TIFF 2017 Scorecard


Novitiate (2017)

Adjusted Score: 90.275%
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


Western (2018)

Adjusted Score: 97.307%
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


Bodied (2017)

Adjusted Score: 90.378%
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

Adjusted Score: 93.756%
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

Adjusted Score: 94.37%
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


Lean on Pete (2018)

Adjusted Score: 99.241%
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


Zama (2018)

Adjusted Score: 98.933%
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

Adjusted Score: 87.316%
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


A Ciambra (2018)

Adjusted Score: 89.859%
Critics Consensus: A powerful character study, A Ciambra burns slowly, letting its compelling cast carry what could otherwise be just another coming-of-age story.
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

Adjusted Score: 93.458%
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

Adjusted Score: 90.088%
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


The Children Act (2018)

Adjusted Score: 73.429%
Critics Consensus: The Children Act showcases yet another powerful performance from Emma Thompson, who elevates this undeniably flawed picture into an affecting adult drama.
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

Adjusted Score: 78.794%
Critics Consensus: What Will People Say? argues that institutional sexism starts at home -- and the results can be as powerful as they are difficult to watch.
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

Adjusted Score: 98.018%
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

Adjusted Score: 61.944%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An anti social mechanic has a second job euthanizing sick pets, but he refuses a request to kill a healthy... [More]
Directed By: Teemu Nikki


Darkest Hour (2017)

Adjusted Score: 95.684%
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

Adjusted Score: 87.805%
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

Adjusted Score: 87.644%
Critics Consensus: The Third Murder makes satisfying work of its weighty themes, even if it doesn't quite stand with writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda's best efforts.
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

Adjusted Score: 77.579%
Critics Consensus: Let the Corpses Tan challenges the audience's expectations -- and delivers a singularly stylish, unforgettably unique viewing experience in the bargain.
Synopsis: Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two... [More]


Beast (2018)

Adjusted Score: 100.559%
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: Michael Pearce

Adjusted Score: 42.85%
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]


Gutland (2017)

Adjusted Score: 33.444%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Govinda Van Maele


The Final Year (2018)

Adjusted Score: 88.382%
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


Brad's Status (2017)

Adjusted Score: 88.553%
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




Adjusted Score: 99.213%
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

Adjusted Score: 93.514%
Critics Consensus: Angels Wear White can be uncomfortable viewing, but its grim subject matter is balanced by a smartly constructed story elevated by powerful acting.
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

Adjusted Score: 96.446%
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]


Dark River (2018)

Adjusted Score: 80.915%
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

Adjusted Score: 90.449%
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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