After watching a record breaking 123 films in theaters in 2019, the world changed in 2020 due to the Chinese Virus and theaters were shut down for much of the year. Despite not being able to go to the movie theater for months, I was still able to see 65 films in theaters, three more movies than the amount I saw in theaters in 2018 due to 2018 being extremely busy on a personal level. 65 movies isn’t that low all things considered but living in a smarter state like Arizona meant I was able to safely go to the theater while other states had their theaters still shut down. With the extra time of not going to theaters I watched and reviewed an epic 55 Netflix original films in addition to several other films on other streaming platforms. All that in addition to the TV shows I reviewed meant that despite theaters being shuttered, I had no shortage of material to review for this site and expanded the streaming platforms from which I now review.
2020 ended up being a rather disappointing year for film overall although some of the films that I think had the potential to make 2020 a great year were delayed to 2021 so that was partially to blame. Seven of my top ten most anticipated films of 2020 were pushed to 2021. With some seemingly great films delayed to 2021 plus all of the newer movies that were scheduled for release in 2021 anyways means that I’m expecting my list next year to be much stronger in terms of quality (none of my films in 2020 reviewed higher than a 9/10). That being said, there was still plenty of great and terrible films that came out in 2020 so let’s take a look at what to watch and what to avoid…
*NOTE* I’m using the calendar year 2020 for these films and not what the Academy used as they counted their 2020 year as January 1st 2020 through February 28th 2021 for Oscar consideration. Hence why you won’t see some Oscar nominated films on this list but you will see them potentially on next year’s list if they were released between January 1st 2021 and February 28th 2021 (i.e.- “The Father”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”).

TOP 10 BEST FILMS OF 2020:

10. Promising Young Woman
9. The Invisible Man
8. Synchronic
7. Assassins
6. Onward
5. Pieces of a Woman
4. Soul
3. One Night in Miami
2. Bad Education
1. Sound of Metal

TOP 10 WORST FILMS OF 2020:

10. The New Mutants
9. Wild Mountain Thyme
8. The Last Days of American Crime
7. The Turning
6. Desperados
5. The Old Guard
4. The Lovebirds
3. Dolittle
2. Monster Hunter
1. Half Brothers

Favorite Film of 2020:

The Invisible Man

Most Hated Film of 2020:

Half Brothers

Best Comedy of 2020:

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Worst Comedy of 2020:

Half Brothers

Best Horror Film of 2020:

The Invisible Man

Worst Horror Film of 2020:

The Turning

Best Animated Film of 2020:

Soul

Worst Animated Film of 2020:

Trolls: World Tour

Best Action Film of 2020:

The Gentlemen

Worst Action Film of 2020:

Monster Hunter

Best Characters of 2020:

Carey Mulligan as Cassandra in “Promising Young Woman”
Delroy Lindo as Paul in “Da 5 Bloods”
Maria Bakalova as Tutar Sagdiyev in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”

Worst Characters of 2020:

The entire cast of “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”
Luis Gerardo Mendez as Renato and Connor Del Rio as Asher in “Half Brothers”
Kumail Nanjiani as Jibran and Issa Rae as Leilani in “The Lovebirds”
Jamie Dornan as Anthony Reilly in “Wild Mountain Thyme”
Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord in “Wonder Woman 1984”

Best Superhero Film of 2020:

None / N/A

Worst Superhero Film of 2020:

The Old Guard

Most Overrated Films of 2020: (Alphabetically)

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Nomadland
Tenet

Most Underrated Films of 2020: (Alphabetically)

Assassins
Bad Education
Synchronic
The Empty Man
Words on Bathroom Walls

TOP 5 BEST FILM SCORES of 2020: (Alphabetically)

Mank
Soul
Synchronic
Tenet
The Invisible Man

My Best Hashtags of 2020:

The Grudge
#GrudgeDredd / #IBegrudgeinglySawThisMovie / #TurnThisJuOff

Bad Boys For Life
#BigTraumasHouse

Underwater
#ShesOutOfMy20000LeaguesUnderTheSea / #Underwearter / #BioShlock / #PacificGrim / #TwilightBreakingDown

The Gentlemen
#TwoWeedsNotice / #SonsOfAnarchyInTheUK / #ThePigShort

The Turning
#HauntAndCatchFire

Downhill
#SendAlp / #LandOfTheFrost / #CruelRunnings / #TheMightyCucks / #StarringWillPeril

Onward
#QwestFriendsForever / #TheBestLaidVans

Brahms: The Boy II
#BreakingTheFourthDoll / #DontTellBrahmTheBabysittersDead

The Way Back
#AlcoBaller / #TheWayBacardi / #Boozesiers / #TheSumOfAllBeers / #FullCourtDepressing

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
#TurdsOfPrey / #DirectedByCathyYawn / #EwanACompleteDisaster / #TheWagesOfQuinnIsDeath / #Harley&Me

Sonic the Hedgehog
#StarringBlueBalls / #SonicAtNite / #HedgeFun

Trolls: World Tour
#ImALittleBitCountryImALittleBitRockAndTroll / #ConTrollFreak / #LookingToBranchOut / #TrollierThanThou / #RelationshipTrolls

I Still Believe
#NotTooCampy / #ARockToRemember / #CampCounselor

The High Note
#NoiseInTheHood

The Invisible Man
#HiddenFigures2 / #IHopeToSeeYouAgain / #ABlindDate / #SorryForYourMoss

Unhinged
#TakenAwayByACroweTruck / #IdCourtesyTapThat / #TheHornUltimatum / #AGoodYearTire / #MusicByRoadRageAgainstTheMachine

The New Mutants
#TheNudeMutants / #GaysOfFuturePast / #PrettyInClink

Tenet
#SixOutOfTenet / #SatorsWillSayItsPhotoBombed / #DeathOnTheSoundDial / #LiveOnTimeEmitNoEvil

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
#OnlyTheGoodDieJung / #BusanOfTheDead / #WorldWarLee

The Eight Hundred
#ItsAJap! / #ReceivedSanghaiMarks / #WhenTheyGoLaoWeGoHai

Words on Bathroom Walls
#YouHaveSchizophrenia?IDontMind / #AllTheMedicationInTheWorld / #SideSpecialEffects / #AdamAndGrieve / #ThisWillBlowYourMind / #BrainTeaserTrailer

The Personal History of David Copperfield
#ProctorStrange / #LimpDickens / #OutOfLeftCopperfield / #DoctorWhoWasThisMadeFor?

Bill & Ted Face the Music
#KillBill&Ted / #WeNeedToHaveATedTalk / #TimeToBandTogether / #ToHellAndBackToTheFuture / #ChyldStallyns

Infidel
#ThePassionOfTheSliced / #InfiDeliverUsFromEvil

The Trial of the Chicago 7
#FantasticBriefsAndWhereToFindThem / #TheBigCourt / #BobbysSealeOfApproval

Save Yourselves!
#PoofPositive / #ETExcludingTechnology / #CloseEncountersOfTheNerdKind / #AlienVsSubredditor

Possessor (Uncut)
#GreatMindsSyncAlike / #GirderForHire / #KillHimWithMindness

The Nest
#MindYourManors

Honest Thief
#AGoodDayToJaiHard / #CashOfTheTitans / #InTheFights

The Empty Man
#NotAChantsInHell / #RunningOnEmptyMan

Come Play
#LarryStoriesToTellInTheDark / #SpongeBobScarePants / #LarryMovie / #SpeakAndHell

Synchronic
#BlackToTheFuture / #SynCity / #LandOfTheFrost / #PairOfMedics

Let Him Go
#MellowStone / #MopinRange

Hillbilly Elegy
#AWhitesTale / #GlennCloseToWinningAnOscar / #TheHillbilliesHaveCries / #FatalInaction / #DisEnchanted / #MaMawPatrol

Embattled
#ColdHardCash / #MMAMyMomsAbuser / #StrikeFatherStrikeSon / #FightsOfPassage

Fatman
#WhatChildrenWant / #IcePrincipled / #BlastChristmas / #TheFightBeforeChristmas / #ThePolarDepress

The War with Grandpa
#AgingBull / #BeatTheGrandParents / #GrudgeMatchMeIfYouCan

Sound of Metal
#DEAFinitelyRecommended / #BrittleDrummerBoy / #AMostSilentYear / #IfItWerentForYouMetalingKids / #MePeersAndTheDyingEars / #TheQuietOnes2

The Christmas Chronicles 2
#InTheSaintNickOfTime / #DeadYule2 / #GoldieYawn / #NorthernFights

Mank
#WriteClub / #MankMoviesGreatAgain / #MankAndModel / #BygoneGirl / #AliveAndWelles

Black Bear
#BearlyCohesive / #ParksAndWrecked / #EnjoymentNotGuaranteed / #ShesBeenAroundTheWritersBlock

Dreamland
#AnotherOneBitesTheDustBowl / #SuicideBroad / #SneakyBlinders

All My Life
#SappyDeathDay / #BetterFallSol / #CantPutTheLiveInLiver / #ReLaLaLapse / #CancerCulture / #TheCorpseGroom

The Last Vermeer
#CuriousForge

Wild Mountain Thyme
#BeeMovie2 / #IrishThisMovieDidntSuck / #RosemaryAndThyme / #TheGateOfTheFurious / #FiftyShadesOfGreen / #GrillTheIrishman

Monster Hunter
#DevelopedByCrapCom

Fatale
#DetectiveQuinMeddlingWoman / #BoysDontDie / #MillionDollarCrazy / #StarringHilaryShank / #DrinkLikeAMan / #AboutLastFight

Assassins
#ItsJustAPrankBro / #AssassiNation / #TheBrothersKim / #ViXens / #JungOutToDry / #MusicByLilKim

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
#ShoeInForActingNominations

Buddy Games
#WeekendBender / #ADocToRemember / #OnlyBobForgives / #JustBroWithIt

The Croods: A New Age
#SendCroods / #ContainsCroodHumor / #ANewDinklAge / #DawnOfMann / #EmmaStoneAge / #FreeGuy2

Wonder Woman 1984
#FromAmazonStudios / #MusicByPrince / #BlunderWoman / #CheetahsNeverProsper / #MadMaxwell / #TakeASteveOfAbsence

Love and Monsters
#ChasingAimee / #MonstersStInc / #AMonsterFalls / #GreatFightWithDylanOBrien / #DawsonsWeak

The Midnight Sky
#UpInTheAir2 / #OnTheBasisOfSpecks / #Winterstellar / #TheDayTheEarthWouldChill

News of the World
#BlastAway / #SnatchMeIfYouCan / #GeneralCustodyBattle / #HandledWithKiddGloves

Promising Young Woman
#CareyMovie

Pieces of a Woman
#TheCrowning / #ShiaLaInTheBuff / #ScenesFromAMiscarriage / #SponsoredByAppleTV+Films / #BurstynWithEmotions / #ToTheEndsOfTheBirthAndBack

Half Brothers
#HalfConcocted / #TheyreNotSendingTheirBestMovies / #NotTheGOAT / #PlanesPainsAndAutomobiles / #BlandOfBrothers / #HalfAssed

One Night in Miami
#FourBrothas / #MalcolmXInTheMiddle / #NowWeAreCookeing / #GreatsMotel

The White Tiger
#TheWhiteTigerKing / #TopRamin / #MasterAndDemanderFarSideOfTheWorld / #YoullBeInForAshok / #CodePinky

Wolfwalkers
#HungryLikeTheWolfwalkers / #StarringWolfBlitzer / #TheGirlWhoCriedWolfwalker / #AWolfwalkerInSheepsClothing / #Goodfellowes

Extraction
#HarbouringACriminal / #CaptainOvious / #Banglaclash / #MusicByDhakaFlockaFlame

The Wrong Missy
#MusicByMissyElliot / #DrivingMissyCrazy / #HasLaughterInSpades / #VanillaIceBreaker / #BotherOfTheYear

The Lovebirds
#TheLoveTurds / #IssaShittyMovie / #KuFailNanjiani

The Last Days of American Crime
#AMegatonOfCrap / #SendingMixedSignals / #MichaelPittiful / #PointlessBreak

Da 5 Bloods
#PTSDPostTrumpSpawnedDerangement / #FrankLeePrettyAwful / #PassOnThisJoint

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
#ASongOfIcelandAndFireSaga / #LarsAndTheIdealGirl / #IceIceLand / #DaddysHomeTown / #TryAnotherDay

Desperados
#EmailEmpowerment

The Old Guard
#OldGuardiansOfTheTravesty / #SemperDie / #LowerYourGuardAndExpectations / #12000YearsASlave / #AMillionWaysToDieInTheQuest

All Day and a Night
#JeffreyWrightlyConvicted / #CaptiveFate / #CadillacCriminalRecords / #JahHardKor

Cuties
#DirtyDancing2 / #TheChildBunch / #DanceDanceProstitution / #AWomansTwerkIsNeverDone / #UpdateYourProPedoFilePicture

Project Power 
#BlackmanAndRobin / #ProjectBlackPower / #PillTheMessenger / #TheArtOfTheHeal 

The Devil All the Time
#SpiderManFarFromHope / #HillbillyElegy2 / #AlmostHellWestVirginia / #VetSematary

Hubie Halloween
#ChildrenOfTheCornMaze / #ReservoirWerewolves / #JuneBloodSquibb / #EightCrazyFrights / #ScaryHubie / #HubieLewisAndTheClues

Holidate
#ASloaneColdFox / #TheSlutcracker / #HolidazedAndBemused / #PointBreakUp

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
#ToAllTheSubwaySandwhichesIveEatenBefore / #EdgarAllenPoem / #NotJustAnotherKittyFace / #SuperModelUN

Rebecca
#DeWinterIsComing / #SadMax / #OnTheBasisOfSubjects / #TheEnglishPlacement / #ManderleydToRest / #WellAnnDowd

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
#CloseEncountersOfTheHerdKind / #SheepSkate / #BigFarma / #LetSheepingDogsLie / #NoFarmNoFoul

Over the Moon
#GobiAlone / #TheHangOverTheMoon / #2BrokenGirls / #TheFeiFeiBack / #TeamRocket / #ChineseDreamz

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
#LadyAndTheRamp / #TheCripKeeper / #CripCampOut / #YouGottaFightForYourRightToPotty / #WheelChairmanOfTheBoard

The Life Ahead
#SophiaForeignFilm / #CourtesyHolocaustsNothing

My Octopus Teacher
#Inkheart2 / #HandleWithSquidGloves / #SendKelp / #DeepressionBlueSea / #Octopussy2 / #TeacherCreatureFeature

Deadwood: The Movie
#DrawHearstBlood / #AStarStuddedWedding / #HeWillBeUtterlyMissed / #PlayTheClaimGame / #ABeautifulDayInTheStatehood / #TheresSafetyInLumbers

Bad Education
#RealSteal / #FranklyShockingBehavior / #FIsForFraud / #SuperUnintendentConsequences / #TeachersFret

An American Pickle
#WhereTheresADillTheresAWay / #InBrandonWeTrost / #DontHaveTwoPicklesToRubTogether / #AmericanPicklers / #YouWillRelishThisFilm

Mulan
#MemoirsOfAGuysha / #MulanRuse / #WitchSideIsSheOn? / #HadToPekingBeefUpForTheRole / #DieNastyWarriors / #CommanderTungLikeAHorse

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
#TheDictutar / #ExtremeDomeMakeover / #OneFluOverTheKazakNest

Greyhound
#LessThanSubPar / #ShuehornedSubplot / #ImTheCaptainNow / #MastAway / #CrewsOfTheWorld

Soul
#DjangoUnchainedMelody / #30RockAndSoul / #JamieFoxxtrot / #JustWhatTheDocterOrdered / #Catch22

You Should Have Left
#YouShouldHaveLeftThisUnwatched / #TheLastHouseYouShouldHaveLeft

Greenland
#GreenScreen / #CometHasFallen / #CourageUnderFirestorm / #CometMeBro

The One and Only Ivan
#BasedOnAZooStory / #StElephant

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