Best Musical & Music Movies 2021

2021 saw the movie musical rebound in a big way, and while some Broadway faves fell flat (sorry, Evan Hansen), others strutted their way into our hearts. We had a murderer’s row of mellifluous movie muses that had us falling in love with motion pictures again and singing along after the final curtain call. Topping the list this year as he did last year with Hamilton was Lin Manuel Miranda, whose John M. Chu-directed musical In The Heights beat out Billie Eilish, Steven Spielberg, and… Miranda himself, who made his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…Boom!.

The order reflects Tomatometer scores (as of December 31, 2021) after adjustment from our ranking formula, which compensates for variation in the number of reviews when comparing movies or TV shows.


In the Heights (2021)

Adjusted Score: 114028%
Critics Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.
Synopsis: The creator of "Hamilton" and the director of "Crazy Rich Asians" invite you to the event of the summer, where... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu


West Side Story (2021)

Adjusted Score: 111922%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's West Side Story presents a new look at the classic musical that lives up to its beloved forebear -- and in some respects might even surpass it.
Synopsis: Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 100886%
Critics Consensus: Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry offers an enlightening -- and sometimes uncomfortable -- look behind the scenes of a young star's ascension.
Synopsis: "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry" tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global... [More]
Starring: Billie Eilish
Directed By: R.J. Cutler

Adjusted Score: 98291%
Critics Consensus: tick, tick... BOOM! makes musical magic out of a story focused on the creative process -- an impressive feat for debuting director Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick...BOOM!, an adaptation of the... [More]
Directed By: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Adjusted Score: 84651%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as effervescent as its title character, but Everybody's Talking About Jamie remains an infectiously enjoyable musical with an uplifting message.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Butterell


Annette (2021)

Adjusted Score: 84912%
Critics Consensus: Annette's experimental approach to its emotional extremes marks an ambitious, if not peculiar, return for director Leos Carax.
Synopsis: Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor who falls in love... [More]
Directed By: Leos Carax


Respect (2021)

Adjusted Score: 77084%
Critics Consensus: This standard-issue biopic falls shy of its subject's transcendent brilliance, but Jennifer Hudson's starring performance absolutely commands Respect.
Synopsis: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career -- from a child singing in her father's church choir to her international... [More]
Directed By: Liesl Tommy


The Nowhere Inn (2020)

Adjusted Score: 69975%
Critics Consensus: The Nowhere Inn may be a clever concept in search of substance, but the results are often oddly appealing.
Synopsis: From real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. GRAMMY award-winning recording and touring artist St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) comes... [More]
Directed By: Bill Benz


Cinderella (2021)

Adjusted Score: 48748%
Critics Consensus: This singalong-worthy Cinderella sprinkles some modern fairy dust on the oft-told tale, but flat performances and clunky dialogue make watching often feel like a chore.
Synopsis: Cinderella is a musically-driven bold new take on the traditional story you grew up with. Our heroine (Camila Cabello) is... [More]
Directed By: Kay Cannon


Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

Adjusted Score: 42974%
Critics Consensus: Dear Evan Hansen does a fair job of capturing the emotion of its source material, but it's undermined by questionable casting and a story that's hard to swallow.
Synopsis: The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chbosky

Tag Cloud

laika 21st Century Fox CBS Spike Mary Poppins Returns Paramount Winners Fall TV cancelled Calendar robots series RT21 renewed TV shows cancelled TV series Comic Book History political drama criterion cults 1990s marvel cinematic universe Discovery Channel Turner Classic Movies Best Director supernatural saw comic mutant OneApp talk show Vudu Superheroe nature diversity National Geographic USA Comedy Central 94th Oscars Hallmark Christmas movies MSNBC Comics on TV RT History Western IMDb TV based on movie ABC spy thriller PlayStation Avengers TCA 2017 trophy award winner Broadway BBC game show The Witch kids Adult Swim book adaptation AMC Plus pirates of the caribbean vs. Toys comedies Binge Guide TNT live action FXX Pride Month YouTube french Nominations kong legend Holiday New York Comic Con mcc 2015 Watching Series Travel Channel Captain marvel hist Dark Horse Comics summer preview spider-man Peacock mob BBC One zombie 99% sequel Fargo Paramount Network razzies Reality ratings Esquire fresh BET Awards Musical latino cats young adult Turner cancelled television GIFs Awards Tour FOX Heroines LGBT halloween Disney Plus Superheroes MCU worst movies dexter dramedy joker Pirates Box Office ID TV movies sag awards satire comics monster movies godzilla YA Elton John 24 frames GLAAD docudrama Ellie Kemper Emmy Nominations CW Seed science fiction Acorn TV biography Shondaland Star Trek Pixar Drama tv talk Red Carpet halloween tv know your critic Awards olympics cooking Best Actor Columbia Pictures toy story Extras Britbox CMT E3 children's TV Spring TV comic book movies Trailer asian-american composers Certified Fresh FX on Hulu Paramount Plus IFC Films Stephen King Amazon Prime green book chucky rotten movies we love Endgame Rocky dc Holidays DC streaming service independent ViacomCBS Brie Larson Baby Yoda CBS All Access Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt PBS Tags: Comedy international WGN Premiere Dates Opinion what to watch TV One Thanksgiving festivals stop motion canceled TV shows reboot Lionsgate true crime Lucasfilm WarnerMedia TV renewals CNN space Tumblr boxoffice sopranos See It Skip It MTV FX Valentine's Day black comedy james bond Sundance TV Star Wars biopic Infographic zombies NBA Sci-Fi streamig TV Land First Reviews Tubi classics Best Actress romance Arrowverse screen actors guild south america TCA Awards Fox News Marathons ABC Signature Ovation serial killer spanish language best YouTube Premium black Polls and Games game of thrones DGA anthology canceled sports quibi NYCC The CW 007 new york telelvision Prime Video Music spanish Family A24 genre Ghostbusters LGBTQ Netflix travel Black Mirror mockumentary Mary Tyler Moore Neflix Women's History Month TLC 2017 SundanceTV doctor who Pop TV Rock Writers Guild of America Pacific Islander Christmas Cosplay werewolf Showtime Teen japan strong female leads comic books medical drama aliens all-time Marvel wonder woman nfl 71st Emmy Awards women versus marvel comics popular Lifetime Masterpiece scorecard concert police drama dogs San Diego Comic-Con unscripted heist movie Pet Sematary Comic-Con@Home 2021 Mary poppins Tomatazos news scary movies live event Sony Pictures Action target miniseries Alien superman 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Instagram Live worst adaptation remakes spain adenture Trophy Talk Oscars DirecTV binge casting 45 Oscar Academy Awards Netflix Christmas movies Wes Anderson Country blockbuster BET Cannes justice league APB Logo aapi television directors X-Men golden globe awards streaming witnail Walt Disney Pictures 79th Golden Globes Awards debate Film Festival El Rey TruTV VOD war The Academy 90s Election Food Network social media HBO streaming movies Reality Competition 73rd Emmy Awards ghosts Exclusive Video 2016 book Schedule comic book movie crime movies Crackle theme song period drama video on demand deadpool Apple TV Plus batman parents IFC scary Warner Bros. vampires Mystery summer TV Interview Freeform jurassic park VH1 Television Critics Association Trivia emmy awards kaiju Sundance Now crossover richard e. Grant Film animated Tarantino USA Network singing competition PaleyFest technology SDCC films australia lord of the rings art house dark 2020 Hear Us Out golden globes harry potter Set visit historical drama GoT franchise spider-verse Song of Ice and Fire Summer trailers cancelled TV shows indie italian Disney Channel Cartoon Network Image Comics sequels child's play documentary Classic Film reviews slasher rt archives fast and furious revenge Sneak Peek Fantasy critics rt labs slashers Quiz festival Creative Arts Emmys TIFF transformers Biopics 72 Emmy Awards Horror Character Guide VICE Amazon facebook 2019 Nat Geo Paramount Pictures BBC America DC Comics screenings critic resources Sundance ITV Rom-Com Fox Searchlight new star wars movies venice king arthur TBS Marvel Television TCA name the review ABC Family action-comedy anime Hallmark 2018 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina rt labs critics edition Video Games psychological thriller movie Hulu christmas movies indiana jones Disney The Walking Dead NBC Tokyo Olympics new zealand king kong hispanic South by Southwest Film Festival Apple TV+ feel good stand-up comedy OWN cartoon Mindy Kaling Legendary thriller obituary Universal Pictures Amazon Prime Video discovery Funimation foreign dreamworks romantic comedy posters suspense rotten Hollywood Foreign Press Association toronto President cinemax crime drama twilight Shudder high school finale Emmys documentaries 20th Century Fox a nightmare on elm street spinoff Best and Worst superhero leaderboard Disney streaming service The Arrangement dragons E! gangster disaster video Kids & Family Podcast comiccon Musicals rom-coms BAFTA Countdown 2021 SXSW 2022 HBO Max broadcast zero dark thirty Mudbound summer TV preview Epix ESPN A&E Universal hidden camera stoner The Walt Disney Company Rocketman Chernobyl boxing breaking bad Disney+ Disney Plus hispanic heritage month obi wan 4/20 royal family elevated horror blockbusters AMC Crunchyroll YouTube Red basketball natural history HFPA Animation Bravo scene in color Lifetime Christmas movies jamie lee curtis TCA Winter 2020 dceu nbcuniversal Nickelodeon Martial Arts Starz Anna Paquin prank hollywood Marvel Studios free movies First Look mission: impossible Grammys crime thriller Apple MGM Super Bowl TCM japanese SXSW Television Academy adventure Pop HBO Go Amazon Studios American Society of Cinematographers universal monsters sitcom TV The Purge docuseries teaser Photos football Comedy blaxploitation cops cars Syfy psycho Best Picture archives Year in Review 93rd Oscars Winter TV Focus Features DC Universe politics die hard Spectrum Originals Black History Month