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Best Picture Nominees 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer

From comic-book movies to international arthouse black comedies to a movie without any letters in its title, the 2020 Oscars Best Picture nominations are representing a diverse bunch (no commentary on the acting nominees). Beyond your Parasites and Jokers, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women made it in, though without a nod in the Best Directing category; comedies, usually ignored, actually made a showing with Jojo Rabbit and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; and Netflix continues to squeeze the major studios with The Irishman and Marriage Story.

But which is the best of the Oscar-nominated bunch, according to critics?

The Academy has opted to nominate nine 2019 films that depict the best the year had to offer, and now we’ve ranked them all by Tomatometer! And see the full list of nominations here!


Joker (2019)

Adjusted Score: 93.66%
Critics Consensus: Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
Synopsis: "Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips


Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Adjusted Score: 97.974%
Critics Consensus: Jojo Rabbit's blend of irreverent humor and serious ideas definitely won't be to everyone's taste -- but either way, this anti-hate satire is audacious to a fault.
Synopsis: Writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

Adjusted Score: 109.639%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino


1917 (2020)

Adjusted Score: 108.919%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
Synopsis: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes


Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Adjusted Score: 106.568%
Critics Consensus: Ford v Ferrari delivers all the polished auto action audiences will expect -- and balances it with enough gripping human drama to satisfy non-racing enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold


Little Women (2019)

Adjusted Score: 112.292%
Critics Consensus: With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig's Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig


Marriage Story (2019)

Adjusted Score: 111.222%
Critics Consensus: Observing a splintering union with compassion and expansive grace, the powerfully acted Marriage Story ranks among writer-director Noah Baumbach's best works.
Synopsis: A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach


The Irishman (2019)

Adjusted Score: 115.433%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Adjusted Score: 118.433%
Critics Consensus: An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.
Synopsis: Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

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