Summer Movie Scorecard 2017


Atomic Blonde (2017)

Adjusted Score: 89.52%
Critics Consensus: Atomic Blonde gets enough mileage out of its stylish action sequences -- and ever-magnetic star -- to make up for a narrative that's somewhat less hard-hitting than its protagonist.
Synopsis: A high-stakes, global action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall's collapse and... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch


The Little Hours (2017)

Adjusted Score: 81.859%
Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext.
Synopsis: Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

Adjusted Score: 78.485%
Critics Consensus: Beatriz at Dinner offers timely social commentary enlivened by powerful, layered performances from Salma Hayek and John Lithgow.
Synopsis: Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta


My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Adjusted Score: 81.688%
Critics Consensus: Excellent cinematography and Rachel Weisz's entrancing performance keep My Cousin Rachel alluring despite a central mystery that's rather easily unlocked.
Synopsis: A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell


The Hero (2017)

Adjusted Score: 81.619%
Critics Consensus: The Hero rests on Sam Elliott's understated performance, which proves more than capable of carrying the film through the less inspired moments of its somewhat clichéd story.
Synopsis: Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

Adjusted Score: 86.121%
Critics Consensus: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive -- albeit arguably less impactful -- coda to its acclaimed predecessor.
Synopsis: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing... [More]
Starring: Al Gore
Directed By: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk


Brigsby Bear (2017)

Adjusted Score: 86.784%
Critics Consensus: Audiences attuned to Brigsby Bear's strange frequency will be moved by its earnest -- and endearingly original -- approach to pop culture's impact and the creative urge.
Synopsis: Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show... [More]
Directed By: Dave McCary


The Beguiled (2017)

Adjusted Score: 90.087%
Critics Consensus: The Beguiled adds just enough extra depth to its source material to set itself apart, and director Sofia Coppola's restrained touch is enlivened by strong performances from the cast.
Synopsis: "The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola


Detroit (2017)

Adjusted Score: 95.173%
Critics Consensus: Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
Synopsis: From the Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

Adjusted Score: 98.406%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)


Megan Leavey (2017)

Adjusted Score: 87.33%
Critics Consensus: Megan Leavey honors its real-life subjects with a sensitive, uplifting drama whose honest emotion more than makes up for its mild approach to the story.
Synopsis: MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and... [More]


Okja (2017)

Adjusted Score: 94.334%
Critics Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.
Synopsis: For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja--a massive animal and... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho


Wind River (2017)

Adjusted Score: 96.296%
Critics Consensus: Wind River lures viewers into a character-driven mystery with smart writing, a strong cast, and a skillfully rendered setting that delivers the bitter chill promised by its title.
Synopsis: WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Sheridan

Adjusted Score: 90.629%
Critics Consensus: With a tidy plot, clean animation, and humor that fits its source material snugly, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is entertainment that won't drive a wedge between family members.
Synopsis: Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin... [More]
Directed By: David Soren


Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Adjusted Score: 91.506%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West delivers smart, topical humor underlined by timely social observations.
Synopsis: Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor... [More]
Directed By: Matt Spicer

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