Leading critics aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes has announced the winners of The Golden Tomato Awards, which recognise the best-reviewed films and series of 2020. Here are four winners you may have missed last year, available to binge on Showmax:
THE INVISIBLE MAN | Best-reviewed wide-release film, horror movie and Australian film
Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in The Invisible Man, which was named Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie in three categories: wide-release film, horror movie, and Australian film. The nail-biting horror was also the fifth best-reviewed movie overall, with a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turns lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Inspired by HG Wells’ novel, The Invisible Man is adapted and directed by award-winning horror aficionado Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw franchise. The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor); Black Reel award nominee Aldis Hodge (Underground, Hidden Figures); and BET and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (Euphoria, A Wrinkle in Time).
The 15th highest-grossing box office film of 2020 globally, The Invisible Man has won over 30 international awards, including Best Horror Movie and Best Actress: Horror at the Critics Choice Super Awards, and was a 2020 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Movie. As Rolling Stone says, “Alive with fresh thinking from Whannell and a dynamite Elisabeth Moss, this socially conscious horrorshow tips the old monster mash into way scarier sh*t about toxic masculinity that’s as timely as #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.”
I MAY DESTROY YOU | Best-reviewed mini-series and new series
I May Destroy You was named Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed series in two categories: mini-series and new series. The half-hour drama has a 98% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humour and moments of deep discomfort, all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel’s undeniable talent.”
I May Destroy You centres on Arabella (Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.
I May Destroy You has won seven international awards so far, including Best Drama from The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, where Coel also took home Best Actress and Best Writer. So far this year, it’s also been nominated for 2021 Critics Choice, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Royal Television Society, GLAAD and Image Awards, among other honours.
PEN15 S2 | Best-reviewed TV Comedy
PEN15 was named Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed TV comedy and placed fourth on their list of the best-reviewed returning series. Season 2 has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “An excellent showcase for Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and their well-cast classmates, PEN15‘s sophomore season goes deeper into the nuances of middle school life without losing any of its cringey charm.”
The R-rated traumedy is set in middle school as it really happened in the year 2000. Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds.
PEN15 was up for Best Comedy Series at both the 2021 Critics Choice and Writers Guild of America awards. As The Washington Post put it, “If one has to choose only one millennial-made TV series that ventures into adolescent angst in the AOL era, please make it this one. PEN15… could be almost considered an act of communal therapy. In their unflinching and even brave willingness to re-enact the range of hair-trigger emotions that turn teenagers into the worst kind of people, Erskine and Konkle (along with co-creator Sam Zvibleman) are offering a kind of catharsis to the rest of us: Yes, you were as awful as you remember being, but guess what? You were in the throes of becoming you. PEN15 is both an exquisite wallow in hormonal chaos and a belated act of forgiveness.”
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY S1 | Best-reviewed sci-fi/fantasy series
Lovecraft Country was named Rotten Tomatoes’best-reviewed sci-fi/fantasy series. The HBO show has an 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As Newsday put it, “To call Lovecraft Country ‘wildly original’ seems almost a quaint understatement. But it is wild. And original. Little doubt about that.”
In the 1950s, Atticus, a young African-American, sets out on a road trip with his friend and uncle to find his missing father. This catapults the three into a struggle for survival against the dual terrors of Jim Crow-era America and terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a paperback written by pulpy horror author HP Lovecraft.
Lovecraft Country was named AFI’s 2021 TV Program of the Year, won Critics Choice Super Awards for Best Horror Series and Best Actress: Horror (Jurnee Smollett from Birds of Prey), and took home a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor for Michael Kenneth Williams (When They See Us, The Night Of). The show was also nominated for Best TV Drama at the 2021 Golden Globes, as well as Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, and Image awards, among other honours.