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Cannes 2019 Movie Scorecard

By the time the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival concludes, it’ll have debuted new films from Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life), Ken Loach (Sorry We Missed You), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), and so much more. Jim Jarmusch opened the fest with his unexpected zombie hang-out comedy The Dead Don’t Die, while Quentin Tarantino is rush-delivering Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to have its premiere here, echoing the same impossible task he pulled off 10 years earlier with Inglourious Basterds‘ Cannes debut.

Our RT scorecard includes films debuting at the festival (like Tarantino’s Hollywood and Jarmusch’s zom-com) as well as those that got their start somewhere else, but are screening on the Riviera (like Share and Wounds, which bowed at Sundance). We’ll be updating it daily during the festival as more movies screen, more reviews come in, and Tomatometer scores change. So check in regularly, and check back at the festival’s end, to see where everything playing at this little festival by the sea ends up on the Tomatometer.


The Lighthouse (2019)

Adjusted Score: 106.585%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

Adjusted Score: 111.716%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

Adjusted Score: 101.072%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by a breakout performance by Camila Morrone, Mickey and the Bear finds affecting drama at the crossroads of a young woman's coming-of-age journey.
Synopsis: In Anaconda, Montana, a strong-willed teenage girl navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her veteran father. In a desperate... [More]
Directed By: Annabelle Attanasio


For Sama (2019)

Adjusted Score: 102.465%
Critics Consensus: As intimate as it is heartbreakingly resonant, For Sama powerfully distills the difficult choices faced by citizens of war-torn regions.
Synopsis: FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a... [More]


Beanpole (Dylda) (2020)

Adjusted Score: 95.859%
Critics Consensus: Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, Beanpole takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war.
Synopsis: 1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and... [More]
Directed By: Kantemir Balagov


The Climb (2020)

Adjusted Score: 94.606%
Critics Consensus: The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
Synopsis: Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond -- until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb... [More]
Directed By: Michael Angelo Covino

Adjusted Score: 101.386%
Critics Consensus: First Love's blend of violence, comedy, and romance might seem disparate -- but for director Takashi Miike, it's just another wildly entertaining entry in a filmography full of them.
Synopsis: The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike


The Orphanage (2019)

Adjusted Score: 64.817%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A historic drama with musical Bollywood scenes. The Orphanage is the sequel to Shahrbanoo Sadat's first feature film Wolf and... [More]
Directed By: Shahrbanoo Sadat

Adjusted Score: 74.57%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating exploration of human connection, Family Romance, LLC sees Werner Herzog following an unconventional path to existentialism.
Synopsis: Romance is a business. Family, friends, followers. All available for hire. A man is hired to impersonate the missing father... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

Adjusted Score: 95.841%
Critics Consensus: An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form.
Synopsis: ES escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of... [More]
Directed By: Elia Suleiman

Adjusted Score: 118.084%
Critics Consensus: An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.
Synopsis: Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

Adjusted Score: 109.964%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Adjusted Score: 93.737%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, The Wild Goose Lake blends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary.
Synopsis: Fleeing from the law, gangster Zenong Zhou (Ge Hu) crosses paths with an innocent-looking woman named Aiai Liu (Lun-Mei Kwei).... [More]
Directed By: Diao Yinan

Adjusted Score: 55.057%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amine steals a big bag of money and escapes into the hills with the police hot on his trail. Before... [More]
Directed By: Alaa Eddine Aljem


Give Me Liberty (2019)

Adjusted Score: 89.703%
Critics Consensus: Give Me Liberty expertly juggles resonant themes and a madcap series of events to produce a chaotic comedy with heart.
Synopsis: Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it's not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one... [More]
Directed By: Kirill Mikhanovsky


Port Authority (2019)

Adjusted Score: 83.841%
Critics Consensus: Although Port Authority frustrates with its inaccurate portrayal of the culture it attempts to represent, it remains an absorbing and well-acted drama.
Synopsis: After getting kicked out of his home in central Pennsylvania, Paul (Fionn Whitehead) arrives to NYC's dizzying central station with... [More]
Directed By: Danielle Lessovitz

Adjusted Score: 99.568%
Critics Consensus: Formally thrilling and narratively daring, Bacurau draws on modern Brazilian sociopolitical concerns to deliver a hard-hitting, genre-blurring drama.
Synopsis: A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 108.58%
Critics Consensus: Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.
Synopsis: Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline.... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar


Rocketman (2019)

Adjusted Score: 105.769%
Critics Consensus: It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.
Synopsis: ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the... [More]
Directed By: Dexter Fletcher


Bull (2020)

Adjusted Score: 93.064%
Critics Consensus: An intimate two-hander anchored by a pair of well-matched actors, Bull takes an achingly empathetic look at life on the economic margins.
Synopsis: In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an... [More]
Directed By: Annie Silverstein


Atlantics (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101.997%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.
Synopsis: In Dakar, a group of construction workers abandon their work on a sky-scraper in response to months of withheld wages.... [More]
Directed By: Mati Diop, Mati Diop


Zombi Child (2020)

Adjusted Score: 88.878%
Critics Consensus: If the strain of its ambitious juggling act sometimes shows, Zombi Child remains an entertainingly audacious experience, enlivened with thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Haiti, 1962: A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Bonello


Tommaso (2020)

Adjusted Score: 79.41%
Critics Consensus: While admittedly a self-indulgent exercise, Tommaso is powerfully anchored by an outstanding central performance from Willem Dafoe.
Synopsis: Playing opposite the director's own wife and daughter, Willem Dafoe is a Ferrara-like American artist living in Rome in this... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara


Adam (2019)

Adjusted Score: 74.059%
Critics Consensus: Much like its well-meaning but clueless protagonist, Adam occasionally seems to be in over its head -- but its good intentions make those fumbles easier to forgive.
Synopsis: Awkward, self-conscious Adam Freeman (Nicholas Alexander) has just finished his junior year of high school in 2006. When his cool... [More]
Directed By: Rhys Ernst

Adjusted Score: 65.448%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite as exceptional as the titular evening, but On a Magical Night offers enough Gallic whimsy to satisfy audiences in the mood for some romance.
Synopsis: In this playful new film from writer-director Christophe Honoré, we meet Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage who, after... [More]
Directed By: Christophe Honoré


Diego Maradona (2019)

Adjusted Score: 92.683%
Critics Consensus: Diego Maradona traces the arc of a standard sports documentary, but illuminates its subject with uncommon clarity and depth.
Synopsis: Having never won a major tournament, ailing football giant SSC Napoli had criminally underachieved. Their fanatical support was unequalled in... [More]
Starring: Diego Maradona
Directed By: Asif Kapadia


The Whistlers (2020)

Adjusted Score: 87.326%
Critics Consensus: The Whistlers finds writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu working in a more crowd-pleasing vein than previous efforts, with thoroughly entertaining results.
Synopsis: In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides... [More]
Directed By: Corneliu Porumboiu


Vivarium (2020)

Adjusted Score: 77.914%
Critics Consensus: Vivarium may confound almost as often as it intrigues, but this well-acted sci-fi/horror hybrid has interesting ideas -- and explores them with style.
Synopsis: Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes... [More]
Directed By: Lorcan Finnegan


Share (2019)

Adjusted Score: 85.197%
Critics Consensus: Grim yet compelling, Share avoids rote didacticism thanks to sensitive direction and committed central performances.
Synopsis: After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened... [More]
Directed By: Pippa Bianco

Adjusted Score: 95.971%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding performance from Levan Gelbakhiani, And Then We Danced defeats prejudice with overwhelming compassion.
Synopsis: A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced... [More]
Directed By: Levan Akin

Adjusted Score: 93.915%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly sad story told in dreamlike tones, Song Without a Name further establishes director/co-writer Melina León as a strikingly assured talent.
Synopsis: Based on harrowing true events, SONG WITHOUT A NAME tells the story of Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn... [More]
Directed By: Melina León

Adjusted Score: 68.868%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and... [More]
Directed By: Zabou Breitman

Adjusted Score: 94.241%
Critics Consensus: Sorry We Missed You may strike some as tending toward the righteously didactic, but director Ken Loach's passionate approach remains effective.
Synopsis: Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to... [More]
Directed By: Ken Loach


A Hidden Life (2019)

Adjusted Score: 90.588%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.
Synopsis: Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick


Les Misérables (2020)

Adjusted Score: 95.876%
Critics Consensus: Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.
Synopsis: Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti-criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs.... [More]
Directed By: Ladj Ly


Little Joe (2019)

Adjusted Score: 72.386%
Critics Consensus: Little Joe's unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise -- but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.
Synopsis: Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has... [More]
Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Adjusted Score: 27.621%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After failing to secure a faculty position because of the controversy surrounding her thesis in the Philosophy department, 35 years... [More]
Directed By: Monia Chokri


The Traitor (2020)

Adjusted Score: 87.812%
Critics Consensus: While it doesn't probe particularly far below the surface of its central character, The Traitor tells its fact-based story with enough energy to entertain.
Synopsis: THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early... [More]
Directed By: Marco Bellocchio


Lux Æterna (2019)

Adjusted Score: 32.224%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

Adjusted Score: 61.784%
Critics Consensus: Young Ahmed doesn't represent the Dardennes brothers' most developed work, but solid acting and a socially conscious story help compensate for its flaws.
Synopsis: In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his imam's ideals of purity and life's temptations. How... [More]


Wounds (2019)

Adjusted Score: 49.67%
Critics Consensus: Wounds isn't without its creepy-crawly charms, but they -- and the efforts of a talented cast -- get squished by a story that never quite gets completely under the skin.
Synopsis: Will (ARMIE HAMMER) is a bartender in New Orleans. He has a great job, great friends, and a girlfriend, Carrie... [More]
Directed By: Babak Anvari

Adjusted Score: 67.087%
Critics Consensus: The Dead Don't Die dabbles with tones and themes to varying degrees of success, but sharp wit and a strong cast make this a zom-com with enough brains to consume.
Synopsis: The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch


Frankie (2019)

Adjusted Score: 59.788%
Critics Consensus: Flawed yet well-acted, Frankie finds director/co-writer Ira Sachs getting snagged in his story's thorny relationships -- and often freed by his stellar cast.
Synopsis: Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

Adjusted Score: 59.335%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burn out cars, violent altercations... In the face of poverty,... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin

Adjusted Score: 56.565%
Critics Consensus: Joan of Arc (Jeanne) definitely offers a different take on this oft-told tale, although it isn't always able to deliver absorbing drama.
Synopsis: In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had... [More]
Directed By: Bruno Dumont

Adjusted Score: 23.201%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau, is in a delicate position. After 30 years in politics, he is running out... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Pariser


Sibyl (2020)

Adjusted Score: 58.476%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing yet uneven, Sibyl is just about held together by its leads, but too often pits great performances against frustrating filmmaking.
Synopsis: A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, SIBYL follows a psychotherapist (Virginie Efira) who decides to quit her... [More]
Directed By: Justine Triet


Heroes Don't Die (2019)

Adjusted Score: 9.345%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After being violently called out by a stranger, Joachim believes he is the reincarnation of a Serbian soldier who died... [More]
Directed By: Aude Léa Rapin

Adjusted Score: 9.207%
Critics Consensus: Joyless and distastefully photographed, Abdellatif Kechiche's second chapter in his romantic epic is too enamored with derrière to offer audiences a reason to care.
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

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