This Is the Best Movie of 2020, According to Critics

Richard Evans
·3 min read

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.

50

Make Up

still from make up
still from make up

Metascore: 81

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49

Sound of Metal

sound of metal
sound of metal

Metascore: 81

48

A Thousand Cuts

a thousand cuts
a thousand cuts

Metascore: 81

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47

The Climb

still from the climb
still from the climb

Metascore: 82

46

Bacurau

bacurau
bacurau

Metascore: 82

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45

Sorry We Missed You

sorry we missed you
sorry we missed you

Metascore: 82

44

Da 5 Bloods

da 5 bloods
da 5 bloods

Metascore: 82

43

House of Hummingbird

house of hummingbird
house of hummingbird

Metascore: 82

42

Residue

still from residue
still from residue

Metascore: 82

41

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

bloody nose empty pockets
bloody nose empty pockets

Metascore: 82

40

Driveways

still from driveways
still from driveways

Metascore: 83

39

Palm Springs

still from palm springs
still from palm springs

Metascore: 83

38

Saint Frances

saint frances
saint frances

Metascore: 83

37

I Wish I Knew

I wish I knew
I wish I knew

Metascore: 83

36

Our Time Machine

our time machine
our time machine

Metascore: 84

35

The Vast of Night

the vast of night
the vast of night

Metascore: 84

34

On the Record

on the record
on the record

Metascore: 84

33

Beanpole

still from beanpole
still from beanpole

Metascore: 84

32

Boys State

still from boys state
still from boys state

Metascore: 84

31

Red, White and Blue

still from red white and blue
still from red white and blue

Metascore: 84

30

Black Is King

black is king
black is king

Metascore: 84

29

76 Days

Metascore: 85

28

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

nomad in the footsteps of bruce chatwin
nomad in the footsteps of bruce chatwin

Metascore: 85

27

Athlete A

still from athlete a
still from athlete a

Metascore: 85

26

The Father

still from the father
still from the father

Metascore: 85

25

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

crip camp a disability revolution
crip camp a disability revolution

Metascore: 86

24

Vitalina Varela

vitalina varela
vitalina varela

Metascore: 86

23

To the Ends of the Earth

to the ends of the earth
to the ends of the earth

Metascore: 86

22

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

ma rainey's black bottom
ma rainey's black bottom

Metascore: 86

21

Divine Love

still from divine love
still from divine love

Metascore: 86

20

Welcome to Chechnya

welcome to chechnya
welcome to chechnya

Metascore: 86

19

The Wolf House

still from the wolf house
still from the wolf house

Metascore: 86

18

Wolfwalkers

still from wolfwalkers
still from wolfwalkers

Metascore: 87

17

What the Constitution Means to Me

what the constitution means to me
what the constitution means to me

Metascore: 87

16

Rewind

still from rewind
still from rewind

Metascore: 87

15

Minari

still from minari
still from minari

Metascore: 87

14

City Hall

still from city hall
still from city hall

Metascore: 88

13

Education

still from small axe education
still from small axe education

Metascore: 88

12

Dick Johnson Is Dead

dick johnson is dead
dick johnson is dead

Metascore: 89

11

First Cow

still from first cow
still from first cow

Metascore: 89

10

Soul

still from soul
still from soul

Metascore: 89

9

Mangrove

still from small axe mangrove
still from small axe mangrove

Metascore: 90

8

Hamilton

still from hamilton
still from hamilton

Metascore: 90

7

Gunda

still from gunda
still from gunda

Metascore: 90

6

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

never rarely sometimes always
never rarely sometimes always

Metascore: 91

5

Time

still from time
still from time

Metascore: 91

4

David Byrne's American Utopia

david byrne's american utopia
david byrne's american utopia

Metascore: 93

3

Collective

still from collective
still from collective

Metascore: 95

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2

Lovers Rock

small axe lovers rock
small axe lovers rock

Metascore: 95

1

Nomadland

still from nomadland
still from nomadland

Metascore: 97

And if you're wondering what films critics hated this year, discover The Worst Movies of 2020, According to Critics.