TIFF 2017 Scorecard

#164

Novitiate (2017)
88%

#164
Adjusted Score: 91.248%
Critics Consensus: Led by a gripping performance from Melissa Leo, Novitiate grapples uncompromisingly -- and ultimately compellingly -- with questions of faith and feminism.
Synopsis: Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl's first initiation... [More]
Directed By: Margaret Betts

#163

Western (2018)
95%

#163
Adjusted Score: 97.261%
Critics Consensus: Western earns the viewer's attention with an unpredictable, patiently told tale that evokes the spirit of the titular genre while adding its own unique touches.
Synopsis: A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The... [More]
Directed By: Valeska Grisebach

#162

Bodied (2017)
96%

#162
Adjusted Score: 96.207%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A satirical exploration of the world's most artistically brutal sport - battle rapping - from music video director Joseph Kahn,... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Kahn

#161
Adjusted Score: 93.854%
Critics Consensus: Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.
Synopsis: Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous,... [More]
Directed By: Ildikó Enyedi

#160
Adjusted Score: 94.248%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director Aki Kaurismäki further sharpens his craft with The Other Side of Hope, offering a timely drama whose melancholy air is leavened by its empathy.
Synopsis: This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for... [More]
Directed By: Aki Kaurismäki

#159

Lean on Pete (2018)
92%

#159
Adjusted Score: 98.709%
Critics Consensus: Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#158

Zama (2018)
95%

#158
Adjusted Score: 98.567%
Critics Consensus: Zama offers a series of scathingly insightful observations about colonialism and class dynamics -- and satisfyingly ends a long wait between projects from writer-director Lucrecia Martel.
Synopsis: Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him... [More]
Directed By: Lucrecia Martel

#157
Adjusted Score: 85.047%
Critics Consensus: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool showcases brilliant work from Annette Bening, whose performance is more than enough to outweigh this biopic's basic narrative.
Synopsis: Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy... [More]
Directed By: Paul McGuigan

#156

A Ciambra (2018)
88%

#156
Adjusted Score: 89.846%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he... [More]
Directed By: Jonas Carpignano

#155
Adjusted Score: 93.385%
Critics Consensus: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.
Synopsis: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#154
#154
Adjusted Score: 90.138%
Critics Consensus: First They Killed My Father tackles its subject matter with grace, skill, and empathy, offering a ground-level look at historic atrocities that resonates beyond its story's borders.
Synopsis: Angelina Jolie directed this biopic about a human rights activist and her attempts to survive during the oppressive Khmer Rouge... [More]
Directed By: Angelina Jolie

#153

The Children Act (2018)
83%

#153
Adjusted Score: 59.061%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases... [More]
Directed By: Richard Eyre

#152
Adjusted Score: 53.368%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she's a normal Norwegian teenager. At home... [More]
Directed By: Iram Haq

#151
Adjusted Score: 96.423%
Critics Consensus: Subversive, gorgeously shot, and suitably visceral, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts injects timely feminist themes into a neo-western grindhouse framework.
Synopsis: Marlina (35) is a grieving woman, hard at work all year long to save enough money for the traditional Sumba... [More]
Directed By: Mouly Surya

#150
#150
Adjusted Score: 38.664%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Teemu Nikki

#149

Darkest Hour (2017)
85%

#149
Adjusted Score: 96.357%
Critics Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.
Synopsis: During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#148
#148
Adjusted Score: 86.786%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Damascus. The war is on the street. The apartment has become a sort of bunker where everything is organised depending... [More]
Directed By: Philippe van Leeuw

#147
Adjusted Score: 91.313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years... [More]
Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda

#146
Adjusted Score: 95.127%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two... [More]

#145

Beast (2018)
94%

#145
Adjusted Score: 99.048%
Critics Consensus: Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals.
Synopsis: Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to... [More]
Directed By:

#144
#144
Adjusted Score: 38.616%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Between the sea and the mountains in a small village in Norway, Aslak (6) lives with his mother Astrid. In... [More]

#143

Gutland (2017)
88%

#143
Adjusted Score: 33.982%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Govinda Van Maele

#142

The Final Year (2018)
84%

#142
Adjusted Score: 88.515%
Critics Consensus: The Final Year uses director Greg Barker's wide-ranging access to take a detailed inside look at the closing months of the Obama administration.
Synopsis: THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in... [More]
Directed By: Greg Barker

#141

Brad's Status (2017)
82%

#141
Adjusted Score: 88.482%
Critics Consensus: Brad's Status transcends its familiar premise with insightful observations and affecting interplay between stars Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams.
Synopsis: When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of... [More]
Directed By: Mike White

#140

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#140

#139
#139
Adjusted Score: 95.38%
Critics Consensus: Custody uses formal restraint -- and a series of searing performances -- to take a hard-hitting look at the often painful bond between parents and children.
Synopsis: A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this tense family... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Legrand

#138
#138
Adjusted Score: 91.305%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who... [More]
Directed By: Vivian Qu

#137
#137
Adjusted Score: 96.212%
Critics Consensus: Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.
Synopsis: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women's World... [More]

#136

Dark River (2018)
77%

#136
Adjusted Score: 78.313%
Critics Consensus: Dark River is just as bleak as its title would suggest, but solidly conceived characters and a standout performance from Ruth Wilson make it worth diving in.
Synopsis: Following the death of her father, Alice (Golden Globe (R)-winner Ruth Wilson, "The Affair") returns to her home village for... [More]
Directed By: Clio Barnard

#135
Adjusted Score: 90.392%
Critics Consensus: The Killing of a Sacred Deer continues director Yorgos Lanthimos' stubbornly idiosyncratic streak -- and demonstrates again that his is a talent not to be ignored.
Synopsis: Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

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