Chances are you didn't see many movies in theaters this year. With closures across the country, and many of us forced to stay inside our homes, the moviegoing experience in 2020 was different—to say the least. But there were still plenty of new releases: smaller, indie films that got a little more attention on streaming services than they likely would have while competing against the many blockbuster releases that were postponed until post-pandemic. The critics were certainly paying attention. Based on their reviews, the following list represents the best movies 2020 had to offer.
We turned to Metacritic, which assigns films scores based on an average of the reviews they receive. The site's ranked list of the best reviewed films of the year is eclectic and filled with titles you might have missed in a more crowded, studio-driven year. Read on to see if any of your 2020 favorites made the list, and to find out what movies you need to make time to stream. And for more on what we watched this year, These Were the Most Popular Shows on Netflix in 2020.
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Sound of Metal
A Thousand Cuts
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Sorry We Missed You
Da 5 Bloods
House of Hummingbird
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
I Wish I Knew
Our Time Machine
The Vast of Night
On the Record
Red, White and Blue
Black Is King
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
To the Ends of the Earth
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Welcome to Chechnya
The Wolf House
What the Constitution Means to Me
Dick Johnson Is Dead
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
David Byrne's American Utopia
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