Just Nine Films From 2019 Got A Perfect 100% Rating On Rotten Tomatoes
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As the year draws to a close, it's time to look back on the films we've enjoyed. Some will stay with us for the rest of our lives, while others will inspire resentful memories of hours lost to big screen flops.
But often, there is a gulf between what is popular in the box office and what is popular with critics. As if to prove the point, you may very well have never heard of any of this year's nine films that received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.
So, if you feel like diving into the kind of film you probably won't see plastered across the side of a bus, here 2019's nine offering that really should be worth your time:
1. The Russian Five
No, this isn't a gangster film, it's a documentary about ice hockey team the Detroit Red Wings. So emotionally charged is the doco, critics say you should enjoy it even if you already know the story, or if you don't care one little bit about the sport.
2. Fantastic Fungi
Now, this documentary really does exactly what it says on the tin - tells us all about how brilliant (or fantastic) fungi are. That on paper might not sound like your cup of tea, but it's use of time-lapse footage is visually stunning and eye-opening. What's more its narrated by Brie Larson, aka Captain Marvel herself, so if you like her voice then it could be up your street.
Another documentary in the top 10 here, this time one about the staff and patients on the first US AIDS ward unit in San Francisco, California - Ward 5B. As you might expect, this is an emotional one, with critics describing it as heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure.
4. Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
This documentary uses archive footage to look into the origins of the Broadway musical The Fiddler on the Roof, with all 36 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes awarding it a 100 percent rating.
5. Chained for Life
Breaking the documentary mould here, we have a dark satire featuring Adam Pearson, an actor with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. The film's critical consensus reads: "Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original."
6. The Chambermaid
Don't watch this one while you eat your tea - not because it's gruesome, but because it's in Spanish, so you'll need to be able to read the subtitles. It follows a maid in a Mexican hotel, who like most of us, dreams of more. Critics have described it as 'bracingly unique' and 'hauntingly relatable'.
7. One Cut of the Dead
If you wanna go completely different then give this a bash - a Japanese film-within-a-zombie-apocalypse-film that opens with a 37-minute single take. If you think that sounds like a recipe for disaster, then you're flying in the face of the 73 critics who gave it full marks.
8. Knock Down the House
If you don't feel like you've had your fill of election coverage on your telly at the mo, then you could always watch this documentary about four female Democrats running for Congress in the 2018 US elections.
9. They Shall Not Grow Old
With a 100 percent rating from 138 critics, Peter Jackson's ambitious war documentary is top of the pops so far this year. The critical consensus reads: "An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation."
Now, go fill your boots.