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12th Mar 2021

Rotten Tomatoes reveal the 10 best-reviewed movies of 2020

Fill your weekend with a few of these masterpieces, as judged by the internet's most reliable movie and TV critic website, Rotten Tomatoes

Rory Cashin

And here’s how you can watch them

Rotten Tomatoes have revealed the ten best reviewed movies that came out in 2020.

Yes, we’re well into March now, but the reviewers over at Rotten Tomatoes take their scoring system very seriously.

And obviously, with the year that was 2020, they decided to extend the time restrictions for 2020 releases before announcing their Golden Tomato Awards.

The rules for winning one of the top spots are as follows:

“In order to qualify for a Golden Tomato Award, a movie must have been released in the United States between January 1, 2020 and February 28 2021, and it must have at least 40 reviews. All eligible seasons and TV movies must have premiered in the 2020 calendar year, and have a minimum of 20 reviews from different critics for the season or it’s episodes. All contenders need to have at least 5 reviews by Top Critics.”

There you have it. So how many of the Golden Tomato winners have you seen?

1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter (Noemie Merlant) is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman (Adele Haenel).

Available to watch on Google Play, Rakuten TV, Apple TV, and Volta.

2. One Night in Miami

A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) gathered and discussed their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Available to watch on Prime Video.

3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman) and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”.

Available to watch on Netflix.

4. Soul

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist (Jamie Foxx) suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

Available to watch on Disney+.

5. The Invisible Man

When Cecilia’s (Elisabeth Moss) abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Available to watch on NOW TV.

6. Never Rarely Sometimes Always

A pair of teenage girls (Sidney Flanagan, Taila Ryder) in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

Available to watch on NOW TV.

7. Minari

A Korean family (including Stephen Yeun, Yeri Han, and Alan S. Kim) starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas, all while facing cultural unease, fleeting hopes, and the ever-present threat of financial disaster.

Coming to Irish cinemas.

8. Nomadland

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman (Frances McDormand) embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Coming to Disney+ on Friday, 30 April.

9. Hamilton

The real life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original Broadway cast.

Available to watch on Disney+.

10. Judas and the Black Messiah

Bill O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Black Panther Party, as per the orders from FBI Agent Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen). As Party Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Available to watch on Sky Store, Google Play, Rakuten TV, and Microsoft.