Last Night in Soho

The Venice Film Festival 2021 Movie Scorecard

2021’s awards and festival season began with the Venice Film Festival, this year celebrating its 78th year with Bong Joon-ho presiding as jury president. Highlights going into the fest included sci-fi epic Dune, slasher sequel Halloween Kills, and new films from the varied likes of Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers), Edgar Wright (Last Night in Soho), and Ana Lily Amirpour (Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon).

With the festival now wrapped, many of those highly anticipated titles proved their worth – with Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers currently the best-reviewed film of the festival, sitting pretty with a 100% Tomatometer, and earning Penelope Cruz the festival’s prize for Best Actress. (Cruz also features in another film with 100% so far: Official Competition.)

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, also scored big with critics, and earned her the Best Screenplay Prize. Accepting the award, she thanked Campion as an inspiration, and Campion herself would win Best Director for The Power of the Dog. The festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, went to Happening, an abortion drama from director Audrey Diwan.

The last splashy premiere of the festival was for Ridley Scott’s star-powered medieval epic, The Last Duel. While the movie went home empty-handed, critics are mostly positive on the lavish production starring Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, and Matt Damon, and it will be one to keep an eye on as awards season moves forward.

Below, we’ve gathered up every title at the fest that got a Tomatometer score for our Venice 2021 Film Festival Scorecard.

#30

The Lost Daughter (2021)
100%

#30
Adjusted Score: 100764%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A college professor confronts her unsettling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on vacation in Italy.... [More]
Directed By: Maggie Gyllenhaal

#29

Parallel Mothers (2021)
100%

#29
Adjusted Score: 100691%
Critics Consensus: A brilliant forum for Penélope Cruz's talent, Parallel Mothers reaffirms the familiar pleasures of Almodóvar's filmmaking while proving he's still capable of growth.
Synopsis: Two single women meet in a hospital room where they are both going to give birth. One is middle aged... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 89136%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#27

Happening (2021)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 58802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Audrey Diwan

#26

7 Prisoners (2021)
91%

#26
Adjusted Score: 72767%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Moratto

#25

Promises (2021)
100%

#25
Adjusted Score: 51452%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Kruithof

#24

Inu-Oh (2021)
100%

#24
Adjusted Score: 36339%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Mirai Moriyama
Directed By: Masaaki Yuasa

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 95043%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by a stellar ensemble led by Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog reaffirms writer-director Jane Campion as one of her generation's finest filmmakers.
Synopsis: Two brothers and co-owners of a Montana ranch duel after one of them gets married.... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#22

Spencer (2021)
89%

#22
Adjusted Score: 91456%
Critics Consensus: Spencer can frustrate with its idiosyncratic depiction of its subject's life, but Kristen Stewart's finely modulated performance anchors the film's flights of fancy.
Synopsis: In 1991 while spending the Christmas holiday with the royal family at Sandringham House, Princess Diana decides to leave Prince... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#21

Dune (2021)
91%

#21
Adjusted Score: 94294%
Critics Consensus: Dune occasionally struggles with its unwieldy source material, but those issues are largely overshadowed by the scope and ambition of this visually thrilling adaptation.
Synopsis: Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

#20

The Box (2021)
89%

#20
Adjusted Score: 58214%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Lorenzo Vigas

#19

The Other Tom (2021)
89%

#19
Adjusted Score: 58214%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#18

The Card Counter (2020)
88%

#18
Adjusted Score: 96613%
Critics Consensus: Led by Oscar Isaac's gripping performance, The Card Counter adds another weighty chapter to Paul Schrader's long inquiry into man's moral responsibility.
Synopsis: An ex-military interrogator turned gambler remains haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#17

Reflection (2021)
88%

#17
Adjusted Score: 51158%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Valentyn Vasyanovych

#16

True Things (2021)
79%

#16
Adjusted Score: 78029%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Harry Wootliff

#15

Sundown (2021)
84%

#15
Adjusted Score: 84838%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michel Franco

#14

Il buco (2021)
80%

#14
Adjusted Score: 58802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 58802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 69936%
Critics Consensus: Although it struggles to maintain its thrilling early momentum, Last Night in Soho shows flashes of Edgar Wright at his most stylish and ambitious.
Synopsis: An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. However, the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#11

The Hand of God (2021)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 70250%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1980s Naples, Italy, a young man experiences heartbreak and liberation after he's inadvertently saved from a freak accident by... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

#10
Adjusted Score: 70250%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 36531%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Mounia Akl

#8

The Last Duel (2021)
71%

#8
Adjusted Score: 66247%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two knights encounter treachery in 14th-century France.... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#7

Halloween Kills (2021)
59%

#7
Adjusted Score: 54366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An injured Laurie Strode leads a vigilante mob to hunt down unstoppable killer Michael Myers and end his reign of... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green


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