Toronto International Film Festival 2018 Scorecard

The Toronto International Film Festival is a curious place: provenance of Oscar hopefuls and the relentless awards campaigning they inspire, and yet also home to some of the gnarliest in cutting-edge midnight movies. This year is no different as the fest’s 43rd iteration brings premieres from the likes of Steve McQueen (Widows) and Claire Denis (High Life) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk), Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut (A Star Is Born) and a Neil Armstrong biopic from Damien Chazelle starring Ryan Gosling (First Man), along with hotly anticipated horror such as The Predator and Halloween.

With this year’s celebration officially over, three films have emerged as the best-reviewed of the festival: timely social drama The Hate U Give, road comedy Green Book with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, and Julianne Moore’s dance-happy Gloria Bell. Ash Is Purest White remains in the top spot overall, on the strength of its reviews lodged since premiering at Cannes back in May. At the bottom of the list is Xavier Dolan, who previously made a splash with Mommy and Heartbeats, getting the worst reviews of his career for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

#224
#224
Adjusted Score: 105.105%
Critics Consensus: Ash Is Purest White finds writer-director Zhangke Jia revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye.
Synopsis: A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama.... [More]
Directed By:

#223

Wildlife (2018)
93%

#223
Adjusted Score: 101.736%
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

#222
Adjusted Score: 108.478%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.
Synopsis: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At... [More]
Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda

#221
#221
Adjusted Score: 111.372%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#220

The Hate U Give (2018)
97%

#220
Adjusted Score: 106.292%
Critics Consensus: Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance.
Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#219

Gloria Bell (2019)
91%

#219
Adjusted Score: 99.395%
Critics Consensus: Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore's performance in the title role -- and she's gloriously up to the task.
Synopsis: Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#218

Green Book (2018)
77%

#218
Adjusted Score: 92.459%
Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on an excessively smooth ride through bumpy subject matter, although Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen's performances add necessary depth.
Synopsis: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley... [More]
Directed By: Peter Farrelly

#217
Adjusted Score: 99.571%
Critics Consensus: Too Late to Die Young uses one family's experiences as the foundation for a dreamily absorbing drama with a poignant, lingering warmth.
Synopsis: Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara... [More]

#216
#216
Adjusted Score: 89.552%
Critics Consensus: Meeting Gorbachev plays to filmmaker Werner Herzog's endlessly inquisitive strengths -- and reveals the fascinating story of a pivotal political figure.
Synopsis: Werner Herzog and André Singer's riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible... [More]

#215

Free Solo (2018)
97%

#215
Adjusted Score: 103.093%
Critics Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
Synopsis: From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's... [More]
Starring: Alex Honnold

#214
#214
Adjusted Score: 85.828%
Critics Consensus: Monrovia, Indiana finds Frederick Wiseman observing the citizens of one small American town with his typically patient - and ultimately revealing - approach.
Synopsis: Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. While their... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Frederick Wiseman

#213
#213
Adjusted Score: 97.776%
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

#212

Dead Souls (2018)
100%

#212
Adjusted Score: 100.02%
Critics Consensus: Dead Souls excavates a government's sins with personal accounts that preserve the past while illuminating the problems of the present.
Synopsis: In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Deemed... [More]
Starring: Bing Wang
Directed By: Bing Wang

#211

Girl (2019)
85%

#211
Adjusted Score: 86.804%
Critics Consensus: Girl uses one aspiring dancer's story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace.
Synopsis: GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers.... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Dhont

#210

The River (2018)
100%

#210
Adjusted Score: 32.454%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Emir Baigazin

#209

In Fabric (2019)
92%

#209
Adjusted Score: 98.292%
Critics Consensus: In Fabric's gauzy giallo allure weaves a surreal spell, blending stylish horror and dark comedy to offer audiences a captivating treat.
Synopsis: A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a... [More]
Directed By: Peter Strickland

#208

What They Had (2018)
86%

#208
Adjusted Score: 90.332%
Critics Consensus: What They Had finds laughter and tears in its portrait of a family at a crossroads, with writer-director Elizabeth Chomko getting outstanding performances out of a talented cast.
Synopsis: From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to... [More]
Directed By: Elizabeth Chomko

#207
Adjusted Score: 89.729%
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

#206

The Load (Teret) (2019)
100%

#206
Adjusted Score: 100.262%
Critics Consensus: The Load (Teret) sifts through the wreckage of a horrific conflict to tell the story of a man faced with impossible choices -- and their consequences.
Synopsis: Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load... [More]
Directed By: Ognjen Glavonic

#205
#205
Adjusted Score: 37.09%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After The Missing Picture (Un Certain Regard winner 2013 and Oscar nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2013)... [More]
Starring: Randal Douc
Directed By: Rithy Panh

#204

Firecrackers (2019)
96%

#204
Adjusted Score: 96.075%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lou and her best friend Chantal plan to get out of their isolated, run-down town and move to a city... [More]
Directed By: Jasmin Mozaffari

#203

Skin (2019)
76%

#203
Adjusted Score: 78.739%
Critics Consensus: Skin could stand to go a bit deeper below its surface, but a worthy story and a committed performance from Jamie Bell make this timely drama well worth a watch.
Synopsis: A white supremacist reforms his life after falling in love but saying goodbye to his skinhead life isn't a clean... [More]
Directed By: Guy Nattiv

#202

Rosie (2019)
94%

#202
Adjusted Score: 95.29%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts empathy and outrage, Rosie offers a heartbreaking glimpse of economic insecurity that will hit many viewers uncomfortably close to home.
Synopsis: ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and... [More]
Directed By: Paddy Breathnach

#201
Adjusted Score: 91.623%
Critics Consensus: Searching for Ingmar Bergman serves as an engaging introduction to its subject's life and work that should entertain Bergman novices as well as diehard fans.
Synopsis: On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman's life and work with... [More]
Directed By: Margarethe von Trotta

#200

Roma (2018)
95%

#200
Adjusted Score: 112.128%
Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.
Synopsis: The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#199

Widows (2018)
91%

#199
Adjusted Score: 109.194%
Critics Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.
Synopsis: From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl")... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen (III)

#198

3 Faces (2019)
98%

#198
Adjusted Score: 101.534%
Critics Consensus: Observational, insightful, and ultimately powerful, 3 Faces adds another quietly thought-provoking chapter to writer-director Jafar Panahi's filmography.
Synopsis: Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl's video plea for help--oppressed by her family to not pursue... [More]
Directed By: Jafar Panahi

#197

A Star Is Born (2018)
90%

#197
Adjusted Score: 113.155%
Critics Consensus: With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.
Synopsis: In "A Star Is Born," Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Cooper

#196
Adjusted Score: 102.806%
Critics Consensus: Birds of Passage traces the familiar arc of the drug crime thriller from a different direction that's as visually absorbing as it is hard-hitting.
Synopsis: From the Oscar (R)-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the... [More]

#195

High Life (2019)
82%

#195
Adjusted Score: 91.704%
Critics Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.
Synopsis: Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#194

Mid90s (2018)
80%

#194
Adjusted Score: 89.431%
Critics Consensus: Mid90s tells a clear-eyed yet nostalgic coming-of-age tale that might mark the start of an auspicious new career for debuting writer-director Jonah Hill.
Synopsis: Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a... [More]
Directed By: Jonah Hill

#193

Freaks (2019)
88%

#193
Adjusted Score: 90.833%
Critics Consensus: Stocked with solid performances, Freaks is a clever sci-fi/horror hybrid that suggests a bright future for co-writers/co-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein.
Synopsis: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where... [More]
Directed By: Zach Lipovsky

#192

Vox Lux (2018)
61%

#192
Adjusted Score: 71.405%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing albeit flawed, Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with intelligence, visual style, and an assured Natalie Portman performance.
Synopsis: VOX LUX, A 21st Century Portrait, begins in 1999 when teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy. After singing... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#191
#191
Adjusted Score: 102.451%
Critics Consensus: With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn't waste a moment of its brief running time -- and doesn't skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.
Synopsis: Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war... [More]
Directed By: Pawel Pawlikowski

#190
#190
Adjusted Score: 102.948%
Critics Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.
Synopsis: BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi,... [More]
Directed By: Chang-dong Lee

#189

Border (Gräns) (2018)
97%

#189
Adjusted Score: 101.934%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, unpredictable, and brilliantly acted, Border (Gräns) offers a singular treat to genre fans looking for something different.
Synopsis: Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the... [More]
Directed By: Ali Abbasi

#188

Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
82%

#188
Adjusted Score: 89.484%
Critics Consensus: Fahrenheit 11/9 finds Michael Moore in fine fighting form, delivering a political call to action that ranks among his most effective works.
Synopsis: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore... [More]
Starring: Michael Moore
Directed By: Michael Moore

#187

Donbass (2018)
90%

#187
Adjusted Score: 90.947%
Critics Consensus: Brutally powerful and brilliantly filmed, Donbass illustrates man's inhumanity with visceral effectiveness.
Synopsis: In the eastern region of Donbass, a hybrid war blends open armed conflict, crimes and looting perpetrated by separatist gangs.... [More]
Directed By: Sergey Loznitsa

#186

Colette (2018)
87%

#186
Adjusted Score: 96.014%
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

#185
#185
Adjusted Score: 110.453%
Critics Consensus: If Beale Street Could Talk honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft.
Synopsis: Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)

#184
#184
Adjusted Score: 104.379%
Critics Consensus: A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend.
Synopsis: OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery

#183

Climax (2019)
68%

#183
Adjusted Score: 75.413%
Critics Consensus: Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, Climax captures writer-director Gaspar Noé working near his technically brilliant and visually distinctive peak.
Synopsis: From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party... [More]
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

#182
#182
Adjusted Score: 92.871%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and sharply written, Non-Fiction finds writer-director Olivier Assayas working in a comedic vein that channels classic forebears while remaining utterly fresh.
Synopsis: Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies,... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#181

Rafiki (2019)
93%

#181
Adjusted Score: 95.412%
Critics Consensus: Rafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.
Synopsis: "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between... [More]
Directed By: Wanuri Kahiu

#180
#180
Adjusted Score: 94.758%
Critics Consensus: Giant Little Ones puts a complex and refreshingly nuanced spin on the traditional coming of age drama, further elevated by the admirable efforts of a talented cast.
Synopsis: Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty:... [More]
Directed By: Keith Behrman

#179

Transit (2019)
94%

#179
Adjusted Score: 101.273%
Critics Consensus: Transit lives up to its title with a challenging drama that captures characters - and puts the audience - in a state of flux and exerts an unsettling pull.
Synopsis: As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose... [More]
Directed By: Christian Petzold

#178
Adjusted Score: 97.29%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable debut that sadly serves as its creator's epitaph, An Elephant Sitting Still offers an uncompromisingly grim yet poignant portrait of life in modern China.
Synopsis: Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists' lives are intertwined in this furious tale... [More]
Directed By: Hu Bo (II)

#177

Maria By Callas (2018)
91%

#177
Adjusted Score: 93.663%
Critics Consensus: Maria by Callas offers an intimate look at the life of a brilliantly talented artist whose absorbing story matches the operatic heights reached by her work.
Synopsis: Tom Volf's MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer... [More]
Directed By: Tom Volf

#176
Adjusted Score: 96.739%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Pear Tree uses a young man's post-graduation experience to pose thoughtful, engaging questions about life in modern Turkey -- and the rest of the world.
Synopsis: Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his... [More]
Directed By: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

#175

Loro (2019)
79%

#175
Adjusted Score: 81.506%
Critics Consensus: Loro uses the larger-than-life exploits of an infamous public figure to present a messily compelling snapshot of how power attracts -- and corrupts.
Synopsis: Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

#174

Shadow (2019)
94%

#174
Adjusted Score: 97.768%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.
Synopsis: With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create... [More]
Directed By: Zhang Yimou

#173

Boy Erased (2018)
80%

#173
Adjusted Score: 91.054%
Critics Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions.
Synopsis: "Boy Erased" tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who... [More]
Directed By: Joel Edgerton

#172
#172
Adjusted Score: 95.963%
Critics Consensus: Hotel by the River finds writer-director Hong Sang-soo revisiting familiar themes from fresh perspectives -- and telling a story that potently distills his unique creative strengths.
Synopsis: The film tells the story of an aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), who summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo... [More]
Directed By: Hong Sang-soo

#171

First Man (2018)
87%

#171
Adjusted Score: 106.724%
Critics Consensus: First Man uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history - and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way.
Synopsis: On the heels of their six-time Academy Award (R)-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar (R)-winning director Damien Chazelle and star... [More]
Directed By: Damien Chazelle

#170
#170
Adjusted Score: 94.636%
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

#169

Ben is Back (2018)
82%

#169
Adjusted Score: 91.061%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly understated, Ben Is Back subverts family drama stereotypes - and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts.
Synopsis: 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother,... [More]
Directed By: Peter Hedges

#168
#168
Adjusted Score: 51.184%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dolores lived the life of a higher-class student until her best friend was found brutally murdered. Two years later, she's... [More]
Directed By: Gonzalo Tobal

#167
#167
Adjusted Score: 74.596%
Critics Consensus: As unsettling as it is entertaining, El ángel takes an absorbingly stylish look at the horrific exploits of a real-life serial killer.
Synopsis: Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth. As a young boy, he coveted other people's things, but it wasn't... [More]
Directed By: Luis Ortega

#166
#166
Adjusted Score: 95.504%
Critics Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
Synopsis: From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Audiard

#165

Mouthpiece (2019)
88%

#165
Adjusted Score: 88.122%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: MOUTHPIECE is a powerful, amusing and highly original look into the conflicted psyche of Cassandra Haywood a fiercely independent millennial... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Rozema

#164
#164
Adjusted Score: 60.085%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three extraordinary nights in the life of an ordinary man- each involving a different woman, each changing his existence for... [More]
Directed By: Ho Wi Ding

#163

Her Smell (2019)
84%

#163
Adjusted Score: 89.263%
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

#162

Destroyer (2018)
73%

#162
Adjusted Score: 84.332%
Critics Consensus: Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#161
#161
Adjusted Score: 83.901%
Critics Consensus: With typically sharp work from writer-director Nicole Holofcener and finely layered performances, The Land of Steady Habits is one mid-life crisis worth watching.
Synopsis: Writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money) brings us a drama about parenting, loss and the consequences of our... [More]
Directed By: Nicole Holofcener

#160

Driven (2019)
63%

#160
Adjusted Score: 64.384%
Critics Consensus: Compelling performances from an outstanding cast help Driven take audiences on an enjoyably stranger-than-fiction joyride.
Synopsis: Set in early 1980s California, the story follows the meteoric rise of the golden boy of the automotive industry, John... [More]
Directed By: Nick Hamm

#159
Adjusted Score: 101.469%
Critics Consensus: Treating its timely themes with a deceptively light touch, Woman at War is easy to enjoy in the moment, yet its impact lingers long after the closing credits roll.
Synopsis: Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as... [More]
Directed By: Benedikt Erlingsson

#158
Adjusted Score: 46.177%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President Vladimir Putin.... [More]
Starring: Vladimir Putin
Directed By: Vitaliy Manskiy

#157

Never Look Away (2019)
77%

#157
Adjusted Score: 82.403%
Critics Consensus: Never Look Away fills its protracted running time with the absorbing story of an incredible life -- and its impact on the singular artist who lived it.
Synopsis: A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist - loosely... [More]

#156

Halloween (2018)
79%

#156
Adjusted Score: 95.339%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#155

Monsters and Men (2018)
84%

#155
Adjusted Score: 86.663%
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:

#154

22 July (2018)
80%

#154
Adjusted Score: 84.888%
Critics Consensus: 22 July offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller's visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.
Synopsis: In 22 July, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) tells the true story of the aftermath of... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#153
#153
Adjusted Score: 80.169%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and unpredictable, Ever After puts a refreshing spin on post-apocalyptic zombie horror.
Synopsis: Post apocalypse Europe, two years after zombies have overrun Earth, only two citadels of civilization remain in the East German... [More]
Directed By: Carolina Hellsgård

#152
Adjusted Score: 46.787%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A poet and monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general's wife and is wreaking... [More]
Directed By: Kaige Chen

#151

Blind Spot (2018)
80%

#151
Adjusted Score: 55.635%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Tuva Novotny

#150

Working Woman (2019)
98%

#150
Adjusted Score: 99.01%
Critics Consensus: Working Woman delivers its timely message with a polemical force that hits hard without overpowering the engrossing story.
Synopsis: Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant.... [More]
Directed By: Michal Aviad

#149

Diamantino (2019)
86%

#149
Adjusted Score: 88.412%
Critics Consensus: Diamantino casts a singularly surreal eye on an ambitious array of subjects, emerging with a cinematic experience as inscrutable as it is unforgettable.
Synopsis: Diamantino (Carloto Cotta), the world's premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for... [More]

#148
Adjusted Score: 46.594%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Covering the topic of human deaths caused by robots from self-drive cars to police bomb droids, documentarian Maxim Pozdorovkin raises... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Maxim Pozdorovkin

#147

The Angel (2018)
75%

#147
Adjusted Score: 41.726%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While operating at the highest levels of Egypt's government, Ashraf Marwan walks a dangerously think line as a spy for... [More]
Directed By: Ariel Vromen

#146

Museum (Museo) (2018)
88%

#146
Adjusted Score: 89.689%
Critics Consensus: Museum (Museo) approaches familiar genre territory from a refreshing new perspective that's as exciting visually as it is narratively.
Synopsis: The film tells the circumstances surrounding the theft of several pre-Hispanic artifacts from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico... [More]
Directed By: Alonso Ruizpalacios

#145

Beautiful Boy (2018)
67%

#145
Adjusted Score: 77.822%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful Boy sees Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that's often powerful enough to make up for the story's muted emotional impact.
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking... [More]
Directed By: Felix Van Groeningen

#144

The Wind (2019)
81%

#144
Adjusted Score: 83.272%
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
Synopsis: An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard)... [More]
Directed By: Emma Tammi

#143
Adjusted Score: 93.02%
Critics Consensus: Potentially insurmountable for viewers not attuned to the director's wavelength, The Image Book is typically confounding - and ultimately rewarding - late-period Godard.
Synopsis: Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we'd start from a dream.... We wondered... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#142

Quincy (2018)
82%

#142
Adjusted Score: 82.53%
Critics Consensus: Quincy presents an undeniably entertaining overview of its subject's remarkable life and career, albeit one that may leave some viewers wishing it had dug a little deeper.
Synopsis: QUINCY is an intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force of nature in music and... [More]
Starring: Quincy Jones
Directed By: Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks

#141
Adjusted Score: 88.197%
Critics Consensus: What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? traces the aftershocks of race-motivated violence in thoughtful, impressionistic fashion.
Synopsis: What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is the story of a community of black people in the... [More]
Directed By: Roberto Minervini

#140

Dogman (2019)
84%

#140
Adjusted Score: 88.609%
Critics Consensus: Dogman offers a grim character study set apart by Marcello Fonte's performance and director Matteo Garrone's tight grip on the material.
Synopsis: In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of... [More]
Directed By: Matteo Garrone

#139

Hotel Mumbai (2019)
76%

#139
Adjusted Score: 85.002%
Critics Consensus: Its depiction of real-life horror will strike some as exploitative, but Hotel Mumbai remains a well-made dramatization of tragic events.
Synopsis: A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Maras

#138

J.T. LeRoy (2019)
55%

#138
Adjusted Score: 57.879%
Critics Consensus: While it may leave some viewers wishing for a more in-depth exploration of its story and themes, J.T. Leroy offers a diverting dramatization of incredible real-life events.
Synopsis: In this captivating true story, a young woman (Kristen Stewart) spends years playing the public role of Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kelly

#137

American Dharma (2019)
63%

#137
Adjusted Score: 64.758%
Critics Consensus: American Dharma offers a fascinating glimpse of a political influencer's public persona - and a frustrating missed opportunity to interrogate his actions and stated beliefs.
Synopsis: Focusing on the alt-right figurehead and former advisor to Donald J.Trump, Stephen K.Bannon this interview-style documentary reviews the controversial tactics... [More]
Directed By: Errol Morris

#136

Teen Spirit (2019)
71%

#136
Adjusted Score: 76.03%
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

#135

Maya (2018)
72%

#135
Adjusted Score: 72.159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Mia Hansen-Løve

#134

Hold the Dark (2018)
70%

#134
Adjusted Score: 72.894%
Critics Consensus: Hold the Dark's unsettling aesthetic offers more of what filmgoers expect from director Jeremy Saulnier - and is often enough to prop up shaky narrative underpinnings.
Synopsis: Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#133
Adjusted Score: 46.409%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rummi (Pannu) is a free-spirited young woman. She lives with her extended family in Punjab state, doing her best to... [More]
Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

#132

Heartbound (2018)
75%

#132
Adjusted Score: 27.817%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the small fishing community of Thy in northern Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Janus Metz , Sine Plambech

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 97.067%
Critics Consensus: Capernaum hits hard, but rewards viewers with a smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance.
Synopsis: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's CAPERNAUM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain... [More]
Directed By: Nadine Labaki

#130

Jirga (2019)
78%

#130
Adjusted Score: 78.075%
Critics Consensus: Jirga movingly depicts the weight of a soldier's grief -- and the human capacity for change and forgiveness in the wake of awful tragedy.
Synopsis: A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a... [More]
Directed By: Benjamin Gilmour

#129
Adjusted Score: 87.391%
Critics Consensus: The Good Girls uses its period setting and specific character canvas to explore the widely relatable struggle for perceived social status.

#128
#128
Adjusted Score: 70.384%
Critics Consensus: The Command plumbs the depths of real-life disaster to tell an uneven yet reasonably diverting story of lives caught between bureaucracy and certain doom.
Synopsis: Based on the story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, Kursk follows the final hours of an "unsinkable" Russian nuclear... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#127

Black '47 (2018)
78%

#127
Adjusted Score: 79.55%
Critics Consensus: Black '47 anchors its grim and gritty action in deceptively deep genre storytelling, although its epic ambitions arguably exceed its grasp.
Synopsis: One man's ruthless pursuit of justice plays out against the darkest chapter of Irish history in this riveting revenge thriller.... [More]
Directed By: Lance Daly

#126
#126
Adjusted Score: 61.656%
Critics Consensus: Smart and well-acted, The Hummingbird Project marks a flawed yet undeniably intriguing addition to writer-director Kim Nguyen's filmography.
Synopsis: In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent... [More]
Directed By: Kim Nguyen (IV)

#125
Adjusted Score: 78.197%
Critics Consensus: Asako I & II's high-concept premise is anchored by thought-provoking themes and confident, compelling work from director Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
Synopsis: A love triangle unfolds between a young woman and two identical men with different personalities. Unable to clarify her feelings... [More]
Directed By: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

#124

Peterloo (2019)
66%

#124
Adjusted Score: 72.385%
Critics Consensus: Peterloo proves writer-director Mike Leigh's populist anger remains undimmed - but that righteous fury occasionally overpowers the narrative.
Synopsis: Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre... [More]
Directed By: Mike Leigh

#123

The Front Runner (2018)
60%

#123
Adjusted Score: 69.385%
Critics Consensus: The Front Runner exhumes the wreckage of a political campaign with well-acted wit, even if it neglects to truly analyze the issues it raises.
Synopsis: Oscar (R) nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman in... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#122

White Boy Rick (2018)
58%

#122
Adjusted Score: 64.093%
Critics Consensus: Solid work from the cast - particularly a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey - helps White Boy Rick make up for a number of missed opportunities in the script.
Synopsis: Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is... [More]
Directed By: Yann Demange

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 79.259%
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

#120

Sibel (2018)
75%

#120
Adjusted Score: 27.817%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

#119
Adjusted Score: 61.664%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious blend of comedy, thriller, and social commentary, The Fall of the American Empire lightens its heavy message with refreshing intelligence and wit.
Synopsis: Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a... [More]
Directed By:

#118
Adjusted Score: 85.273%
Critics Consensus: Everybody Knows is somewhat less than the sum of its parts despite the efforts of an outstanding cast - and a disappointing step back for writer-director Asghar Farhadi.
Synopsis: The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister's... [More]
Directed By: Asghar Farhadi

#117

Manto (2018)
74%

#117
Adjusted Score: 65.185%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The maverick writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, after India is partitioned, eventually makes the difficult choice of leaving behind his glorious... [More]
Directed By: Nandita Das

#116
#116
Adjusted Score: 44.272%
Critics Consensus: Where Hands Touch is noteworthy for its exploration of a little-discussed corner of World War II, even if its story leaves something to be desired in the telling.
Synopsis: WHERE HANDS TOUCH is a coming of age story set in the most brutal of times: Germany, 1944. Leyna (Amandla... [More]
Directed By: Amma Asante

#115

Donnybrook (2019)
39%

#115
Adjusted Score: 40.15%
Critics Consensus: Donnybrook has a solid cast and noble intentions, but they're overwhelmed by surface storytelling and unrelentingly grim violence.
Synopsis: Three desperate souls must fight their way out of a dead-end world in this bracing, gut-punching glimpse into America's dark... [More]
Directed By: Tim Sutton

#114

ANIARA (2019)
70%

#114
Adjusted Score: 71.337%
Critics Consensus: Dazzling, but a little dull, ANIARA's impeccable production design is undermined by its underwhelming philosophical pondering.
Synopsis: ANIARA is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth's fleeing population to their new home-planet... [More]

#113

Touch Me Not (2019)
59%

#113
Adjusted Score: 59.916%
Critics Consensus: Touch Me Not deserves admiration for its efforts to debunk stereotypes and further a necessary dialogue, even if the execution never lives up to those lofty ambitions.
Synopsis: On the fluid border between reality and fiction, TOUCH ME NOT follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian,... [More]
Directed By: Adina Pintilie

#112
#112
Adjusted Score: 60.364%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Pablo Trapero

#111

Outlaw King (2018)
61%

#111
Adjusted Score: 66.862%
Critics Consensus: Muddy and bloody to a fault, Outlaw King doesn't skimp on the medieval battle scenes, but tends to lose track of the fact-based legend at the heart of its story.
Synopsis: OUTLAW KING tells the untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#110

The Predator (2018)
33%

#110
Adjusted Score: 45.445%
Critics Consensus: The Predator has violence and quips to spare, but its chaotically hollow action adds up to another missed opportunity for a franchise increasingly defined by disappointment.
Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 28.244%
Critics Consensus: While solidly cast and competently helmed, A Million Little Pieces amounts to little more than a well-intentioned but unpersuasive echo of a deeply problematic memoir.
Synopsis: At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and... [More]
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson

#108

Red Joan (2019)
30%

#108
Adjusted Score: 36.058%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating real-life story dramatized in perplexingly dull fashion, Red Joan wastes its tale's incredible intrigue -- as well as the formidable talents of Judi Dench.
Synopsis: In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award (R) winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then... [More]
Directed By: Trevor Nunn

#107
Adjusted Score: 47.337%
Critics Consensus: Girls of the Sun has the best of intentions, but this worthy - and thoroughly timely - story is fatally undermined by its clumsily overbearing execution.
Synopsis: Somewhere in Kurdistan. Bahar is commander in chief of the Girls of the Sun, a Kurdish female battalion. She is... [More]
Directed By: Eva Husson

#106

Life Itself (2018)
13%

#106
Adjusted Score: 19.001%
Critics Consensus: A mawkish melodrama that means less the more it tries to say, Life Itself suggests writer-director Dan Fogelman's talents are best suited to television.
Synopsis: As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the... [More]
Directed By: Dan Fogelman

#105

Nekrotronic (2019)
39%

#105
Adjusted Score: 39.075%
Critics Consensus: Nekrotonic has plenty of oddball energy, but this horror-comedy hybrid mashes up ingredients without much of a clear idea of what to do with them.
Synopsis: Howard North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon... [More]
Directed By: Kiah Roache-Turner

#104
Adjusted Score: 20.402%
Critics Consensus: The Death and Life of John F. Donovan finds writer-director Xavier Dolan flailing at profundity with a technically assured drama that never makes sense of its own ideas.
Synopsis: A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he once... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

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