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The TIFF 2014 Criticwire Cheat Sheet

The TIFF 2014 Criticwire Cheat Sheet

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a small little film festival that’s been taking place somewhere in Canada over the last few days.

Yes, we’re right in the middle of TIFF, one of the craziest fortnights on the cinephile calendar. With the sheer volume of films playing at the festival, premiere or otherwise, following how each of these films perform can be overwhelming. Which is why we traditionally put together a handy guide for those looking to get a quick critical overview of the fest in one concise blog post. 

For a constant stream of updating critics’ grades throughout TIFF and beyond, check in at the Criticwire homepage. If you’d like to see a comprehensive overview of all the coverage across the network, Indiewire’s TIFF Bible is here and our lineup page with links to pages for the entire festival slate can be found here

As with the cheat sheet that we put together from Sundance earlier this year, some of the titles listed below have played at other festivals (or may even have premiered in theaters by the time TIFF officially closes). So a handful of Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Telluride and Locarno grades/reviews will be included in some of these averages. 

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

The Films of TIFF 2014 (Last updated: Monday, September 15th at 11:45 AM)


Journey to the West (Xi You),” directed by Tsai Ming-liang

The Look of Silence (Senyap),” directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

The Tribe” (Plemya),” directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy


’71,” directed by Yann Demange

Amour Fou,” directed by Jessica Hausner

Clouds of Sils Maria,” directed by Olivier Assayas

Coming Home,” directed by Zhang Yimou

The Duke of Burgundy,” directed by Peter Strickland

Eden,” directed by Mia Hansen-Love

Force Majeure (Tourist),” directed by Ruben Östlund

Goodbye to Language 3D (Adieu au langage 3D),” directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro),” directed by Pedro Costa

It Follows,” directed by David Robert Mitchell

Leviathan,” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Li’l Quinquin (P’tit Quinquin),” directed by Bruno Dumont

Love & Mercy,” directed by Bill Pohlad

Mommy,” directed by Xavier Dolan

National Gallery,” directed by Frederick Wiseman

Nightcrawler,” directed by Dan Gilroy

Phoenix,” directed by Christian Petzold

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron),” directed by Roy Andersson

Red Army,” directed by Gabe Polsky

Seymour: An Introduction,” directed by Ethan Hawke

Spring,” directed by Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead

Sunshine Superman,” directed by Marah Strauch

Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” directed by Nick Broomfield

Top Five,” directed by Chris Rock

Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit),” directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

What We Do in the Shadows,” directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

Whiplash,” directed by Damien Chazelle

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes),” directed by Damian Szifron


99 Homes,” directed by Ramin Bahrani

Foxcatcher,” directed by Bennett Miller

The Guest,” directed by Adam Wingard

Hill of Freedom (Ja-yu-ui eon-deok),” directed by Hong Sang-soo

The Imitation Game,” directed by Morten Tyldum

Jauja,” directed by Lisandro Alonso

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Yume to kyôki no ohkoku),” directed by Mami Sunada

Mr. Turner,” directed by Mike Leigh

St. Vincent“, directed by Theodore Melfi

Still Alice,” directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari),” directed by Isao Takahata

Theory of Everything,” directed by James Marsh

Timbuktu,” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Tokyo Tribe,” directed by Sion Sono

The Voices,” directed by Marjane Satrapi

While We’re Young,” directed by Noah Baumbach

Wild,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu),” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Big Game,” directed by Jalmari Heleander

Bird People,” directed by Pascale Ferran

The Drop,” directed by Michael R. Roskam

Escobar: Paradise Lost,” directed by Andrea Di Stefano

Girlhood (Bande de filles),” directed by Céline Sciamma

Infinitely Polar Bear,” directed by Maya Forbes

The Keeping Room,” directed by Daniel Barber

Laggies,” directed by Lynn Shelton

The Last Five Years,” directed by Richard LaGravenese

Maps to the Stars,” directed by David Cronenberg

Merchants of Doubt,” directed by Robert Kenner

Miss Julie,” directed by Liv Ullmann

My Old Lady,” directed by Israel Horovitz

Ned Rifle,” directed by Hal Hartley 

Rosewater,” directed by Jon Stewart

Time Out of Mind,” directed by Oren Moverman 

Tusk,” directed by Kevin Smith

Welcome to Me,” directed by Shira Piven


The Good Lie,” directed by Philippe Falardeau

A Little Chaos,” directed by Alan Rickman

Manglehorn,” directed by David Gordon Green

Men, Women and Children,” directed by Jason Reitman

This is Where I Leave You,” directed by Shawn Levy


Alleluia,” directed by Fabrice Du Welz

Cake,” directed by Daniel Barnz

The Search,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius

Still the Water (Futatsume no mado),” directed by Naomi Kawase


The Equalizer,” directed by Antoine Fuqua

The Humbling,” directed by Barry Levinson

The Judge,” directed by David Dobkin

The Riot Club,” directed by Lone Scherfig


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