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Hollywood Reporter Film Critics Pick 10 Underseen 2021 Gems

Queer dramas from South Africa and Israel, a batty French buddy comedy and a Japanese spy thriller are among THR reviewers’ favorite overlooked films of the year.

Hollywood Reporter TV Critics Pick Best Twist, Weirdest Sex Scene and More 2021 Small-Screen Superlatives

The Hollywood Reporter's TV critics wrap up a year of television with honors celebrating specifics from best accent to best bad acting and more.

Hollywood Reporter TV Critics Pick the Best Episodes of 2021

Daniel Fienberg and Angie Han break down their favorite episodes of the year, with installments of 'Squid Game,' 'Hacks,' 'Only Murders in the Building,' 'Yellowjackets' and 'WandaVision' making the cut.

Lovia Gyarkye: 10 Arts and Culture Favorites From 2021

A harrowing one-woman show, the second season of a swoony HBO Max rom-com, a rediscovered film from an Ethiopian auteur and a painfully funny Instagram account are among picks by THR’s arts and culture critic.

Angie Han: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021

Among The Hollywood Reporter TV critic’s faves are a small-screen opus from Barry Jenkins, a comedy about British Muslim female punk rockers, and dramas about faith and sports.

Daniel Fienberg: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021

The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic’s favorites include two satires of the filthy rich, alt-histories about the space race and Russian royalty, and a pandemic-set drama that you've probably never heard of.

Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the Best Films of 2021

A Japanese meditation on grief and art, a psychosexual Western chamber piece, a splashy movie-musical makeover from Steven Spielberg and striking directorial debuts from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Hall were among this year's standouts.

Critics’ Conversation: The Great Film Performances of 2021

THR critics celebrate career bests from Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristen Stewart, honor seamless ensembles and single out formidable turns from rising stars, character actors and clutch supporting players (all hail Aunjanue Ellis!)