The chief film critics of the New York Times offer their lists of the best movies of 2020 and reflections on the experience of watching movies during this most unusual year. Manohla Dargis explains how she learned to watch movies without going to the movies, by taking steps to shut out the many distractions of home viewing. A.O. Scott laments how much he has missed going to the theatre to watch movies, but how much he needed the escape of movies and appreciated the opportunity to see so many good ones –virtually. Because these films missed out on theatrical releases, they may not have gotten the attention they deserved.