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
#30
Adjusted Score: 95133%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the... [More]
Directed By: Maggie Gyllenhaal

#29

Parallel Mothers (2021)
100%

#29
Adjusted Score: 101320%
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 women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 87789%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#27

Happening (2021)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 56438%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant,... [More]
Directed By: Audrey Diwan

#26

7 Prisoners (2021)
93%

#26
Adjusted Score: 87348%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To provide a better life for his family in the country, 18-year-old Mateus accepts a job in a junkyard in... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Moratto

#25

Promises (2021)
100%

#25
Adjusted Score: 50167%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Clémence, the fearless mayor of a town near Paris, is completing the final term of her political career. With her... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Kruithof

#24

Inu-Oh (2021)
100%

#24
Adjusted Score: 31347%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including... [More]
Directed By: Masaaki Yuasa

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 94956%
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: Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil's romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#22

Spencer (2021)
91%

#22
Adjusted Score: 94196%
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: The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#21

Dune (2021)
83%

#21
Adjusted Score: 101790%
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)
85%

#20
Adjusted Score: 68478%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Lorenzo Vigas

#19

The Other Tom (2021)
92%

#19
Adjusted Score: 68477%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#18

The Card Counter (2020)
86%

#18
Adjusted Score: 94663%
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: Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader's THE CARD COUNTER. Told with Schrader's trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#17

Reflection (2021)
89%

#17
Adjusted Score: 49666%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy is captured by the Russian military forces in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine and while in... [More]
Directed By: Valentyn Vasyanovych

#16

True Things (2021)
81%

#16
Adjusted Score: 80317%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Harry Wootliff

#15

Sundown (2021)
82%

#15
Adjusted Score: 82756%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alice and Neil Bennett (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tim Roth) are the core of a wealthy British family on vacation in Acapulco... [More]
Directed By: Michel Franco

#14

Il buco (2021)
82%

#14
Adjusted Score: 55874%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During the economic boom of the 1960s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 55874%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 74332%
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: In acclaimed director Edgar Wright's psychological thriller, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#11

The Hand of God (2021)
74%

#11
Adjusted Score: 73440%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

#10
Adjusted Score: 65254%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: BLOOD MOON is a mind-bending adventure set in the swampy neon-lit streets of New Orleans, and inspired by fantasy-adventure movies... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 37249%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they... [More]
Directed By: Mounia Akl

#8

The Last Duel (2021)
85%

#8
Adjusted Score: 96587%
Critics Consensus: The Last Duel's critique of systemic misogyny isn't as effective as it might have been, but it remains a well-acted and thought-provoking drama infused with epic grandeur.
Synopsis: The Last Duel is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#7

Halloween Kills (2021)
38%

#7
Adjusted Score: 49962%
Critics Consensus: Halloween Kills should satisfy fans in search of brute slasher thrills, but in terms of advancing the franchise, it's a bit less than the sum of its bloody parts.
Synopsis: Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green


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