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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19. The Willoughbys

Release Year: 2020

Directed By: Kris Pearn

Starring: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Seán Cullen, Ricky Gervais, Colleen Wheeler, Nancy Robinson, Kris Pearn

It goes without saying, but kids like to watch good movies, too. But they also like to watch not-so-good movies that can be grating on their parents, families and guardians. So, when you find an animated movie that’s perfect for the whole family and is actually good, you want to hold onto it for a repeated viewing you can stomach. That’s The Willoughbys on Netflix.

Based on Lois Lowry’s book of the same name, The Willoughbys follows the adventures of the four Willoughby siblings, who have been neglected and abandoned by their parents. Tim (Will Forte), Jane (Alessia Cara) and twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B (Seán Cullen) must stick together to make their way through their new and uncharted modern world with help from their nanny (Maya Rudolph).

The Willoughbys premiered on Netflix in April 2020 and earned positive reviews from critics. The animated family comedy holds an impressive 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics praising the film’s ability to handle darker themes with heart and humor and making it accessible for the whole family. We’re thinking Netflix should continue the Willoughbys’ story in a sequel, but for now, it’s one of the best critically acclaimed family movies you can watch.