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A Criticwire Cheat Sheet for Sundance 2014

A Criticwire Cheat Sheet for Sundance 2014

For the past few days in Park City, Utah, it seems that the only thing better than the sunny, blue-sky weather at the Sundance Film Festival has been the quality of the movies. Between a new classic offering from Sundance favorite Richard Linklater and some groundbreaking work in the horror genre, there’s been plenty to get excited about already. As the festival enters its home stretch, we wanted to create a place where those here for the celebration and those elsewhere can track the critical progress of some of Sundance 2014’s most noteworthy titles. 

The Criticwire grades homepage will have constant updates as members of the Criticwire Network add their reviews to the overall tally. Once those films reach a certain average, we’ll group them in grade tiers below. (In some cases, as with many of the films in the Spotlight section, these averages include grades from other major festivals like TIFF and Cannes.) We’ll be updating this post through the end of the festival and beyond, so feel free to check back periodically to see how certain titles move up and down through the ranks.

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

The Films of Sundance 2014 (Last updated: Sunday, January 26th at 4:30 PM)


Boyhood,” directed by Richard Linklater

Life Itself,” directed by Steve James

The Overnighters,” directed by Jesse Moss


20,000 Days on Earth,” directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Appropriate Behavior,” directed by Desiree Akhavan

The Babadook,” directed by Jennifer Kent

The Better Angels,” directed by A.J. Edwards

Blind,” directed by Eskil Vogt

Blue Ruin,” directed by Jeremy Saulnier

Concerning Violence,” directed by Göran Hugo Olsson

Ida,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Love is Strange,” directed by Ira Sachs

Only Lovers Left Alive,” directed by Jim Jarmusch

The Raid 2: Berandal,” directed by Gareth Evans

The Skeleton Twins,” directed by Craig Johnson

Stranger by the Lake,” directed by Alain Guiraudie

The Trip to Italy,” directed by Michael Winterbottom

Whiplash,” directed by Damien Chazelle


The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” directed by Chapman and Maclain Way

Calvary,” directed by John Michael McDonagh

Cold in July,” directed by Jim Mickle

Dear White People,” directed by Justin Simien

The Double,” directed by Richard Ayoade

Ernest and Celestine,” directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner

Frank,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson

The Guest,” directed by Adam Wingard

Happy Christmas,” directed by Joe Swanberg

I Origins,” directed by Mike Cahill

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” directed by David Zellner

Listen Up Philip,” directed by Alex Ross Perry

Locke,” directed by Steven Knight

The Lunchbox,” directed by Ritesh Batra

No-No: A Dockumentary,” directed by Jeffrey Radice

Obvious Child,” directed by Gillian Robespierre

R100,” directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto

To Be Takei,” directed by Jennifer M. Kroot


A Most Wanted Man,” directed by Anton Corbijn

Dinosaur 13,” directed by Todd Miller

Happy Valley,” directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Land Ho!” directed by Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz

Ping Pong Summer,” directed by Michael Tully

The Voices,” directed by Marjane Satrapi


Camp X-Ray,” directed by Peter Sattler

God’s Pocket,” directed by John Slattery

Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler

Infinitely Polar Bear,” directed by Maya Forbes

Laggies” directed by Lynn Shelton

Life After Beth,” directed by Jeff Baena

Low Down,” directed by Jeff Preiss

The Sleepwalker,” directed by Mona Fastvold

White Bird in a Blizzard,” directed by Gregg Araki


God Help the Girl,” directed by Stuart Murdoch

Hits,” directed by David Cross

Song One,” directed by Kate Barker-Froyland

Young Ones,” directed by Jake Paltrow

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