The critics have weighed in on the streaming exclusive movies of the year. Judging by the overall consensus, here are the critics' recommendations to watch and avoid.
1. ‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
This plainly and effectively laid-out documentary explores the fatal 2018 and 2019 Boeing 737 MAX crashes, detailing the corruption at its root with strong evidence and clear structure.
2. ‘Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% (certified fresh)
Returning to animation after the cult legacy of Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater imbues Apollo 10 ½ with a realistic depiction of the 1969 childhood excitement of U.S. moon exploration.
3. ‘The House’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% (certified fresh)
The distinct yet thematically interwoven horror-ish stories written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh are given fresh stop-motion animation by debuting multiple directors.
4. ‘Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Documentarian Chris Smith directs a slowly unveiling four-part series detailing the NYC vegan restauranteur Sarma Melngailis and her crimes of stealing money from her restaurants to give to her conman husband.
5. ‘Return to Space’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
This documentary follows the SpaceX engineers who worked on the Falcon launches that sent NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space.
5. The Bubble
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%
Critics and audiences unanimously agreed that Judd Apatow’s tale of a Hollywood film crew in COVID pandemic lockdown was not funny and did not have insight into dealing with the pandemic.
4. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
As messy as always, a TV-MA rating is about all that’s new in this follow-up to the alleged “final” entry of the appearance of Tyler Perry’s Madea character.
3. Choose or Die
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%
Despite its enticing promise of entering into a surreal 1980s video game world, Choose Or Die is almost completely unmemorable.
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%
A lame attempt at reviving the oft-criticized series that steals its premise from the sequel/reboot Halloween (2018).
1. Home Team
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%
Easily ranking as one of the worst films of the year, yet another Happy Madison/Netflix collaboration gets bogged down in offputting dramedy, this time by a whitewashed feel-good story rooted in scandalous true events that are almost entirely glossed over.
Happy watching (or avoiding)!