25 best critically acclaimed movies on Netflix right now

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix /
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PIECES OF A WOMAN: (L to R) Shia LeBeouf as Sean and Vanessa Kirby as Martha /

16. Pieces of a Woman

Release Year: 2020

Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Ellen Burstyn

Year after year, Netflix has steadily made a bigger splash with its original movies. By all accounts, it’s the place to be when you want your critically acclaimed movie to be seen by a wider audience than movie theaters can allow. In 2020, the drama film Pieces of a Woman left a lasting mark on movie fans at the end of the year, becoming a standout for the performance of its leading star.

Based on the play of the same name by director Kornél Mundruczó and writer Kata Wéber, Pieces of a Woman stars Vanessa Kirby as Martha Weiss, an expectant mother preparing to welcome her first child with husband Sean (Shia LaBeouf). However, when the home birth ends in an unforeseen tragedy, the emotional fallout leaves Martha grieving through distant relationships with her husband and family.

Admittedly, Pieces of a Woman earned mixed but mostly positive reviews from critics, holding a respectable 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But all of the critics agreed that Kirby’s performance, as well as the performances of the supporting cast, held up the film. Kirby landed an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress on top of many other award nominations. The (mostly) critically acclaimed drama film is one of the best on Netflix.