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Our 2020 Toronto Film Festival Movie Scorecard

The Toronto International Film Festival went mostly virtual for its 45th edition, which continued the rollout for Oscar hopefuls Nomadland and One Night in Miami, and hosted the premieres of Spike Lee’s latest joint, David Byrne’s American Utopia, and the Kate Winslet/Saoirise Ronan romantic drama Ammonite. See everything that played at the festival with enough reviews for a Tomatometer in our Toronto Film Festival 2020 Movie Scorecard.

#46

The Father (2020)
100%

#46
Adjusted Score: 100.359%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

#45

Shiva Baby (2020)
100%

#45
Adjusted Score: 100.568%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Emma Seligman

#44

76 Days (2020)
100%

#44
Adjusted Score: 100.777%
Critics Consensus: A raw, fly-on-the-wall recounting of hospital life in Wuhan in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, 76 Days is an engrossing and potent documentary - and a surprisingly comforting portrait of humanity.
Synopsis: This documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Hao Wu, Weixi Chen

#43

Beans (2020)
94%

#43
Adjusted Score: 78.609%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become... [More]
Directed By: Tracey Deer

#42

No Ordinary Man (2020)
100%

#42
Adjusted Score: 52.267%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: What happens when you die and lose control of your story? No Ordinary Man features acclaimed trans culture makers as... [More]
Starring:

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 57.493%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inspired by the best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian is a journey into the mind of leading Indigenous Canadian intellectual and... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Michelle Latimer

#40

Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
100%

#40
Adjusted Score: 41.813%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A feature film by Jasmila banić about the massacre of Srebrenica.... [More]
Directed By: Jasmila Zbanic

#39

City Hall (2020)
100%

#39
Adjusted Score: 78.4%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman delivers an epic look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#38
Adjusted Score: 47.04%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Miwa Nishikawa's touching, poignant redemption drama follows a middle-aged ex-yakuza (Koji Yakusho) as he adjusts to life outside of prison.... [More]
Directed By: Miwa Nishikawa

#37
Adjusted Score: 83.627%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Suzanne is 16. People her own age bore her. Every day on her way to high school, she passes a... [More]
Directed By: Suzanne Lindon

#36

Fauna (2020)
91%

#36
Adjusted Score: 52.319%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Luisa and Gabino visit their parents in a mining town in the north of Mexico. Their father's only interest in... [More]
Directed By: Nicolás Pereda

#35

Nomadland (2020)
98%

#35
Adjusted Score: 101.809%
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 99.972%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.
Synopsis: Set on the night of February 25, 1964, One Night in Miami follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became... [More]
Directed By: Regina King

#33
Adjusted Score: 98.038%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: The brilliant minds of Spike Lee and Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne collide in the film version of Byrne's wildly... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#32

I Care a Lot (2020)
93%

#32
Adjusted Score: 93.463%
Critics Consensus: A searing swipe at late-stage capitalism, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating, icy thriller with a wicked performance from Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: I CARE A LOT follows Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a highly successful legal guardian with a knack for exploiting the... [More]
Directed By: J Blakeson

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 85.411%
Critics Consensus: A dystopian house of horrors, Michel Franco's New Order is a blunt observation on authoritarian suppression and its extreme disparities.
Synopsis: In this riveting, suspenseful dystopian drama, a lavish upper-class wedding goes awry in an unexpected uprising of class warfare that... [More]
Directed By: Michel Franco

#30

MLK/FBI (2020)
97%

#30
Adjusted Score: 97.62%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: J. Edgar Hoover hated Martin Luther King. He was convinced the civil rights movement was infiltrated by communists. He also... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Samuel D. Pollard

#29

Limbo (2020)
95%

#29
Adjusted Score: 95.045%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting... [More]
Directed By: Ben Sharrock

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 86.516%
Critics Consensus: Take one part deftly directed tragicomedy, add a dash of Mads Mikkelsen in vintage form, and you've got Another Round -- an intoxicating look at midlife crises.
Synopsis: There's a theory that we should be born with a share of alcohol in our blood--that modest intoxication opens our... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#27
Adjusted Score: 96.202%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man incarcerated in a prison in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire must spend the whole night recounting a story if... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Lacôte

#26

The Disciple (2020)
94%

#26
Adjusted Score: 78.609%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sharad Nerulkar has devoted his life to becoming an Indian classical music vocalist, diligently following the traditions and discipline of... [More]
Directed By: Chaitanya Tamhane

#25

Wildfire (2020)
92%

#25
Adjusted Score: 62.511%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: WILDFIRE is the story of two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Brady

#24

Violation (2020)
83%

#24
Adjusted Score: 83.202%
Critics Consensus: Violation presents a powerful depiction of one woman's trauma -- and its uncomfortably gripping aftermath.
Synopsis: In Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli's deeply disturbing debut feature, a traumatic betrayal drives a woman towards a vengeful extremity.... [More]

#23

Gaza Mon Amour (2020)
88%

#23
Adjusted Score: 36.796%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The latest from the Nasser brothers (Dégradé) is a satire on love and desire, and an affirmation that life continues... [More]
Directed By: Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser

#22

Notturno (2020)
80%

#22
Adjusted Score: 62.72%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The director of Sacro GRA (Venice Golden Lion Winner), Fire At Sea (Berlin Golden Bear winner and Oscar nominee) --... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Gianfranco Rosi

#21

Concrete Cowboy (2020)
78%

#21
Adjusted Score: 78.934%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and solidly directed, Concrete Cowboy lassos old-fashioned uplift with its story of a father and son in a little-seen corner of American culture.
Synopsis: The film follows 15-year-old Cole, who's forced to live with his estranged father Harper in North Philadelphia, where, despite the... [More]
Directed By: Ricky Staub

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 82.509%
Critics Consensus: Pieces of a Woman struggles to maintain momentum after a stunning opening act, but Vanessa Kirby's performance makes the end result a poignant portrait of grief.
Synopsis: When a home birth goes tragically awry, a grieving woman is thrust into an emotional inner journey by trying to... [More]
Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

#19
Adjusted Score: 26.029%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start... [More]
Directed By: Lili Horváth

#18
Adjusted Score: 47.145%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, convinced by the discourse of an adoption association, Satoko and her... [More]
Directed By: Naomi Kawase

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 62.72%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An average American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when their hacker son is... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sonia Kennebeck

#16

Ammonite (2020)
80%

#16
Adjusted Score: 80.568%
Critics Consensus: The chemistry between Saoirse Ronan and a never-better Kate Winslet helps Ammonite transcend its period romance trappings.
Synopsis: In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lee

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 78.673%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chloë Grace Moretz stars as a WWII pilot trying to warn her obstinate male comrades of a sinister stowaway, in... [More]
Directed By: Roseanne Liang

#14
Adjusted Score: 26.342%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott, filmmakers of the multi-award-winning global hit, The Corporation, comes this hard-hitting and timely sequel.... [More]
Starring:

#13

Penguin Bloom (2020)
63%

#13
Adjusted Score: 63.411%
Critics Consensus: Penguin Bloom's fact-based story could have been adapted with greater nuance, but strong work from Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln adds some much-needed heart.
Synopsis: PENGUIN BLOOM follows a paralyzed woman who finds new hope caring for an injured baby magpie. Starring Naomi Watts, Andrew... [More]
Directed By: Glendyn Ivin

#12

Falling (2020)
62%

#12
Adjusted Score: 62.516%
Critics Consensus: As messy and complex as the relationship at its center, Falling's repetitive nature can be taxing, but it's heart is clearly in the right place.
Synopsis: John Petersen (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner Eric (Terry Chen) and their adopted daughter Monica in Southern California. His... [More]
Directed By: Viggo Mortensen

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 59.15%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When 16-year-old Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, 18-year-old David heroically saves him. Alexis has just met the friend... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#10

Good Joe Bell (2020)
55%

#10
Adjusted Score: 55.516%
Critics Consensus: Good Joe Bell's heartfelt message - and Reid Miller's stirring breakout performance - are unfortunately undermined by formulaic storytelling.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Jadin Bell, a fifteen-year-old openly gay sophomore, who took his own life after being... [More]
Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green

#9
Adjusted Score: 36.691%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this gonzo, martial arts-infused horror-comedy, Taiwan's parliament turns deadly when a virus transforms politicians into ravenous zombie mutants.... [More]
Directed By: I-Fan Wang

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