So many movies get uploaded to Netflix on a weekly basis, and because of the sheer quantity, it’s easy for some to slip through the cracks.
As Netflix is so inconsistent with the movies that they produce, as their next movie could be the next Martin Scorsese gangster epic just as easily as it could be the fifth entry in a terrible rom-com series. There’s almost no knowing what will be good and what will be bad.
There are so many movies that get uploaded to Netflix on a weekly basis, and because of the sheer quantity it’s so easy for many of them to slip through the cracks or get ignored due to some unnecessarily negative reviews. Of all the movies that were released on the streaming service in 2020, these are by far the most underrated.
Though the movie was mostly enjoyed by critics, even if it does support an argument that was disproved years ago, Mank has been unfairly ignored by many of Netflix’s subscribers.
As most movies this high profile with an acclaimed director like David Fincher usually reach the top of the list of new releases, Mank only just managed to get into the top 10. It may have something to do with the fact that Mank requires a little bit of background knowledge about Citizen Kane and the story behind it, but regardless, it joins the ranks of other great movies about Hollywood.
9 The Midnight Sky
Being another movie starring and directed by George Clooney, The Midnight Sky marks the second movie in a row directed by Clooney that has received overly negative reviews, with the first being Suburbicon. The movie was overly ambitious, and as emotionally resonant as the movie can be at times, its ambition is what led to there still being a lot of questions fans have, and that was the biggest criticism from reviewers.
With Chris Hemsworth diving into one of his few roles outside of Thor, critics dislike the movie for its unnecessary violence, but it actually turned out to be one of the best action movies of 2020.
Extraction was produced by members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe faculty, the Russo Brothers, and now they’ve got a taste for cinematic universes, it looks like there’s no end in sight. It isn’t the last we’ve seen of Extraction because, despite the movie’s terrible reviews, they are still going ahead with turning the movie into an expanded cinematic universe.
7 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is somewhat of a passion project of Will Ferrell’s as he has been an outspoken fan of the campy contest for years. Though it hasn’t found huge success in the U.S., the contest is actually viewed by tens of millions every year, and the movie is both a parody of the contest and its contestants and a homage to what makes it so great. The movie is full of fascinating cameos too.
6 The Old Guard
Charlize Theron is low key one of the greatest action stars of the 21st century, as she stole the show in Mad Max: Fury Road, had a leading role in Prometheus, and was the titular character in Atomic Blonde, and she continues the success with this Netflix original. As The Old Guard is based on a comic book, which is one of the things you never knew about the movie, the film features some brilliant hand-to-hand combat and explosive action scenes, despite being criticized for its narrative.
5 Project Power
Project Power features one of the most interesting premises, as a pill allows people to have superpowers for five minutes at a time, but critics think it just wasn’t approached as well as it could have been. The movie certainly had its problems, but it was insanely entertaining, and Jamie Foxx’s performance is the reason to watch Project Power alone, as it’s one of the things we loved about the movie.
4 I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
With I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Netflix does what it does best by throwing money at cinematic wunderkinds like Charlie Kaufman, and it’s one of the best decisions the streaming service has made. The film is the first live-action movie from Charlie Kaufman in 12 years, as his last project was the animated movie Anomolisa,
I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is typically Kaufmanesque, as it is completely irreverent and features a nightmarish premise grounded in depressing reality. Surprisingly, it’s the first movie of his that hasn’t been resoundingly praised by critics, as there have in fact been quite a few negative things to say about it.
3 The Devil All The Time
It isn’t just because the movie is full of English actors portraying Americans that critics didn’t like it, as Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson give it their all and are the best thing about the movie. However, The Devil All The Time was criticized for being pretentious and aimless, but for patient viewers, the movie is an enthralling and intoxicating psychological thriller, and it looks great too.
Rebecca seems to be the perfect movie for Netflix, as it’s directed by Ben Wheatley, whose movies almost always bomb at the box office but are always interesting. As his films are so hard to find an audience due to their weird concepts, Netflix is a great way to showcase his work and have it be readily available to millions. And there was no better movie of his to do that with than Rebecca, a gothic romantic horror movie that was scathed by critics but was hugely fascinating.
1 Enola Holmes
As if we need another interpretation ofSherlock Holmes, as there’s already the Robert Downey Jr. leading blockbuster franchise, the fantastic BBC show Sherlock, and even a Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy version. Though the movie has a high approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the average rating is shockingly low. However, Enola Holmes is surprisingly great and it sees Millie Bobby Brown in one of her best roles outside of Stranger Things.
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