Sundance 2018 Movies by Tomatometer

Nic Cage acid trip Mandy, directorial debuts from Paul Dano and Bo Burnham (Wildlife, Eighth Grade respectively), and atmospheric haunter Hereditary were the standouts at this year Sundance. See the full list of movies that got Tomatometers here!

#77

Eighth Grade (2018)
99%

#77
Adjusted Score: 109.501%
Critics Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of... [More]
Directed By: Bo Burnham

#76

Mandy (2018)
92%

#76
Adjusted Score: 101.564%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#75

The Tale (2018)
99%

#75
Adjusted Score: 101.591%
Critics Consensus: The Tale handles its extraordinarily challenging subject matter with sensitivity, grace, and the power of some standout performances led by a remarkable Laura Dern.
Synopsis: Based on the filmmaker's own story, THE TALE is an investigation into one woman's memory as she's forced to re-examine... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Fox

#74

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#74
Adjusted Score: 104.184%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#73

Wildlife (2018)
94%

#73
Adjusted Score: 101.951%
Critics Consensus: Wildlife's portrait of a family in crisis is beautifully composed by director Paul Dano -- and brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan.
Synopsis: Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford's novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (MUDBOUND, AN EDUCATION) delivers one of her finest... [More]
Directed By: Paul Dano

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 102.371%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic - and effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Möller

#71

Colette (2018)
87%

#71
Adjusted Score: 93.702%
Critics Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.
Synopsis: After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her... [More]
Directed By: Wash Westmoreland

#70

Minding the Gap (2018)
100%

#70
Adjusted Score: 102.018%
Critics Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.
Synopsis: Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Bing Liu

#69

Dead Pigs (2018)
100%

#69
Adjusted Score: 41.632%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an ambitious expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

#68

Shirkers (2018)
100%

#68
Adjusted Score: 101.602%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Synopsis: Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique--or it would have... [More]
Directed By: Sandi Tan

#67

On Her Shoulders (2018)
100%

#67
Adjusted Score: 100.873%
Critics Consensus: On Her Shoulders traces one woman's incredible journey to offer an inside look at modern political advocacy - and a challenge to viewers yearning to effect their own change.
Synopsis: Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad's life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings-from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps... [More]
Starring: Nadia Murad
Directed By: Alexandria Bombach

#66

Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
91%

#66
Adjusted Score: 97.286%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly sweet, comfortably familiar, and elevated by the chemistry between Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud offers feel-good father-daughter drama.
Synopsis: Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

#65

Blaze (2018)
96%

#65
Adjusted Score: 99.007%
Critics Consensus: As lyrical and bittersweet as the music its subject left behind, Blaze takes a decidedly unconventional -- yet richly rewarding -- approach to the musical biopic.
Synopsis: BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Hawke

#64

Bisbee '17 (2018)
96%

#64
Adjusted Score: 97.498%
Critics Consensus: Bisbee '17 offers one town's reckoning with its own history as a compelling argument that the mistakes of the past are truly corrected only when they're faced head on.
Synopsis: An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Robert Greene

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#62

Hal (2018)
90%

#62
Adjusted Score: 91.082%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s-HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL,... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Amy Scott

#61

Private Life (2018)
94%

#61
Adjusted Score: 97.163%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.
Synopsis: The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly... [More]
Directed By: Tamara Jenkins

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 103.17%
Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.
Synopsis: Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Tim Wardle

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 90.758%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.
Synopsis: Writer-director Sarah Colangelo's sophomore feature film is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays... [More]
Directed By: Sara Colangelo

#58

Monsters and Men (2018)
83%

#58
Adjusted Score: 84.394%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and visually stylish, Monsters and Men tells its timely story with enough compassion and complexity to make up for occasionally uneven execution.
Synopsis: One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun... [More]
Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green

#57

Blindspotting (2018)
93%

#57
Adjusted Score: 99.494%
Critics Consensus: As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.
Synopsis: Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Lopez Estrada

#56
Adjusted Score: 93.931%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Pedro and his family prepare to enjoy a dream getaway in a tropical paradise, until his personal demons come to... [More]
Directed By: Sebastian Hofmann

#55

Pity (2018)
85%

#55
Adjusted Score: 57.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy: addicted to sadness, with such need for... [More]
Directed By: Babis Makridis

#54

Beirut (2018)
81%

#54
Adjusted Score: 86.141%
Critics Consensus: Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 72.595%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Irene, 38 years old, is married to Klaus, 45. They live in Petrópolis, a small city in the outskirts of... [More]
Directed By: Gustavo Pizzi

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 62.769%
Critics Consensus: I Think We're Alone Now benefits from an absorbing aesthetic and solid work from its leads, although it's still somewhat less than the sum of its post-apocalyptic parts.
Synopsis: Del (Peter Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race is wiped out, he lives in his small,... [More]
Directed By: Reed Morano

#51

Damsel (2018)
71%

#51
Adjusted Score: 75.204%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully filmed Damsel injects the western genre with a welcome dose of humor and some unexpected twists, although its stately pace may frustrate impatient viewers.
Synopsis: Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope... [More]

#50

American Animals (2018)
88%

#50
Adjusted Score: 96.679%
Critics Consensus: American Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.
Synopsis: The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art... [More]
Directed By: Bart Layton

#49

Piercing (2019)
88%

#49
Adjusted Score: 88.355%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Pesce

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 76.62%
Critics Consensus: Assassination Nation juggles exploitation and socially aware elements with mixed results, but genre fans may find it too stylish and viscerally energetic to ignore.
Synopsis: High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just... [More]
Directed By: Sam Levinson

#47

Tyrel (2018)
63%

#47
Adjusted Score: 64.134%
Critics Consensus: Tyrel uses its seemingly innocuous setup to take an admirably uncomfortable -- albeit occasionally somewhat diffuse -- look at modern American race relations.
Synopsis: TYREL follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Silva

#46

Nancy (2018)
85%

#46
Adjusted Score: 86.498%
Critics Consensus: Nancy is an uncomfortable watch, but worth the effort thanks to Andrea Riseborough's central performance -- and writer-director Christina Choe's powerful empathy for her character's dangerously misguided choices.
Synopsis: NANCY is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust - and what happens when lies become truth. Craving... [More]
Directed By: Christina Choe

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 62.291%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. By turns horrifying and hilarious, Our New President is... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Maxim Pozdorovkin

#44
Adjusted Score: 84.118%
Critics Consensus: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot avoids inspirational biopic clichés thanks to sensitive work from writer-director Gus Van Sant and the admirable efforts of a well-chosen cast.
Synopsis: John Callahan has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#43

Lizzie (2018)
65%

#43
Adjusted Score: 70.245%
Critics Consensus: Lizzie forces audiences to take a new look at a widely known true-crime story -- even if the well-acted end result is never quite as gripping as it could be.
Synopsis: Academy Award (R) nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry, "Big Love") stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the... [More]

#42

Summer of '84 (2018)
68%

#42
Adjusted Score: 69.29%
Critics Consensus: Summer of '84 suffers from an overreliance on nostalgia for its titular decade, but a number of effective jolts may still satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins... [More]

#41

Juliet, Naked (2018)
82%

#41
Adjusted Score: 88.702%
Critics Consensus: Juliet, Naked's somewhat familiar narrative arc is elevated by standout work from a charming cast led by a well-matched Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.
Synopsis: Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) -- an obsessive fan of obscure rocker... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 35.643%
Critics Consensus: The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded.
Synopsis: In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#39

The Happy Prince (2018)
68%

#39
Adjusted Score: 72.88%
Critics Consensus: A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days.
Synopsis: In a cheap Parisian hotel, Oscar Wilde lies on his deathbed and recalls his past with wit and irony. Was... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Everett

#38
Adjusted Score: 64.808%
Critics Consensus: A Futile and Stupid Gesture entertainingly recreates the birth of an influential comedic movement, even if it struggles to cover its creative ground.
Synopsis: The rise and fall of humor magazine National Lampoon and its co-founder Doug Kenney (played by Will Forte) is recounted... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#37

Ophelia (2018)
60%

#37
Adjusted Score: 60.041%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all,... [More]
Directed By: Claire McCarthy

#36

Come Sunday (2018)
65%

#36
Adjusted Score: 65.613%
Critics Consensus: Come Sunday benefits greatly from Chiwetel Ejiofor's central performance, which is often enough to lift an otherwise uneven drama.
Synopsis: Internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson--experiencing a crisis of faith--risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Marston

#35

Yardie (2018)
61%

#35
Adjusted Score: 61.717%
Critics Consensus: Yardie proves debuting director Idris Elba has a distinctive eye that benefits from a strong personal connection to his material, even if the end results are somewhat uneven.
Synopsis: Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml... [More]
Directed By: Idris Elba

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