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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12. Uncut Gems

Release Year: 2019

Directed By: Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie

Starring: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch

Adam Sandler” and “critically acclaimed movie” aren’t typically words that share space in the same sentence. After years of catching the comedian headlining big-screen romantic comedies and weird character-driven comedies, we’d become accustomed to critical panning his work. But everyone once in a while, Adam Sandler stretches his acting muscles in dramatic roles, like in the 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, which had him in serious contention for an Oscar nod.

Uncut Gems stars Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a jeweler with a gambling addiction whose recent high-stakes bet could lead to a great windfall. However, he must recover the expensive gem he bought in order to pay off his debts, which creates an almost impossible balancing act between his business, his family and, perhaps most dangerous, his enemies.

Since Sandler has mostly kept his acting roles to Netflix original comedy movies in recent years, his turn in Uncut Gems arrived as a surprise, but a pleasant one nonetheless. The film quickly earned positive reviews from critics with a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the actor’s second highest-rated movie on the site. Although he didn’t land any major award recognition, Sandler won an Independent Spirit Award and a shout-out from his friend Jennifer Aniston.