Consensus Comparison: David Simon, Swanberg, Nolan August 22, 2015

As Richard Brody noted on his blog, this year marks the tenth anniversary of Joe Swanberg’s first feature. So it’s nice to see that his newest, Digging for Fire, is currently Swanberg’s highest scoring film as a director. (It’s dropped a lot in the last few days, but remains one point above last year’s Happy Christmas.) From widespread skepticism to a gradually accumulated legitimacy, he’s come a long way in the last ten years.

This weekend brings two Films of the Week: The Iron Ministry and The Mend. They’re both also this week’s highest scoring films.

Show Me a Hero • David Simon & William F. Zorzi and Paul Haggis (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 96 • 51 reviews
Metacritic: 85 • 32 reviews
Critics Round Up: 67 • 3 reviews

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Digging for Fire • Joe Swanberg (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 69 • 35 reviews
Metacritic: 73 • 16 reviews
Critics Round Up: 72 • 9 reviews

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The Iron Ministry • J.P. Sniadecki (China)

Rotten Tomatoes: 78 • 9 reviews
Metacritic: 75 • 7 reviews
Critics Round Up: 91 • 16 reviews

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Grandma • Paul Weitz (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 89 • 38 reviews
Metacritic: 77 • 19 reviews
Critics Round Up: 79 • 7 reviews

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The Mend • John Magary (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83 • 12 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 8 reviews
Critics Round Up: 84 • 8 reviews

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She’s Funny That Way • Peter Bogdanovich (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 34 • 58 reviews
Metacritic: 44 • 22 reviews
Critics Round Up: 60 • 12 reviews

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Quay • Christopher Nolan (United Kingdom)

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A • 2 reviews
Metacritic: No page found
Critics Round Up: 83 • 3 reviews

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