The Best Reviewed Movies of 2019 (So Far)

With summer movie season coming to a close and the fall awards season looming, let’s look back at all the films that have wowed us so far in 2019.IGN rates movies on a scale of 0-10. On this scale, any film rated 9.0-9.9 is considered “amazing” and anything that gets the coveted 10 rating is declared a “masterpiece”.

And we don’t give out 10s to just anything, either. In fact, not one motion picture has earned a 10/10 rating from us so far this year.

But listed below are all the films — released theatrically between January and now — that our team of critics have ranked an 8.0 or higher.

Click the links to their reviews to find out more about why we scored them as we did, and then be sure to tell us what your favorite films of 2019 are in the comments below!

Best Reviewed Movies of 2019

Alita: Battle Angel – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Alita: Battle Angel is Robert Rodriguez’s best film in many years. It’s an ambitious, impressive, visually spectacular production with great performances that make its strange world seem real. It’s a shame that, by trying to adapt as much of the original manga as possible, the filmmakers left out most of the intelligent commentary that made “Alita” so powerful in the first place. This is a classic story, and it’s been turned into a film that’s merely very entertaining.”

Little Monsters – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “If you’ve always wished that Shaun of the Dead sparked a whole zom-com subgenre, Little Monsters will likely please you greatly. It’ll be equally as effective for audiences looking for some unconventional fun as the film offers up both horror and comedy in equal amounts alongside a whole bunch of honesty and heart that every audience needs in 2019.”

Missing Link – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW “Missing Link is another example of Laika raising its bar again. Hugh Jackman’s Frost and Zach Galifianakis’ Mr. Link are a formidable pairing with Zoe Saldana’s Fortnight adding something extra that really makes the journey a joy to go on. Anchored by first-rate storytelling, Missing Link is another jewel in the crown for Laika that leaves you satisfied and still ready for more.”

Pet Sematary – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “2019’s Pet Sematary is a fun and frightening film — if by fun you enjoy seeing characters go to hell and back. The movie milks its powerful premise of denying or outright cheating death for every gruesome bit that it’s worth. While some purists may balk at the changes and omissions made here, those simply looking for a horror movie as compelling as it is wicked should enjoy this new Pet Sematary.”

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Despite the film industry’s resistance to video game movies, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has landed a critical hit. Sure, not everything goes off without a hitch, but the lifelike Pokémon provide a nonstop stream of delights to make the weaker aspects of the movie forgivable. Smith’s character gives the story an emotional weight and Reynolds delivers an endearing comedic performance that’s closer to his subversive Deadpool schtick than you’d expect. While video game movies haven’t had the best track record, this movie is by and far the best example of how to do one right.”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feels like it could light the spark to bring kids horror back to the forefront. It’s filled with solid scares, fun adventure, and a cast that’s genuinely likable. The biggest missteps here are not narrative or due to lack of thought from the creators but seemingly from a lack of budget, with one of the biggest monster scenes hitting a little less hard with some questionable CGI.”

The Lion King – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Disney delivers their most successful remake yet. A strong cast, outstanding visuals, and the classic animal-centric take on Hamlet make this infinitely more watchable than some of the studio’s previous retellings. The only issue here is that The Lion King is a beat-for-beat adaptation that will make even the coldest hearts warm with nostalgia but could potentially disappoint those looking for a new take on the iconic story.”

Yesterday – 8.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Yesterday doesn’t take too many chances, but it does boast a well-told story with a cast that’s game for both its comedic and more dramatic moments. It doesn’t hurt, also, that The Beatles’ greatest hits aren’t just played throughout, but crucial to the plot.”

Long Shot – 8.2

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READ THE REVIEW: “Long Shot doesn’t rewrite the rom-com gospel, but that really doesn’t matter. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen’s chemistry elevates the story beyond its familiar formula. Rogen and Theron may not seem like the obvious choice to headline a movie about falling in love, yet Jonathan Levine’s delightful script and skillful direction helps their relationship flourish. Mix in some stellar supporting actors like Bob Odenkirk and O’Shea Jackson Jr., and you have a very entertaining movie with a feel-good attitude.”

Captain Marvel – 8.3

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READ THE REVIEW: “Captain Marvel manages to take the best ideas of early MCU origin stories like Iron Man and Thor and use them to form something that feels both familiar and fresh. It can be a bit on-the-nose at times, and occasionally has to fast-track its exposition in ways that can feel slightly clunky, but what it lacks in grace it makes up for in charm. Brie Larson’s stellar performance gives Carol Danvers a vibrant, joyful life that will fit right into the future of the MCU, whatever that future may hold.”

Captive State – 8.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “Captive State, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt’s return to science fiction, is an imaginative, interesting, and ultimately rewarding affair. A lo-fi vision of the future which manages to be both heartbreaking and hopeful, Captive State is held together by tight direction and a fantastic lead performance from Ashton Sanders.”

Framing John DeLorean – 8.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “Where and how Framing John DeLorean chooses to end its story is a key question the film’s participants themselves ask, and the movie answers it with reverence and a bit of humor. It’s unlikely to be as emotionally affecting to the average viewer as it was to someone who got to “live the dream” for so many years, as the DMC-12’s marketing tagline put it, but it will leave any viewer with a surprisingly fair, full, and fascinating picture of the legend of the man, the company, and the car.”

Good Boys – 8.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “Good Boys somehow manages to balance its risqué, scatological impulses with a surprisingly sweet, resonant coming-of-age tale. It may not have the longevity of Stand By Me (or even Superbad), and returns to the same comedic well a few times too many, but the finished product is still a consistently hilarious, impressively evolved entry in a crowded genre.”

Happy Death Day 2U – 8.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “Despite this slight clunkiness and an overcrowded script, Happy Death Day 2U deserves a healthy amount of praise for pushing its pedal to the metal all the way through. It’s hard not to get the impression that no idea was really shot down in terms of generating story here, no matter how bonkers it all seemed. The level of risk-taking is refreshing, even when it’s not completely successful at every single turn.”

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 8.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “Chock full of inventive set-pieces and brutal kills, while also providing new facets to the intricate underworld lore fans of the franchise have come to enjoy, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum pushes its title character to his breaking point and back while offering fresh information about his backstory. The action is bloody and over-the-top and the emotional throughline remains solid as we follow John Wick on his journey to either save his skin or die trying.”

Midsommar – 8.8

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READ THE REVIEW: “Despite a problematic ending, Midsommar is an emotionally harrowing and slowly insidious journey, languidly forcing dread on the viewer, wrapping them in a weird nightmare summer camp of sunlight and cheer. With his previous film Hereditary and now Midsommar, the horror genre has found a new master in filmmaker Ari Aster.”

Shazam! – 8.8

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READ THE REVIEW: “Shazam! is a lot of fun and it further proves how, in the wake of the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, DC’s movie future is indeed bright. Zachary Levi was born to play this superpowered man-child, delivering lots of laughs alongside sarcastic but amiable co-star Jack Dylan Grazer. After an awkward and obligatory opening, the latter three quarters pack some big surprises for comics buffs and offer enough mainstream appeal to win over new fans. While Dr. Sivana ties in nicely with the themes of how adults can influence children, this villain is ultimately little more than a means to an end for the story of a boy who must learn what it takes to be a (super)man.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home – 8.8

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READ THE REVIEW: “Spider-Man: Far From Home is a grandly entertaining culmination of the MCU wall-crawler’s journey so far. Thanks to its sweet humor, clever commentary, and deft action set-pieces, Far From Home continues the journey of Peter Parker from kid hero to Tony Stark’s successor. The movie sets the table for some exciting new adventures ahead for Spider-Man and his place in the MCU, pitting him against an antagonist who preys on Peter Parker’s fears and insecurities in ways no other villain quite has yet. Far From Home ends Marvel’s Phase Three with a hell of a bang, thrusting its young wall-crawler into a treacherous but hugely exciting new era.”

Booksmart – 8.9

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READ THE REVIEW: “[Director Olivia] Wilde thoughtfully brought together a cast and crew full of impeccably talented women to make a teen comedy that overachiever girls could truly call their own. The script is snappy, outrageous, and full of heart, giving depth to stock characters often marginalized and mocked. And it does all this while thoughtfully exploring the pressures and pitfalls of the unique hell of being a teen girl. The cast is pitch-perfect, scoring big laughs, heart swells, and even tears. Feldstein and Dever are a phenomenal comedy duo; Lourd is a stellar standout. And Wilde crushed it right out the gate. I can’t wait to see what she brings next. But I’ll settle for just seeing this over and over again.”

The Art of Self-Defense – 8.9

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READ THE REVIEW: “One of the most original films of the year so far, The Art of Self-Defense is a searing critique of male violence, and the notion of power at large, told through a traditional kung fu flick set in present day America. Dryly funny, the film also carries a wisdom that makes Riley Stearns a talent to watch.”

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – 9.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a fantastic, visually stunning and poignant way to end this beloved trilogy. While the young characters remain joyously funny, this finale also adds mature notes to their story of friendship. The franchise has, like its audience, grown up, and to that end this film grapples with more complex themes than before, making for a truly satisfying yet bittersweet conclusion.”

Rocketman – 9.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Taron Egerton is Elton John in Dexter Fletcher’s stunning biopic that lays out, warts and all, the turbulent life and times of the English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. … One of the best films of the year so far, Rocketman is outstanding. A compelling, exhilarating and heartbreaking journey that delivers everything it promises and then some.”

Us – 9.0

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READ THE REVIEW: “Us is a very, very strange film. But that’s OK because it wouldn’t be a Jordan Peele joint if there wasn’t a little risk involved. Peele has proven that he’s not a one-hit-wonder with this truly terrifying, poignant look at one American family that goes through hell at the hands of maniacal doppelgangers. The strangeness of the narrative stays grounded with excellent character development, especially with Lupita Nyong’o’s Adelaide. Winston Duke’s Gabe adds some much-needed humor to lighten the tense and bloody mood, and the kids also have plenty to contribute. The impactful use of music and dazzling cinematography elevates Us above your average horror-thriller. Peele has created another marvelous new American horror story.”

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READ THE REVIEW: “Avengers: Endgame is easily the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most ambitious, emotional, and affecting film to date, somehow managing to tie up more than a decade of storytelling in a confident (and mostly coherent) climax – a hurdle that many other blockbuster franchises have stumbled over in their final runs. It will inevitably provoke years of spirited debate among fans, and an overreliance on messy CGI action blunts some of its impact, but in terms of pure heart, Endgame holds nothing back. This may not have been <em>the only way</em> for Marvel to end the first chapter of its sprawling superhero saga, but when faced with 14,000,605 possible outcomes, it manages to be a surprising and satisfying one.”

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Toy Story 4 – 9.5

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READ THE REVIEW: “The Toy Story series has always been just as satisfying for adults as for kids, but this might be the first film that actually feels more relatable to the grown-ups, offering a surprisingly nuanced tale of coping with change and moving on after loss. While Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending for these characters, Toy Story 4 offers an unexpected epilogue that’s just as meaningful as the films that came before it. It may not have been necessary, but somehow, it still feels right.”

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