The 51 best Netflix original movies, ranked according to critics

Masha Weisberg/Awesomeness Films/NetflixNoah Centineo and Lana Condor star in ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.’

Netflix churns out a number of original movies each year.

Some of the films the streaming service has released have received critical praise, and have included Oscar-winning films.

Using Rotten Tomatoes scores, Insider has determined what the 51 best Netflix movies are as of October 2019. No documentaries or concert films, like Beyoncé’s “Homecoming,” are included. In cases of tied scores, the audience score was used as a tie-breaker.

Here are Netflix’s 51 top-rated movies.

Anjelica Oswald contributed to a previous version of this article.


51. Lily Collins stars as a young woman battling anorexia in “To the Bone.”

NetflixLily Collins stars.

Critics score: 71%

Audience score: 64%

Consensus: “‘To the Bone’ offers an insightful, empathetic look at a widespread issue, led by exemplary work from Lily Collins in the central role.”

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50. In “Kodachrome,” Ed Harris plays a terminally ill father estranged from his son (played by Jason Sudeikis) who go on a road trip to the last store that develops Kodachrome.

Christos Kalohoridis/NetflixEd Harris and Jason Sudeikis star.

Critics score: 71%

Audience score: 70%

Consensus:“‘Kodachrome’ gains richer hues due to Ed Harris’ colourful performance, which is enough to enliven a solid if predictable father-son road trip drama.”

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49. “Hold the Dark” is a thriller about a naturalist who heads to Alaska to study wolves but uncovers the secret behind mysterious disappearances.

NetflixJeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, and Alexander Skarsgård star.

Critics score: 72%

Audience score: 31%

Consensus: “‘Hold the Dark’s’ unsettling aesthetic offers more of what filmgoers expect from director Jeremy Saulnier – and is often enough to prop up shaky narrative underpinnings.”

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48. A group of five former Special Operations soldiers plan a heist on a drug lord’s compound to steal money in “Triple Frontier.”

Melinda Sue Gordon/NetflixBen Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal star.

Critics score: 72%

Audience score: 55%

Consensus: “An outstanding cast and ambitious story help ‘Triple Frontier’ overcome an uneven narrative – and elevate the end result above a crowded field of grim and gritty heist thrillers.”

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47. “The Perfection” is a psychological thriller about a former cellist prodigy who returns to her old school to find another prodigy has risen up.

NetflixLogan Browning and Allison Williams star.

Critics score: 73%

Audience score: 57%

Consensus: “Led by a pair of compelling performances, ‘The Perfection’ is a smart, gripping thriller that barbs its wild twists with cutting wit.”

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46. Based on the novel of the same name by Adam Nevill, “The Ritual” is a horror movie about a group of friends who plan a hike in Sweden but find themselves being hunted by a horrifying mythological creature.

NetflixRafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton star.

Critics score: 74%

Audience score: 60%

Consensus: “Director David Bruckner makes evocative use of the Scandinavian setting and a dedicated cast to deliver a handsome – if familiar – horror story.”

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45. In “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a young boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his caregiver go on a road trip to see lame landmarks and form a special bond.

Annette Brown/NetflixCraig Roberts, Selena Gomez, and Paul Rudd star.

Critics score: 77%

Audience score: 83%

Consensus: “‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.”

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44. “Barry” is a biopic about a young Barack Obama during his time as a student at Columbia University.

NetflixDevon Terrell stars as Obama.

Critics score: 80%

Audience score: 53%

Consensus:“‘Barry’ opens a speculative window into a future president’s formative college years, offering a flawed yet compelling glimpse of American history in the making.”

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43. “Apostle” is a historical horror film about a man who sets out to rescue his sister who has been kidnapped by a religious cult.

NetflixDan Stevens stars.

Critics score: 80%

Audience score: 54%

Consensus:“‘Apostle’ resists easy scares in favour of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.”

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42. Pee-wee Herman leaves his small town for the first time for a vacation after befriending actor Joe Manganiello (who plays himself) in “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.”

NetflixPaul Reubens and Joe Manganiello star.

Critics score: 80%

Audience score: 62%

Consensus: “The simple story is a little short on laughs, but there’s plenty of sweet wackiness for Pee-Wee Herman fans to enjoy.”

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41. “22 July” is based on the true story of the horrific terrorist attack in Norway by a young man who set off a car bomb and shot a number of people involved in a summer camp associated with the Norwegian Labour Party leading to the deaths of 77 people.

NetflixIsak Bakli Aglen and Jonas Strand Gravli star.

Critics score: 80%

Audience score: 69%

Consensus: “’22 July’ offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller’s visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.”

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40. Based on the book of the same name, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” tells a story about a writer who begins corresponding with residents of Guernsey, an island that was under German occupation during World War II, and the friendships that blossom because of the letters.

NetlixLily James and Michiel Huisman star.

Critics score: 81%

Audience score: 81%

Consensus: “Far more traditional and straightforward than its unwieldy title, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society’ offers delightful comfort food for fans of period drama.”

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39. “Someone Great” is a rom-com about a woman getting over a breakup with her boyfriend of nine years with the help of her friends.

Walter Thomson/NetflixDeWanda Wise, Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow star.

Critics score: 82%

Audience score: 65%

Consensus:“What ‘Someone Great’ lacks in originality it makes up for in relatability and charm, thanks in large part to the undeniable chemistry between its talented leads.”

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38. An experimental film from late director Orson Welles, “The Other Side of the Wind” is a meta-movie about the last day of a Hollywood director’s life as he holds a screening party for an unfinished project.

NetflixJohn Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, and Oja Kodar star.

Critics score: 83%

Audience score: 56%

Consensus: “A satisfying must-watch for diehard cineastes, ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ offers the opportunity to witness a long-lost chapter in a brilliant filmmaker’s career.”

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37. “Alex Strangelove” is a heartfelt film about a boy coming to terms with his sexuality.

NetflixDaniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, and Madeline Weinstein star.

Critics score: 83%

Audience score: 70%

Consensus: “‘Alex Strangelove’ offers a refreshingly insightful – and fittingly adult – take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humour and a fearlessly progressive approach.”

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36. Jake Johnson plays a gambling addict who tries to turn his life around in “Win It All.”

NetflixJake Johnson stars.

Critics score: 84%

Audience score: 54%

Consensus: “‘Win It All’ finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein – and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.”

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35. “Girl” is a Belgian film about a trans girl who wants to become a ballerina, though the film was met with criticism over its portrayal of gender dysphoria and casting of a cis actor to play a trans character.

NetflixVictor Polster stars.

Critics score: 84%

Audience score: 68%

Consensus: “‘Girl’ uses one aspiring dancer’s story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace.”

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34. “Tallulah” is about a young woman who bonds with the baby of an irresponsible mother and ends up taking the girl and pretending she’s her own daughter.

NetflixEllen Page stars.

Critics score: 85%

Audience score: 69%

Consensus:“‘Tallulah’s’ narrative insight, thoughtfully written characters, and talented cast add up to an absorbing family drama that transcends genre tropes and capably overcomes its flirtations with melodrama.”

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33. “The Land of Steady Habits” is about a man struggling through a divorce and his plan of retirement who turns to drugs to help him through it, as well as his relationships with his ex-wife and their son.

NetflixBen Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, and Thomas Mann star.

Critics score: 86%

Audience score: 47%

Consensus:“With typically sharp work from writer-director Nicole Holofcener and finely layered performances, ‘The Land of Steady Habits’ is one mid-life crisis worth watching.”

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32. “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is based on the true story of a young African boy who built a wind turbine in his village to power electronics in his home.

NetflixMaxwell Simba and Chiwetel Ejiofor star.

Critics score: 86%

Audience score: 88%

Consensus: “‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.”

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31. “6 Balloons” is about a struggling woman who tries to help her heroin-addicted brother to stop using.

NetflixDave Franco and Abbi Jacobson star.

Critics score: 86%

Audience score: 54%

Consensus:“Delicately sketched but thematically rich, ‘6 Balloons’ rises on Abbi Jacobson’s gripping performance – and marks writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan as a talent to watch.”

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30. “Okja” is about a little girl and her bond with a giant “super pig” who must fight against corporate greed to save Okja’s life.

NetflixSeo-hyun Ahn stars as Mija.

Critics score: 86%

Audience score: 81%

Consensus: “‘Okja’ sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment – and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.”

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29. “Cargo” is about a man who works to save his daughter from a zombie apocalypse.

NetflixMartin Freeman stars.

Critics score: 87%

Audience score: 66%

Consensus:“‘Cargo’ takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that’s further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman’s terrific lead performance.”

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28. “Burning Sands” is a drama about when fraternity hazing becomes dangerous.

NetflixTrevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, and Trevante Rhodes star.

Critics score: 88%

Audience score: 62%

Consensus: “‘Burning Sands’ covers familiar territory, but Trevor Jackson’s layered performance and director/co-writer Gerard McMurray’s empathetic approach help set it apart.”

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27. “The Incredible Jessica James” is about a young playwright attempting to get over her ex-boyfriend with the help of a guy she meets on a blind date.

Sundance InstituteJessica Williams stars.

Critics score: 88%

Audience score: 66%

Consensus: “‘The Incredible Jessica James’ makes its standard story line feel new, almost purely on the strength of a captivating, potentially star-making performance from Jessica Williams.”

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26. Angelina Jolie directed “First They Killed My Father,” based on Loung Ung’s memoir about growing up during the communist Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and training as a child soldier at the age of five.

NetflixSreymoch Sareum stars as Loung Ung.

Critics score: 88%

Audience score: 80%

Consensus: “‘First They Killed My Father’ tackles its subject matter with grace, skill, and empathy, offering a ground-level look at historic atrocities that resonates beyond its story’s borders.”

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25. Two friends run an agency that helps couples break up in unorthodox ways, but they run into some trouble in “The Breaker Upperers.”

NetflixMadeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek star.

Critics score: 89%

Audience score: 52%

Consensus: “‘The Breaker Upperers’ brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit – and effervescent chemistry – of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.”

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24. “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” centres on a woman who discovers that her house has been burgled and hunts down the thief with the help of an unexpected neighbour.

NetflixElijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey star.

Critics score: 89%

Audience score: 77%

Consensus: “‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.”

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23. In “The Night Comes for Us,” an assassin spares a little girl during a massacre and works to protect her as he’s being hunted for not doing his job.

NetflixJoe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang star.

Critics score: 89%

Audience score: 84%

Consensus: “A bloody thrill ride designed to test the limits of more squeamish viewers, ‘The Night Comes for Us’ wields a stylishly violent, action-packed punch.”

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22. “Paddleton” centres on a man dying from cancer who wants to end his own life and turns to his neighbour and friend for help.

NetflixRay Romano and Mark Duplass star.

Critics score: 89%

Audience score: 87%

Consensus: “It takes its time coming together, but the quietly effective ‘Paddleton’ pulls off a tricky tonal balancing act, thanks largely to the strengths of its well-chosen leads.”

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21. The Oscar-nominated Hungarian film “On Body and Soul” follows two shy co-workers who form a relationship after sharing a mystic connection through dreams.

NetflixGéza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbély star.

Critics score: 89%

Audience score: 93%

Consensus: “Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in ‘On Body and Soul’.”

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20. Based on Stephen King’s novella, “1922” is a horror movie about a farmer who murders his wife and has his son help but finds that he cannot escape being haunted.

NetflixThomas Jane, Neal McDonough, and Molly Parker star.

Critics score: 90%

Audience score: 57%

Consensus: “Thanks to director Zak Hilditch’s patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, ‘1922’ ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.”

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19. “I Am Mother” is a sci-fi film about a post-apocalyptic world in which a girl is being raised in a bunker by an android known as Mother.

NetflixHilary Swank stars.

Critics score: 90%

Audience score: 74%

Consensus:“Suspenseful, well-acted, and intelligent, ‘I Am Mother’ is an ambitious sci-fi story that largely achieves its impressive aims.”

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18. Widowed neighbours form a relationship to escape their loneliness but love ends up forming in “Our Souls at Night.”

NetflixJane Fonda and Robert Redford star.

Critics score: 90%

Audience score: 75%

Consensus: “‘Our Souls at Night’ honours the quiet strength of its source material by offering a simple yet sturdy canvas for two talented veteran leads to bring its story to life.”

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17. “Always Be My Maybe” is a rom-com about childhood friends who once dated and are reunited years later. And though they feel some spark, forming a new relationship isn’t easy.

NetflixAli Wong and Randall Park star.

Critics score: 90%

Audience score: 82%

Consensus:“Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, ‘Always Be My Maybe’ takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.”

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16. “Set It Up” is a comedy about two office assistants who try to set their bosses up on a date.

NetflixZoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, and Lucy Liu star.

Critics score: 91%

Audience score: 68%

Consensus: “‘Set It Up’ follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template – and in the process, proves there’s still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.”

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15. Based on Stephen King’s novel, “Gerald’s Game” is about a woman whose husband wants to play a twisted sex game but it doesn’t go as planned.

NetflixCarla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood star.

Critics score: 91%

Audience score: 72%

Consensus:“Carla Gugino carries ‘Gerald’s Game’s’ small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.”

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14. The Oscar-nominated “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is a Coen brothers film that features six different stories set in the American frontier.

NetflixTim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, and Zoe Kazan star.

Critics score: 91%

Audience score: 77%

Consensus: “‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers’ signature blend of dark drama and black humour.”

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13. From director Steven Soderbergh, “High Flying Bird” is about a sports agent who makes waves with a new business idea.

Peter Andrews/NetflixAndré Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Zachary Quinto, and Kyle MacLachlan star.

Critics score: 92%

Audience score: –

Consensus: “‘High Flying Bird’ takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology.”

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12. To survive while their mother is in jail, two siblings make a plan to rob trains in “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.”

NetflixAshleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, and Sasheer Zamata star.

Critics score: 92%

Audience score: 57%

Consensus: No consensus yet.

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11. “Imperial Dreams” is a story about mass incarceration focused on a young father who’s released from prison and wants to make life better for his young son but struggles to acclimate due to a broken justice system.

NetflixJohn Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Keke Palmer, Sufe Bradshaw, and Anika Noni Rose star.

Critics score: 92%

Audience score: 82%

Consensus: No consensus yet.

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10. “Beasts of No Nation” is a war film about a young African boy who becomes a child soldier during a civil war in his home country.

NetflixIdris Elba, Abraham Attah, and Ama K. Abebrese star.

Critics score: 92%

Audience score: 91%

Consensus: “‘Beasts of No Nation’ finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of war’s human cost.”

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9. “CAM” is about a cam girl who wants to be the top girl on the site but finds herself caught in a psychological horror show when a copy of herself starts streaming.

NetflixMadeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, and Michael Dempsey star.

Critics score: 93%

Audience score: 55%

Consensus: “Smart and suspenseful, ‘CAM’ is a techno-thriller that’s far more than the sum of its salacious parts – and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.”

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8. “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” centres on a family and three siblings as they try to contend with each other, as well as their father and his legacy.

NetflixAdam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, and Emma Thompson star.

Critics score: 93%

Audience score: 72%

Consensus: “‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.”

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7. “The Little Prince” is an animated movie about a girl who learns the story about a pilot who says he once met a magical child in the middle of the desert.

NetflixJeff Bridges and Riley Osborne lend their voices to the movie.

Critics score: 93%

Audience score: 84%

Consensus:“Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, ‘The Little Prince’ is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.”

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6. “Private Life” is about a couple trying desperately to conceive who turn to a family member for potential help.

NetflixPaul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, and Denis O’Hare star.

Critics score: 94%

Audience score: 76%

Consensus: “‘Private Life’ uses one couple’s bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable – and too rarely dramatized – rite of adult passage.”

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5. A science prodigy creates a time machine and tries to save her brother from being killed by a white cop in “See You Yesterday.”

NetflixEden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, and Astro star.

Critics score: 95%

Audience score: 31%

Consensus: “‘See You Yesterday’ marries a novel sci-fi premise with urgent social relevance and forges something excitedly new from the union – providing an impressive showcase for star Eden Duncan-Smith and debut writer-director Stefon Bristol.”

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4. “Tramps” follows two petty criminals who find themselves in a possible romance.

NetflixGrace Van Patten and Callum Turner star.

Critics score: 95%

Audience score: 68%

Consensus:“Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, ‘Tramps’ traipses through its rom-com premise with earnestness and ease.”

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3. Alfonso Curaón’s Oscar-winning “Roma” depicts life in middle-class Mexico through the eyes of a young maid.

NetflixYalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira star.

Critics score: 96%

Audience score: 71%

Consensus: “‘Roma’ finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft – and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.”

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2. The Oscar-nominated “Mudbound” takes place in rural Mississippi and follows two World War II vets — one black and one white — as they return home to different experiences.

NetflixCarey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Jonathan Banks, and Mary J. Blige star.

Critics score: 97%

Audience score: 85%

Consensus:“‘Mudbound’ offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.”

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1. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is adapted from Jenny Han’s novel of the same name and centres on a girl whose private love letters get sent to her crushes.

Masha Weisberg/Awesomeness Films/NetflixNoah Centineo and Lana Condor star.

Critics score: 97%

Audience score: 87%

Consensus: “‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.”

Watch the movie here.

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