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The TIFF 2013 Criticwire Cheat Sheet

The TIFF 2013 Criticwire Cheat Sheet

Happy TIFF opening, everyone.

As a quick resource for those who might not be able to keep up with all of the feedback for every one of the films playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this year, we’ll be keeping track of grade averages for you in this space. 

For a complete lineup of all the feature films playing as part of TIFF 2013, we have an annotated list here, complete with links to every film page, where you’ll be able to find reviews from the Indiewire network and all other Criticwire members. 

Below, you’ll find a grouping of how certain films playing at TIFF are faring across the Criticwire network. Each title appears under the grade average it currently holds. Some of these have already played elsewhere in 2013 (at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Cannes, Telluride and Venice, to name a few), so this list will be a mix of world premieres and previous festival favorites alike. Beginning with the opening night film “The Fifth Estate,” we’ll update this post as new reviews begin to pour in.

[Note: For a film to be included below, it must have grades from at least four different Criticwire members.]

The Films of TIFF 2013 (Updated: Wednesday, September 18th – 2:30 PM)


Blue Is The Warmest Color,” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

The Last of the Unjust,” directed by Claude Lanzmann

Norte, The End of History,” directed by Lav Diaz

The Strange Little Cat,” directed by Ramon Zürcher

Tim’s Vermeer,” directed by Teller


12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen

A Spell to Ward off the Darkness,” directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell

A Touch of Sin,” directed by Jia Zhangke

Bastards,” directed by Claire Denis

Blue Ruin,” directed by Jeremy Saulnier

The Double,” directed by Richard Ayoade

Enough Said,” directed by Nicole Holofcener

Gravity,” directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Labor Day,” directed by Jason Reitman

Like Father, Like Son,” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Lunchbox,” directed by Ritesh Batra

MANAKAMANA,” directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

Only Lovers Left Alive,” directed by Jim Jarmusch

Our Sunhi,” directed by Hong Sang-soo

Miss Violence,” directed by Alexandros Avranas

The Missing Picture,” directed by Rithy Panh

The Past,” directed by Asghar Farhadi

Philomena,” directed by Stephen Frears

Rush,” directed by Ron Howard

Stranger by the Lake,” directed by Alain Guiraudie

Stray Dogs,” directed by Tsai Ming-Liang

Under the Skin,” directed by Jonathan Glazer


The Armstrong Lie,” directed by Alex Gibney

Bethlehem,” directed by Yuval Adler

Child’s Pose,” directed by Calin Peter Netzer

Closed Curtain,” directed by Kambozia Partovi and Jafar Panahi

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her,” directed by Ned Benson

The Dog,” directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren

Dom Hemingway,” directed by Richard Shepard

Gloria,” directed by Sebastián Lelio

Jodorowsky’s Dune,” directed by Frank Pavich

Joe,” directed by David Gordon Green

Palo Alto,” directed by Gia Coppola

Paradise: Hope,” directed by Ulrich Seidl

Tracks,” directed by John Curran

The Unknown Known,” directed by Errol Morris

The Wind Rises,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki


A Field in England,” directed by Ben Wheatley

August: Osage County,” directed by John Wells

Beyond the Edge,” directed by Leanne Pooley

Blind Detective,” directed by Johnnie To

Borgman,” directed by Alex van Warmerdam

Can a Song Save Your Life?,” directed by John Carney

Dallas Buyers Club,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Don Jon,” directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Kill Your Darlings,” directed by John Krokidas

Night Moves,” directed by Kelly Reichardt

Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Prisoners,” directed by Denis Villeneuve

The Sacrament,” directed by Ti West

The Selfish Giant,” directed by Clio Barnard

Tom At The Farm,” directed by Xavier Dolan

The Unknown Known,” directed by Errol Morris

Young and Beautiful,” directed by François Ozon


Child of God,” directed by James Franco

Gerontophilia,” directed by Bruce LaBruce

The Great Beauty,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Manuscripts Don’t Burn,” directed by Mohammad Rasoulof


The Art of the Steal,” directed by Jonathan Sobol

Bad Words,” directed by Jason Bateman

The Fifth Estate,” directed by Bill Condon


Man of Tai Chi,” directed by Keanu Reeves

Parkland,” directed by Peter Landesman


Devil’s Knot,” directed by Atom Egoyan

To stay up-to-date with all the latest grades and reviews, festival or otherwise, keep on eye on the Criticwire homepage.

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