Watched 2019 Releases - RANKED Best to Worst

by Jesse_Ung | created - 03 Jan 2019 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
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1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 12,869

Perfect. Exquisite. Heavenly and with an ending to die for.

2. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 25,723 | Gross: $16.88M

Awkwafina is a star and the film is beautiful. I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said - believe the hype.

3. Vai (2019)

90 min | Drama

A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai.

Directors: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy | Stars: Ro Mereani Adi Tuimatanisiga, Ar-Ramadi Longopoa, Betsy Lania Luitolo, Agnes Pele

Votes: 67

A profound odyssey of identity and worthy follow-up to Waru.

4. Little Women (2019)

PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 33,926

I love it. Brings contemporary storytelling to a period specific and timeless story. Best ensemble of performances this year.

5. Varda by Agnès (2019)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 1,124

Never boring for a second. A reminder of just how great she was in so many ways.

6. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

80 Metascore

When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her.

Directors: Will Becher, Richard Phelan | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Chris Morrell, Andy Nyman

Votes: 2,085

7. Toy Story 4 (2019)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Director: Josh Cooley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Votes: 148,233 | Gross: $433.03M

I didn’t think it was possible to be sadder than Toy Story 3. Turns out I was wrong.

8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

71 Metascore

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 85,116 | Gross: $160.80M

Rounds out a fantastic trilogy with gorgeous animation and well earned poignancy.

9. Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects small-town America to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 410 | Gross: $0.06M

It's a fascinating watch if a little unevenly paced.

10. By the Grace of God (2018)

137 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca

Votes: 3,616

Compelling, disturbing and surprisingly funny. Far superior to 2015’s Spotlight which tells a similar story (albeit from a different point of view).

11. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy

Votes: 111,808 | Gross: $144.11M

As somewhat of a Pokemon novice, I thought it was really fun, charming and a great introduction of a cool world.

12. Divine Love (2019)

101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

A woman uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together is utterly committed to getting pregnant by her husband in a future of dance parties, ritualistic orgies and fundamentalist Christianity.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Antonio Pastich, Rubens Santos

Votes: 1,071

A thoughtful and interesting look at sexuality, religion and the not too distant future.

13. 100 Things (2018)

111 min | Comedy

Best friends Toni and Paul decide to relinquish all of their belongings for 100 days, whereby they receive one of their items back on each day. During this challenge the two realize, that ... See full summary »

Director: Florian David Fitz | Stars: Florian David Fitz, Matthias Schweighöfer, Miriam Stein, Hannelore Elsner

Votes: 2,294

Despite a wholly unnecessary romantic subplot, this is a smart, consistently funny and earnest comedy with two charming leads.

14. Crawl (2019)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama, Horror

60 Metascore

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson

Votes: 44,321 | Gross: $39.01M

Terrifying and gnarly. Left me breathless until the very end.

15. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

54 Metascore

The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley

Votes: 240,018

Satisfying and entertaining - but a little too safe for its own good.

16. La Belle Époque (2019)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A couple in crisis. He, disillusioned, sees his life upset the day an entrepreneur offers him to plunge back into the time of his choice.

Director: Nicolas Bedos | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant

Votes: 2,122

I like it less the more I think about it (it doesn't treat its female characters very well), but it's mostly clever, very well written and extremely funny.

17. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 91,759 | Gross: $96.37M

It's far less annoying than Bohemian Rhapsody, and though it's first half is the strongest (it sprints through its ending) I love how much it commits to being a musical, and subverting certain biopic tropes.

18. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.

Director: Midge Costin | Stars: Erik Aadahl, Ioan Allen, Richard L. Anderson, Karen Baker Landers

Votes: 344

19. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

R | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins' guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 216,999 | Gross: $171.02M

It's even more brutal than the previous two - beautifully choreographed and entertaining with some inventive action set-pieces, but the relentlessness is kind of exhausting.

20. Missing Link (2019)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

Director: Chris Butler | Stars: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas

Votes: 13,451 | Gross: $16.65M

Light, breezy - it's lower rung amongst Laika’s work but still beautifully textured and entertaining.

21. Beats (II) (2019)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.

Director: Brian Welsh | Stars: Kimber Closson, Martin Donaghy, Brian Ferguson, Ryan Fletcher

Votes: 1,573

Takes a while to find its rhythm (ha) but when it finds its groove (haha) it’s a solid film about friendship and surprisingly bittersweet.

22. Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story (2019)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A True New Zealand Love Story based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si'ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills' journey in pursuit of true love.

Director: Nikki Si'ulepa | Stars: Robyn Paterson, Hannah Martin, Michele Hine, Luci Hare

Votes: 15

A solidly funny and charming little romantic comedy - if a little uneven.

23. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 105,911 | Gross: $110.50M

It's fun above all else. I don't like it quite as much as the 2014 Godzilla, but it delivers what it says on the box.

24. Frozen II (2019)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Votes: 61,410

Annihilation for children.

25. Bombshell (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Votes: 20,265

26. Mr. Jones (2019)

141 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,115

It’s solid and very well made - just not much more.

27. Deerskin (2019)

77 min | Comedy, Horror

73 Metascore

A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier

Votes: 2,647

I can only echo the sentiment that this really would be better suited as a short film. That said, it's amusing, very dark and Jean Dujardin is great in it.

28. Charlie's Angels (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks

Votes: 17,864

It's fine - I really wished I liked it more. The stars are so charming and their interplay is so fun that when the actual plot kicks in it really weighs down on the film.

29. Weathering with You (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Shun Oguri, Sei Hiraizumi

Votes: 6,914

Gorgeous - but it suffers from the same tonal issues and unwieldy melodrama as Shinkai's Your Name.

30. Port Authority (2019)

94 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Port Authority is a love story set in New York's kiki ballroom scene, and follows Paul, a 20 year old midwesterner, who arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches eyes with Wye,... See full summary »

Director: Danielle Lessovitz | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Louisa Krause

Votes: 225

Proves that cool direction, an interesting setting and timely ideas can’t save underwritten characters and an uninteresting protagonist.

31. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their feud to the next level.

Directors: Thurop Van Orman, John Rice | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader

Votes: 12,851 | Gross: $38.44M

Unlike the first outing, this one is actually funny, with what may be the most inventive sequence of bathroom humor I've seen in a while.

32. Manta Ray (2018)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the ... See full summary »

Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng | Stars: Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Rasmee Wayrana

Votes: 656

I liked the first half a lot and then it lost me.

33. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 54,734 | Gross: $114.77M

Emotionally uninvolving and kind of a mess, but Disney's best live-action remake of the year.

34. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family

63 Metascore

Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria

Votes: 14,908 | Gross: $54.89M

This thing lies solely on the shoulders of Isabela Moner's performance - and given that the movie is kind of a mess, the fact that it still works as well as it does is a real testament to her.

35. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 121,772 | Gross: $65.85M

Feels like the series finale of a show that ended prematurely with at least three further seasons planned. There are chunks missing and it shows.

36. Brown Boys (2019)

92 min | Comedy

A coming-of-age film about six Samoan men growing up in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Director: Hans Masoe | Stars: Hans Masoe, Lagi Farani, Johnny Aukusitino, Suivai Autagavaia

Votes: 41

When it's funny it's really funny - but the laughs are few and far between, and the characters feel underwritten. I wish I liked it more.

37. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 44,809 | Gross: $105.81M

You can feel it trying too hard and it's just not as fun this time around.

38. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 209,922 | Gross: $140.37M

I wasn't expecting it to be so conventional. It didn't really work for me but I commend it for doing something different.

39. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Mystery

88 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 3,910 | Gross: $0.50M

A borderline parody of an Arthouse film. Visually exquisite and mostly pointless.

40. Men in Black: International (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 83,372 | Gross: $79.80M

Amusing enough but annoying and bland - though F. Gary Gray was a really bizarre choice to direct this.

41. It Must Be Heaven (2019)

97 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Tarik Kopty, Kareem Ghneim, George Khleifi

Votes: 1,186

Mostly about nothing until it isn’t. The director’s performance as “himself” isn’t good and very distracting.

42. Aladdin (I) (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 177,415 | Gross: $354.87M

In addition to being unnecessary, it isn't very good and is devoid of all personality.

43. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 184,433 | Gross: $85.71M

Some impressive visual effects can’t save the awful script and bland characters.

44. Genesis (2018)

129 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

Director: Philippe Lesage | Stars: Noée Abita, Paul Ahmarani, Marc Beaupré, Emilie Bierre

Votes: 549 | Gross: $0.01M

Can’t remember the last film I saw that had this much contempt and hatred for its characters. A thoroughly unpleasant watch.