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SXSW 2015: A List of Criticwire Grades for Every Feature

SXSW 2015: A List of Criticwire Grades for Every Feature

Whether you’re following all the festival’s developments from Texas or somewhere else in the world, we’ve assembled this quick handy guide to all the features playing at SXSW. Two-thirds of this year’s lineup are world premieres, but for those titles that have played at Sundance and elsewhere, we’ve included the Criticwire Grade Average that those films have already accumulated. Members from our Criticwire Network will be posting grades and reviews throughout their time in Austin, so we’ll refresh this list as the festival progresses.


(Last updated: March 25th, 7:15 AM EST)

Narrative Feature Competition

6 Years,” directed by Hannah Fidell — Criticwire Grade Average: B-

THE BOY,” directed by Craig Macneill

Creative Control,” directed by Benjamin Dickinson — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Funny Bunny,” directed by Alison Bagnall

The Grief of Others,” directed by Patrick Wang — Criticwire Grade Average: B

KRISHA,” directed by Trey Edward Shults — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Manson Family Vacation,” directed by J. Davis

Quitters,” directed by Noah Pritzker

Sweaty Betty,” directed by Joseph Frank & Zachary Reed

Uncle John,” directed by Steven Piet

Documentary Feature Competition 

Breaking a Monster
,” directed by Luke Meyer

Deep Time
,” directed by Noah Hutton

FRAME BY FRAME,” directed by Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli

Madina’s Dream
,” directed by Andrew Berends

Peace Officer
,” directed by Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Poached,” directed by Timothy Wheeler

The Sandwich Nazi,” directed by Lewis Bennett

She’s The Best Thing In It
,” directed by Ron Nyswaner

,” directed by Samantha Futerman & Ryan Miyamoto

A Woman Like Me
,” directed by Alex Sichel & Elizabeth Giamatti


BRAND: A Second Coming,” directed by Ondi Timoner — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Ex Machina,” directed by Alex Garland — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Get Hard
,” directed by Etan Cohen — Criticwire Grade Average: C-

Hello, My Name is Doris
,” directed by Michael Showalter — Criticwire Grade Average: B

Love & Mercy,” directed by Bill Pohlad — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Manglehorn,” directed by David Gordon Green — Criticwire Grade Average: B-

Spy,” directed by Paul Feig — Criticwire Grade Average: B

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” directed by Alex Gibney

Narrative Spotlight

7 Chinese Brothers
,” directed by Bob Byington

The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner

Bone in the Throat,” directed by Graham Henman

The Final Girls
,” directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson — Criticwire Grade Average: B

,” directed by Jamie Babbit — Criticwire Grade Average: B-

The Frontier,” directed by Oren Shai — Criticwire Grade Average: C+

The Goob,” directed by Guy Myhill

I Dream Too Much
,” directed by Katie Cokinos

Ktown Cowboys
,” directed by Daniel (DPD) Park

,” directed by Ross Partridge

Life in Color,” directed by Katharine Emmer

The Little Death,” directed by Josh Lawson

Mania Days
,” directed by Paul Dalio — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Night Owls
,” directed by Charles Hood

Wild Horses
,” directed by Robert Duvall — Criticwire Grade Average: C+

Documentary Spotlight

Bikes vs Cars,” directed by Fredrik Gertten

Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play
,” directed by Jerome Thélia

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
,” directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo

Deep Web
,” directed by Alex Winter

For Grace
,” directed by Kevin Pang & Mark Helenowski

For the Record,” directed by Marc Greenberg

GTFO: Get The F% Out
,” directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson

Kingdom of Shadows,” directed by Bernardo Ruiz

Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro
,” directed by Michael LaHaie & Christopher Wilcha

Out To Win,” directed by Malcolm Ingram

” directed by Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen — Criticwire Grade Average: B

Rolling Papers,” directed by Mitch Dickman

,” directed by David T. Friendly & Mick Partridge

Son of the Congo,” directed by Adam Hootnick

Stone Barn Castle,” directed by Kevin Ford & Adrien Brody

Tab Hunter Confidential
,” directed by Jeffrey Schwarz

,” directed by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari


Ava’s Possessions
,” directed by Jordan Galland — Criticwire Grade Average: C+

,” directed by Morgan Krantz

Barge,” directed by Ben Powell

Disaster Playground,” directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun

God Bless the Child
,” directed by Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Honeytrap,” directed by Rebecca Johnson

Just Jim,” directed by Craig Roberts

Naz & Maalik
,” directed by Jay Dockendorf

Nina Forever,” directed by Chris Blaine & Ben Blaine

The Nymphets
,” directed by Gary Gardner

One & Two,” directed by Andrew Droz Palermo
 — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Petting Zoo,” directed by Micah Magee

Planetary,” directed by Guy Reid

Sailing A Sinking Sea
,” directed by Olivia Wyatt

Uncle Kent 2,” directed by Todd Rohal

,” directed by Leo Gabriadze — Criticwire Grade Average: B-

A Wonderful Cloud
,” directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko


The Corpse of Anna Fritz,” directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Deathgasm,” directed by Jason Lei Howden — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

The Diabolical,” directed by Alistair Legrand

Excess Flesh,” directed by Patrick Kennelly — Criticwire Grade Average: C-

HANGMAN,” directed by Adam Mason

He Never Died,” directed by Jason Krawczyk

The Invitation,” directed by Karyn Kusama — Criticwire Grade Average: B

The Nightmare,” directed by Rodney Ascher — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Pod,” directed by Mickey Keating

Turbo Kid,” directed by RKSS Collective — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

We Are Still Here,” directed by Ted Geoghegan — Criticwire Grade Average: B

24 Beats Per Second

808,” directed by Alexander Dunn

All Things Must Pass
,” directed by Colin Hanks

THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
,” directed by Wes Orshoski

Danny Says,” directed by Brendan Toller

Dominguinhos,” directed by Joaquim Castro & Eduardo Nazarian

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson,” directed by Julien Temple

Gloria,” directed by Christian Keller

Hot Sugar’s Cold World
,” directed by Adam Bhala Lough

,” directed by Paul Marchand & Stephen Kijak

The Jones Family Will Make a Way
,” directed by Alan Berg

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
,” directed by Brett Morgen — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Landfill Harmonic
,” directed by Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley

Made in Japan,” directed by Josh Bishop

” directed by Jessica Edwards

A Poem Is A Naked Person,” directed by Les Blank

Sir Doug and the Honkey Texas Cosmic Groove,” directed by Joe Nick Patoski

Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents,” directed by Don Hardy

They Will Have To Kill Us First,” directed by Johanna Schwartz

We Like It Like That
,” directed by Mathew Ramirez Warren

Y/OUR MUSIC,” directed by David Reeve & Waraluck Hiransrettawat Every


15 Corners of the World,” directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz

The Avian Kind,” directed by Shin Yeon-Shick

The Ceremony,” directed by Lina Mannheimer

Free Entry,” directed by Yvonne Kerékgyártó

Good Things Await,” directed by Phie Ambo

Invasion,” directed by Abner Benaim

Limbo,” directed by Anna Sofie Hartmann

Monte Adentro,” directed by Nicolás Macario Alonso

Festival Favorites

Adult Beginners,” directed by Ross Katz — Criticwire Grade Average: B

Being Evel
,” directed by Daniel Junge

Best of Enemies
,” directed by Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon  — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

City of Gold,” directed by Laura Gabbert

Entertainment,” directed by Rick Alverson  — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Finders Keepers
,” directed by Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel  — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Heaven Knows What
,” directed by Joshua Safdie & Benny Safdie  — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

The Last Man on the Moon,” directed by Mark Craig

The Look of Silence,” directed by Joshua Oppenheimer  — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Lost River
,” directed by Ryan Gosling  — Criticwire Grade Average: C

Ned Rifle
,” directed by Hal Hartley  — Criticwire Grade Average: B

The Overnight,” directed by Patrick Brice  — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

,” directed by Andrew Bujalski  — Criticwire Grade Average: B

Salt of the Earth,” directed by Wim Wenders & Juliano Riberio Salgado  — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

,” directed by Kris Swanberg  — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

The Visit,” directed by Michael Madsen  — Criticwire Grade Average: B-

Welcome to Leith
,” directed by Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker  — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

,” directed by Bill & Turner Ross  — Criticwire Grade Average: A-

Special Events

7 Days In Hell
,” directed by Jake Szymanski

A Space Program,” directed by Van Neistat

Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow — Criticwire Grade Average: B+

Curious how the other films at Sundance and TIFF fared over the past six months? You can find those festival lists here and here.

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