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The 20 best-reviewed movies currently on Netflix

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Alessia Armenise
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If you made the mistake of “accidentally” clicking on What To Expect When You’re Expecting then your Netflix homepage is probably something you swiftly minimise when someone else comes near your computer. But, don’t be fooled as there’s a whole truckload of high quality films to be enjoyed.

Hoping to give your watch list a refresh, we trawled through the thousands of options out there and found the most critically adored movies currently available on Netflix. Have an Oscar-winning week, yeah?

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  • The 20 best-reviewed movies currently on Netflix

    12 Angry Men

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%

    Genre: Drama

    Oscars: None

    What the critics said: "It makes for a fine actors’ showcase." Mike D'Angelo, Entertainment Weekly

    Watch it here

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    Anomalisa

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

    Genre: Drama

    Oscars: One nomination

    What the critics said: "It's weird and brilliant and heartbreaking and unlike anything you've ever seen." Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

    Watch it here

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    Young Frankenstein

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

    Genre: Spoof

    Oscars: Two nominations

    What the critics said: “The Brooks of 'Young Frankenstein' isn't really skewering the conventions of the horror movie - he's paying tribute to them, and using them as scaffolding for his particular brand of goofy, Borscht Belt burlesque." Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

    Watch it here

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    Ex Machina

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

    Genre: Sci-fi

    Oscars: One win, one nomination

    What the critics said: “The Swedish actress Alicia Vikander ("The Fifth Estate") infuses Ava with the just the right mixture of iciness, vulnerability and mystery. It's a star-making performance." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

    Watch it here

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    Whiplash

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

    Genre: Drama

    Oscars: Three wins, two nominations.

    What the critics said: “I suggest you take a defibrillator to Whiplash, since the chances of a heart attack or spontaneous combustion during viewing are high." Kate Muir, The Times

    Watch it here

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    Fargo

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

    Genre: Crime comedy drama

    Oscars: Two wins, five other nominations

    What the critics said: "A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling - and certain to become a classic." Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

    Watch it here

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    You Can Count On Me

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

    Genre: Comedy drama

    Oscars: Two nominations

    What the critics said: "A fountain of narrative surprise. You never know where this thing is going. And it's such a pleasure to tag along with these characters." Desson Thomson, Washington Post

    Watch it here

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    Chasing Ice

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%

    Genre: Documentary

    Oscars: One nomination

    What the critics said: "If you're looking for eye-popping evidence that the world's glaciers are melting, don't miss the small-scale but spectacular documentary, Chasing Ice." Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

    Watch it here

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    Good Will Hunting

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

    Genre: Comedy drama

    Oscars: Two wins, seven other nominations

    What the critics said: "Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers." Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

    Watch it here

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    Life Itself

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

    Genre: Documentary 

    Oscars: Shortlisted but not nominated 

    What the critics said: "If you aren't moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

    Watch it here

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    The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

    Genre: Comedy

    Oscars: None

    What the critics said: “One of the most sincere and funny portraits of family life to come along in a while." April Wolfe, L.A. Weekly

    Watch it here

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    Das Boot

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Drama

    Oscars: Six nominations

    What the critics said: "The execution is second to none; taut, claustrophobic and overwhelming." Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine

    Watch it here

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    Under The Shadow

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Horror

    Oscars: None

    What the critics said: "Under the Shadow is an eerie, often unsettling, Iranian feminist horror film set in Tehran in 1988, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War." Kevin Maher, The Times

    Watch it here

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    Let The Right One In

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Horror

    Oscars: None

    What the critics said: "A true original: love story, horror film and social drama. At once brilliant in its parts, and more than the sum of them." Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies

    Watch it here

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    It Happened One Night

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Romantic comedy

    Oscars: The "big five", best picture, director, actor, actress, and writing

    What the critics said: "One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction." Variety 

    Watch it here

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    Airplane!

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Spoof

    Oscars: None

    What the critics said: "At a time when throwaway gags seem like a luxury in any film, Airplane! has jokes—hilarious jokes—to spare." Janet Maslin, New York Times

    Watch it here

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    Annie Hall

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Romantic comedy drama

    Oscars: Four wins, one other nomination

    What the critics said: "A touching and hilarious love story that is Allen's most three-dimensional film to date." Joseph McBride, Variety

    Watch it here

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    Blackfish

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Documentary

    Oscars: None 

    What the critics said:  "An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment." Joe Neumaeir, New York Daily News

    Watch it here

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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

    Genre: Family 

    Oscars: Two nominations 

    What the critics said: "An exhilarating epic that mixes comedic and touching moments with some of the best action sequences ever created with CGI animation." Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

    Watch it here

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    Rear Window

    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%

    Genre: Mystery thriller

    Oscars: Four nominations 

    What the critics said: "It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged." Michael Sragow, New Yorker

    Watch it here