The Best Movies of the Year 2020

We’re ten (ten!) months into 2020, and despite the pandemic circumstances still (still!) throwing life as we know it upside down, the movies persist. Well, some of them. Theaters may be closed in some states, but a small crop of films headed straight for digital or streaming releases (sometimes earlier than expected) has made its way into our quarantines over the past months. From Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama to Miranda July’s return to feature films to a Borat sequel, here are the best movies Vulture has seen and (for the most part) reviewed so far, according to critics Angelica Jade Bastién, Bilge Ebiri, David Edelstein, and Alison Willmore.

(A reminder about methodology: This list is restricted to films that have had their first official release in 2020 — so no Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which had a brief run in 2019 — and we will continue to update it throughout the year.)