SXSW 2019 Movie Scorecard

At this year’s edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival, we had the requisite horror breakout (Us, the opening salvo in what is shaping to be a big year for Jordan Peele) and teen raunch (Good Boys), some actors making their directorial debuts (Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, Logan Marshall-Green’s Adopt a Highway), and, you betcha, plenty o’ politics (Knock Down the House, Running With Beto). And the aforementioned Us aside, if you thought our current horror renaissance was running out of steam (and victims), look no further than Little Monsters and Pet Sematary. And if you’re wondering why some movies got way more reviews than others, it’s because they previously premiered elsewhere.

Though SXSW doesn’t have nearly the amount of movies other festivals have, like Sundance or Toronto, it’s still a challenge to make sense of who’s saying what with the most buzz. With that in mind, we present the SXSW 2019 movie scorecard, ranking everything by Tomatometer!

#56

Booksmart (2019)
97%

#56
Adjusted Score: 112.676%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

#55

Maiden (2019)
98%

#55
Adjusted Score: 102.541%
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

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 103.339%
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

#53

Pahokee (2019)
100%

#53
Adjusted Score: 67.959%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens... [More]
Starring:

#52

Mr. Jimmy (2019)
100%

#52
Adjusted Score: 31.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of... [More]
Starring: Akio Sakurai
Directed By: Peter Michael Dowd

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 95.098%
Critics Consensus: Candid and compelling, Running with Beto is an illuminating exploration of an up-and-coming politician and the changing political landscape around him.
Synopsis: This behind-the-scenes documentary follows Beto O'Rourke's rise from virtual unknown to national political sensation through his bold attempt to unseat... [More]
Directed By: David Modigliani

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 57.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Who Let the Dogs Out" is a song that has transcended generations, and has led Ben Sisto to dedicate eight... [More]
Directed By: Brent Hodge

#49

Aquarela (2019)
89%

#49
Adjusted Score: 90.405%
Critics Consensus: Patiently constructed and beautifully filmed, Aquarela views man's relationship with water through a sobering -- and awe-inducing -- lens.
Synopsis: AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at a... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Victor Kossakovsky

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 47.048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:

#47

Jump Shot (2019)
100%

#47
Adjusted Score: 31.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Jumpshot" uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the proclaimed developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball,... [More]
Directed By: Jacob Hamilton

#46
Adjusted Score: 94.248%
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

#45
Adjusted Score: 62.522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the 1990s, boy bands were king. Groups like N'SYNC and the Backstreet Boys were international sensations. But that wasn't... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Kunkel

#44

Boyz in the Wood (2019)
95%

#44
Adjusted Score: 95.15%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dean, Duncan, DJ Beatroot, and their newest friend Ian compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Award to turn their lives... [More]
Directed By: Ninian Doff

#43

Come As You Are (2019)
100%

#43
Adjusted Score: 31.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Upon hearing of an establishment that caters to their "special needs," Scotty, Matt, and Mo escape their overprotective parents and... [More]
Directed By: Richard Wong

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 73.605%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help... [More]
Directed By: Adam Egypt Mortimer

#41

Extra Ordinary (2019)
100%

#41
Adjusted Score: 100.411%
Critics Consensus: A horror/rom-com hybrid that somehow manages to blend its ingredients without losing their flavor, Extra Ordinary more than lives up to its title.
Synopsis: Rose, a sweet, small town driving instructor, is gifted with supernatural abilities, "The Talents", which mean she can talk to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

#40

Greener Grass (2019)
100%

#40
Adjusted Score: 57.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and... [More]
Directed By: Jocelyn Deboer

#39

Jezebel (2019)
100%

#39
Adjusted Score: 62.731%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the last days of her mother's life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las... [More]
Directed By: Numa Perrier

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 57.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#37

Sister Aimee (2019)
86%

#37
Adjusted Score: 31.47%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1926 America's most famous evangelist is a woman. And she's looking for a way out. Fed up with her... [More]

#36

Snatchers (2019)
100%

#36
Adjusted Score: 73.187%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

#35

South Mountain (2019)
100%

#35
Adjusted Score: 52.276%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lila (TALIA BALSAM) is an artist who teaches at a community college and has built a modest rural paradise in... [More]
Directed By: Hilary Brougher

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 101.319%
Critics Consensus: A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.
Synopsis: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young... [More]

#33

Yes God Yes (2019)
100%

#33
Adjusted Score: 47.048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Growing up in the Midwest in the early OOs, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an... [More]
Directed By: Karen Maine

#32

Apollo 11 (2019)
99%

#32
Adjusted Score: 106.364%
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

#31

Us (2019)
93%

#31
Adjusted Score: 117.615%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#30

Amazing Grace (2019)
99%

#30
Adjusted Score: 104.9%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.
Synopsis: Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist... [More]
Directed By:

#29

Villains (2019)
83%

#29
Adjusted Score: 84.718%
Critics Consensus: Led by a quartet of strong performances, Villains offers genre fans a delightfully dark thriller with a sharp comic streak.
Synopsis: When a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic... [More]

#28

Wild Rose (2019)
93%

#28
Adjusted Score: 100.782%
Critics Consensus: There's no shortage of star-is-born stories, but Wild Rose proves they can still be thoroughly entertaining -- and marks its own transcendent moment for lead Jessie Buckley.
Synopsis: WILD ROSE tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper

#27

Pet Sematary (2019)
58%

#27
Adjusted Score: 70.54%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.
Synopsis: Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating... [More]

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 89.737%
Critics Consensus: The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity -- and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.
Synopsis: After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a... [More]
Directed By: Riley Stearns

#25

Little Monsters (2019)
93%

#25
Adjusted Score: 94.405%
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

#24

The Weekend (2019)
85%

#24
Adjusted Score: 85.046%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Stand-up comedian Zadie (Sasheer Zamata) is still reeling from her last breakup three years ago, but is trying to stay... [More]
Directed By: Stella Meghie

#23

Long Shot (2019)
81%

#23
Adjusted Score: 94.219%
Critics Consensus: A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.
Synopsis: Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 97.673%
Critics Consensus: Whether you're a guitar lover, a student of New York City history, or simply interested in celebrating a deep commitment to craft, Carmine Street Guitars strikes a chord.
Synopsis: Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing... [More]
Directed By: Ron Mann

#21

Sword of Trust (2019)
93%

#21
Adjusted Score: 96.548%
Critics Consensus: Expertly drawn characters and a strong senes of humanity make Sword of Trust an enjoyable -- if at times meandering -- journey.
Synopsis: When Cynthia & Mary (Jillian Bell & Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

#20

Go Back to China (2019)
83%

#20
Adjusted Score: 52.067%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father... [More]
Directed By: Emily Ting

#19

Her Smell (2019)
83%

#19
Adjusted Score: 88.43%
Critics Consensus: Held together by a gripping lead performance from Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell is challenging and admittedly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort.
Synopsis: Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

#18

Olympic Dreams (2019)
75%

#18
Adjusted Score: 47.048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Jeremy Teicher

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 67.75%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Morris

#16
Adjusted Score: 78.927%
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

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 65.039%
Critics Consensus: Body at Brighton Rock leaves some of its thrilling potential untapped, but the end result remains a solidly crafted outing that should entertain horror fans.
Synopsis: Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of... [More]
Directed By: Roxanne Benjamin

#14

Adopt a Highway (2019)
77%

#14
Adjusted Score: 52.328%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Logan Marshall-Green

#13

Good Boys (2019)
79%

#13
Adjusted Score: 89.135%
Critics Consensus: Good Boys is undermined by an eagerness to repeatedly indulge in profane humor, but its appealing cast and ultimately thoughtful message often shine through.
Synopsis: After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Room's Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn't know how... [More]
Directed By: Gene Stupnitsky

#12

Teen Spirit (2019)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 78.273%
Critics Consensus: Teen Spirit tells a story we know by heart, but writer-director Max Minghella's connection to the material and Elle Fanning's remarkable performance add an effective hook.
Synopsis: Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing.... [More]
Directed By: Max Minghella

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 36.802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Five old English university friends meet at an isolated lodge to scatter the ashes of their friend, who drowned himself... [More]
Directed By: Abigail Blackmore

#10

Them That Follow (2019)
64%

#10
Adjusted Score: 67.025%
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]

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 31.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Brett Story

#8

I See You (2019)
67%

#8
Adjusted Score: 42.03%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Infidelity has put great strain on the Harper household as Greg, the lead investigator in a child abduction case which... [More]
Directed By: Adam Randall (II)

#7

Porno (2019)
83%

#7
Adjusted Score: 83.202%
Critics Consensus: Porno mines sexual repression to produce a laughably lurid -- and genuinely scary -- outing that should delight genre fans in search of a good time.
Synopsis: Four repressed, religious teens and a straight-edge projectionist working at a small-town movie theater in the 1990s discover a secret... [More]
Directed By: Keola Racela

#6

The Beach Bum (2019)
56%

#6
Adjusted Score: 59.862%
Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
Synopsis: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#5

The Mountain (2019)
65%

#5
Adjusted Score: 66.718%
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

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 37.096%
Critics Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story's creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.
Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Chaves

#3

The Highwaymen (2019)
56%

#3
Adjusted Score: 61.848%
Critics Consensus: The Highwaymen depicts law enforcement's side of the Bonnie and Clyde manhunt -- a story that's unfortunately not quite as entertaining despite its marquee leads.
Synopsis: The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the... [More]
Directed By: John Lee Hancock

#2

Darlin' (2019)
68%

#2
Adjusted Score: 68.464%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' is whisked off to a care home run by... [More]
Directed By: Pollyanna McIntosh

#1

Tone-Deaf (2019)
36%

#1
Adjusted Score: 36.307%
Critics Consensus: A messy horror-comedy hybrid that makes poor use of a talented cast, Tone-Deaf aims for social commentary, but tumbles down the generation gap.
Synopsis: After losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, millennial Olive (Crew) leaves the city for a weekend of... [More]
Directed By:

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