The Sundance 2020 Movie Scorecard

Another year, another Sundance: Some event films of the 2020 edition included Miss Americana, the Taylor Swift documentary, and Zola, a Spring Breakers/Hustlers hybrid based on an infamous Twitter thread. Then there was The 40-Year-Old Version, about a New York playwright who becomes a rapper at 40, and Promising Young Woman, a raucous revenge thriller starring Carey Mulligan. Also featured: Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin’s return with a Peter Pan adaptation, Wendy. And if the wheelings and dealings of Sundance are your thing, Rebecca Hall ghost story The Night House sold for $12 million, while Hulu and NEON has snatched up Palm Springs for 17,500,00 dollars (American) and 69 cents, officially beating the previous high set by Birth of a Nation by less than a buck.

See every movie that got a Tomatometer at the festival with The Sundance 2020 Movie Scorecard!

#117
Adjusted Score: 108.708%
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

#116

La Llorona (2020)
96%

#116
Adjusted Score: 99.311%
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

#115
Adjusted Score: 103.543%
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:

#114
#114
Adjusted Score: 103.887%
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

#113

Herself (2021)
93%

#113
Adjusted Score: 96.966%
Critics Consensus: Sensitively directed by Phyllida Lloyd and brought to life by co-writer Clare Dunne's starring performance, Herself charts one woman's journey with empathy and grace.
Synopsis: After Sandra (Clare Dunne) separates from her abusive husband, Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), she finds herself and her two daughters,... [More]
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd

#112
#112
Adjusted Score: 102.98%
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

#111

The Dissident (2020)
98%

#111
Adjusted Score: 101.172%
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

#110
Adjusted Score: 101.874%
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]

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 95.94%
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

#108
#108
Adjusted Score: 103.172%
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

#107

On the Record (2020)
99%

#107
Adjusted Score: 101.384%
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

#106

Minari (2020)
98%

#106
Adjusted Score: 111.138%
Critics Consensus: Led by arresting performances from Steven Yeun and Yeri Han, Minari offers an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of family and assimilation in 1980s America.
Synopsis: A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas... [More]
Directed By: Lee Isaac Chung

#105
#105
Adjusted Score: 102.245%
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

#104
#104
Adjusted Score: 100.052%
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

#103

The Father (2021)
98%

#103
Adjusted Score: 108.616%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

#102

The Fight (2020)
99%

#102
Adjusted Score: 101.106%
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:

#101

Feels Good Man (2020)
95%

#101
Adjusted Score: 97.755%
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

#100

The Go-Go's (2020)
98%

#100
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

#99

Relic (2020)
92%

#99
Adjusted Score: 101.708%
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

#98

Palm Springs (2020)
95%

#98
Adjusted Score: 105.171%
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

#97

Sylvie's Love (2020)
93%

#97
Adjusted Score: 97.748%
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

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 98.498%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable feature debut for director Heidi Ewing, I Carry You with Me finds universally resonant themes in a specific, richly detailed time and place.
Synopsis: Based on true love, this decades spanning romance begins in Mexico between an aspiring chef (Armando Espitia) and a teacher... [More]
Directed By: Heidi Ewing

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 101.331%
Critics Consensus: The Truffle Hunters explores a world most viewers will know nothing about -- with delightfully savory results.
Synopsis: Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare... [More]

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 95.92%
Critics Consensus: Rounded out by a pair of satisfying performances, Dinner in America is a coming-of-age rom-com with infectious punk rock energy.
Synopsis: An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band unexpectedly fall in love and go on an... [More]
Directed By: Adam Rehmeier

#93

Assassins (2020)
98%

#93
Adjusted Score: 98.947%
Critics Consensus: A deft and illuminating journalistic investigation, Assassins depicts the mechanics of North Korean politics to a chilling effect.
Synopsis: Raw footage and emotional testimonies tell the story of the Vietnamese and Indonesian women charged with the murder of Kim... [More]
Directed By: Ryan White

#92

Into the Deep (2020)
100%

#92
Adjusted Score: 41.718%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 2016, Australian filmmaker Emma Sullivan began documenting Peter Madsen's workshop and his quest to launch a rocket into space.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Emma Sullivan

#91
Adjusted Score: 100.425%
Critics Consensus: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection stands in the fault line between the cradle of tradition and tomorrow, defiantly insisting that one need not exist at the expense of the other.
Synopsis: After Mantoa's (Mary Twala Mhlongo) last remaining relative-her son-dies in a mining accident in South Africa, she begins to feel... [More]

#90
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

#89

Save Yourselves! (2020)
89%

#89
Adjusted Score: 92.172%
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]

#88

Tesla (2020)
58%

#88
Adjusted Score: 65.205%
Critics Consensus: Appropriately bold and ambitious, Tesla takes a number of risks that don't always pay off -- but Ethan Hawke's performance makes those flaws easier to forgive.
Synopsis: Brilliant, brooding inventor Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition. Increasingly... [More]
Directed By: Michael Almereyda

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 107.31%
Critics Consensus: A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.
Synopsis: Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman... until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she's... [More]
Directed By: Emerald Fennell

#86

Shirley (2020)
87%

#86
Adjusted Score: 97.496%
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

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 96.125%
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

#84

Boys State (2020)
94%

#84
Adjusted Score: 99.629%
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

#83

The Climb (2020)
90%

#83
Adjusted Score: 94.609%
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

#82

Miss Juneteenth (2020)
99%

#82
Adjusted Score: 104.397%
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]

#81

Kajillionaire (2020)
90%

#81
Adjusted Score: 98.502%
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

#80

Possessor: Uncut (2020)
94%

#80
Adjusted Score: 103.012%
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

#79

The Night House (2021)
88%

#79
Adjusted Score: 88.037%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built... [More]
Starring: Rebecca Hall
Directed By: David Bruckner

#78

Miss Americana (2020)
91%

#78
Adjusted Score: 94.264%
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

#77

Whirlybird (2021)
94%

#77
Adjusted Score: 64.956%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, husband-and-wife team Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (then known as... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Matt Yoka

#76

Leap of Faith (2019)
92%

#76
Adjusted Score: 93.388%
Critics Consensus: Leap of Faith may not offer hardcore Exorcist fans much new information, but its behind-the-scenes anecdotes are enlivened by William Friedkin's magnetic charm.
Synopsis: A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, LEAP OF FAITH explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin's mind's... [More]
Starring: William Friedkin
Directed By: Alexandre O. Philippe

#75

The Mole Agent (2020)
94%

#75
Adjusted Score: 96.152%
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

#74

Black Bear (2020)
89%

#74
Adjusted Score: 94.953%
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]

#73

Beast Beast (2021)
79%

#73
Adjusted Score: 79.252%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an exceptional performance from Shirley Chen, Beast Beast thoughtfully places its young protagonists on center stage in a conflicting coming of age story.
Synopsis: Three interwoven stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a Southern, American town. Brimming... [More]
Directed By: Danny Madden

#72

Ema (2019)
89%

#72
Adjusted Score: 92.316%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and powerfully acted, Ema puts a thoroughly distinctive spin on its story of emotional trauma and self-discovery.
Synopsis: After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#71

High Tide (2020)
78%

#71
Adjusted Score: 32.54%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Verónica Chen

#70

The Evening Hour (2021)
75%

#70
Adjusted Score: 51.827%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The autumnal mountains of southern Appalachia hold a haunting power within which Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger FIRST REFORMED), maintains an... [More]
Directed By: Braden King

#69

The Assistant (2020)
92%

#69
Adjusted Score: 101.661%
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

#68

Zola (2021)
88%

#68
Adjusted Score: 94.816%
Critics Consensus: Zola captures the stranger-than-fiction appeal of the viral Twitter thread that inspired it -- and announces director/co-writer Janicza Bravo as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: "Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It's kind of long but full... [More]
Directed By: Janicza Bravo

#67

Nine Days (2021)
87%

#67
Adjusted Score: 89.412%
Critics Consensus: A knockout feature directorial debut from Edson Oda, Nine Days is an ethereal and evocative film about the meaning of life - elevated by a phenomenal performance from Winston Duke.
Synopsis: At a waystation in a remote desert, Will (Winston Duke), an arbiter, interviews prospective souls for rebirth. The sudden death... [More]
Directed By: Edson Oda

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 95.708%
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

#65

Charm City Kings (2020)
80%

#65
Adjusted Score: 81.596%
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

#64

The Nest (2020)
89%

#64
Adjusted Score: 95.509%
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

#63

Spaceship Earth (2020)
88%

#63
Adjusted Score: 92.192%
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

#62

Wander Darkly (2020)
75%

#62
Adjusted Score: 78.496%
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

#61

The Courier (2020)
86%

#61
Adjusted Score: 93.112%
Critics Consensus: The Courier delivers a rousingly effective old-school spy adventure elevated by a thrilling fact-based story and Benedict Cumberbatch's nervy central performance.
Synopsis: THE COURIER is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Cooke

#60

Luxor (2020)
90%

#60
Adjusted Score: 91.874%
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

#59

Time (2020)
98%

#59
Adjusted Score: 102.655%
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

#58
Adjusted Score: 83.667%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Once upon a time, the Venezuelan village of Congo Mirador was prosperous, alive with fisherman and poets. Now it is... [More]
Starring:

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 90.708%
Critics Consensus: A thoughtful look at the intricacies of girlhood in the modern age, Cuties is a coming-of-age film that confronts its themes with poignancy and nuance.
Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Amy... [More]
Directed By: Maïmouna Doucouré

#56

Amulet (2020)
71%

#56
Adjusted Score: 73.476%
Critics Consensus: If its chilly sense of dread never quite becomes spine-tingling terror, Amulet remains smart, solidly disquieting fun for genre fans seeking slow-building horror.
Synopsis: Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda,... [More]
Directed By: Romola Garai

#55

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#55
Adjusted Score: 83.596%
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

#54
Adjusted Score: 41.811%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rodrigo is a solitary teenager, a king in the private world he shares with his mother. Things change when she... [More]

#53

The Nowhere Inn (2021)
75%

#53
Adjusted Score: 51.827%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#52
Adjusted Score: 81.483%
Critics Consensus: Despite glossing over some of the darker events in the subject's life, Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story is an engaging look at a groundbreaking show.
Synopsis: HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY is the story of the rise and fall of one of the most influential animated series... [More]

#51

Come Away (2020)
29%

#51
Adjusted Score: 31.198%
Critics Consensus: Largely lacking the fairytale magic it seeks to conjure, Come Away is an initially intriguing fantasy that never really takes flight.
Synopsis: In director Brenda Chapman's syncretic adventure fantasy, Peter Pan and his sister Alice are caught between their actual home and... [More]
Directed By: Brenda Chapman

#50

Lost Girls (2020)
72%

#50
Adjusted Score: 73.503%
Critics Consensus: Raw yet rewarding, Lost Girls overcomes uneven storytelling with powerful performances and a willingness to resist easy catharsis.
Synopsis: When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari (Academy Award (R) nominee Amy Ryan) embarks on a... [More]
Directed By: Liz Garbus

#49

Spree (2020)
67%

#49
Adjusted Score: 69.662%
Critics Consensus: Joe Keery's magnetic screen presence can't disguise Spree's shallow critique of social media culture -- although that lack of depth may be precisely the point.
Synopsis: Meet Kurt, from @KurtsWorld96 (Joe Keery). He dreams of sitting atop a social media empire, but for now he drives... [More]
Directed By: Eugene Kotlyarenko

#48

The Glorias (2020)
67%

#48
Adjusted Score: 72.072%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet engaging, The Glorias honors the work of a pivotal American activist without quite capturing her trailblazing spirit.
Synopsis: Journalist, fighter, and feminist Gloria Steinem is an indelible icon known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women's... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor

#47

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#47
Adjusted Score: 81.423%
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:

#46

Worth (2020)
65%

#46
Adjusted Score: 60.259%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Following the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US, Congress appoints attorney Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) to lead the September 11th... [More]
Directed By: Sara Colangelo

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 50.757%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shari (Ella Balinska), a shy and determined single mother, decides to take a moment for herself and begin dating again... [More]
Directed By: Shana Feste

#44

The Last Shift (2020)
64%

#44
Adjusted Score: 64.669%
Critics Consensus: The Last Shift doesn't quite reach the potential of its premise, however a powerful performance from Richard Jenkins makes it worth the watch.
Synopsis: The Last Shift is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, while worlds apart. Stanley (Richard... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Cohn

#43

Bad Hair (2020)
62%

#43
Adjusted Score: 64.755%
Critics Consensus: Bad Hair's unwieldy ambitions are easy to respect -- even if the film's tonal jumble and uneven execution are impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1989. Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine) is a scarred survivor of a scalp burn from a mild relaxer perm.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Simien

#42

Blast Beat (2021)
63%

#42
Adjusted Score: 43.528%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On the cusp of the year 2000, Colombian brothers Carly (Mateo Arias) and Mateo (Moises Arias) prepare to move to... [More]
Directed By: Esteban Arango

#41

Jumbo (2021)
77%

#41
Adjusted Score: 78.807%
Critics Consensus: Jumbo might be more compelling as an idea than a complete viewing experience, but whatever this strikingly unusual love story lacks in narrative finesse, it makes up in originality.
Synopsis: Jeanne, a shy young woman, works at night in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives with her... [More]
Directed By: Zoé Wittock

#40

Falling (2020)
67%

#40
Adjusted Score: 70.357%
Critics Consensus: As messy and complex as the relationship at its center, Falling's repetitive nature can be taxing, but its heart is clearly in the right place.
Synopsis: FALLING follows John (Viggo Mortensen) who lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in... [More]
Directed By: Viggo Mortensen

#39

Wendy (2020)
39%

#39
Adjusted Score: 42.682%
Critics Consensus: Wendy dares to do something different with its classic source material; unfortunately, the movie's breathtaking visuals are at odds with a flawed take on the story.
Synopsis: The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF... [More]
Directed By: Benh Zeitlin

#38

Surge (2020)
78%

#38
Adjusted Score: 78.252%
Critics Consensus: Discomfiting by design, Surge will wear some viewers down -- but Ben Whishaw's mesmerizing performance keeps the action gripping even when it's hard to take.
Synopsis: Joseph (Ben Whishaw) is trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of emotion and meaning. After an impulsive... [More]
Directed By: Aneil Karia

#37

Horse Girl (2020)
70%

#37
Adjusted Score: 71.642%
Critics Consensus: Horse Girl proves unwilling or unable to explore the deeper themes it addresses, but this unusual drama is anchored by Alison Brie's committed performance.
Synopsis: Sarah (Alison Brie), a socially isolated arts and crafts store employee, finds herself more content in the company of horses... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#36

Us Kids (2021)
84%

#36
Adjusted Score: 84.382%
Critics Consensus: Skillfully directed by Kim A. Snyder, Us Kids is a stirring portrait of hope that prevails in the face of tragedy.
Synopsis: Us Kids is an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of youth leaders determined to fight for justice at a critical time... [More]
Directed By: Kim A. Snyder

#35

Downhill (2020)
37%

#35
Adjusted Score: 45.549%
Critics Consensus: Fittingly named for a remake whose charms are dwarfed by its superior source material, Downhill is frequently -- and frustratingly -- less than the sum of its talented parts.
Synopsis: Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as... [More]
Directed By: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

#34

Four Good Days (2021)
52%

#34
Adjusted Score: 54.239%
Critics Consensus: Four Good Days struggles to bring authenticity to its tragic source material and strands its talent in a bland melodrama.
Synopsis: In an emotional journey based on a true story by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post writer Eli Saslow, 31-year-old Molly begs... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo García

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 6.549%
Critics Consensus: It'll be the last thing most viewers want, too.
Synopsis: At the tipping point of the Iran Contra affair's arms for drugs plot, hardscrabble news journalist Elena McMahon finds herself... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

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