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A Criticwire Cheat Sheet for Sundance 2014

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by Steve Greene
January 22, 2014 10:30 AM
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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)

A

"Boyhood," directed by Richard Linklater

"Life Itself," directed by Steve James

"The Overnighters," directed by Jesse Moss

A-

"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

B+

"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

B

"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

B-

"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

C+

"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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