Sundance 2019 Scorecard

This year’s Park City film fest got off to an explosive start, with Leaving Neverland shedding new, discomforting light on the accusations that followed Michael Jackson in life, and Sundance director Robert Redford announcing he will be stepping back as the face of the festival he started in 1978. As we approached this 41st edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the other major stories included Shia LaBeouf exposing himself (Honey Boy), Jennifer Kent’s Babadook follow-up (The Nightingale), Zac Efron as Ted Bundy (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), the record $13 million Amazon dropped for Mindy Kaling and Dame Emma Thompson’s Late Night, and the reformation of Team Jake Gyllenhaal/Rene Russo/Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) for art shocker Velvet Buzzsaw.

As convenient as a parka in a Utah January, this Sundance Scorecard keeps track of all the buzzy hits and underground hopefuls by Tomatometer, which movies receive after five reviews. As you’ll see, though Honey Boy shares a 100% with peers like The Farewell, Little Monsters, and Finding Neverland, the fact it got there with more reviews puts it at the top. Expect to see these movies and shows to play into 2019 and beyond!

#115

Honey Boy (2019)
94%

#115
Adjusted Score: 103.686%
Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.
Synopsis: From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young... [More]
Directed By: Alma Har'el

#114

The Farewell (2019)
98%

#114
Adjusted Score: 112.48%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

#113

Little Monsters (2019)
80%

#113
Adjusted Score: 84.655%
Critics Consensus: Led by typically outstanding work from Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters is a horror/rom-com hybrid that proves the zombie genre still has fresh brains to savor.
Synopsis: Little Monsters follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after... [More]
Directed By: Abe Forsythe

#112

Apollo 11 (2019)
99%

#112
Adjusted Score: 106.626%
Critics Consensus: Edifying and inspiring in equal measure, Apollo 11 uses artfully repurposed archival footage to send audiences soaring back to a pivotal time in American history.
Synopsis: Apollo 11 is a cinematic space event film fifty years in the making. Featuring never-before-seen large-format film footage of one... [More]
Directed By: Todd Douglas Miller

#111

Midnight Traveler (2019)
100%

#111
Adjusted Score: 101.156%
Critics Consensus: Midnight Traveler puts a harrowing personal face on the modern refugee crisis, driving home the heartbreakingly relatable odysseys of the displaced.
Synopsis: When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee the country with... [More]
Directed By: Hassan Fazili

#110

Divine Love (2019)
94%

#110
Adjusted Score: 81.083%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the year 2027, in a dystopian Brasil, a deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary's office to... [More]
Directed By: Gabriel Mascaro

#109

Maiden (2019)
98%

#109
Adjusted Score: 102.559%
Critics Consensus: Enthralling viewing even for audiences with little to no knowledge of or interest in sailing, Maiden pays powerful tribute to a true pioneer.
Synopsis: Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first... [More]
Starring: Tracy Edwards
Directed By: Alex Holmes

#108
#108
Adjusted Score: 94.696%
Critics Consensus: Uplifting, educational, and entertaining, The Biggest Little Farm is an environmental advocacy documentary with a satisfying side dish of hope for the future.
Synopsis: A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: John Chester

#107

Premature (2020)
94%

#107
Adjusted Score: 95.506%
Critics Consensus: Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker.
Synopsis: On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard)... [More]
Directed By: Rashaad Ernesto Green

#106

Queen of Hearts (2019)
96%

#106
Adjusted Score: 96.198%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make... [More]
Directed By: May el-Toukhy

#105

Midnight Family (2019)
99%

#105
Adjusted Score: 101.354%
Critics Consensus: As narratively urgent as it is technically well-crafted, Midnight Family offers an enthralling and disquieting glimpse of healthcare in modern Mexico.
Synopsis: In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in... [More]
Starring: Juan Ochoa
Directed By: Luke Lorentzen

#104
Adjusted Score: 96.198%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Benedetta wants to disappear. As iconic fashion model in the 1960's, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and... [More]
Directed By: Beniamino Barrese

#103

Love, Antosha (2019)
97%

#103
Adjusted Score: 98.779%
Critics Consensus: Using raw materials left behind by its subject, Love, Antosha takes a thoughtful -- and powerful -- look at a life and career cut short.
Synopsis: From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals... [More]
Directed By: Garret Price

#102

Sweetheart (2019)
94%

#102
Adjusted Score: 94.677%
Critics Consensus: Carried by Kiersey Clemons' performance, Sweetheart balances smart subtext and social commentary against effective genre thrills.
Synopsis: Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn't take her long to realize she's completely alone. She... [More]
Directed By: J.D. Dillard

#101
#101
Adjusted Score: 102.936%
Critics Consensus: A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.
Synopsis: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Lears

#100

Bedlam (2019)
100%

#100
Adjusted Score: 43.129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Haunted by the death of a mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Kenneth Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine... [More]
Starring:

#99

Clemency (2019)
91%

#99
Adjusted Score: 95.846%
Critics Consensus: Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.
Synopsis: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she... [More]
Directed By: Chinonye Chukwu

#98
Adjusted Score: 95.409%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly candid and disarmingly reflective, David Crosby: Remember My Name offers an absorbing look at its subject's life and career.
Synopsis: You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy... [More]
Starring: David Crosby
Directed By: A.J. Eaton

#97
Adjusted Score: 56.051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An intimate portrayal of pioneering filmmaker Merata Mita, told through the eyes of her children. Using hours of archive footage,... [More]
Directed By: Heperi Mita

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 98.409%
Critics Consensus: As solidly compelling as its subject's best reporting, Mike Wallace Is Here is a worthy tribute and an engrossing look at the changing landscape of modern news.
Synopsis: For over half a century, 60 Minutes' fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the world's most influential figures. Relying... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Avi Belkin

#95
Adjusted Score: 100.697%
Critics Consensus: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am honors its acclaimed subject with a comprehensive, illuminating, and fittingly profound overview of her life and work.
Synopsis: This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has... [More]

#94

Top End Wedding (2019)
89%

#94
Adjusted Score: 89.773%
Critics Consensus: Familiar in form but winsome in its execution, Top End Wedding takes audiences on a romantic road trip with an appealing view.
Synopsis: Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Blair

#93

The Mustang (2019)
94%

#93
Adjusted Score: 99.086%
Critics Consensus: The Mustang finds fresh perspectives in a familiar redemption tale brought brilliantly to life by powerful performances from Bruce Dern and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Synopsis: Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to... [More]

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 85.307%
Critics Consensus: As an investigation into a real-life tragedy, Cold Case Hammarskjöld might struggle with discipline -- but it remains an intriguing, entertaining jumble of ideas.
Synopsis: In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case... [More]
Directed By: Mads Brügger

#91

Dirty God (2019)
97%

#91
Adjusted Score: 97.533%
Critics Consensus: As powerfully acted as it is sensitively told, Dirty God offers a timely story delivered with empathy and deeply affecting grace.
Synopsis: DirtyGod is a film about a young mother from London who must pick up the pieces after an acid attack... [More]
Directed By: Sacha Polak

#90

Ms. Purple (2019)
86%

#90
Adjusted Score: 87.109%
Critics Consensus: A finely layered drama with rich visal allure, Ms. Purple sifts sensitively through the emotional wreckage of a broken family.
Synopsis: From award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (GOOK, 2017), MS. PURPLE is a poignant drama about Asian American sister and brother, Kasie... [More]
Directed By: Justin Chon

#89
Adjusted Score: 95.588%
Critics Consensus: As sharp, funny, and scathingly irreverent as its subject, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins pays entertaining tribute to a brilliant writer.
Synopsis: RAISE HELL is a documentary about the celebrated national political columnist and Texan, Molly Ivins who used her razor sharp... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Janice Engel

#88

Sea of Shadows (2019)
94%

#88
Adjusted Score: 94.486%
Critics Consensus: An environmental advocacy documentary with the suspense of a thriller, Sea of Shadows exposes lawlessness on the high seas -- and promotes efforts to thwart it.
Synopsis: A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in... [More]
Directed By: Richard Ladkani

#87

The Report (2019)
82%

#87
Adjusted Score: 91.734%
Critics Consensus: The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability.
Synopsis: The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program,... [More]
Directed By: Scott Z. Burns

#86

The Souvenir (2019)
90%

#86
Adjusted Score: 97.099%
Critics Consensus: Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.
Synopsis: A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but... [More]
Directed By: Joanna Hogg

#85

I Am Mother (2019)
90%

#85
Adjusted Score: 92.451%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, well-acted, and intelligent, I Am Mother is an ambitious sci-fi story that largely achieves its impressive aims.
Synopsis: I AM MOTHER is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new... [More]
Directed By: Grant Sputore

Leaving Neverland (2019)
98%

#84
Synopsis: The story of two families who allege that their boys were were sexually abused by Michael Jackson in the 1980s... [More]

#83
Adjusted Score: 101.536%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 99.932%
Critics Consensus: Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.
Synopsis: 1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 75.013%
Critics Consensus: It may not peer as closely or inquisitively as it could have, but Shooting the Mafia pays affectionate tribute to an important -- and fascinating -- subject.
Synopsis: Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at... [More]
Directed By: Kim Longinotto

#80
Adjusted Score: 80.965%
Critics Consensus: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary sets out to survey a magician's final tour -- and ends up pulling off some wildly ambitious tricks of its own.
Synopsis: What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician -- "The Amazing Johnathan" -- becomes an... [More]
Directed By: Ben Berman

#79

Luce (2019)
91%

#79
Adjusted Score: 97.38%
Critics Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.
Synopsis: It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea,... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#78

Hail Satan? (2019)
95%

#78
Adjusted Score: 100.134%
Critics Consensus: Hail Satan? challenges preconceived notions of its subject with a smart, witty, and overall entertaining dispatch from the front lines of the fight for social justice.
Synopsis: Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Penny Lane

#77
Adjusted Score: 89.677%
Critics Consensus: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch offers a sobering -- and visually ravishing - look at the horrific ecological damage wrought by modern human civilization.
Synopsis: A cinematic meditation on humanity's massive re-engineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the... [More]
Starring: Alicia Vikander

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 88.04%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and brought to life by a smartly assembled ensemble, Big Time Adolescence finds fresh pleasures in the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo (Griffin Gluck) attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of... [More]
Directed By: Jason Orley

#75

To the Stars (2020)
81%

#75
Adjusted Score: 82.966%
Critics Consensus: Its reach may occasionally exceed its grasp, but To the Stars uses its period setting as an effective backdrop for an insightful look at female friendship.
Synopsis: In a god-fearing small town in 1960s Oklahoma, bespectacled and reclusive teen Iris endures the booze-induced antics of her mother... [More]
Directed By: Martha Stephens

#74

Monos (2019)
93%

#74
Adjusted Score: 99.092%
Critics Consensus: As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.
Synopsis: MONOS, Alejandro Landes' third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Landes

#73
Adjusted Score: 84.69%
Critics Consensus: Memory - The Origins of Alien offers an entertaining inside look at the making of a classic -- and compellingly analyzes its creation in the context of its era.
Synopsis: A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, Memory: The Origins... [More]
Starring: Mickey Faerch
Directed By: Alexandre O. Philippe

#72
Adjusted Score: 79.827%
Critics Consensus: Alex Gibey's The Inventor declines to outright condemn the actions by Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, but instead provides a comprehensive overview of the scandal that allows viewers to mull over its implications towards the broader Silicon Valley.
Synopsis: With a magical new invention that promised to revolutionize blood testing, Elizabeth Holmes became the world's youngest self-made billionaire, heralded... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 87.169%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 84.013%
Critics Consensus: Before You Know It wrings an entertaining dramedy out of one family's fraught dynamic thanks to wise, witty writing and sharp work from a talented ensemble.
Synopsis: Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and... [More]
Directed By: Hannah Pearl Utt

#69

The Last Tree (2020)
97%

#69
Adjusted Score: 97.992%
Critics Consensus: Distinctive in terms of content, perspective, and insight, The Last Tree vividly depicts the turmoil of adolescence with remarkable grace.
Synopsis: THE LAST TREE follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in... [More]
Directed By: Shola Amoo

#68

The Wolf Hour (2019)
52%

#68
Adjusted Score: 52.198%
Critics Consensus: Naomi Watts gives it her all in The Wolf Hour, but it isn't enough to compensate for a film that spends too much of its runtime in search of a compelling story.
Synopsis: It's July 1977, and New York City is awash with escalating violence. A citywide blackout is triggering fires, looting, and... [More]

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 95.674%
Critics Consensus: Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.
Synopsis: Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good... [More]
Directed By: Paul Downs Colaizzo

#66

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#66
Adjusted Score: 81.284%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter... [More]

#65

Adam (2019)
74%

#65
Adjusted Score: 74.102%
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

#64

Give Me Liberty (2019)
89%

#64
Adjusted Score: 89.677%
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

#63

The Nightingale (2019)
86%

#63
Adjusted Score: 95.974%
Critics Consensus: The Nightingale definitely isn't for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.
Synopsis: THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#62

Late Night (2019)
80%

#62
Adjusted Score: 92.562%
Critics Consensus: Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart -- and just as many laughs.
Synopsis: Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended... [More]
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra

#61

Always in Season (2019)
84%

#61
Adjusted Score: 84.198%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother's search... [More]
Directed By: Jacqueline Olive

#60

Animals (2019)
87%

#60
Adjusted Score: 88.875%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by the chemistry and bold performances of its leads, Animals takes a refreshingly frank and impressively ambitious look at female relationships.
Synopsis: Laura and Tyler are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers residing in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Hyde

#59
Adjusted Score: 62.537%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A documentary about the Millennium-trilogy author Stieg Larsson and his pioneering work of fighting right wing extremists and neo-Nazis, an... [More]
Starring: Stieg Larsson
Directed By: Henrik Georgsson

#58

American Factory (2019)
97%

#58
Adjusted Score: 100.121%
Critics Consensus: American Factory takes a thoughtful -- and troubling -- look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.
Synopsis: In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring... [More]
Starring:

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 38.337%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maria Linde, a free-spirited, Jewish Polish Nobel Prize winner, lives in Tuscany surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family's... [More]
Directed By: Jacek Borcuch

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 38.481%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Cathy struggles to maintain control and significance amidst fears that her husband's having an affair and her thirteen-year-old daughter is... [More]
Directed By: Debra Eisenstadt

#55

Judy & Punch (2020)
79%

#55
Adjusted Score: 84.443%
Critics Consensus: Judy & Punch revisits classic characters from a fresh perspective, marking debuting writer-director Mirrah Foulkes as a filmmaking talent to watch.
Synopsis: In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette... [More]
Directed By: Mirrah Foulkes

#54

Share (2019)
83%

#54
Adjusted Score: 83.15%
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

#53
Adjusted Score: 86.006%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 14-year-old Rosina lives in a beach resort rumored to be plagued by sharks. Upon meeting the older Joselo, she feels... [More]
Directed By: Lucía Garibaldi

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 38.481%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young woman, haunted by her childhood traumas, learns how to combat her psychological turmoil by helping her intellectually disabled... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#51
Adjusted Score: 88.923%
Critics Consensus: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Synopsis: Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and... [More]
Directed By: Chiwetel Ejiofor

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 77.69%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Dick Long mixes dark humor with provocative ideas to produce a sharp blend that's admittedly uneven but uniquely satisfying.
Synopsis: Holy Crap. Dick is dead. Died last night after band practice, and his bandmates, Zeke & Earl (Michael Abbott, Jr.... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Scheinert

#49

Hala (2019)
88%

#49
Adjusted Score: 88.581%
Critics Consensus: Supported by a powerful central performance by Geraldine Viswanathan, Hala offers an insightful look at a young woman's journey of self-discovery.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she... [More]
Directed By: Minhal Baig

#48

Untouchable (2019)
85%

#48
Adjusted Score: 86.3%
Critics Consensus: While subsequent documentaries on the subject might be more comprehensive, Untouchable offers a gut-wrenching look at horrific abuses of power.
Synopsis: The inside story of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein reveals how, over decades, he acquires and protects his... [More]
Starring: Harvey Weinstein
Directed By: Ursula Macfarlane

#47

Photograph (2019)
80%

#47
Adjusted Score: 83.217%
Critics Consensus: Photograph enriches the familiar arc of its love story by refreshingly refracting its characters' budding bond through a sociocultural prism.
Synopsis: Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces... [More]
Directed By: Ritesh Batra

#46

Light from Light (2019)
93%

#46
Adjusted Score: 93.965%
Critics Consensus: A paranormally tinged drama with a deceptively gentle touch, Light from Light sinks its hooks into the audience gradually but isn't quick to let go.
Synopsis: Gifted with sometimes-prophetic dreams and a lifelong interest in the paranormal, Shelia (Marin Ireland) is asked to investigate a potential... [More]
Directed By: Paul Harrill

#45

Wounds (2019)
52%

#45
Adjusted Score: 53.492%
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

#44

Native Son (2019)
62%

#44
Adjusted Score: 63.396%
Critics Consensus: Native Son's struggles with its problematic source material are uneven but overall compelling, thanks largely to Ashton Sanders' poised work in the central role.
Synopsis: Bigger "Big" Thomas, a young African American man, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago. Half-heartedly involved with a... [More]
Directed By: Rashid Johnson

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 50.332%
Critics Consensus: After the Wedding benefits from solid casting and strong source material, yet proves stubbornly resistant to spark to emotional life.
Synopsis: Isabel (Michelle Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Julianne Moore)... [More]
Directed By: Bart Freundlich

#42

The Mountain (2019)
64%

#42
Adjusted Score: 65.827%
Critics Consensus: The Mountain finds its provocative director further honing his craft -- but formal flair and an engrossing Jeff Goldblum performance may not be enough to sway the unconverted.
Synopsis: 1950s America. Since his mother's confinement to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A... [More]
Directed By: Rick Alverson

#41

Paradise Hills (2019)
64%

#41
Adjusted Score: 65.923%
Critics Consensus: Its ambitious reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, but Paradise Hills offers fans of thoughtful sci-fi a visually distinctive treat with timely themes.
Synopsis: On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families... [More]
Directed By: Alice Waddington

#40

The Tomorrow Man (2019)
42%

#40
Adjusted Score: 43.636%
Critics Consensus: John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are almost enough to save The Tomorrow Man, but their efforts are overwhelmed by a problematic story.
Synopsis: Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for... [More]
Directed By: Noble Jones

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 66.061%
Critics Consensus: The Sound of Silence occasionally struggles to control its tone and convey its message, but it benefits from compelling performances and intriguing ideas.
Synopsis: There are a symphony of almost undetectable sounds that make up a moment of silence, and Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard)... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tyburski

#38

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
62%

#38
Adjusted Score: 69.482%
Critics Consensus: If you only watch one art-world satire with horror overtones this year -- or most others -- it should probably be Velvet Buzzsaw.
Synopsis: Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists... [More]
Directed By: Dan Gilroy

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 89.43%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When four young orphans--Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura--first meet, their parents' bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan... [More]
Directed By: Makoto Nagahisa

#36
Adjusted Score: 62.53%
Critics Consensus: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile often transcends its narrative limitations through sheer force of Zac Efron's compulsively watchable performance.
Synopsis: Elizabeth Kloepfer refused for years to acknowledge that her boyfriend was a serial killer. Her partner, Ted Bundy, became famous... [More]
Directed By: Joe Berlinger

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 45.265%
Critics Consensus: While admirably intelligent and well-cast, Don't Let Go suffers from a formulaic approach compounded by its uneven writing and an awkward tonal balance.
Synopsis: Detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they... [More]
Directed By: Jacob Estes

#34

Official Secrets (2019)
83%

#34
Adjusted Score: 89.524%
Critics Consensus: Official Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley's powerful performance.
Synopsis: She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official... [More]
Directed By: Gavin Hood

#33

Them That Follow (2019)
59%

#33
Adjusted Score: 62.361%
Critics Consensus: Them That Follow never quite captures the spiritual fervor of its setting, but the cast's committed performances make for an intermittently satisfying character study.
Synopsis: Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of... [More]

#32
#32
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Sunlit Night follows an aspiring painter (Jenny Slate) from New York City to the farthest reaches of Arctic Norway... [More]
Directed By: David Wnendt

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