The best Netflix original movies of 2021

Many internet users may complain about Netflix’s extensive and somewhat questionable original catalog, but it is clear that, when the streaming giant wants it, it manages to deliver works that become both critical and public success.

With this in mind and continuing our special end-of-year articles, we’ve separated a list of the platform’s best original productions, considering only feature films released between January 1 and December 15, 2021 (i.e. – say the date on which the text was written). Remember, we don’t rank, but put the titles in order of release.

Check out our picks below and tell us which was your favorite of the year:

Released: January 7

The powerful drama “Pieces of a Woman” made its official debut at the Venice Film Festival in September last year, but didn’t arrive on Netflix until January 2021. The dense plot, starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf, demystifies traditional concepts of marriage and motherhood and tells the story of the ruin of a couple, more specifically of a young mother, who faces the untimely death of her newborn baby and who finds themselves engulfed in a snowball that defeats all that she had of precious and solid. in your life.

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“’O Tigre Branco’ has a nimble edit, a dancing soundtrack, and superb renditions – with a climax on Priyanka Chopra Jonas. It portrays the difficulties of changing caste in India and, as the movie itself says, a white tiger is a rare animal, only one born in each generation. Like his companion “Podres de Rico” (whose Brazilian version omitted the word “Asians” in the title), he demonstrates that the future is Asian and that Asia is much more than China or Japan. – Janda Montenegro

Released: February 19, 2021

Like ‘Pieces of a Woman’, ‘Eu Me Care’ debuted in 2020, but it didn’t release worldwide until after hitting the streaming giant earlier this year. While it doesn’t have a very original story, the feature film directed by J Blakeson is quite entertaining and thought-provoking – and worth watching with different eyes. In the plot, Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a renowned legal guardian who enjoys spending time with old and wealthy people. At the latter’s expense, she leads a comfortable life of luxury. When she thinks she has found a new perfect victim, she discovers that she holds dangerous secrets. Based on this, Marla will have to use all her cunning if she is to stay alive.


Released: April 23, 2021

“Carried by an acid humor, the scenario is meticulously detailed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe to contradict expectations, whether in the moments of action or in the solemn sequences in which the protagonists face the epiphany. The rhythmic breaks are on purpose and add spice to one of the great events of the year. As if that weren’t enough, we have Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in charge of production, demanding audience collaboration and bringing to life a colorful tour de force that goes much further than it seems. On top of all this, Mark Mothersbaugh commissions a renegade soundtrack that bets on the futurism of “TRON” and “WALL-E”, while enhancing it with the dramatic classicisms of violin and piano. “- Thiago Nolla


Released: May 12, 2021

When she only plays with Mathieu Amalric’s voice (‘The Sound of Silence’), Mélanie Laurent has a satisfying performance, as she is limited to her facial expressions and the tone of her voice. Her desperation to gather information about herself and try to get in touch with outside people resembles the challenge of Jake Gyllenhaal in the underrated “Against Time” (“Source Code”, 2011). On the other hand, the plot is reminiscent of the science fiction tales of Ray Bradbury, world famous writer for ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (1953). So ‘Oxygen’ lacks inventiveness, but builds up an elaborate puzzle ingenuity enough to keep us curious until the character goes through all of the squares on the board. – Letícia Alassë

Release: July 2, 9 and 16

Adaptations of juvenile novels, even more tied to the horror genre, generally don’t do justice to the original material – but the “Rue of Fear” trilogy exceeded all expectations and delivered a solid supernatural adventure inspired by the eponymous writings of RL Stine. The films, dubbed “1994”, “1978” and “1666”, are set in sinister Shadyside, Ohio, known as the murder capital of the United States for the multiple strange and bloody events that have accompanied the history of the city ​​since its founding. When a group of young people realize that these events could be linked to the brutal death of a young woman condemned to be hanged for witchcraft, they race against time to save their loved ones before it’s too late.


Release: November 3

The cogs of the production fit together to converge on a precise message: the photography overseen by Sean Bobbitt and Mihai Malaimare Jr. is emulation in some ways and even mentions Quentin Tarantino and explicit titles, but don’t miss a chance to dare in breathtaking sequences; the soundtrack moves away from violins and guitars and finds openings for contemporary inflections, such as rap, trap and R&B. And, on top of all that, the comfort zone explored by the storyline, also signed by Samuel, was precisely the means found to unite the elements in a competent and heart-wrenching epic in the Wild West of the United States. – TN

Release: November 11

“And with a brilliant script that knows how to exacerbate tensions, while exploring the complexity of its characters and the fine line between victim and accomplice, the thriller presents us with an impeccable selection of acting games, led by Christian Malheiros and Rodrigo Santoro. With a slender body and always with a certain aspect of filth, the latter is the voice of the corrupt ploy, the link between the victims and the bosses who take advantage of the indignity and fragility of others. With a performance that causes us constant revulsion and indignation, he delivers one of his best works and reinforces his versatility on stage, making the film an even more palpable and heartbreaking experience. Malheiros, meanwhile, is the personification of “the fruit of his life,” a confused young man in constant conflict with his principles, who literally finds himself between cross and sword. – Rafaela Gomes


Release: November 19

“In this symbolic momentum projected on the screen, Andrew Garfield acquires a new personality, once again proving his versatility on stage. Switching from “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, where he played a corrupt pastor, to the buzz of Broadway in this musical, the Oscar nominee transforms his expressiveness into a clothes changer and delivers his own show to audiences. With more dramatic characterization and all the gestures, Garfield understands his lead role and makes his version of Jonathan Larson engaging, captivating, and passionate. – IDENTIFIER


Release: December 1

A favorite for next year’s awards season – and already nominated since its official release – ‘Attack of the Dogs’ debuted at the Toronto Film Festival before arriving on Netflix. According to our correspondent Rafaela Gomes, the great drama addresses “issues like adaptation and even identity” and “leaves us in a constant state of alert, always waiting for something bad to happen. Exploiting loopholes and stumbling blocks between Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst) at all times, there is an air of distrust and unease both inside and outside the plot. to relax, the audience is drawn into the atmosphere of the film by the tension which weighs on almost all the scenes of the film ”.

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