Special Report

The Best Amazon Prime Original Movies

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10. The Aeronauts (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (30,398 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (39 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 71% (189 reviews)
> Directed by: Tom Harper

A film that resonated more with Rotten Tomatoes audiences than critics, “The Aeronauts” is about an English scientist (Eddie Remayne) and a wealthy widow (Felicity Jones) who embark on a perilous journey in a hot air balloon in 1862 in a quest to fly higher than anyone. In the process they uncover aspects of themselves. “From very unpromising beginnings, ‘The Aeronauts’ lifts and lifts to become something highly entertaining and surprisingly exciting,” said Olly Richards of NME.

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9. Uncle Frank (2020)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (17,767 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (468 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 77% (119 reviews)
> Directed by: Alan Ball

Alan Ball wrote as well as directed this film about a gay man from South Carolina living in Manhattan in the 1970s who returns home for his father’s funeral and faces long-suppressed trauma from his childhood. Richard Whittaker of Austin Chronicle said “‘Uncle Frank’ revolves around Uncle Frank, and (Paul) Bettany’s career-great performance as a man who knows where the gaps are in his life, and how much his whole relationship with his family is about holding his breath.”

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8. The Report (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (38,426 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (1,058 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 82% (240 reviews)
> Directed by: Scott Z. Burns

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver), a staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is tasked with finding out the extent of the CIA’s use of torture on accused terrorists. Clarisse Loughrey of the Independent (UK) said “Director Scott Z. Burns captures the events in a cold, rigorously factual, and largely dispassionate manner. But that’s the point.”

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7. Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (18,320 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (1,344 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (187 reviews)
> Directed by: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Jillian Bell plays a party girl who finds out from her doctor how unhealthy she is. She decides to lose weight and begins to run, intending to participate in the New York City Marathon. Critics enjoyed the directorial debut of Paul Downs Colaizzo (who also wrote the screenplay). David Stratton of The Australian said “Bell is terrific in the title role and the film as a whole is a confident combination of the amiable and the uncompromising.”

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6. Paterson (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (75,911 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (16,194 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (262 reviews)
> Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

“Paterson” is the name of both a New Jersey city and the title character. Paterson (Adam Driver) follows the same routine every day – walking his dog, having a beer, and writing poems, a hobby wholly encouraged by his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). Zebib K.A. of Spectrum Culture found “‘Paterson’ to be a “lovely, original, naturalistically paced dreamscape, this is a film where a bus driver/poet observes the mundane yet beautiful moments of life.”

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