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The Best Movies of 2021, Ranked by Tomatometer
Rotten Tomatoes is collecting every new Certified Fresh movie into one list, creating our guide to the best movies of 2021. Among them you’ll find blockbusters (Shang-Chi), documentaries (Lily Topples the World), awards contenders (The Green Knight), the cutting-edge in horror (The Night House).
Movies achieve Certified Fresh status by maintaining a steady 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 published by Top Critics. Once a movie goes Certified Fresh, the only way to lose it is by dropping below 70%.
After the world-altering year of 2020, critics and audiences and studio heads alike are navigating 2021 with its evolving distribution models and industry standards. So far, streaming continues to deliver the goods straight to the people while theaters have now reopened in earnest, and are delivering some big hits (Free Guy, Black Widow, and yes, Shang-Chi).
Read on for the best movies of 2021, ranked by Tomatometer, and check back often as we update the list!
Newly added: The Card Counter, Sabaya, The Man Who Sold His Skin, The Stylist, Misha and the Wolves, Days, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, Wildland.
Adjusted Score: 75649%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
While working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg, aspiring writer Joanna Rakoff receives personal advice from reclusive author J.D. Salinger.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78430%
Critics Consensus: Although it traffics in familiar territory, Palmer is elevated by worthy themes and a strong ensemble led by an impressive Justin Timberlake.
After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100414%
Critics Consensus: Cruella can't quite answer the question of why its title character needed an origin story, but this dazzling visual feast is awfully fun to watch whenever its leading ladies lock horns.
Estella is a young and clever grifter who's determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. However,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81822%
Critics Consensus: The World to Come is made from ingredients that will be familiar to fans of period forbidden romance movies, but they're given fresh life thanks to an excellent cast.
Two farmers' wives find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87447%
Critics Consensus: The Mauritanian takes a frustratingly generic approach to a real-life story that might have been inspirational in other hands, but Tahar Rahim's performance elevates the uneven material.
A defense attorney, her associate and a military prosecutor uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99351%
Critics Consensus: Delivering squarely on its title, Godzilla vs. Kong swats away character development and human drama to deliver all the spectacle you'd expect from giant monsters slugging it out.
Fearsome monsters Godzilla and Kong square off in an epic battle for the ages. The initial confrontation between the two... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76156%
Critics Consensus: Spoor stylishly taps into a deep well of anger to deliver an unusual yet largely effective revenge thriller with environmental and feminist overtones.
A retired woman gets mixed up in a mystery when avid hunters in her mountain village begin turning up dead,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77885%
Critics Consensus: A horror story with unexpected emotional resonance, Son uses its familial focus to counter a certain queasy familiarity.
When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76497%
Critics Consensus: Percy vs Goliath teeters toward heavy-handed messaging, but Christopher Walken's work in the central role helps keep this fact-based story upright.
Third-generation farmer Percy Schmeiser joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau to fight a monumental... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77497%
Critics Consensus: Pixie borrows shamelessly from multiple like-minded heist thrillers; fortunately, Olivia Cooke's outstanding lead performance makes for a great getaway vehicle.
Pixie sets out to avenge her mother's death and attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79953%
Critics Consensus: Its characters' time-loop journey is a little bumpy and fairly familiar, but heartfelt charm and likeable leads make A Map of Tiny Perfect Things worth following.
Two teens develop a budding romance while stuck in an endless time loop.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79024%
Critics Consensus: It's hard to ignore the parts that are left unexamined, but WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn does well enough by its real-life stranger-than-fiction story.
The rise and fall of one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist bubbles in recent years -- the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80139%
Critics Consensus: With ingeniously gross hidden-camera bits that often find their unsuspecting marks at their best, Bad Trip turns out to be a surprisingly uplifting ride.
Hidden cameras capture two best friends pulling hilarious and inventive pranks on an unsuspecting public.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83330%
Critics Consensus: Pacing problems prevent Stowaway from fully engaging, but it's distinguished by its thoughtful, well-acted approach to a story built on an excruciating moral dilemma.
A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82757%
Critics Consensus: Part creature feature, part war movie, and part social commentary, Shadow in the Cloud doesn't always blend its ingredients evenly -- but it's frequently pulpy fun.
While traveling with top-secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress, a female WWII pilot encounters an evil presence on board.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81045%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Hoping to save his sick mother, a boy ventures into the remote Wild Horse forest to search for a mythical... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88963%
Critics Consensus: A searing swipe at late-stage capitalism, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating pitch black comedy with a wicked performance from Rosamund Pike.
A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81313%
Critics Consensus: A bizarrely memorable sci-fi/comedy hybrid, Fried Barry may be an acquired taste, but it certainly isn't chicken.
Aliens take over the body of a drug addict and take it for a joyride through Cape Town.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80414%
Critics Consensus: The dramatic heft and dread of The Night delivers haunting psychological frights -- and an impressive feature directorial debut for Kourosh Ahari.
A couple become trapped inside a hotel with their demons -- real and imagined -- until they can confront the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82030%
Critics Consensus: Diminishing returns have set in for this trilogy, but To All the Boys: Always and Forever has just enough of the original's effervescent charm to serve as a worthy conclusion.
Senior year of high school takes center stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82381%
Critics Consensus: Savagely funny and viscerally unsettling, The Columnist takes the unbridled vitriol of social media to its bloodily over-the-top conclusion.
A columnist and author decides to take revenge after being flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88713%
Critics Consensus: In the Earth's bleak kaleidoscope of horror is a hallucinogenic meditation on the residual pandemic fears that haunt humanity.
As the world searches for a cure to a devastating virus, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106579%
Critics Consensus: Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81294%
Critics Consensus: Fans of uplifting sports dramas will find Safety in this skillfully told fact-based story about an athlete overcoming adversity.
Aided by his teammates and the community, Clemson University football player Ray McElrathbey succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82306%
Critics Consensus: Stylish and exciting, Cliff Walkers sees director Zhang Yimou trying his hand at the spy thriller genre with generally impressive results.
Trained in the Soviet Union, four special agents find themselves in constant danger after a traitor sells them out.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83201%
Critics Consensus: While not FranÃ§ois Ozon's best work, Summer of 85 serves as a beguiling, bittersweet ode to teen love and its lingering after-effects.
When Alexis capsizes off the coast of France, David comes to the rescue and opens his eyes to a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85767%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and solidly directed, Concrete Cowboy lassos old-fashioned uplift with its story of a father and son in a little-seen corner of American culture.
Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88547%
Critics Consensus: Bright, colorful, and unabashedly silly, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar reaffirms that Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig are still as fun -- and funny -- as ever.
Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97467%
Critics Consensus: Combining a clever concept, sweet, self-aware humor, and a charming cast, Free Guy is frivolous fun.
When a bank teller discovers he's a background player in a video game, he decides to become the hero of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81270%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A young woman flees a backwoods cult and becomes a caregiver for a woman with Down syndrome. However, she can't... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83527%
Critics Consensus: An effective spine-tingler despite clear budget constraints, Caveat suggests a deliciously dark filmmaking future for writer-director Damian Mc Carthy.
A desperate drifter suffering from partial memory loss agrees to look after his landlord's psychologically troubled niece in an isolated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82715%
Critics Consensus: Offering a hauntingly lush style and plenty of gore, Bloodthirsty successfully captures the nightmarish darkness behind being hungry like the wolf in the quest for fame.
After teaming up with a mysterious producer at his remote cabin, Grey's music transforms. She's disturbed to find that so... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85096%
Critics Consensus: If its narrative ambitions aren't always equaled by its chilling visuals, Gaia remains an effective slice of ecological horror.
A park ranger takes shelter with two survivalists after an attack by mysterious creatures in a primordial forest.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83874%
Critics Consensus: A stranger-than-fiction account of a too-incredible-to-be-true story, Misha and the Wolves is an engaging documentary wrapped in a thrilling mystery.
A woman's dramatic memoir of surviving the Holocaust takes the world by storm, until a falling-out causes her publisher to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84247%
Critics Consensus: Boys from County Hell stands out as an uncommonly good time in the crowded vampire genre -- and proves the Irish countryside is a fine setting for slaying the undead.
Some hardy road workers, led by a bickering father and son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88471%
Critics Consensus: Fear Street Part One: 1994 kicks off the trilogy in promising fashion, honoring the source material with plenty of retro slasher appeal.
After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that's plagued their notorious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84382%
Critics Consensus: Akilla's Escape occasionally loses sight of its strongest assets, but solid acting and a smart story make this a neo-noir worth watching.
A drug dealer finds his moral code challenged when he interrupts an armed robbery and captures one of the gang... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84483%
Critics Consensus: Although Port Authority frustrates with its inaccurate portrayal of the culture it attempts to represent, it remains an absorbing and well-acted drama.
Kicked out of his home in Pennsylvania, Paul travels to New York City and finds romance with a woman who,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85952%
Critics Consensus: A supernatural horror story grounded in real-world trauma, The Power marks writer-director Corinna Faith as an emerging talent to watch.
A trainee nurse arrives for her first day at the empty East London Royal Infirmary, where she's forced to face... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102049%
Critics Consensus: Nobody doesn't break any new ground for the genre, but this viscerally violent thriller smashes, shatters, and destroys plenty of other things -- all while proving Bob Odenkirk has what it takes to be an action star.
In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, an enraged man must save his wife and son from a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93058%
Critics Consensus: Led by Oscar Isaac's gripping performance, The Card Counter adds another weighty chapter to Paul Schrader's long inquiry into man's moral responsibility.
An ex-military interrogator turned gambler remains haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88162%
Critics Consensus: Homeroom offers an encouraging -- and engaging -- look at young people preparing to leave high school behind and shape the future.
Oakland High School's class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year as anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90016%
Critics Consensus: Led by Ezra Dewey's standout performance, The Djinn serves up a scary, sleekly effective cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for.
A mute boy becomes trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster after making a wish to fulfill his heart's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88708%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and visually striking, Come True offers an eerily effective reminder of how the sleeping subconscious can be fertile ground for horror.
Strange events plague a troubled teen when she participates in a scientific experiment to stop her nightmares.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90119%
Critics Consensus: Jakob's Wife gives genre legend Barbara Crampton an opportunity to carry an old-school horror story -- and she bloody well delivers.
Bodies start to pile up when a woman discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93058%
Critics Consensus: Werewolves Within is the rare horror comedy that offers equal helpings of either genre -- and adds up to a whole lot of fun in the bargain.
A snowstorm traps town residents together inside the local inn, where newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97119%
Critics Consensus: Led by Rebecca Hall's gripping central performance, The Night House offers atmospheric horror that engages intellectually as well as emotionally.
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone at the lakeside home he built for her.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95136%
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.
Recruited by MI6, British businessman Greville Wynne works with Soviet spy Oleg Penkovsky to obtain intelligence on the Cuban Missile... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90040%
Critics Consensus: Its title may be unwieldy, but Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time looks at the nature of love with commendable clarity.
A neurosurgeon returns to Budapest to reunite with the love of her life: a man who says they have never... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91450%
Critics Consensus: Vivo offers few surprises, but this attractively animated adventure is enlivened by the catchy songs contributed by star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89375%
Critics Consensus: For viewers tuned into Quentin Dupieux's frequently absurd wavelength, Keep an Eye Out offers another delightfully off-kilter triumph.
An absurd all-night interrogation takes place in a 1970s police station.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90665%
Critics Consensus: Operation Varsity Blues uses a unique stylistic blend of documentary and re-enactments to compellingly piece together the details of a torn-from-the-tabloids scandal.
Reenactments tell the story of the mastermind behind a scam to get children from wealthy families into the top American... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93827%
Critics Consensus: Oxygen gets the white-knuckle maximum out of its claustrophobic setting, with director Alexandre Aja and star MÃ©lanie Laurent making this a must-watch thriller for sci-fi fans.
A woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there, and she must find... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93406%
Critics Consensus: Violation presents a powerful depiction of one woman's trauma -- and its uncomfortably gripping aftermath.
A troubled woman who feels betrayed by those around her seeks revenge.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94389%
Critics Consensus: A smart and subversive twist on slasher horror, Fear Street Part II: 1978 shows that summer camp has never been scarier thanks to stellar performances from Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, and Ryan Simpkins.
A summer of fun turns into a gruesome fight for survival as a killer terrorizes Camp Nightwing in the cursed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94051%
Critics Consensus: Spurred on by an excellent Toni Collette, Dream Horse has a comfortably crowd-pleasing gait that makes the most of the story's familiar formula.
The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by bartender Jan Vokes. With very little money and no... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94275%
Critics Consensus: Undine draws on folklore for a dark fantasy whose murky storytelling is often offset by the enchanting romance at its core.
A woman works as a historian who specializes in the urban development of modern-day Berlin. When the man she loves... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96686%
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.
A man interviews five unborn souls to determine which one can be given life on Earth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102491%
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.
Zola, a Detroit waitress, is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for some quick cash -- but the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102502%
Critics Consensus: The Green Knight honors and deconstructs its source material in equal measure, producing an absorbing adventure that casts a fantastical spell.
King Arthur's headstrong nephew embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who appears at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91846%
Critics Consensus: While Wild Indian might have benefited from a more probing approach to its themes, it's held together by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.'s skilled direction and a strong performance from lead Michael Greyeyes.
Makwa, a young Anishinaabe boy, likes to escape his troubled life by playing with his friend Ted-O. One day, Makwa... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91455%
Critics Consensus: Ailey pays invigorating tribute to its subject's brilliant legacy -- and offers a tantalizing introduction to the rest of a fascinating story.
Filmmaker Jamila Wignot examines the life of visionary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94036%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning crime drama anchored by a solid central performance from Eric Bana, The Dry offers gripping thrills for genre fans.
A federal agent investigates the decades-old death of a teenage girl in his drought-stricken hometown.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97707%
Critics Consensus: Occasionally uneven but bold and viscerally effective, Censor marks a bloody good step forward for British horror.
A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie
to her sister's mysterious disappearance.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91219%
Critics Consensus: A slasher with flair and crafty patience for the kill, The Stylist marks writer-director Jill Gevargizian as an uncommonly sharp genre filmmaker.
Adjusted Score: 91293%
Critics Consensus: Les NÃ´tres deftly hits expected beats to tell a story of betrayal whose finely calibrated direction and performances make it all the more harrowing.
When faced with life's challenges, Sainte-Adeline's community has always stuck together. But this time, a scandal sends shock waves through... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91349%
Critics Consensus: The Oak Room contains a taut, spooky tale that proves southern gothic can flourish in the snowy north.
While a drifter tries to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91349%
Critics Consensus: True Mothers uses an intractable conflict to explore the bonds of parenthood with director/co-writer Naomi Kawase's usual sensitivity and grace.
An adopted son's mother receives an unexpected visit from the boy's biological mother.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90782%
Critics Consensus: The Queen of Black Magic mixes buried trauma with supernatural horror to produce a dark blend that genre fans will savor.
A middle-class family travels into rural Indonesia to visit the terminally ill director of the orphanage where the father was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90740%
Critics Consensus: A striking debut from director/co-writer Dea Kulumbegashvili, Beginning grapples convincingly with complex ideas while offering a brilliant showcase for star Ia Sukhitashvili.
A missionary's life spirals out of control after extremists burn down a Jehovah's Witnesses church in a remote Georgian village.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90742%
Critics Consensus: Spurts of dark humor gush out of I Blame Society's satirical approach to filmmaking and celebrity culture, prodded by sharp societal observations from writer-director-star Gillian Wallace Horvat.
The lines between art and real life begin to blur when an ambitious filmmaker realizes she's good at getting away... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91770%
Critics Consensus: A refreshingly optimistic look at urban community life, The Outside Story is further distinguished by a layered leading performance from Brian Tyree Henry.
An introverted video editor locks himself out of his building and is forced to confront the world he has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94427%
Critics Consensus: Moffie uses one South African soldier's story to grapple against a series of thorny questions -- with rough yet rewarding results.
Adjusted Score: 95467%
Critics Consensus: Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions.
Terror strikes when an Orthodox Jewish man agrees to watch over the dead body of a community member in a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98759%
Critics Consensus: Together Together explores love and parenthood from unexpected angles, capturing a broad spectrum of emotions through Patti Harrison and Ed Helms' starring performances.
A young loner becomes a surrogate mother for a single, middle-aged man who wants a child. Their unexpected relationship soon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112401%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111715%
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.
Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93617%
Critics Consensus: It's hard not to hear echoes of similarly desperate stories, but Holler drowns them out with strong performances and palpable empathy.
Hoping to pay for college, a determined young woman lands a dangerous job working in a scrap metal yard during... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94407%
Critics Consensus: Tough but stirring, Little Fish uses one couple's pandemic love story to illustrate the strength of human connection in trying times.
A couple fight to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96372%
Critics Consensus: While it may not be on par with his best crime capers, No Sudden Move finds Soderbergh on entertainingly familiar ground -- and making the most of an excellent cast.
In 1954 Detroit, small-time criminals are hired to steal a document. When their heist goes horribly wrong, their search for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100198%
Critics Consensus: An emotionally raw and respectful portrait of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner marks another unflinchingly honest documentary from director Morgan Neville.
An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef who lived his life unabashedly became a world-renowned cultural icon.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110038%
Critics Consensus: Slight but suffused with infectious joy, the beguiling Luca proves Pixar can play it safe while still charming audiences of all ages.
A boy tries to help his best friend hide a fantastical secret -- he turns into a sea monster whenever... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108171%
Critics Consensus: A nerve-wracking continuation of its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II expands the terrifying world of the franchise without losing track of its heart.
The Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Forced... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93514%
Critics Consensus: Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation lives up to its title with an absorbing and revealing look at a pair of American literary giants.
The work, lives and personal journeys of two creative Americans -- novelist Truman Capote and playwright Tennessee Williams -- coalesce... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93945%
Critics Consensus: Days of the Bagnold Summer draws on well-rounded performances from its leads to fill in the familiar outlines of its coming-of-age story with gentle humor and tender insight.
A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93379%
Critics Consensus: Final Account falls shy of the definitive statement suggested by its title, but the belated reckoning on display remains chillingly valuable viewing.
Men and women -- ranging from former SS members to civilians -- discuss their memories and perceptions of the Holocaust.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94384%
Critics Consensus: Mass requires a lot of its audience, but rewards that emotional labor with a raw look at grief that establishes writer-director Fran Kranz as a filmmaker of tremendous promise.
Two couples meet for a painful and raw conversation in the aftermath of a violent tragedy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95737%
Critics Consensus: Udo Kier's layered performance lends Swan Song a nuance and poignancy that offset its potentially outlandish story.
A retired hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95710%
Critics Consensus: Over the top and enthusiastically strange, PG: Psycho Goreman delivers all the cheesy midnight-movie goodness promised by its title.
Intergalactic assassins converge on a small town after two siblings unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97546%
Critics Consensus: A profoundly uplifting portrait of the refugee experience, Limbo is distinguished by its offbeat tone -- and overall impressive work from debuting director Ben Sharrock.
A young Syrian musician and other refugees seek asylum on a remote Scottish island.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110839%
Critics Consensus: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn't entirely free of Marvel's familiar formula, but this exciting origin story expands the MCU in more ways than one.
Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he's drawn into the web of the mysterious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93238%
Critics Consensus: Wildland reaches past the familiar tropes of its gangster drama setup to tell an evocative and refreshingly original coming-of-age story.
Following a car accident, which kills her mother, 17-year-old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt's grown... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93891%
Critics Consensus: Pray Away presents a compassionate picture of the damage wrought by so-called conversion therapy -- on its subjects as well as its proponents.
Five evangelicals in the 1970s break away and form Exodus International, a group that claims that gay people can become... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93326%
Critics Consensus: The Man Who Sold His Skin uses the tension between art and commerce as powerful fuel for a sobering story about freedom and human dignity.
A Syrian refugee in Lebanon allows his back to become a canvas for a famous tattoo artist. Soon, collectors become... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94405%
Critics Consensus: An enchanting debut for writer-director-star Suzanne Lindon, Spring Blossom captures first love with fittingly delicate beauty.
A 16-year-old girl who is bored with her peers becomes involved with an older man at a theater she passes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95234%
Critics Consensus: A layered look at fame in the digital era, Lily Topples the World benefits immensely from a subject with an uplifting story and immense charm.
Filmmaker Jeremy Workman follows the career of 20-year-old Lily Hevesh - the world's greatest domino toppler and the only woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94496%
Critics Consensus: Led by Alec Utgoff's impressive starring performance, Never Gonna Snow Again blends elements of sci-fi, satire, and surreal drama with an assured hand.
A Ukrainian masseur uses his magic touch to change the lives of his wealthy but sad Polish clients.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94952%
Critics Consensus: All Light, Everywhere poses thought-provoking questions about our view of objective reality -- and the implications for our growing reliance on surveillance technology.
Filmmaker Theo Anthony offers a far-ranging look at the biases in how people see things, focusing on the recorded image.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95370%
Critics Consensus: Mandibles finds writer-director Quentin Dupieux off on another thoroughly original flight of fancy that will captivate like-minded audiences while baffling others.
Two hapless losers discover a giant fly in the trunk of a stolen car and decide to domesticate it in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94819%
Critics Consensus: A rich blend of thrilling horror and sharp social commentary, Lucky acts as a bloody good calling card for director Natasha Kermani and writer-star Brea Grant.
A self-help book author finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night. She... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95645%
Critics Consensus: Some Kind of Heaven could have gone deeper into its subject, but it remains a breezily entertaining look at some interesting people.
Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages -- a massive, self-contained retirement community located in Central Florida.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97922%
Critics Consensus: The Killing of Two Lovers unites deft direction and an artfully assembled cast in service of a powerful story.
A man desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99179%
Critics Consensus: An absorbingly reflective documentary that benefits from its subject's self-chronicling, Val offers an intimate look at a unique life and career.
Forty years of never-before-seen footage chronicling the life of Val Kilmer.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101277%
Critics Consensus: A brilliantly unsettling blend of body horror and psychological thriller, Saint Maud marks an impressive debut for writer-director Rose Glass.
Maud, an unstable, newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul -- but sinister forces and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98806%
Critics Consensus: About Endlessness sees writer-director Roy Andersson surveying the human condition with equal parts striking clarity, tenderness, and deadpan existential wit.
A kaleidoscope of the human condition includes scenes of a couple floating over war-torn Germany, a father and his daughter... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110963%
Critics Consensus: Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever.
Long ago, dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity from sinister monsters known as the Druun. Now, 500 years later, those... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112392%
Critics Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.
In Washington Heights, N.Y., a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96237%
Critics Consensus: Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President warmly -- and tunefully -- highlights a rarely explored facet of the 39th U.S. President's tenure.
Jimmy Carter becomes the first U.S. president to openly embrace rock 'n' roll.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97162%
Critics Consensus: Test Pattern surveys the aftermath of a woman's assault -- and uncovers the many ways in which personal trauma can be compounded by systemic injustice.
An interracial couple's relationship gets put to the test when a man drives from hospital to hospital to find a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96190%
Critics Consensus: Lapsis binds economic anxiety to an unsettling sci-fi story set in the not-too-distant future, with smartly inventive results.
In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli takes a job in the gig economy. He begins pulling cable to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98688%
Critics Consensus: Stray takes a patient, meditative look at the lives of Istanbul's stray dog population -- and uncovers truths of the human condition in the process.
Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo follows the plight of three stray dogs as they find human companionship on the streets of Turkey.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100324%
Critics Consensus: Like the show whose groundbreaking creation it commemorates, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is as enlightening as it is purely entertaining.
Take a stroll down "Sesame Street" and witness the birth of the most impactful children's series in TV history. From... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104851%
Critics Consensus: Their albums may be cult favorites, but this Edgar Wright-directed documentary offers an introduction to Sparks that has something for everyone.
Edgar Wright explores how one rock band can be successful, underrated, influential and criminally overlooked. A musical odyssey exploring five... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96548%
Critics Consensus: The rare film that captures the passion that drives the mastery of creative pursuits, The Disciple reaffirms writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane as an emerging master of his craft.
A vocalist who has devoted his life to the study of classical Indian music begins to question whether he will... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96714%
Critics Consensus: A rare opportunity to look back at history being made, The Human Factor offers an engrossing behind-the-scenes look at efforts to end generations of bloodshed.
U.S. presidents, politicians and statesmen spend 30 years trying to achieve peace in the Middle East.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98596%
Critics Consensus: Gripping and clear-eyed, In the Same Breath captures history as it's being written -- and governmental failures as they amplify worldwide tragedy.
A look at how the Chinese government turned pandemic cover-ups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist Party.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98598%
Critics Consensus: Plan B doesn't overplay its timely message -- and it doesn't have to, thanks to a sharp, funny script and the sparkling chemistry between its charming stars.
After a regrettable sexual encounter, a straight-laced student and her best friend have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98082%
Critics Consensus: A blunt yet visceral depiction of society's treatment of the elderly, The Amusement Park sees George A. Romero exploring a different -- yet still chilling -- type of terror.
A seemingly ordinary day at an amusement park turns into a living nightmare for an elderly man.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101351%
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.
Teenage singer-songwriter Billie Eilish rises to stardom as she navigates life on the road, on stage, and at home with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102401%
Critics Consensus: An affecting profile of screen legend Rita Moreno, Just a Girl is at once a sharp critique of the industry's crushing inequities and a beautiful homage to an artist who never backed down despite the odds.
The remarkable life and 70-year career of singer, actress and dancer Rita Moreno.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102336%
Critics Consensus: A darkly humorous revenge thriller with satisfying depth and a dash of savory quirk, Riders of Justice makes another compelling case for Mads Mikkelsen as an all-purpose leading man.
Markus returns home to care for his daughter when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. However, when a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111516%
Critics Consensus: CODA's story offers few surprises, but strong representation and a terrific cast -- led by Emilia Jones' brilliant performance -- bring this coming-of-age story vividly to life.
Ruby, 17, is the only hearing member in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113861%
Critics Consensus: An electrifying dramatization of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice -- and a major triumph for its director and stars.
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98246%
Critics Consensus: The Reason I Jump's moving personal perspective succeeds in providing an authentic understanding of its subjects' journeys.
Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell examines the lives of five young people who live with autism spectrum disorder.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98436%
Critics Consensus: A tense, terrifying, and all-around outstanding feature debut for its co-directing duo, The Boy Behind the Door should thrill discerning horror fans.
Bobby tries to save himself and his best friend when they are kidnapped on their way home from school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98491%
Critics Consensus: The Human Voice unites Pedro AlmodÃ³var and Tilda Swinton for a short film whose rich rewards are belied by its abbreviated length.
A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover -- who is supposed to come pick her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100953%
Critics Consensus: A documentary that feels like a heist thriller, The Lost Leonardo paints an arresting portrait of some of the art world's most colorful characters.
Sold for $450 million, investigators question the authenticity of Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99822%
Critics Consensus: A slim-cut slice of bizarre horror, Slaxx effectively balances quirk with gore -- and has the good sense to get out before its oddball premise starts showing its seams.
A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101054%
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.
Two Mexican men maintain a romantic relationship that spans decades.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100054%
Critics Consensus: Gunda takes an absorbingly meditative look at farm life from the animals' perspective, tacitly posing questions about our relationship to food along the way.
Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captures natural images of cows, chickens, and a pig and its litter.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101880%
Critics Consensus: The Truffle Hunters explores a world most viewers will know nothing about -- with delightfully savory results.
A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105366%
Critics Consensus: A ruefully funny calling card for debuting director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby transcends its sitcom setup with strong performances and satisfying insights.
While at a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110425%
Critics Consensus: Like the animal itself, Pig defies the hogwash of expectations with a beautiful odyssey of loss and love anchored by Nicolas Cage's affectingly raw performance.
Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99118%
Critics Consensus: Days poetically explores the experience of loneliness, reaffirming that few filmmakers understand the human condition as deeply as Ming-liang Tsai.
Kang lives alone in a big house. Non lives in a small apartment in Bangkok where he methodically prepares traditional... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98874%
Critics Consensus: Demon Slayer's visually stunning animation and masterful action set pieces serve a heartfelt plot that is sure to satisfy fans.
Tanjiro and his allies join forces with a powerful swordsmen to battle demons aboard a moving train.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98818%
Critics Consensus: A movingly personal work from writer-director Maria SÃ¸dahl, Hope sees stars BrÃ¦in Hovig and Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd powerfully portraying a turning point in one couple's long love story.
A woman seeks love and support from her neglectful husband after she's diagnosed with terminal cancer.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98350%
Critics Consensus: A deft and illuminating journalistic investigation, Assassins depicts the mechanics of North Korean politics to a chilling effect.
Filmmaker Ryan White examines the circumstances surrounding the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98406%
Critics Consensus: There Is No Evil thoughtfully poses troubling questions about man's responsibility to man -- and leaves the viewer to try and answer them.
Adjusted Score: 98684%
Critics Consensus: Unsettling and compelling in equal measure, My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To casts a visually striking and thought-provoking spell.
A man prowls the streets at night, searching for fresh human blood to keep his brother alive.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98684%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and appropriately beautiful, Sweat takes a thoughtful, empathetic look at social media fame.
A beloved fitness influencer confronts her deepest insecurities as she faces increasing pressure from concerned sponsors and obsessive fans.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99936%
Critics Consensus: Apples explores human identity from a surreal and often humorous perspective, with peculiar yet ultimately thought-provoking results.
Adjusted Score: 100379%
Critics Consensus: The Paper Tigers blends action, comedy, and heart to produce a fresh martial arts movie with plenty of throwback charm.
Three martial artists--notorious in their prime as "the three tigers"--have grown into middle-aged men one kick from a pulled muscle.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100869%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable feature debut for director/co-writer Filippo Meneghetti, Two of Us tells a deceptively complex love story while presenting a rich acting showcase for its three leads.
Two elderly women carry on a secret affair.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108145%
Critics Consensus: Eye-catching and energetic, The Mitchells vs. the Machines delivers a funny, feel-good story that the whole family can enjoy.
A teen embarks on a road trip with her proud parents, younger brother and beloved dog to start her first... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114627%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
A man refuses assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113180%
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.
A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107164%
Critics Consensus: MLK/FBI presents a sobering overview of the American intelligence community's efforts to discredit and destroy a leader of the civil rights movement.
Filmmaker Sam Pollard examines the U.S. government surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr., based on recently declassified files.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111449%
Critics Consensus: Deftly interweaving incredible live footage with a series of revealing interviews, Summer of Soul captures the spirit and context of a watershed moment while tying it firmly to the present.
Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101216%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age drama that thoughtfully handles hard-hitting themes, Paper Spiders is anchored by heartbreaking performances from its leads.
A teen makes a series of tough choices as her mother's paranoid delusions threaten to destroy their loving relationship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101874%
Critics Consensus: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror takes a fascinating deep dive that'll leave like-minded viewers making numerous new additions to their streaming queues.
Exploring the history of folk horror from it's beginnings, through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s to the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101371%
Critics Consensus: Urgent and empathetic, Changing the Game takes an affecting and admirably nuanced look at young transgender athletes.
Journeying into the lives of three high school athletes, Sarah, Andraya, and Mack, at different stages of their athletic seasons,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101941%
Critics Consensus: Sabaya presents a scary and sobering look at human suffering -- and the efforts of those dedicated to ending it.
Members of a group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls who are being held as sex... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101350%
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.
A look at the life of Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of Palestinian city Ramallah, who aspires to lead the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101852%
Critics Consensus: Led by NoÃ©e Abita's outstanding central performance, Slalom offers a moving account of oppression and abuse in the guise of mentorship.
A predatory ski instructor steps over the line when he takes a 15-year-old prodigy under his wing in the French... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102246%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning descent into desperation, Identifying Features uses one shattered family's ordeal to offer a harrowing look at the immigrant experience.
A woman tries to find her son's whereabouts after he leaves Mexico to find work in the United States.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102434%
Critics Consensus: Quo Vadis, Aida? uses one woman's heartbreaking conflict to offer a searing account of war's devastating human toll.
When the Serbian army takes over the town, Aida's family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104436%
Critics Consensus: A raw, fly-on-the-wall recounting of hospital life in Wuhan in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, 76 Days is an engrossing and potent documentary - and a surprisingly comforting portrait of humanity.
Health care workers and patients combat the COVID-19 outbreak during a lockdown in Wuhan, China.... [More]
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