These 5 must-see Netflix movies are 90% and up on Rotten Tomatoes

Imagine the scenario: It’s a Friday night and you’re trying to find the best movies on netflix enjoy. Your hands start cramping from all the scrolling. Your ice cream melts and your to-go pizza gets cold.

Have no fear, my friend. Your friends at Tom’s Guide are there to solve all your problems (first, put the ice cream back in the freezer). And we’re helped by the folks at Rotten Tomatoes (opens in a new tab)which brings together reviews from critics around the world, so you can see what’s great and what’s not.

But since scrolling through Rotten Tomatoes scores is a job in itself, we’ve merged their list with our expertise to help you decide. Oh, and we have the creme de la creme de la creme: four of those five films have rare and 100% perfect scores for Rotten Tomatoes!

A secret love

This documentary tells the story of former baseball player Terry Donahue and his partner Pat Henschel. Navigating the era as a same-sex couple, Donahue and Henschel chose to keep their relationship a secret from their families for most of their lives.

A touching and realistic portrayal of LGBT history, this documentary is absolutely worth watching (even if it’s heartbreaking). Terry and Pat are director Chris Bolan’s great aunts, which gives this film an even more personal and human element.

Year: 2020
Gender:
Documentary
Rotten Tomato Score:
100%

His house

Her House is one of the best horror movies on Netflix right now, earning the coveted Certified Fresh rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. This film centers on the story of immigrants Rial (Mosaku) and Bol (Dirisu), who have escaped from Sudan and arrive at a housing estate in England.

His House layers themes of guilt with a clever examination of the pressures immigrants face when integrating into unfamiliar cultures. While there are plenty of scares that pop up throughout the film, the titular house is steeped in an unnerving atmosphere, and one shocking twist will keep this film in your mind long after the credits roll. BAFTA-winning debut director Remi Weekes is one to watch.

Year: 2020
Gender: Horror
Rotten Tomato Score:
100%

Coded bias

A cutting documentary about race and the biases inherent in facial recognition algorithms, this film takes a hard-to-understand subject and turns it into an informative and revealing watch.

The potential for misuse and abuse of facial recognition technology is a frightening concept to many, but this documentary does everything possible to inform, not to instill fear. Its fast pace means a lot of information is packed into its hour and a half runtime, and also makes the film highly watchable and very easy to recommend.

Year: 2020
Gender:
Documentary
Rotten Tomato Score:
100%

Leave no trace

The 2018 drama film Leave No Trace flew under some moviegoers’ radar when it hit theaters, so we’d like to shine a light on it now that it’s on streaming services. Earning a 100% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, Leave No Trace centers on father and daughter duo Will (Ben Foster) and Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), living in the wild in the Oregon backwoods.

This doesn’t last long, however, as eventually Will and Tom are arrested by the authorities and forced back into society. A veteran of the Iraq War, Will struggles to adjust to a “normal” lifestyle, but Tom begins to question his father’s decisions about his upbringing.

Foster delivers a subtle and touching performance in this film, with an equally brilliant effort from McKenzie in one of her early roles.

Year: 2018
Gender:
Drama
Rotten Tomato Score:
100%

The beast from the sea

If you’re looking for a family movie that has impressed critics, The Sea Beast is a great choice. Earning a 94% critics score, The Sea Beast is a beautifully animated adventure with plenty of big names to back its success.

Director Chris Williams is well known for hits such as Big Hero 6 and Moana, and it’s easy to draw comparisons to the latter film because they share a setting – the uncharted ocean. However, The Sea Beast mixes things up with a greater focus on taming wild creatures of the deep. If your kids prefer How to Train Your Dragon to the Disney Princess movies, they’ll have plenty to get their teeth into. In addition, Karl Urban offers an excellent performance that adults will also appreciate.

Year: 2018
Gender: Fantasy, Adventure
Rotten Tomato Score: 94%

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