This year’s batch of romantic films is an eclectic list of passionate and painful love affairs from every walk of life. young love (To All the Boys: Always and Forever), first crush (Licorice Pizza), and heartbreak (undine) are all represented. The Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci starrer supernova gave a moving glimpse into how to continue to love while saying goodbye. However, a different LGBTQ tale beats all the competition: Two of Us, the two elderly women living in adjacent apartments who have shared a passionate, long-term hidden love affair for decades. Their happy existence is threatened when they can no longer use their secret hallway, and the drama it inflicts will leave you swooning through tears.
The order reflects Tomatometer scores (as of December 31, 2021) after adjustment from our ranking formula, which compensates for variation in the number of reviews when comparing movies or TV shows.
Adjusted Score: 101712%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable feature debut for director/co-writer Filippo Meneghetti, Two of Us tells a deceptively complex love story while presenting a rich acting showcase for its three leads.
Adjusted Score: 102305%
Critics Consensus: With a thought-provoking concept brought to humorous life by a pair of well-matched leads, I’m Your Man is an AI rom-com whose intelligence is anything but artificial.
Adjusted Score: 100299%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable feature debut for director Heidi Ewing, I Carry You with Me finds universally resonant themes in a specific, richly detailed time and place.
Adjusted Score: 106701%
Critics Consensus: Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear — and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads.
Adjusted Score: 99479%
Critics Consensus: Led by moving performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, supernova is a heartbreaking look at the emotional toll that comes with accepting mortality.
Adjusted Score: 94785%
Critics Consensus: undine draws on folklore for a dark fantasy whose murky storytelling is often offset by the enchanting romance at its core.
Adjusted Score: 94479%
Critics Consensus: An enchanting debut for writer-director-star Suzanne Lindon, Spring Blossom captures first love with fittingly delicate beauty.
Adjusted Score: 94499%
Critics Consensus: Tough but stirring, Little Fish uses one couple’s pandemic love story to illustrate the strength of human connection in trying times.
Adjusted Score: 84711%
Critics Consensus: While not François Ozon’s best work, Summer of 85 serves as a beguiling, bittersweet ode to teen love and its lingering after-effects.
Adjusted Score: 81036%
Critics Consensus: Diminishing returns have set in for this trilogy, but To All the Boys: Always and Forever has just enough of the original’s effervescent charm to serve as a worthy conclusion.