Best Films of 2020

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics (including mine when there is a link to my review).

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2020 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Lee Isaac Chung: Minari
Janicza Bravo: Zola
Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Kitty Green: The Assistant
Lawrence Michael Levine: Black Bear
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
Josephine Decker: Shirley
Emerald Fennell: Promising Young Woman
Miranda July: Kajillionaire
Radha Blank: The 40-Year-Old Version
Maite Alberdi: The Mole Agent
Florian Zeller: The Father
Max Barbakow: Palm Springs
Robert Machoian: The Killing of Two Lovers


Berlin (feb):
Sang-soo Hong: Domangchin Yeoja/ The Woman Who Ran
Ilya Khrzhanovskiy: DAU Natasha
Mohammad Rasoulof: There Is No Evil
Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Johann Johannsson: Last and First Men
Christian Petzold: Undine
Cristi Puiu: Malmkrog
Agnieszka Holland: Charlatan
Natalia Meta: The Intruder
Sandra Wollner: The Trouble With Being Born
Srdan Golubovic: Father
Radu Jude: Uppercase Print
Burhan Qurbani: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Kitty Green: The Assistant
Sung-hyun Yoon: Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan/ Time to Hunt
Josephine Decker: Shirley
Faraz Shariat: Futur Drei/ No Hard Feelings
Cannes (may):
Director: Title
Venezia (aug):
Director: Title
New York (oct):
Director: Title

Toronto (sep):
Director: Title

Ratings for the 2020 season

MUST SEE...:

7.3 Sang-soo Hong: Domangchin Yeoja/ The Woman Who Ran
7.2 Quentin Dupieux: Deerskin
7.2 Ilya Khrzhanovskiy: DAU Natasha
7.2 Mohammad Rasoulof: There Is No Evil
7.2 Lee Isaac Chung: Minari
7.2 Janicza Bravo: Zola
7.1 Kitty Green: The Assistant
7.1 Lawrence Michael Levine: Black Bear
7.1 Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
7.1 Johann Johannsson: Last and First Men
7.1 Max Barbakow: Palm Springs
7.0 Lorcan Finnegan: Vivarium
7.0 Romola Garai: Amulet
7.0 Andrew Patterson: The Vast of Night
7.0 Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia: The Platform
7.0 Christian Petzold: Undine
7.0 Craig Zobel: The Hunt
7.0 Liz Garbus: Lost Girls
7.0 Cristi Puiu: Malmkrog
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: Charlatan
7.0 Natalia Meta: The Intruder
7.0 Sandra Wollner: The Trouble With Being Born
7.0 Srdan Golubovic: Father
7.0 Radu Jude: Uppercase Print
7.0 Burhan Qurbani: Berlin Alexanderplatz
7.0 Kitty Green: The Assistant
7.0 Sung-hyun Yoon: Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan/ Time to Hunt
7.0 Josephine Decker: Shirley
7.0 Lawrence Michael Levine: Black Bear
7.0 Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
7.0 Emerald Fennell: Promising Young Woman
7.0 Miranda July: Kajillionaire
7.0 Radha Blank: The 40-Year-Old Version
7.0 Maite Alberdi: The Mole Agent
7.0 Florian Zeller: The Father
7.0 Max Barbakow: Palm Springs
7.0 Robert Machoian: The Killing of Two Lovers
7.0 Faraz Shariat: Futur Drei/ No Hard Feelings
7.0 Angela Schanelec: I Was at Home but
7.0 Tayarisha Poe: Selah and the Spades
7.0 Sasie Sealy: Lucky Grandma
7.0 Josephine Decker: Shirley
7.0 Spike Lee: Da 5 Bloods
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: Mr Jones
7.0 Bora Kim: House of Hummingbird
7.0 Christopher Munch: The 11th Green
SO SO...:

6.9 Carlo Mirabella-Davis: Swallow
6.9 Makoto Shinkai: Weathering With You
6.9 Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera The Infiltrators
6.9 Guillaume Pierret: Lost Bullet
6.9 Gerardo Naranjo: Viena and the Fantomes
6.9 Gregor Jordan: Dirt Music
6.9 Rob Savage: Host
6.8 Gaspar Antillo: Nobody Knows Im Here
6.8 Jeff Barnaby: Blood Quantum
6.8 Alice Wu: The Half of It
6.8 Ant Timpson: Come to Daddy
6.8 Sally Potter: The Roads Not Taken
6.8 Richard Stanley: Color Out of Space
6.8 Michael Winterbottom: Greed
6.8 Tyler Cornack: Butt Boy
6.8 Olivier Assayas: Wasp Network
6.8 Atom Egoyan: Guest of Honour
6.7 Ina Weisse: The Audition
6.7 John Turturro: The Jesus Rolls
6.7 Abel Ferrara: Tommaso
6.7 Sergio Navarretta: The Cuban
6.6 David Wnendt: The Sunlit Night
6.6 Stella Meghie: The Photograph
6.6 Craig Borten: Sergio
6.6 Rashaad Ernesto Green: Premature
6.6 Gavin O'Connor: The Way Back
6.5 Autumn de Wilde: Emma
6.5 Guy Ritchie: The Gentlemen
6.5 Channing Godfrey Peoples: Miss Juneteenth
6.5 Julie Taymor: The Glorias
6.5 Phyllida Lloyd: Herself
6.5 Benjamin Ree: The Painter and the Thief
6.5 Sean Durkin: The Nest
6.5 Natalie Erika James: Relic
6.5 Brandon Cronenberg: Possessor
6.5 Giuseppe Capotondi: The Burnt Orange Heresy
6.5 Joe Robert Cole: All Day and a Night
6.5 Robert Jury: Working Man
6.5 Peter Cattaneo: Military Wives
6.5 Channing Godfrey Peoples: Miss Juneteenth
6.5 Brian Welsh: Beats
Passable...:

6.4 Sherry Hormann: A Regular Woman
6.4 Dan Scanlon: Onward
6.4 Pema Tseden: Jinpa
6.4 Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala: The Lodge
6.4 Hirokazu Kore-eda: The Truth
6.3 Deborah Kampmeier: Tape
6.3 Jeffrey Brown: The Beach House
6.3 Judd Apatow: The King of Staten Island
6.3 Karen Maine: Yes God Yes
6.2 Tony Bancroft & Scott Christian Sava: Animal Crackers
6.2 Brett Pierce & Drew Pierce: The Wretched
6.2 Rod Lurie: The Outpost
6.2 Cory Finley: Bad Education
6.1 Leigh Whannell: The Invisible Man
6.0 Chris Sanders: The Call of the Wild
6.0 George Nolfi: The Banker
6.0 Rapman: Blue Story
6.0 Christophe Honore': Chambre 212/ On a Magical Night
6.0 Shannon Murphy: Babyteeth
6.0 Thomas Kail: Hamilton
YUCK!...:

5.9 Richard Wong: Come as You Are
5.9 Gina Prince-Bythewood: The Old Guard
5.8 Michael Herbig: Balloon
5.8 Ludwig & Paul Shammasian: Retaliation
5.7 William Teitler: Bad Therapy
5.7 Aaron Schneider: Greyhound
5.6 Drake Doremus: Endings Beginnings
5.5 Oz Perkins: Gretel & Hansel
5.5 Stephanie Turner: Justine
5.5 Prentice Penny: Uncorked
5.5 David Dobkin: Eurovision Song Contest
5.5 Jessica Swale: Summerland
5.4 Jonathan Jakubowicz: Resistance
5.4 Andrew Wonder: Feral
5.4 Katleho & Rethabile Ramaphakela: Seriously Single
5.3 Gary Lundgren: Phoenix Oregon
5.3 Andrew Heckler: Burden
5.2 Jon Abrahams: Clover
5.2 Kenneth Branagh: Artemis Fowl
5.1 Benjamin Kasulke: Banana Split
5.1 Peter Segal: My Spy
5.0 Floria Sigismondi: The Turning
5.0 Andy de Emmony: Four Kids and It
5.0 Elissa Down: Feel the Beat
5.0 Mike Doyle: Almost Love
5.0 Nick Peet: Lazy Susan
5.0 Aaron Fisher: Inside the Rain
5.0 Will Forbes: John Henry
5.0 Reed Morano: The Rhythm Section
5.0 Levan Akin: And Then We Danced
5.0 Marc Meyers: Human Capital
5.0 Ben Cookson: Waiting for Anya
5.0 Annie Silverstein: Bull
5.0 Tony Cervone: Scoob!
5.0 Josephine Mackerras: Alice
5.0 Vaclav Marhoul: The Painted Bird
5.0 Dave Franco: The Rental
GASP!...:

4.9 Jeremy Teicher: Olympic Dreams
4.8 Josh Trank: Capone
4.8 Regina Welker & Nina Wels: Latte and the Magic Waterstone Review: A Hedgehogs Journey
4.7 Benh Zeitlin: Wendy
4.6 Lisa Barros D'Sa & Glenn Leyburn: Ordinary Love
4.5 Joey Klein: Castle in the Ground
4.5 Daniel Alfredso: Intrigo - Death of an Author
4.5 Jason Orley: Big Time Adolescence
4.5 Jack Henry Robbins: VHYes
4.5 Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy: Blow the Man Down
4.5 Katharine O'Brien: Lost Transmissions
4.5 David & Alex Pastor: The Occupant
4.5 Michael Winterbottom: The Trip to Greece
4.5 Matt Eskandari: Survive the Night
4.4 Michael Dowse: Coffee & Kareem
4.4 Cathy Yan: Birds of Prey
4.4 Nat Faxon & Jim Rash: Downhill
4.4 Cuneyt Kaya: Rising High
4.3 Dee Rees: The Last Thing He Wanted
4.2 Michael Showalter: The Lovebirds
4.2 Chris Foggin: Fisherman's Friends
4.0 Dave Wilson: Bloodshot
4.0 James Sweeney: Straight Up
4.0 Jeff Fowler: Sonic the Hedgehog
4.0 Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah: Bad Boys for Life
4.0 Stephen Gaghan: Dolittle
4.0 Nico Raineau: Hooking Up
4.0 Rachel Lee Goldenberg: Valley Girl
4.0 Clark Duke: Arkansas
4.0 Tyler Spindel: The Wrong Missy
4.0 Peter Sullivan: Fatal Affair
4.0 Vince Marcello: The Kissing Booth 2

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