Every year at the end of the year, various critics bring together film from around the world to vote on the best films and accomplishments of the previous year. For instance, with 304 movie critics participating in the 2019 IndieWire Critics Poll, it was the biggest year-end survey in the site’s history. The best films that received positive reviews from critics are listed below.
The Safdie Brothers followed up “Good Time” with “Uncut Jewels,” which turned out probably their best film to date, starring Adam Sandler. Moreover, Sandler received the National Board of Review’s Best Actor award for the film, making him a dark horse for his first Oscar nomination. Above all, The New York Film Critics Circle voted the Safdie Brothers the best directors of the year. Certainly, it was a well-deserved upset over heavyweight rivals like Scorsese, Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho.
When Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” premiered, it received widespread praise at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It was hailed as the first masterpiece of the year by many critics. As a result, it transformed leads Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke into top stars. The film is more than just a heartfelt breakup story. It shows how to find catharsis through imagination and how even the most heinous experiences can lead to great art.
The revisionist comic book drama “Joker” is the year’s most controversial studio film. However, critics have certainly liked to put it in the Top 10 of the IndieWire Critics Poll. After earning nominations for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Joaquin Phoenix has became a clear candidate for a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the title role.
Since its premiere in October 2019, Greta Gerwig’s film “Little Women” has wowed the film critics. Above all, the film boasts one of the best ensemble casts of the year (the fact that it was overlooked for the SAG Best Ensemble Award is one of the season’s greatest surprises). Moroever, it was recognized for a brilliant script from Gerwig, who reorders the plot of the eponymous novel to startlingly emotional effect.
With “The Goodbye,” Lulu Wang delivered a highlight of the Sundance Film Festival, which A24 released to solid box office numbers over the summer. After a good start to the year, “The Farewell” continued to retain momentum over the course of the year. As a result, it went on appearing on a slew of best-of lists. Certainly, “The Farewell” is unquestionably one of the year’s critical favorites.