The 50 best films of 2021, according to 187 film critics


“The Power of the Dog,” “Drive My Car” and “Licorice Pizza” topped IndieWire’s annual Critics’ Poll of the Best Movies of the Year.

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As the year draws to a close and another long awards season is well underway, it’s time for IndieWire to unveil its annual 2021 Best Film Critics Survey. This year has seen a boon in the offering. cinematographic with the relaunch of the festival circuit – either closed or relegated to virtual affairs in 2020 – and the reopening of cinemas. From long-awaited tall masts like “Dune” to Cannes favorites like “Annette,” “The Worst Person in the World,” “Titanium” and “Drive My Car” and Netflix powerhouses like “The Power of the Dog,” La This year’s diverse list reflects cinema and culture as they were in 2021.

With 187 critics and journalists voting for the best films and performances in this year’s survey, Jane Campion’s Western Character Study “The Power of the Dog” won an overwhelming victory by a considerable margin. This is the second time in the history of this poll, and the second year in a row after “Nomadland”, that a female-directed film has topped this list. “The Power of the Dog” also tops IndieWire’s staff list of the best movies of 2021.

IndieWire, Variety, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly staff all voted, along with freelance editors and editors at newspapers, websites, radio and TV from across Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia – as well as throughout the United States and Canada. However, all participants were required to vote only for films released in theaters, streaming or VOD in the United States within the last calendar year.

Check out the full list of the 50 best movies from the IndieWire Critics Poll of 2020 below.

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