfillment as fuel for an ambitious -- and often rewarding -- look at a complex array of social and personal themes.
Synopsis: Set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy's history yet adapted from a 1909 novel by American author Jack London,... [More]
Directed By: Pietro Marcello

#176

Misbehaviour (2020)
85%

#176
Adjusted Score: 88.359%
Critics Consensus: Misbehaviour's overall arc will be familiar to fans of feelgood British cinema -- and so will the way it triumphs over formula to tell a thoroughly crowd-pleasing story.
Synopsis: In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time,... [More]
Directed By: Philippa Lowthorpe

#175
#175
Adjusted Score: 98.05%
Critics Consensus: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.
Synopsis: Journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) makes his return voyage to the United States in an effort to improve political... [More]
Directed By: Jason Woliner

#174
#174
Adjusted Score: 86.57%
Critics Consensus: Elevated significantly by Gillian Jacobs' central performance, I Used to Go Here tells a familiar story with considerable charm.
Synopsis: Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives an invitation from her former... [More]
Directed By: Kris Rey

#173

Lingua Franca (2020)
86%

#173
Adjusted Score: 87.365%
Critics Consensus: Lingua Franca brings warmth and humanity to its social issue-driven plot with sensitive performances and writer-director Isabel Sandoval's gently empathetic touch.
Synopsis: Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When... [More]
Directed By: Isabel Sandoval

#172
#172
Adjusted Score: 87.802%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and brought to life by a smartly assembled ensemble, Big Time Adolescence finds fresh pleasures in the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo (Griffin Gluck) attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of... [More]
Directed By: Jason Orley

#171

Zombi Child (2020)
86%

#171
Adjusted Score: 88.849%
Critics Consensus: If the strain of its ambitious juggling act sometimes shows, Zombi Child remains an entertainingly audacious experience, enlivened with thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Haiti, 1962: A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Bonello

#170

Come to Daddy (2020)
86%

#170
Adjusted Score: 89.869%
Critics Consensus: Bloody horror with barbed wit, Come to Daddy anchors its brutal violence in a surprisingly mature approach to provocative themes.
Synopsis: Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't... [More]
Directed By: Ant Timpson

#169
#169
Adjusted Score: 94.645%
Critics Consensus: A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves... [More]
Directed By: Richard Stanley

#168
#168
Adjusted Score: 90.054%
Critics Consensus: A smart, well-acted, and refreshingly messy coming-of-age story, Selah and the Spades suggests a bright future for debuting writer-director Tayarisha Poe.
Synopsis: In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old... [More]
Directed By: Tayarisha Poe

#167
#167
Adjusted Score: 88.014%
Critics Consensus: Clear-eyed and comprehensive, The Social Dilemma presents a sobering analysis of our data-mined present.
Synopsis: We tweet, we like, and we share--but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Orlowski

#166

On The Rocks (2020)
86%

#166
Adjusted Score: 97.52%
Critics Consensus: On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm.
Synopsis: A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#165

Yellow Rose (2020)
87%

#165
Adjusted Score: 88.55%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age story with a timely twist, Yellow Rose offers a fresh -- and sweetly rewarding -- perspective on the immigrant experience.
Synopsis: YELLOW ROSE is the timely story of a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her... [More]
Directed By: Diane Paragas

#164

Sea Fever (2019)
87%

#164
Adjusted Score: 90.914%
Critics Consensus: If Sea Fever never quite heats up as much as it could, it remains an engrossing, well-acted sci-fi thriller with effective horror elements.
Synopsis: Siobhán's a marine biology student who prefers spending her days alone in a lab. She has to endure a week... [More]
Directed By: Neasa Hardiman

#163

1BR (2020)
87%

#163
Adjusted Score: 89.617%
Critics Consensus: 1BR's occasionally ordinary storytelling is more than outweighed by tight direction, interesting ideas, and an effective blend of horror and thoughtful drama.
Synopsis: After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not... [More]
Directed By: David Marmor

#162

Get Duked! (2020)
87%

#162
Adjusted Score: 90.359%
Critics Consensus: The rare comedy thriller that's funny as well as thrilling, Get Duked! marks writer-director Ninian Doff as a filmmaker with a bright future.
Synopsis: Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip -- based on... [More]
Directed By: Ninian Doff

#161

Spaceship Earth (2020)
87%

#161
Adjusted Score: 91.147%
Critics Consensus: Spaceship Earth achieves liftoff as an engaging behind-the-scenes record of an audacious experiment -- and settles into orbit as poignant proof of the power of a shared dream.
Synopsis: Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Matt Wolf

#160
#160
Adjusted Score: 91.425%
Critics Consensus: The Trip to Greece sees this series subject to the laws of diminishing returns, but Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan remain reliably enjoying company.
Synopsis: When Odysseus left Troy it took him ten years to get back to his home in Ithaca. Steve and Rob... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#159

Shirley (2020)
87%

#159
Adjusted Score: 97.499%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by outstanding work from Elisabeth Moss, Shirley pays tribute to its subject's pioneering legacy with a biopic that ignores the commonly accepted boundaries of the form.
Synopsis: Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her... [More]
Directed By: Josephine Decker

#158

Emma. (2020)
87%

#158
Adjusted Score: 97.778%
Critics Consensus: Other adaptations may do a better job of consistently capturing the spirit of the classic source material, but Jane Austen fans should still find a solid match in this Emma.
Synopsis: Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film... [More]
Directed By: Autumn de Wilde

#157

Swallow (2020)
87%

#157
Adjusted Score: 92.074%
Critics Consensus: Swallow's unconventional approach to exploring domestic ennui is elevated by a well-told story and Haley Bennett's powerful leading performance.
Synopsis: On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend... [More]
Directed By: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

#156
Adjusted Score: 90.29%
Critics Consensus: The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone pulls the audience back into Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster saga with a freshly -- albeit slightly -- edited version of its final installment.
Synopsis: Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#155
#155
Adjusted Score: 94.187%
Critics Consensus: Sorry We Missed You may strike some as tending toward the righteously didactic, but director Ken Loach's passionate approach remains effective.
Synopsis: Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to... [More]
Directed By: Ken Loach

#154

Deerskin (2020)
88%

#154
Adjusted Score: 92.518%
Critics Consensus: Led by a daring performance from Jean Dujardin, Deerskin finds writer-director Quentin Dupieux working in a more accessible -- yet still distinctive -- vein.
Synopsis: In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Dupieux

#153

Desert One (2020)
88%

#153
Adjusted Score: 89.318%
Critics Consensus: Comprehensive without getting bogged down in details, Desert One offers a fascinating look at a daring military mission that ended in defeat.
Synopsis: In April 1980, the US government launched the Operation Eagle Claw, their response to the hostage crisis that was happening... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Barbara Kopple

#152
#152
Adjusted Score: 94.465%
Critics Consensus: The Truth may not stand with Hirokazu Kore-eda's best work, but it finds the writer-director revisiting familiar themes with a typically sensitive touch.
Synopsis: Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Still Walking) to paint a... [More]
Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda

#151

Les Misérables (2020)
88%

#151
Adjusted Score: 95.81%
Critics Consensus: Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.
Synopsis: Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti-criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs.... [More]
Directed By: Ladj Ly

#150
#150
Adjusted Score: 99.195%
Critics Consensus: News of the World takes a slow but absorbing ride down a comfortingly familiar Western trail, guided by Tom Hanks in peak paternal mode.
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#149

Onward (2020)
88%

#149
Adjusted Score: 102.58%
Critics Consensus: It may suffer in comparison to Pixar's classics, but Onward makes effective use of the studio's formula -- and stands on its own merits as a funny, heartwarming, dazzlingly animated adventure.
Synopsis: In "Onward," teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity... [More]
Directed By: Dan Scanlon

#148

Sputnik (2020)
88%

#148
Adjusted Score: 92.379%
Critics Consensus: Effective space alien horror with a Soviet-era twist, Sputnik proves there are still some scary good sci-fi thrillers left in the galaxy.
Synopsis: Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Oksana Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license.... [More]
Directed By: Egor Abramenko

#147

The Nest (2020)
89%

#147
Adjusted Score: 95.373%
Critics Consensus: An effective pairing of period setting and timeless themes, The Nest wrings additional tension out of its unsettling story with an outstanding pair of lead performances.
Synopsis: Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children... [More]
Directed By: Sean Durkin

#146

Save Yourselves! (2020)
89%

#146
Adjusted Score: 92.173%
Critics Consensus: Save Yourselves! doesn't do anything unexpected with its one-joke premise -- but fortunately, that one joke turns out to be consistently funny anyway.
Synopsis: Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves... [More]

#145

Banana Split (2020)
89%

#145
Adjusted Score: 90.504%
Critics Consensus: Banana Split serves up a sweet comedic dish that serves as a delightful calling card for co-writer and star Hannah Marks.
Synopsis: April (Hannah Marks) has spent the last two years of high school in a relationship with Nick (Dylan Sprouse), from... [More]
Directed By: Benjamin Kasulke

#144

Robin's Wish (2020)
89%

#144
Adjusted Score: 90.643%
Critics Consensus: Robin's Wish offers an emotional look at the end of a life suddenly cut short -- and pays warm tribute to the brilliant legacy that was left behind.
Synopsis: Robin's Wish tells the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams' final days. For the first time, Robin's fight against... [More]
Directed By:

#143
#143
Adjusted Score: 91.431%
Critics Consensus: The Wolf of Snow Hollow treads somewhat unsteadily between horror and comedy, but writer-director-star Jim Cummings' unique sensibilities make for an oddly haunting hybrid.
Synopsis: The Wolf of Snow Hollow follows a small-town sheriff, struggling with a failed marriage, a rebellious daughter, and a lackluster... [More]
Directed By: Jim Cummings

#142

You Don't Nomi (2020)
89%

#142
Adjusted Score: 91.802%
Critics Consensus: It may not change many minds regarding Showgirls, but You Don't Nomi is a solidly entertaining postmortem of an infamous flop.
Synopsis: In YOU DON'T NOMI, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995's biggest film... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey McHale

#141
#141
Adjusted Score: 103.209%
Critics Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
Synopsis: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

#140
Adjusted Score: 91.478%
Critics Consensus: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday adventure whose exuberant spirit is matched by its uplifting message.
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#139

Run (2020)
88%

#139
Adjusted Score: 93.353%
Critics Consensus: Solid acting and expertly ratcheted tension help Run transcend its familiar trappings to deliver a delightfully suspenseful thriller.
Synopsis: They say you can never escape a mother's love... but for Chloe, that's not a comfort -- it's a threat.... [More]
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

#138

Kajillionaire (2020)
90%

#138
Adjusted Score: 98.506%
Critics Consensus: Whether you see Kajillionaire as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness -- and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn't have it any other way.
Synopsis: Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel... [More]
Directed By: Miranda July

#137

Black Bear (2020)
89%

#137
Adjusted Score: 94.909%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating look at the creative intricacies of show business, Black Bear is a provocative, mind-bending experience -- and finds Aubrey Plaza at the top of her game.
Synopsis: At a remote lake house, a filmmaker named Allison (Aubrey Plaza) arrives to play house guest to a troubled couple... [More]

#136

The Climb (2020)
90%

#136
Adjusted Score: 94.611%
Critics Consensus: The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
Synopsis: Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond -- until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb... [More]
Directed By: Michael Angelo Covino

#135

Unpregnant (2020)
91%

#135
Adjusted Score: 91.994%
Critics Consensus: Unpregnant puts a compelling twist on the road trip comedy -- and treats its sensitive subject with heart.
Synopsis: In Unpregnant, seventeen-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) never thought she'd want to fail a test--that is, until she finds herself... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Lee Goldenberg

#134

The Booksellers (2020)
90%

#134
Adjusted Score: 91.921%
Critics Consensus: Inviting viewers into a fascinating world of bibliophiles, The Booksellers is a documentary that's easy to curl up and get lost in.
Synopsis: Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the... [More]
Directed By: D.W. Young

#133

Bull (2020)
90%

#133
Adjusted Score: 93.034%
Critics Consensus: An intimate two-hander anchored by a pair of well-matched actors, Bull takes an achingly empathetic look at life on the economic margins.
Synopsis: In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an... [More]
Directed By: Annie Silverstein

#132
#132
Adjusted Score: 92.127%
Critics Consensus: Sensitive, well-acted, and solidly directed, Words on Bathroom Walls is an admirable addition to a genre that too rarely does justice to its worthy themes.
Synopsis: WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS tells the story of witty and introspective Adam (Charlie Plummer), who appears to be your typical... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#131

Blood Quantum (2020)
90%

#131
Adjusted Score: 93.312%
Critics Consensus: Blood Quantum blends bloody horror with sociopolitical subtext, taking a fresh bite out of the crowded zombie genre in the bargain.
Synopsis: The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Barnaby

#130

Luxor (2020)
90%

#130
Adjusted Score: 91.875%
Critics Consensus: Led by Andrea Riseborough's layered performance, Luxor empathetically surveys the crossroads between trauma and recovery.
Synopsis: When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and... [More]
Directed By: Zeina Durra

#129
#129
Adjusted Score: 91.484%
Critics Consensus: Cleverly assembled and rich with insight, this dissection of D.B. Cooper's legend offers a compelling case for why -- when it comes to mysteries -- the journey is often more tantalizing than the destination.
Synopsis: An examination of the confounding, unsolved case of the elusive "D.B. Cooper," the unidentified man who in 1971 successfully hijacked... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: John Dower

#128
Adjusted Score: 93.709%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, The Wild Goose Lake blends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary.
Synopsis: Fleeing from the law, gangster Zenong Zhou (Ge Hu) crosses paths with an innocent-looking woman named Aiai Liu (Lun-Mei Kwei).... [More]
Directed By: Diao Yinan

#127

Enola Holmes (2020)
91%

#127
Adjusted Score: 99.459%
Critics Consensus: Enola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street -- and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.
Synopsis: England, 1884 -- a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

#126

Uncorked (2020)
91%

#126
Adjusted Score: 92.133%
Critics Consensus: Like a good wine, once you let Uncorked breathe, its heartfelt tenderness will yield a sweet time.
Synopsis: Fueled by his love for wine, Elijah enrolls in a course to become a master sommelier, an elite designation given... [More]
Directed By: Prentice Penny

#125

The Willoughbys (2020)
91%

#125
Adjusted Score: 92.968%
Critics Consensus: An appealing animated adventure whose silliness is anchored in genuine emotion, The Willoughbys offers fanciful fun the entire family can enjoy.
Synopsis: Convinced they'd be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on... [More]
Directed By: Kris Pearn

#124

Miss Americana (2020)
91%

#124
Adjusted Score: 94.266%
Critics Consensus: Miss Americana provides an engaging if somewhat deliberately opaque backstage look at a pop star turned cultural phenomenon.
Synopsis: Miss Americana is a raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during... [More]
Starring: Taylor Swift
Directed By: Lana Wilson

#123
#123
Adjusted Score: 108.918%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight.
Synopsis: Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

#122
#122
Adjusted Score: 95.709%
Critics Consensus: A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change.
Synopsis: A revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia from director Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA), THE PERFECT CANDIDATE... [More]
Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 95.405%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and narratively engaging, Weathering with You further establishes writer-director Makoto Shinkai as a singularly talented filmmaker.
Synopsis: The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly... [More]
Directed By: Makoto Shinkai

#120

Alone (2020)
92%

#120
Adjusted Score: 93.828%
Critics Consensus: Alone's minimalistic approach makes this heightened thriller a gripping and suspenseful experience.
Synopsis: Jules Willcox (Netflix's Bloodline) stars in ALONE as Jessica, a grief-stricken widow who flees the city in an attempt to... [More]
Directed By: John Hyams

#119
#119
Adjusted Score: 93.869%
Critics Consensus: The Dark and the Wicked delivers on its title with an unsettling horror story whose deep dread and bleak outlook further compound its effective jolts.
Synopsis: On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Bertino

#118

The Life Ahead (2020)
92%

#118
Adjusted Score: 95.127%
Critics Consensus: A classic example of how a talented actor can elevate somewhat standard material, The Life Ahead proves Sophia Loren's star power remains absolutely undimmed.
Synopsis: Sophia Loren, Abril Zamora and Ibrahima Gueye star in director Edoardo Ponti's adaptation of Romain Gary's 1975 novel of the... [More]
Directed By: Edoardo Ponti

#117

Da 5 Bloods (2020)
92%

#117
Adjusted Score: 104.957%
Critics Consensus: Fierce energy and ambition course through Da 5 Bloods, coming together to fuel one of Spike Lee's most urgent and impactful films.
Synopsis: From Academy Award Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets -- Paul (Delroy Lindo),... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#116

The Assistant (2020)
92%

#116
Adjusted Score: 101.665%
Critics Consensus: Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression.
Synopsis: "The Assistant" follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer,... [More]
Directed By: Kitty Green

#115
#115
Adjusted Score: 102.314%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.
Synopsis: In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Patterson

#114

Beanpole (Dylda) (2020)
92%

#114
Adjusted Score: 95.869%
Critics Consensus: Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, Beanpole takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war.
Synopsis: 1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and... [More]
Directed By: Kantemir Balagov

#113

Relic (2020)
92%

#113
Adjusted Score: 101.711%
Critics Consensus: Relic ratchets up its slowly building tension in an expertly crafted atmosphere of dread, adding up to an outstanding feature debut for director/co-writer Natalie Erika James.
Synopsis: When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to... [More]
Directed By: Natalie Erika James

#112
Adjusted Score: 93.365%
Critics Consensus: A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, but it isn't difficult to see a star in the making while watching Sarah Bolger's powerful performance in this gritty thriller.
Synopsis: Sarah is a recently widowed young mother. Her son Ben has been an elective mute since the day he witnessed... [More]
Directed By: Abner Pastoll

#111
Adjusted Score: 92.597%
Critics Consensus: Deliberately paced yet richly rewarding, A Sun That Never Sets slowly but surely draws the viewer into its unsettling grasp.
Synopsis: Amador Coro has been condemned for having provoked a fire. When he gets out of prison, nobody is waiting for... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Laxe

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 100.645%
Critics Consensus: Take one part deftly directed tragicomedy, add a dash of Mads Mikkelsen in vintage form, and you've got Another Round -- an intoxicating look at midlife crises.
Synopsis: There's a theory that we should be born with a share of alcohol in our blood--that modest intoxication opens our... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 95.153%
Critics Consensus: From the horror of natural disaster to the spirit summoned behind the titular effort, Rebuilding Paradise stirringly depicts one community's perseverance.
Synopsis: On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ron Howard

#108

Premature (2020)
93%

#108
Adjusted Score: 94.597%
Critics Consensus: Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker.
Synopsis: On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard)... [More]
Directed By: Rashaad Ernesto Green

#107
#107
Adjusted Score: 96.915%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming star turn from Dylan O'Brien, Love and Monsters peers into the apocalypse and finds an action-adventure with surprising emotional depth.
Directed By: Michael Matthews

#106

Saint Maud (2020)
93%

#106
Adjusted Score: 100.346%
Critics Consensus: A brilliantly unsettling blend of body horror and psychological thriller, Saint Maud marks an impressive debut for writer-director Rose Glass.
Synopsis: The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and... [More]
Directed By: Rose Glass

#105
#105
Adjusted Score: 99.558%
Critics Consensus: Formally thrilling and narratively daring, Bacurau draws on modern Brazilian sociopolitical concerns to deliver a hard-hitting, genre-blurring drama.
Synopsis: A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita,... [More]

#104

Be Water (2020)
93%

#104
Adjusted Score: 93.391%
Critics Consensus: If Be Water's surface level approach doesn't quite match its subject's depth, it still serves as an appropriate introduction to the almighty Bruce Lee.
Synopsis: In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents' homeland of Hong Kong to complete four... [More]
Directed By: Bao Nguyen

#103
Adjusted Score: 93.901%
Critics Consensus: Capital in the Twenty-First Century can't hope to address its subject with the depth of its source material, but the end result remains an eye-opening overview.
Synopsis: Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty... [More]

#102

Working Man (2020)
93%

#102
Adjusted Score: 94.087%
Critics Consensus: A too-rare showcase for an ensemble of talented veteran actors, Working Man quietly builds into an absorbing -- and timely -- character study.
Synopsis: In the Rust Belt of America another factory is closing. After decades on the job, the reclusive Allery Parkes finds... [More]
Directed By: Robert Jury

#101

Howard (2020)
93%

#101
Adjusted Score: 94.087%
Critics Consensus: Howard serves as a bittersweet tribute to the life and legacy of a brilliant artist whose timeless songs served as the soundtrack for a generation of Disney fans.
Synopsis: Directed by Don Hahn ("Beauty and the Beast"), "Howard" is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind... [More]
Directed By: Don Hahn

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 94.55%
Critics Consensus: We Are Little Zombies mixes the playful and the profane with a stylish and visually inventive look at death, abandonment, and the grieving process.
Synopsis: When four young orphans--Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura--first meet, their parents' bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan... [More]
Directed By: Makoto Nagahisa

#99

End of Sentence (2020)
91%

#99
Adjusted Score: 93.153%
Critics Consensus: Steered by a pair of powerful lead performances, End of Sentence is a road trip movie that takes audiences on a satisfying emotional journey.
Synopsis: After being widowed, Frank Fogle reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife's last wish of spreading her ashes... [More]
Directed By: Elfar, Adalsteins

#98

Becoming (2020)
93%

#98
Adjusted Score: 95.431%
Critics Consensus: It may not get as personal as some viewers might have hoped, but Becoming offers an uplifting look at a pivotal moment in its subject's public life.
Synopsis: Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change,... [More]
Starring: Michelle Obama
Directed By: Nadia Hallgren

#97
Adjusted Score: 95.941%
Critics Consensus: An intoxicating blend of documentary and fiction, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets surveys the bar-going life with a remarkably sober eye.
Synopsis: Co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross's genre-bending docudrama focuses on a Las Vegas dive bar named 'The Roaring 20s'... [More]
Directed By: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 96.127%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding performance from Levan Gelbakhiani, And Then We Danced defeats prejudice with overwhelming compassion.
Synopsis: A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced... [More]
Directed By: Levan Akin

#95

Possessor: Uncut (2020)
94%

#95
Adjusted Score: 103.016%
Critics Consensus: Further refining his provocative vision, writer-director Brandon Cronenberg uses Possessor's potentially over-the-top premise as a delivery mechanism for stylishly disturbing thrills.
Synopsis: From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos.... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Cronenberg

#94

Ordinary Love (2020)
93%

#94
Adjusted Score: 97.24%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple's medical travails.
Synopsis: Joan and Tom (Academy Award (R) nominee Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) have been married for many years. An everyday... [More]

#93

The Outpost (2020)
93%

#93
Adjusted Score: 96.498%
Critics Consensus: Told with gripping realism, The Outpost is a thrilling technical feat and a worthy tribute to military heroes.
Synopsis: Based on true events. A team of U.S. soldiers stationed at the deadliest outpost in Afghanistan are relentlessly attacked by... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#92

Babyteeth (2020)
93%

#92
Adjusted Score: 98.909%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and sensitively directed, Babyteeth offers audiences a coming-of-age story that's messier -- and more rewarding -- than most.
Synopsis: When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But... [More]
Directed By: Shannon Murphy

#91

Sylvie's Love (2020)
93%

#91
Adjusted Score: 97.75%
Critics Consensus: A romance for the ages, Sylvie's Love wraps audiences in the sweet embrace of its old-fashioned romance and celebration of Black love.
Synopsis: In late 1950s Harlem, a young woman named Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) must run her ailing father's popular record store. While... [More]
Directed By: Eugene Ashe

#90

Yes, God, Yes (2020)
93%

#90
Adjusted Score: 97.842%
Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyer's charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maine's sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.
Synopsis: Growing up in the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an... [More]
Directed By: Karen Maine

#89

Hunter Hunter (2020)
94%

#89
Adjusted Score: 95.411%
Critics Consensus: Bloody and brutal, Hunter Hunter is a hard-hitting survivalist thriller that ratchets its tension with precision.
Synopsis: Joseph (Devon Sawa), his wife Anne (Camille Sullivan), and their daughter Renée (Summer H. Howell) reside deep in the wilderness... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Linden

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 96.246%
Critics Consensus: It's far more conventional than the life it honors, but John Lewis: Good Trouble remains a worthy tribute to an inspiring activist and public servant.
Synopsis: Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Dawn Porter

#87
Adjusted Score: 96.153%
Critics Consensus: The Shadow of Violence presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast.
Synopsis: In the dark underbelly of rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas "Arm" Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis, Hunter Killer) has become a feared enforcer... [More]
Directed By: Nick Rowland

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 96.756%
Critics Consensus: Here's a Beastie Boys Story they had to tell, about three bad brothers you know so well. It started way back in history -- and for new or old fans, it's a must-see.
Synopsis: Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of... [More]
Starring: Mike D
Directed By:

#85

Boys State (2020)
94%

#85
Adjusted Score: 99.631%
Critics Consensus: Startling, upsetting, and overall absorbing, Boys State strikingly depicts American political divisions -- and machinations -- taking root in the next generation.
Synopsis: Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old... [More]
Directed By: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

#84

Bad Education (2019)
93%

#84
Adjusted Score: 98.842%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs -- and a worthy message -- in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, BAD EDUCATION follows Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) who reign over a... [More]
Directed By: Cory Finley

#83

Nomadland (2021)
94%

#83
Adjusted Score: 111.399%
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#82

The Mole Agent (2020)
94%

#82
Adjusted Score: 96.107%
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: When a family grows concerned for their mother's well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires 83-year-old Sergio to... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Maite Alberdi

#81
Adjusted Score: 95.947%
Critics Consensus: To the Ends of the Earth finds filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa crafting an insightful evocation of the feeling of being far from home.
Synopsis: Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) hosts a popular global travel show yet is cautious and insular like many young Japanese. But she... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#80
Adjusted Score: 93.901%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly sad story told in dreamlike tones, Song Without a Name further establishes director/co-writer Melina León as a strikingly assured talent.
Synopsis: Based on harrowing true events, SONG WITHOUT A NAME tells the story of Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn... [More]
Directed By: Melina León

#79

Palm Springs (2020)
95%

#79
Adjusted Score: 105.175%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances, assured direction, and a refreshingly original concept make Palm Springs a romcom that's easy to fall in love with.
Synopsis: When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm... [More]
Directed By: Max Barbakow

#78

Black Is King (2020)
94%

#78
Adjusted Score: 96.014%
Critics Consensus: Beyoncé is King.
Synopsis: The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal,... [More]
Directed By: Beyoncé Knowles

#77

Come As You Are (2020)
95%

#77
Adjusted Score: 96.55%
Critics Consensus: Come As You Are approaches sensitive subjects with heart and humor, taking audiences on a thoroughly entertaining road trip to a crowd-pleasing destination.
Synopsis: Three young men with disabilities (Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, and Ravi Patel) flee their overbearing parents on a road trip... [More]
Directed By: Richard Wong

#76
Adjusted Score: 97.409%
Critics Consensus: Sheyi Cole shines in Alex Wheatle, a harrowing biopic that barely scratches the surface of a complex life, but does so with empathy and finesse.
Synopsis: Alex Wheatle follows the true story of award-winning writer, Alex Wheatle (Sheyi Cole), from a young boy through his early... [More]

#75
Adjusted Score: 98.653%
Critics Consensus: Education casts its hopeful gaze on the future, offering a simple and effective end to the Small Axe series that solidifies Steve McQueen place as a master storyteller.
Synopsis: Education is the coming of age story of 12-year-old Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy), who has a fascination for astronauts and rockets.... [More]

#74

Mogul Mowgli (2021)
96%

#74
Adjusted Score: 97.256%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious portrait of the complicated nature of identity, the challenging and emotionally raw Mogul Mowgli showcases a heartbreaking performance from Riz Ahmed.
Synopsis: MOGUL MOWGLI is the debut narrative feature from award-winning documentary filmmaker Bassam Tariq. It follows the story of a British... [More]
Directed By: Bassam Tariq

#73

First Cow (2020)
96%

#73
Adjusted Score: 104.552%
Critics Consensus: First Cow finds director Kelly Reichardt revisiting territory and themes that will be familiar to fans of her previous work -- with typically rewarding results.
Synopsis: Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#72

Soul (2020)
95%

#72
Adjusted Score: 109.812%
Critics Consensus: A film as beautiful to contemplate as it is to behold, Soul proves Pixar's power to deliver outstanding all-ages entertainment remains undimmed.
Synopsis: A music teacher who dreams of performing jazz live finally gets his chance, only to have an accident separate his... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#71
Adjusted Score: 97.411%
Critics Consensus: A hearty cinematic toast with a bittersweet finish, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan pays suitably intoxicating tribute to its subject.
Synopsis: No one has bared their soul quite like Irish poet and musician Shane MacGowan. Growing up in a culture of... [More]
Directed By: Julien Temple

#70

Red Penguins (2020)
96%

#70
Adjusted Score: 97.133%
Critics Consensus: Sports and politics collide in Red Penguins, a fascinating documentary exploring the stranger-than-fiction story of professional hockey in post-Soviet Russia.
Synopsis: Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Gabe Polsky

#69

Dating Amber (2020)
94%

#69
Adjusted Score: 95.365%
Critics Consensus: Dating Amber colors outside the rom-com lines to tell a sweetly poignant story about friendship and self-acceptance.
Synopsis: Dating Amber is a poignant yet hilarious look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way... [More]
Directed By: David Freyne

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 97.318%
Critics Consensus: Disturbing and thrilling in equal measure, Class Action Park is a raucous chronicle of the infamous waterpark that was as beloved as it was dangerous.
Synopsis: Class Action Park is the first ever documentary on the world's most dangerous amusement park, Action Park, that had its... [More]
Starring:

#67
Adjusted Score: 97.411%
Critics Consensus: Blessed with the Bee Gees' discography and director Frank Marshall's concise thesis, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is a poignant documentary that persuasively argues the trio's importance in music history.
Synopsis: A profile of the Bee Gees charts the pop music trio's meteoric rise as they rode the highs of fame... [More]
Directed By: Frank Marshall

#66

Zappa (2020)
96%

#66
Adjusted Score: 98.199%
Critics Consensus: As rich and complex as its subject's best work, Zappa honors the life and career of a musical legend without falling into hagiography.
Synopsis: Zappa is a film that revolves around the life, music, and artistry of Frank Vincent Zappa, one of the most... [More]
Starring: Frank Zappia
Directed By: Alex Winter

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 97.597%
Critics Consensus: A satisfyingly dark noir elevated by stellar acting and a sharp screenplay, Blood on Her Name thrills in the moment and lingers in the memory.
Synopsis: A woman's panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Pope

#64
Adjusted Score: 96.292%
Critics Consensus: A White, White Day plunges viewers into the darkness of grief and jealousy, led by Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson's brilliantly layered performance.
Synopsis: In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair... [More]
Directed By: Hlynur Pálmason

#63

Feels Good Man (2020)
95%

#63
Adjusted Score: 97.756%
Critics Consensus: A cautionary tale on internet culture, Feels Good Man is a compelling look at an artist's journey to salvage his creation.
Synopsis: As in many of the weirdest fairy tales, it all starts with a frog. This story, however, is all too... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Arthur Jones

#62
Adjusted Score: 98.617%
Critics Consensus: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon retains the charm of its small-screen source material while engagingly expanding the title character's world.
Synopsis: What begins as an ordinary day for Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) turns out to be anything but, when an... [More]
Starring: Justin Fletcher
Directed By: Richard Starzak

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 100.054%
Critics Consensus: The Painter and the Thief uses the unlikely bond between a criminal and his victim as the canvas for a compelling portrait of compassion and forgiveness.
Synopsis: Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal... [More]
Directed By: Benjamin Ree

#60

Sound of Metal (2020)
97%

#60
Adjusted Score: 108.659%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#59

Shithouse (2020)
97%

#59
Adjusted Score: 98.875%
Critics Consensus: A disarmingly tender look at young adult ennui, this Shithouse don't stink.
Synopsis: Lonely college freshman Alex (writer/director Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers, who all appear to have this... [More]
Directed By: Cooper Raiff

#58
Adjusted Score: 97.437%
Critics Consensus: Mixing personal reflection and studious research to deliver an impassioned meditation on the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Schreck's play loses none of its verve on screen.
Starring: Heidi Schreck
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#57
Adjusted Score: 99.524%
Critics Consensus: As wickedly smart as it is energetic, Why Don't You Just Die! should satisfy audiences in the mood for a gore-soaked good time.
Synopsis: Matvey has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend's parents' apartment and kill her father Andrey with a... [More]
Directed By: Kirill Sokolov

#56

La Llorona (2020)
96%

#56
Adjusted Score: 99.22%
Critics Consensus: La Llorona puts a fresh spin on the familiar legend by blending the supernatural and the political to resolutely chilling effect.
Synopsis: Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde... [More]
Directed By: Jayro Bustamante

#55

The Half of It (2020)
97%

#55
Adjusted Score: 100.637%
Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.
Synopsis: Shy, straight-A student Ellie is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul, who needs help winning over a popular girl.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#54

Rocks (2020)
97%

#54
Adjusted Score: 98.968%
Critics Consensus: A fresh, funny coming-of-age story rooted in realistic characters and anchored with a meaningful message, Rocks is as solid as its title suggests.
Synopsis: ROCKS (15) is a popular teenager with big dreams for the future, brilliant friends and an adoring little brother EMMANUEL... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Gavron

#53

Farewell Amor (2020)
97%

#53
Adjusted Score: 99.292%
Critics Consensus: A striking debut feature for writer-director Ekwa Msangi, Farewell Amor movingly captures the fallout from a long-separated family's reunion.
Synopsis: After 17 years apart, Angolan immigrant Walter is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter. Now absolute... [More]
Directed By: Ekwa Msangi

#52

The Dissident (2020)
98%

#52
Adjusted Score: 101.173%
Critics Consensus: The Dissident offers little catharsis in its unflinching look at a grisly murder -- and gives no quarter in its forceful reminder of the fragility of free speech.
Synopsis: Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was critical of his beloved Saudi Arabia and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies.... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Fogel

Adjusted Score: 103.656%
Critics Consensus: An urgent and timely biopic that's as sumptuous as it is searing, Red, White, and Blue is a triumph that gives the undeniably talented John Boyega the starring role he deserves.
Synopsis: Red, White and Blue tells the true story of Leroy Logan (John Boyega), a young forensic scientist with a yearning... [More]

#50
Adjusted Score: 98.994%
Critics Consensus: Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff -- but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog's infectious awe.
Synopsis: Directed by Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer, FIREBALL takes us on an extraordinary journey to discover how shooting stars, meteorites... [More]

#49

The Last Tree (2020)
98%

#49
Adjusted Score: 98.994%
Critics Consensus: Distinctive in terms of content, perspective, and insight, The Last Tree vividly depicts the turmoil of adolescence with remarkable grace.
Synopsis: THE LAST TREE follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in... [More]
Directed By: Shola Amoo

#48

Fourteen (2020)
98%

#48
Adjusted Score: 99.179%
Critics Consensus: Fourteen subtly establishes the bond between its main characters -- and the way longtime friendships can erode by a matter of nearly invisible degrees.
Synopsis: Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a... [More]
Directed By: Dan Sallitt

#47

The Go-Go's (2020)
98%

#47
Adjusted Score: 99.04%
Critics Consensus: Emulating the spirit of punk in form and function, The Go-Go's is a raucous celebration of the pioneering band and a stylistic knockout that will blow viewers' hair back.
Synopsis: As the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs and soar to No. 1... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alison Ellwood

#46

Disclosure (2020)
98%

#46
Adjusted Score: 99.504%
Critics Consensus: Disclosure engrossingly illuminates the history and effects of the way transgender lives are depicted onscreen -- and outlines how much progress still needs to be made.
Synopsis: Disclosure is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Feder

#45

The Swerve (2020)
98%

#45
Adjusted Score: 99.411%
Critics Consensus: Bound together by Azura Skye's riveting work in the central role, The Swerve paints a harrowing portrait of a life unmoored.
Synopsis: Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband... [More]
Directed By: Dean Kapsalis

#44

Spontaneous (2020)
97%

#44
Adjusted Score: 98.828%
Critics Consensus: A dark teen comedy with an explosive twist, Spontaneous reaffirms Katherine Langford as a rising star -- and marks debuting director Brian Duffield as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: When students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally...), seniors Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer) struggle to... [More]
Directed By: Brian Duffield

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 99.875%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast and fiendishly frightening premise combine to make Anything for Jackson a must-watch for fans of supernatural horror.
Synopsis: A disturbed couple concocts a sinister plan of resurrection using a vulnerable pregnant woman in the wake of their grandson's... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#42

Vitalina Varela (2020)
98%

#42
Adjusted Score: 99.828%
Critics Consensus: Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.
Synopsis: Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon 3 days after her husband's funeral. She's been waiting for her plane... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Costa

#41

Circus of Books (2020)
98%

#41
Adjusted Score: 99.689%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentary's center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we're only willing to look.
Synopsis: For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Mason

#40

Beats (2020)
98%

#40
Adjusted Score: 99.875%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.
Synopsis: A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice... [More]
Directed By: Brian Welsh

#39

Extra Ordinary (2020)
98%

#39
Adjusted Score: 101.312%
Critics Consensus: A horror/rom-com hybrid that somehow manages to blend its ingredients without losing their flavor, Extra Ordinary more than lives up to its title.
Synopsis: Rose, a sweet, small town driving instructor, is gifted with supernatural abilities, "The Talents", which mean she can talk to... [More]
Directed By: Enda Loughman, Mike Ahern

#38
Adjusted Score: 101.59%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive performance from Bartosz Bielenia, Corpus Christi thoughtfully and engagingly examines questions of faith and redemption.
Synopsis: Corpus Christi is the story of a 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention... [More]
Directed By: Jan Komasa

#37

Time (2020)
98%

#37
Adjusted Score: 102.657%
Critics Consensus: Time delivers a powerful broadside against the flaws of the American justice system -- and chronicles one family's refusal to give up against all odds.
Synopsis: Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, abolitionist and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning... [More]
Starring: Fox Rich
Directed By: Garrett Bradley

#36
Adjusted Score: 106.985%
Critics Consensus: A singular viewing experience that perfectly captures a moment in time, Lovers Rock is a lovingly-crafted ode to Black joy.
Synopsis: Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a Blues party in 1980. The film is an ode... [More]

#35
Adjusted Score: 102.982%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Synopsis: Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 102.564%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that's not to be missed.
Synopsis: Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine's rocky coast. Grieving the loss of... [More]

#33
Adjusted Score: 103.213%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: The brilliant minds of Spike Lee and Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne collide in the film version of Byrne's wildly... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#32

Hamilton (2020)
97%

#32
Adjusted Score: 105.227%
Critics Consensus: Look around, look around at how beautifully Hamilton shines beyond Broadway - and at how marvelously Thomas Kail captures the stage show's infectious energy.
Synopsis: An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of "Hamilton" combines the best elements of... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Kail

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 110.632%
Critics Consensus: Framed by a pair of powerhouse performances, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom pays affectionate tribute to a blues legend -- and Black culture at large.
Synopsis: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts star in director George C. Wolfe's adaptation of August... [More]
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 112.302%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.
Synopsis: On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest... [More]
Directed By: Regina King

#29
Adjusted Score: 111.699%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#28

The Fight (2020)
99%

#28
Adjusted Score: 101.107%
Critics Consensus: The Fight takes an engaging look at some of the people working on the front lines for the ACLU -- and makes a passionate case for the legal battles they wage.
Synopsis: At this defining moment in American history, THE FIGHT follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying... [More]
Starring:

#27

On the Record (2020)
99%

#27
Adjusted Score: 101.339%
Critics Consensus: On the Record uses harrowing first-person accounts to powerfully and persuasively confront the entrenched sexism of an industry and its culture.
Synopsis: Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War), and first reported by the... [More]
Directed By: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 102.73%
Critics Consensus: Totally Under Control does a commendable job of distilling current events into a clear-eyed overview that's as engaging as it is enraging.
Synopsis: At this moment 190,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. From July 15 to August 31, the death toll was running... [More]

#25

Saint Frances (2020)
99%

#25
Adjusted Score: 102.73%
Critics Consensus: Saint Frances approaches an array of weighty issues with empathy, humor, and grace -- and marks star and writer Kelly O'Sullivan as a tremendous talent to watch.
Synopsis: Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job... [More]
Directed By: Alex Thompson

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 103.889%
Critics Consensus: Collective presents a darkly effective overview of the cycle of political corruption and public cynicism that takes hold when government abrogates its responsibility to the people.
Synopsis: Directed by Alexander Nanau (TOTO AND HIS SISTERS), COLLECTIVE follows a heroic team of journalists as they uncover shocking, widespread... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alexander Nanau

Small Axe: Mangrove (2020)
99%

#23
Adjusted Score: 108.715%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by strong performances and an even stronger sense of conviction, Mangrove is a powerful indictment of institutional racism.
Synopsis: Mangrove centers on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill's Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove, a lively community base for... [More]

#22

Miss Juneteenth (2020)
99%

#22
Adjusted Score: 104.353%
Critics Consensus: Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path -- but does so with charm and grace.
Synopsis: Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes... [More]

#21

Wolfwalkers (2020)
99%

#21
Adjusted Score: 105.465%
Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure, Wolfwalkers offers an epic ethereal fantasy matched by profound philosophies and stellar voice work.
Synopsis: "Wolfwalkers" follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who journeys to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition... [More]
Directed By: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

#20
Adjusted Score: 108.711%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and directed, Never Rarely Sometimes Always reaffirms writer-director Eliza Hittman as a filmmaker of uncommon sensitivity and grace.
Synopsis: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder)... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#19
Adjusted Score: 100.24%
Critics Consensus: At the Heart of Gold is a scathing indictment of institutional abuse that sensitively provides victims with a platform to tell their stories.
Synopsis: The case of Dr. Larry Nassar, who served as the osteopathic physician for the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team for... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Erin Lee Carr

#18

Coup 53 (2020)
100%

#18
Adjusted Score: 100.994%
Critics Consensus: Rife with the political intrigue promised by its title, Coup 53 is a spellbinding documentary with the heart of a thriller.
Synopsis: Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d'état that overthrew Iran's... [More]
Starring: Ralph Fiennes
Directed By: Taghi Amirani

#17

Mayor (2020)
100%

#17
Adjusted Score: 100.947%
Critics Consensus: A clear-eyed look at an extraordinary subject, Mayor makes essential viewing out of one politician's quest to preserve dignity in the midst of bureaucracy.
Synopsis: MAYOR is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the charismatic Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in... [More]
Starring: Musa Hadid
Directed By: David Osit

#16

Make Up (2020)
98%

#16
Adjusted Score: 99.04%
Critics Consensus: Make Up gets under the skin during its eerily unsettling descent into jealousy and paranoia -- and leaves the viewer wanting more from writer-director Claire Oakley.
Synopsis: When reserved teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) finds a smeared lipstick stain on her boyfriend Tom's (Joseph Quinn) mirror and a... [More]
Directed By: Claire Oakley

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 100.901%
Critics Consensus: Engrossing for casual listeners as well as hardcore fans, Mystify: Michael Hutchence sheds a poignant light on a life and career cut short by tragedy.
Synopsis: At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head robs the famously sensual rock star... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lowenstein

#14

Coded Bias (2020)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 100.994%
Critics Consensus: Clear, concise, and comprehensive, Coded Bias offers a chilling look at largely unseen side effects of modern society's algorithmic underpinnings.
Synopsis: Coded Bias reveals the groundbreaking research of MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, proving that facial recognition algorithms have the power to... [More]
Directed By: Shalini Kantayya

#13

A Secret Love (2020)
100%

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.04%
Critics Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.
Synopsis: A Secret Love tells an incredible love story between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, whose relationship spans nearly seven decades.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Chris Bolan

#12

Rewind (2020)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 101.04%
Critics Consensus: Rewind pulls at the roots of a family's horrific trauma with a deeply personal documentary that's hard to watch, but worth the effort.
Synopsis: In his candid personal memoir, Sasha Joseph Neulinger revisits his childhood and the events that tore apart his seemingly-perfect world.... [More]

#11
Adjusted Score: 101.133%
Critics Consensus: A striking debut for writer-director Kim Bora, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in one young woman's life.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a... [More]
Directed By: Kim Bora

#10

City Hall (2020)
98%

#10
Adjusted Score: 99.921%
Critics Consensus: A glimpse of local government at work that's as patiently observant as it is engrossing, City Hall adds another insightful gem to master documentarian Frederick Wiseman's filmography.
Synopsis: Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman delivers an epic look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.... [More]
Starring: Marty Walsh
Directed By: Frederick Wiseman

#9

Athlete A (2020)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101.597%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses -- as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.
Synopsis: Athlete A follows a team of reporters from The Indianapolis Star as they investigate claims of abuse at USA Gymnastics,... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

#8
Adjusted Score: 101.828%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing and affectionate tribute to a unique individual, Mucho Mucho Amor should prove fascinating for Walter Mercado fans as well as first-timers.
Synopsis: Dazzling and tender-hearted, legendary astrologer Walter Mercado vanished at the peak of his fame. This documentary poignantly explains what happened.... [More]

#7
Adjusted Score: 102.06%
Critics Consensus: All In: The Fight for Democracy lives up to its title as a galvanizing rallying cry for voters to exercise -- and preserve -- their right to be heard.
Synopsis: All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cortés, Liz Garbus

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 102.246%
Critics Consensus: An illuminating and urgent call to action, Welcome to Chechnya portrays the horrors of the mass persecution of the LGBTQ+ community in the Chechen Republic with tenacity and tenderness.
Synopsis: This searing investigative work shadows a group of activists risking unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ pogrom raging in... [More]
Starring: Olga Baranova
Directed By: David France

#5

Driveways (2020)
99%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.57%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet powerful, Driveways is a character study anchored in fundamental decency -- and a poignant farewell to Brian Dennehy.
Synopsis: Director Andrew Ahn's intimate drama revolves around the unlikely friendship formed between a lonely young boy (Lucas Jaye) and his... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#4

Host (2020)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103.127%
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

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 103.173%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
Synopsis: A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she's... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kirsten Johnson

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.544%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one group's remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
Synopsis: In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle... [More]
Starring:

#1

His House (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.425%
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

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