Metacritic’s ‘Official’ Top 50 Films of 2021

To be updated weekly on weekends until the ranking solidifies.

Extracted from here. These lists follow the same eligibility rules for my 'official' Letterboxd top 50s since 2016. Unlike how Metacritic's year rankings use U.S. releases, I go by first national release by any country, excluding only festival releases.

See Metacritic tag for other top lists.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    1

  • Sabaya

    2

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    3

  • Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker

    4

  • The Velvet Underground

    5

  • Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

    6

  • The Inheritance

    7

  • Rose Plays Julie

    8

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    9

  • The Truffle Hunters

    10

  • In the Heights

    11

  • Stray

    12

  • The Reason I Jump

    13

  • Sisters with Transistors

    14

  • The Killing of Two Lovers

    15

  • Pig

    16

  • Night of the Kings

    17

  • The French Dispatch

    18

  • Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

    19

  • Limbo

    20

  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    21

  • Test Pattern

    22

  • MLK/FBI

    23

  • TINA

    24

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    25

  • Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

    26

  • The Sparks Brothers

    27

  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

    28

  • I'm Your Man

    29

  • Cryptozoo

    30

  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    31

  • Shiva Baby

    32

  • The One and Only Dick Gregory

    33

  • Mass

    34

  • Playing with Sharks

    35

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    36

  • The Human Factor

    37

  • Nine Days

    38

  • Asia

    39

  • No Ordinary Man

    40

  • Slalom

    41

  • The Amusement Park

    42

  • No Sudden Move

    43

  • Two Gods

    44

  • The White Tiger

    45

  • I Carry You with Me

    46

  • All Light, Everywhere

    47

  • Ailey

    48

  • Holler

    49

  • Zola

    50