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Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Scorecard

Awards season is officially in high gear with the conclusion of the Toronto International Film Fest, the nexus of the mainstream, the arthouse, the niche, and the plain weird stuff you only show deep into the night. For its 2019 edition, TIFF featured some major premieres: Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Wall Street takedown Hustlers with a stacked cast including Jennifer Lopez, Just Mercy with Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit – which took home the festival’s audience award – and Rian Johnson’s murder mystery, Knives Out.

And that’s not even mentioning major films that had premiered elsewhere and stopped at TIFF on their journey towards possible Oscar glory, like Joker, The Truth, Honey Boy, The LighthouseMarriage Story, and Bong Joon-ho’s recently Certified Fresh Palme d’Or winner, Parasite. Alex Vo

#230

Parasite (2019)
99%

#230
Adjusted Score: 127973%
Critics Consensus: An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.
Synopsis: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#229

Honey Boy (2019)
95%

#229
Adjusted Score: 108753%
Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.
Synopsis: When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as... [More]
Directed By: Alma Har'el

#228

Marriage Story (2019)
94%

#228
Adjusted Score: 119304%
Critics Consensus: Observing a splintering union with compassion and expansive grace, the powerfully acted Marriage Story ranks among writer-director Noah Baumbach's best works.
Synopsis: A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling divorce that pushes them to their limits.... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

#227

Knives Out (2019)
97%

#227
Adjusted Score: 126392%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#226
#226
Adjusted Score: 97289%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and narratively engaging, Weathering with You further establishes writer-director Makoto Shinkai as a singularly talented filmmaker.
Synopsis: The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly... [More]
Directed By: Makoto Shinkai

#225

Beanpole (2019)
93%

#225
Adjusted Score: 99124%
Critics Consensus: Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, Beanpole takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war.
Synopsis: During World War II in Leningrad, the siege of the city is finally over, but life and death struggles continue... [More]
Directed By: Kantemir Balagov

#224
#224
Adjusted Score: 100987%
Critics Consensus: The Australian Dream powerfully draws on one athlete's extraordinary story to grapple with thorny questions facing the nation -- and much of the rest of the world.
Synopsis: AFL legend Adam Goodes shares the story of his life and career to offer a deeper insight into race, identity... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Gordon

#223

First Love (2019)
98%

#223
Adjusted Score: 104011%
Critics Consensus: First Love's blend of violence, comedy, and romance might seem disparate -- but for director Takashi Miike, it's just another wildly entertaining entry in a filmography full of them.
Synopsis: One night in Tokyo, a self-confident young boxer and a prostitute get caught up in a drug-smuggling plot involving organized... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#222
#222
Adjusted Score: 106563%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that's not to be missed.
Synopsis: Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine's rocky coast. Grieving the loss of... [More]

#221

Fire Will Come (2019)
91%

#221
Adjusted Score: 93230%
Critics Consensus: Deliberately paced yet richly rewarding, A Sun That Never Sets slowly but surely draws the viewer into its unsettling grasp.
Synopsis: An arsonist gets out of prison and returns to his hometown, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Laxe

#220
#220
Adjusted Score: 98468%
Critics Consensus: A White, White Day plunges viewers into the darkness of grief and jealousy, led by Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson's brilliantly layered performance.
Synopsis: A police chief becomes obsessed with finding out if his dead wife was having an affair.... [More]
Directed By: Hlynur Pálmason

#219

Heroic Losers (2019)
93%

#219
Adjusted Score: 93049%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Neighbors band together to recover their money from a corrupt lawyer and a bank manager during the Corralito bank crisis... [More]

#218
Adjusted Score: 101319%
Critics Consensus: Intimate in focus yet epic in size and scope, So Long, My Son sets a heartbreaking saga of family tragedy against the changing face of modern China.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Wang Xiaoshuai

#217

The Father (2019)
100%

#217
Adjusted Score: 92681%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man seeks out a psychic to contact his dead wife.... [More]
Directed By: Kristina Grozeva

#216

Bombay Rose (2019)
91%

#216
Adjusted Score: 90268%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her... [More]
Directed By: Gitanjali Rao

#215

Vitalina Varela (2019)
98%

#215
Adjusted Score: 101707%
Critics Consensus: Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.
Synopsis: A woman moves from Cape Verde to her deceased husband's shack on the outskirts of Lisbon.... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Costa

#214

La belle époque (2019)
90%

#214
Adjusted Score: 90202%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victor, a disillusioned 60-something whose marriage is on the rocks, opts to relive the week of his life when, 40... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Bedos

#213

Hearts and Bones (2019)
82%

#213
Adjusted Score: 83125%
Critics Consensus: Hearts and Bones is more powerful in concept than execution, although strong work from a deftly assembled cast adds much-needed heft.
Synopsis: The past comes back to haunt a traumatized war photojournalist and a Sudanese refugee in Sydney.... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lawrence

#212

Citizen K (2019)
95%

#212
Adjusted Score: 97477%
Critics Consensus: Citizen K sees documentarian Alex Gibney training his sights on post-Soviet Russia, with engrossing -- and unsettling -- results.
Synopsis: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a wealthy man in Russia, rocketed to prosperity in the 1990s and became an unlikely martyr for the... [More]
Directed By: Alex Gibney

#211

143 Sahara Street (2019)
100%

#211
Adjusted Score: 79509%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the heart of the Algerian desert, a woman welcomes truck drivers and wanderers to her roadside teahouse for a... [More]
Directed By: Hassen Ferhani

#210

Rocks (2019)
97%

#210
Adjusted Score: 98734%
Critics Consensus: A fresh, funny coming-of-age story rooted in realistic characters and anchored with a meaningful message, Rocks is as solid as its title suggests.
Synopsis: A London teen takes care of her younger brother after their mother abruptly leaves.... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Gavron

#209
#209
Adjusted Score: 100367%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Thomas Heise examines nearly 100 years of German history through the prism of his own complex genealogy, drawing on... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Thomas Heise

#208
#208
Adjusted Score: 90661%
Critics Consensus: Held aloft by Deragh Campbell in the title role, Anne at 13,000 Ft tells the soaring story of a woman who's lost her moorings.
Synopsis: Anne hasn't been the same since the jump. While skydiving for her best friend Sara's bachelorette party, the 27-year-old felt... [More]
Directed By: Kazik Radwanski

#207

Ordinary Love (2019)
93%

#207
Adjusted Score: 100732%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple's medical travails.
Synopsis: Joan and Tom have been married for many years. An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease... [More]

#206

Knuckle City (2019)
100%

#206
Adjusted Score: 53136%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A fading boxer's quest for redemption endangers himself and his family.... [More]
Directed By: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

#205
Adjusted Score: 60715%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young boy's permanent lifelong hospitalization with a rare genetic disorder causes a political fight.... [More]
Directed By: Alanis Obomsawin

#204

Collective (2019)
99%

#204
Adjusted Score: 108170%
Critics Consensus: Collective presents a darkly effective overview of the cycle of political corruption and public cynicism that takes hold when government abrogates its responsibility to the people.
Synopsis: Directed by Alexander Nanau (TOTO AND HIS SISTERS), COLLECTIVE follows a heroic team of journalists as they uncover shocking, widespread... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alexander Nanau

#203

Western Stars (2019)
94%

#203
Adjusted Score: 96508%
Critics Consensus: A cinematic gift for Springsteen fans, Western Stars serves as a worthy companion piece to the album of the same name.
Synopsis: Backed by a band and a full orchestra, Bruce Springsteen performs all 13 songs from his new album "Western Stars,"... [More]

#202

White Lie (2019)
92%

#202
Adjusted Score: 91379%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A university student who fakes a cancer diagnosis for the attention and financial gain struggles to maintain her secret.... [More]
Directed By: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas

#201

La llorona (2019)
96%

#201
Adjusted Score: 101438%
Critics Consensus: La Llorona puts a fresh spin on the familiar legend by blending the supernatural and the political to resolutely chilling effect.
Synopsis: Alma is murdered with her children during a military attack in Guatemala, but when the general who ordered the genocide... [More]
Directed By: Jayro Bustamante

#200
#200
Adjusted Score: 96412%
Critics Consensus: To the Ends of the Earth finds filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa crafting an insightful evocation of the feeling of being far from home.
Synopsis: Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) hosts a popular global travel show yet is cautious and insular like many young Japanese. But she... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#199

Hope (2019)
98%

#199
Adjusted Score: 99244%
Critics Consensus: A movingly personal work from writer-director Maria Sødahl, Hope sees stars Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård powerfully portraying a turning point in one couple's long love story.
Synopsis: ANJA lives with TOMAS in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years the two... [More]
Directed By: Maria Sødahl

#198
#198
Adjusted Score: 120970%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: In 1770 the young daughter of a French countess develops a mutual attraction to the female artist commissioned to paint... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#197

Clemency (2019)
91%

#197
Adjusted Score: 100063%
Critics Consensus: Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.
Synopsis: Years of carrying out death row executions are taking a toll on Warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares for another... [More]
Directed By: Chinonye Chukwu

#196
#196
Adjusted Score: 111553%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Synopsis: Performer Rudy Ray Moore develops an outrageous character named Dolemite, who becomes an underground sensation and star of a kung-fu,... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#195

The Two Popes (2019)
89%

#195
Adjusted Score: 102959%
Critics Consensus: Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.
Synopsis: Behind the Vatican walls, Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#194

Pain and Glory (2019)
96%

#194
Adjusted Score: 114986%
Critics Consensus: Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.
Synopsis: An aging Spanish film director in the middle of a creative crisis revisits memorable events of his past.... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#193

The Climb (2019)
90%

#193
Adjusted Score: 98259%
Critics Consensus: The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
Synopsis: Two lifelong pals test the boundaries of their friendship when a woman comes between them.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Angelo Covino

#192
Adjusted Score: 118884%
Critics Consensus: Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.
Synopsis: Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#191
#191
Adjusted Score: 99043%
Critics Consensus: About Endlessness sees writer-director Roy Andersson surveying the human condition with equal parts striking clarity, tenderness, and deadpan existential wit.
Synopsis: ABOUT ENDLESSNESS is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander,... [More]
Directed By: Roy Andersson

#190
Adjusted Score: 108753%
Critics Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: The life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth into adulthood.... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#189

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#189
Adjusted Score: 113688%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#188

Sound of Metal (2019)
97%

#188
Adjusted Score: 117033%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#187

The Aeronauts (2019)
71%

#187
Adjusted Score: 82513%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling visuals and the substantial chemistry of its well-matched leads make The Aeronauts an adventure well worth taking.
Synopsis: In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper

#186

Uncut Gems (2019)
92%

#186
Adjusted Score: 112705%
Critics Consensus: Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema -- and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.
Synopsis: A charismatic jeweler makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire... [More]
Directed By: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

#185

Invisible Life (2019)
94%

#185
Adjusted Score: 99378%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and rich with emotion, Invisible Life beguiles in the moment and leaves a lingering, dreamlike impression.
Synopsis: Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as two sisters forge their respective paths through their city's teeming bustle,... [More]
Directed By: Karim Aïnouz

#184
#184
Adjusted Score: 95661%
Critics Consensus: A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change.
Synopsis: When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without... [More]
Directed By: Haifaa Al Mansour

#183
#183
Adjusted Score: 97247%
Critics Consensus: An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Elia Suleiman

#182
#182
Adjusted Score: 88430%
Critics Consensus: I Was at Home, But... withholds easy gratification, but viewers who settle into its austere rhythms will be rewarded with a story rich with meaning.
Synopsis: After a 13-year-old disappears for a week and suddenly reappears, his mother and teachers are confronted with existential questions that... [More]
Directed By: Angela Schanelec

#181

Judy (2019)
82%

#181
Adjusted Score: 102830%
Critics Consensus: Led by a deeply committed performance from Renée Zellweger, Judy captures the waning days of a beloved performer with clear-eyed compassion.
Synopsis: Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Goold

#180

Abominable (2019)
82%

#180
Adjusted Score: 91321%
Critics Consensus: Working with admittedly familiar ingredients, Abominable offers audiences a beautifully animated and overall engaging adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an... [More]
Directed By: Jill Culton

#179
#179
Adjusted Score: 96150%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, The Wild Goose Lake blends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary.
Synopsis: A gangster ends up making a mistake that causes every gun on both sides of the law to point at... [More]
Directed By: Diao Yi-nan

#178

Adam (2019)
87%

#178
Adjusted Score: 86326%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter Warda.... [More]
Directed By: Maryam Touzani

#177

Nighthawk (2019)
93%

#177
Adjusted Score: 103756%
Critics Consensus: Formally thrilling and narratively daring, Bacurau draws on modern Brazilian sociopolitical concerns to deliver a hard-hitting, genre-blurring drama.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#176

Ford v Ferrari (2019)
92%

#176
Adjusted Score: 114625%
Critics Consensus: Ford v Ferrari delivers all the polished auto action audiences will expect -- and balances it with enough gripping human drama to satisfy non-racing enthusiasts.
Synopsis: American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#175

Hustlers (2019)
87%

#175
Adjusted Score: 109636%
Critics Consensus: Led by a career-best performance from Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a uniquely empowering heist drama with depth and intelligence to match its striking visual appeal.
Synopsis: Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny's life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona -- the... [More]
Directed By: Lorene Scafaria

#174

Hala (2019)
86%

#174
Adjusted Score: 87808%
Critics Consensus: Supported by a powerful central performance by Geraldine Viswanathan, Hala offers an insightful look at a young woman's journey of self-discovery.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala struggles to balance desire with her family, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into... [More]
Directed By: Minhal Baig

#173

The Whistlers (2019)
83%

#173
Adjusted Score: 90651%
Critics Consensus: The Whistlers finds writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu working in a more crowd-pleasing vein than previous efforts, with thoroughly entertaining results.
Synopsis: A Romanian police officer, determined to free from prison a crooked businessman who knows where a mobster's money is hidden,... [More]
Directed By: Corneliu Porumboiu

#172
#172
Adjusted Score: 91278%
Critics Consensus: Dogs Don't Wear Pants will be too intense for many viewers, but for those who can take the punishment, there's pleasure in this stark drama's pain.
Synopsis: After a tragic event, Juha develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona. His dangerous addiction to... [More]

#171
#171
Adjusted Score: 98312%
Critics Consensus: The Shadow of Violence presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast.
Synopsis: A former boxer cares for his autistic son while working as an enforcer for a family of drug dealers in... [More]
Directed By: Nick Rowland

#170

Zombi Child (2019)
86%

#170
Adjusted Score: 90299%
Critics Consensus: If the strain of its ambitious juggling act sometimes shows, Zombi Child remains an entertainingly audacious experience, enlivened with thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: In 1962 Haiti, a man is brought back from the dead to work on a sugar cane plantation; many years... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Bonello

#169

Deerskin (2019)
88%

#169
Adjusted Score: 95339%
Critics Consensus: Led by a daring performance from Jean Dujardin, Deerskin finds writer-director Quentin Dupieux working in a more accessible -- yet still distinctive -- vein.
Synopsis: A middle-aged drifter becomes obsessed with a fringed deerskin jacket that seems to hold mystical powers.... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Dupieux

#168

The Painted Bird (2019)
81%

#168
Adjusted Score: 88200%
Critics Consensus: Brutally uncompromising in its portrayal of Nazi Germany, The Painted Bird is a difficult watch that justifies its stark horror with searing impact.
Synopsis: A young Jewish boy in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II.... [More]
Directed By: Václav Marhoul

#167

Just Mercy (2019)
85%

#167
Adjusted Score: 103467%
Critics Consensus: Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy.
Synopsis: After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation.... [More]
Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

#166

Waves (2019)
84%

#166
Adjusted Score: 99824%
Critics Consensus: An up-close look at one family's emotional ups and downs, Waves captures complicated dynamics with tenderness and grace.
Synopsis: The epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#165

The Report (2019)
82%

#165
Adjusted Score: 97153%
Critics Consensus: The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability.
Synopsis: FBI agent Daniel Jones performs an exhaustive investigation into the CIA's use of torture on suspected terrorists.... [More]
Directed By: Scott Z. Burns

#164
#164
Adjusted Score: 76504%
Critics Consensus: It occasionally struggles to deal effectively with its weighty themes, but Tammy's Always Dying is always anchored by Felicity Huffman's finely tuned performance.
Synopsis: A woman comes to a crossroad when her perpetually troubled mother becomes terminally ill.... [More]
Directed By: Amy Jo Johnson

#163

Red Penguins (2019)
96%

#163
Adjusted Score: 97492%
Critics Consensus: Sports and politics collide in Red Penguins, a fascinating documentary exploring the stranger-than-fiction story of professional hockey in post-Soviet Russia.
Synopsis: The Pittsburgh Penguins form a partnership with the Russian national hockey team after the fall of the Soviet Union.... [More]
Directed By: Gabe Polsky

#162
#162
Adjusted Score: 109670%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, two kids search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Patterson

#161

Jallikattu (2019)
96%

#161
Adjusted Score: 96656%
Critics Consensus: Jallikattu uses a violent conflict between man and animal to set the stage for a story that's as visually haunting as it is rich in subtext.
Synopsis: A buffalo causes violence to break out when it escapes in a small village.... [More]
Directed By: Lijo Jose Pellissery

#160

Saint Maud (2019)
93%

#160
Adjusted Score: 101762%
Critics Consensus: A brilliantly unsettling blend of body horror and psychological thriller, Saint Maud marks an impressive debut for writer-director Rose Glass.
Synopsis: The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and... [More]
Directed By: Rose Glass

#159

Synonymes (2018)
88%

#159
Adjusted Score: 92909%
Critics Consensus: Synonyms latches onto third-rail issues with thrilling audacity -- and taps into an energy that proves as discomfiting as it is infectious.
Synopsis: A young Israeli man, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary, travels to Paris to flee his nationality.... [More]
Directed By: Nadav Lapid

#158
#158
Adjusted Score: 88397%
Critics Consensus: Led by Beanie Feldstein's charming performance, How to Build a Girl puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.
Synopsis: A smart and ambitious teen reinvents herself as a music critic.... [More]
Directed By: Coky Giedroyc

#157

Bad Education (2019)
94%

#157
Adjusted Score: 103687%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs -- and a worthy message -- in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.
Synopsis: A Long Island school superintendent and his assistant are credited with bringing the district unprecedented prestige. Frank is a master... [More]
Directed By: Cory Finley

#156

Ema (2019)
88%

#156
Adjusted Score: 95351%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and powerfully acted, Ema puts a thoroughly distinctive spin on its story of emotional trauma and self-discovery.
Synopsis: After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#155
Adjusted Score: 91598%
Critics Consensus: Its unusual approach won't be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia's past.
Synopsis: An exploration of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they attempt to evade authorities during the 1870s.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kurzel

#154

The Domain (2019)
80%

#154
Adjusted Score: 26490%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Portugal's political fortunes impact a privileged family of landowners.... [More]
Directed By: Tiago Guedes

#153

Love Me Tender (2019)
86%

#153
Adjusted Score: 39375%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A 30-year-old woman with agoraphobia finally succeeds in leaving her house and new challenges push her limits even further.... [More]
Directed By: Klaudia Reynicke

#152

No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)
91%

#152
Adjusted Score: 65539%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Yonfan

#151

Corpus Christi (2019)
98%

#151
Adjusted Score: 104741%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive performance from Bartosz Bielenia, Corpus Christi thoughtfully and engagingly examines questions of faith and redemption.
Synopsis: A reformed criminal is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release, so he dresses as a priest and... [More]
Directed By: Jan Komasa

#150

Flatland (2019)
91%

#150
Adjusted Score: 65564%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When her disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, Natalie flees her rural town in South Africa's desolate Karoo... [More]
Starring: Nicole Fortuin
Directed By: Jenna Cato Bass

#149

Sea Fever (2019)
87%

#149
Adjusted Score: 94272%
Critics Consensus: If Sea Fever never quite heats up as much as it could, it remains an engrossing, well-acted sci-fi thriller with effective horror elements.
Synopsis: Solitary marine-biology student Siobhán endures a week on a ragged fishing trawler, miserably at odds with the close-knit crew. But... [More]
Directed By: Neasa Hardiman

#148

Blood Quantum (2019)
90%

#148
Adjusted Score: 96137%
Critics Consensus: Blood Quantum blends bloody horror with sociopolitical subtext, taking a fresh bite out of the crowded zombie genre in the bargain.
Synopsis: A zombie virus decimates all of Earth's population except the Mi'qmaq community of Red Crow.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Barnaby

#147

Military Wives (2019)
77%

#147
Adjusted Score: 85338%
Critics Consensus: Like a favorite song you know by heart, Military Wives offers few surprises -- but its pleasures are no less formidable for their familiarity.
Synopsis: Faced with their loved ones serving in Afghanistan, women from different backgrounds come together to form the very first military... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#146
#146
Adjusted Score: 100867%
Critics Consensus: A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Stanley

#145

The Truth (2019)
87%

#145
Adjusted Score: 98528%
Critics Consensus: The Truth may not stand with Hirokazu Kore-eda's best work, but it finds the writer-director revisiting familiar themes with a typically sensitive touch.
Synopsis: A stormy reunion occurs between an actress and her daughter after the actress publishes her memoirs.... [More]
Directed By: Hirokazu Kore-eda

#144

A Hidden Life (2019)
81%

#144
Adjusted Score: 95489%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.
Synopsis: Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#143

Les misérables (2019)
88%

#143
Adjusted Score: 101572%
Critics Consensus: Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Ladj Ly

#142

Joker (2019)
68%

#142
Adjusted Score: 106246%
Critics Consensus: Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
Synopsis: Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#141
Adjusted Score: 86707%
Critics Consensus: Once Were Brothers my frustrate Band fans looking for a less narrowly focused overview, but the group's music and history remain as engrossing as ever.
Synopsis: The story of a band that went from backing up Bob Dylan to becoming one of the most influential groups... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Roher

#140

Blackbird (2019)
63%

#140
Adjusted Score: 69892%
Critics Consensus: Blackbird wastes its premise on shallow storytelling, though its splendid cast adds heart to a sensitive subject.
Synopsis: Lily and Paul summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering before Lily decides to end... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#139

Our Friend (2019)
85%

#139
Adjusted Score: 90607%
Critics Consensus: Our Friend's occasionally frustrating approach to dramatizing its fact-based story is often offset by a trio of starring performances led by a never-better Jason Segel.
Synopsis: OUR FRIEND tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family--journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole... [More]

#138
#138
Adjusted Score: 98068%
Critics Consensus: Sorry We Missed You may strike some as tending toward the righteously didactic, but director Ken Loach's passionate approach remains effective.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Ken Loach

#137

Synchronic (2019)
79%

#137
Adjusted Score: 89994%
Critics Consensus: Synchronic sets off on an intriguingly idiosyncratic sci-fi journey that should satisfy fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's earlier work.
Synopsis: When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve and Dennis are called to a series of bizarre and gruesome... [More]

#136

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
80%

#136
Adjusted Score: 107337%
Critics Consensus: Jojo Rabbit's blend of irreverent humor and serious ideas definitely won't be to everyone's taste -- but either way, this anti-hate satire is audacious to a fault.
Synopsis: Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#135

The Traitor (2019)
85%

#135
Adjusted Score: 90971%
Critics Consensus: While it doesn't probe particularly far below the surface of its central character, The Traitor tells its fact-based story with enough energy to entertain.
Synopsis: Tommaso Buscetta becomes the first Mafia informant in 1980s Sicily.... [More]
Directed By: Marco Bellocchio

#134

Guns Akimbo (2019)
51%

#134
Adjusted Score: 55313%
Critics Consensus: Frenetic to a fault, Guns Akimbo may leave some viewers reaching for the killswitch -- but for others, its videogame-style violence will have plenty of replay value.
Synopsis: Miles is a video game developer who inadvertently becomes the next participant in a real-life death match that streams online.... [More]
Directed By: Jason Lei Howden

#133

I Am Woman (2019)
66%

#133
Adjusted Score: 70226%
Critics Consensus: I Am Woman sticks disappointingly close to standard biopic formula, but Tilda Cobham-Hervey's performance keeps this affectionate, watchable tribute from falling flat.
Synopsis: In 1966, single-mother Helen Reddy leaves her old life in Australia for New York and stardom, only to find that... [More]
Directed By: Unjoo Moon

#132

The Other Lamb (2019)
75%

#132
Adjusted Score: 81352%
Critics Consensus: Smartly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, The Other Lamb uses a young woman's coming-of-age story to explore the powerful hold cults can have on their followers.
Synopsis: A young woman born into an all-female cult beings to question the teachings of her leader.... [More]
Directed By: Małgorzata Szumowska

#131
Adjusted Score: 77644%
Critics Consensus: While admittedly a bit less than the sum of its intriguing parts, Disappearance at Clifton Hill offers an entertaining diversion for noir fans.
Synopsis: A troubled young woman returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls, where the memory of a long-ago kidnapping quickly ensnares... [More]
Directed By: Albert Shin

#130

The Platform (2019)
79%

#130
Adjusted Score: 84210%
Critics Consensus: While it may feel muddled at times, The Platform is an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller.
Synopsis: In the future, prisoners housed in vertical cells watch as inmates in the upper cells are fed while those below... [More]

#129

Jungleland (2019)
74%

#129
Adjusted Score: 76326%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to muscular work from director/co-writer Max Winkler and his stars, Jungleland punches above its weight in a crowded genre.
Synopsis: When a devastating loss in the ring leaves Lion and his manager/brother Stan in debt to a local crime boss,... [More]
Directed By: Max Winkler

#128

The Vigil (2019)
90%

#128
Adjusted Score: 95609%
Critics Consensus: Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions.
Synopsis: Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, THE VIGIL is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a... [More]
Directed By: Keith Thomas

#127

Proxima (2019)
84%

#127
Adjusted Score: 89812%
Critics Consensus: Proxima sometimes struggles to communicate its themes, but worthy intentions and a powerful central performance from Eva Green more than compensate.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Eva Green
Directed By: Alice Winocour

#126
#126
Adjusted Score: 76692%
Critics Consensus: Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
Synopsis: Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective who doesn't let Tourette's syndrome stand in the way of his job. Gifted... [More]
Directed By: Edward Norton

#125

Martin Eden (2019)
87%

#125
Adjusted Score: 91146%
Critics Consensus: Martin Eden uses one man's quest for fulfillment as fuel for an ambitious -- and often rewarding -- look at a complex array of social and personal themes.
Synopsis: After Martin Eden meets Elena, he tries to achieve a place among the literary elite through self-education.... [More]
Directed By: Pietro Marcello

#124

Radioactive (2019)
63%

#124
Adjusted Score: 73914%
Critics Consensus: Radioactive's flawed script and counterproductive storytelling choices are offset by Rosamund Pike's central performance in a sincere tribute to a brilliant scientific mind.
Synopsis: After the death of her beloved husband, Marie Curie's commitment to science remains strong as she tries to explain previously... [More]
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi

#123

Greed (2019)
49%

#123
Adjusted Score: 59388%
Critics Consensus: Greed rarely hits quite as hard as it ought to, but solid laughs and a smartly assembled cast keep this one-percent satire entertaining.
Synopsis: A damaging public inquiry tarnishes the image of a self-made fashion billionaire. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#122

Das Vorspiel (2020)
82%

#122
Adjusted Score: 83341%
Critics Consensus: It may occasionally veer into discordant territory, but The Audition remains a darkly illuminating character study led by a forceful turn from Nina Hoss.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Nina Hoss
Directed By: Ina Weisse

#121

Instinct (2019)
80%

#121
Adjusted Score: 79410%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A seasoned psychologist is infatuated by the sex offender she is treating.... [More]
Directed By: Halina Reijn

#120

Human Capital (2019)
67%

#120
Adjusted Score: 70857%
Critics Consensus: Human Capital merely rumbles when it ought to roar to life, but it remains a solidly made opportunity for a strong cast to highlight its impressive talents.
Synopsis: The lives of two families collide when their children begin a relationship and it leads to a tragic accident.... [More]
Directed By: Marc Meyers

#119

Frankie (2019)
57%

#119
Adjusted Score: 63048%
Critics Consensus: Flawed yet well-acted, Frankie finds director/co-writer Ira Sachs getting snagged in his story's thorny relationships -- and often freed by his stellar cast.
Synopsis: A family confronts a life-altering crisis while vacationing in Portugal.... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#118

The County (2019)
85%

#118
Adjusted Score: 86045%
Critics Consensus: Led by Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir's remarkable work in the starring role, The County is a David vs. Goliath story that speaks rousing truth to power.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Grímur Hákonarson

#117

Maria's Paradise (2019)
57%

#117
Adjusted Score: 30285%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A servant and devout follower of a charismatic cult leader begins to doubt her commitment.... [More]
Directed By: Zaida Bergroth

#116

Disco (2019)
69%

#116
Adjusted Score: 68085%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mirjam's family questions faith when she starts to lose at faith-based dance competition.... [More]

#115

Harriet (2019)
73%

#115
Adjusted Score: 87354%
Critics Consensus: Harriet serves as a sincere tribute to a pivotal figure in American history -- albeit one undermined by its frustratingly formulaic approach.
Synopsis: From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad,... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#114

A Girl Missing (2020)
65%

#114
Adjusted Score: 65746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When one of the two granddaughters of the elderly woman whom Ichiko, a home hospice nurse, looks after mysteriously disappears... [More]
Directed By: Koji Fukada

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 63457%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Salamanca 1936. Celebrated writer Miguel de Unamuno supports the military rebellion hoping it will resolve the prevailing chaos in Spain.... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

#112

Pelican Blood (2019)
74%

#112
Adjusted Score: 73259%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A mother adopts a traumatized 5-year-old girl and works to curb her violent behavior.... [More]
Directed By: Katrin Gebbe

#111

American Woman (2019)
57%

#111
Adjusted Score: 52873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A 25-year-old former radical agrees to take care of three fugitives who are on the run. One of them, a... [More]
Directed By: Semi Chellas

#110

Hope Gap (2019)
64%

#110
Adjusted Score: 69834%
Critics Consensus: Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are just about worth the price of admission, but Hope Gap lacks enough depth to really leave an impact.
Synopsis: Grace lives an idyllic life in a British seaside town, but her world soon comes crashing down when her husband... [More]
Directed By: William Nicholson

#109

The Laundromat (2019)
40%

#109
Adjusted Score: 50454%
Critics Consensus: The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it.
Synopsis: When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#108

The Moneychanger (2019)
60%

#108
Adjusted Score: 60324%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man gets increasingly in over his head with multiple money laundering schemes throughout South America.... [More]
Directed By: Federico Veiroj

#107

Saturday Fiction (2019)
48%

#107
Adjusted Score: 47391%
Critics Consensus: Gong Li's typically outstanding performance notwithstanding, Saturday Fiction is too awkwardly assembled to recommend.
Synopsis: 1941. Since the Japanese occupation, China has become a wartime intelligence battlefield for the Allies and the Axis Powers. Iconic... [More]
Directed By: Lou Ye

#106

Wasp Network (2019)
40%

#106
Adjusted Score: 43923%
Critics Consensus: Wasp Network's talented cast makes this spy drama hard to ignore, even if the mystery at the heart of its storyline is too tangled for its own good.
Synopsis: A band of Cuban defectors infiltrates anti-Castro terrorist groups in Miami in the early 1990s.... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#105

Seberg (2019)
36%

#105
Adjusted Score: 44402%
Critics Consensus: Seberg's frustratingly superficial treatment of a fascinating true story does a disservice to its subject -- and Kristen Stewart's performance in the central role.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s, French new wave actress and "Breathless" star Jean Seberg becomes the target of the FBI due... [More]
Directed By: Benedict Andrews

#104

Sibyl (2019)
57%

#104
Adjusted Score: 59023%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing yet uneven, Sibyl is just about held together by its leads, but too often pits great performances against frustrating filmmaking.
Synopsis: A psychotherapist pursues her first passion and becomes a writer.... [More]
Directed By: Justine Triet

#103

American Son (2019)
46%

#103
Adjusted Score: 46721%
Critics Consensus: Kerry Washington capably anchors American Son with her nervy turn as a concerned mother, but the staginess of the production ill-serves its heavy-handed social commentary.
Synopsis: An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Leon

#102
#102
Adjusted Score: 19877%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Belgian king clashes with a sanatorium director while recovering from a gunshot wound to the ear.... [More]

#101

Guest of Honour (2019)
42%

#101
Adjusted Score: 44936%
Critics Consensus: David Thewlis' performance aside, Guest of Honour serves as a frustratingly limited return to form for writer-director Atom Egoyan.
Synopsis: A father confronts his 20-year-old daughter, who is in prison for a sexual assault. Their relationship will become more complicated... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 74035%
Critics Consensus: The Burnt Orange Heresy has a certain stylish charm, even if -- much like the art world it depicts -- it'll strike some viewers as pretentious.
Synopsis: Charismatic art critic James Figueras and his American lover travel to the lavish Lake Como estate of powerful art collector,... [More]
Directed By: Giuseppe Capotondi

#99

Chicuarotes (2019)
18%

#99
Adjusted Score: 17125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Some teens try to enrich their lives in Mexico City.... [More]
Directed By: Gael García Bernal

#98

The Goldfinch (2019)
25%

#98
Adjusted Score: 37961%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.
Synopsis: Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art... [More]
Directed By: John Crowley

#97

Lucy in the Sky (2019)
21%

#97
Adjusted Score: 28474%
Critics Consensus: Natalie Portman gives it her all, but it isn't enough to overcome Lucy in the Sky's confused approach to its jumbled story.
Synopsis: After an awe-inspiring experience in outer space, an astronaut returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in... [More]
Directed By: Noah Hawley

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 48616%
Critics Consensus: Endings, Beginnings smothers its talented ensemble cast's committed work in a carelessly constructed, aimlessly dawdling story.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles woman unlocks the secrets to her life after meeting two handsome best friends at a party.... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus