Consensus Comparison: Neighbors 2, The Nice Guys May 21, 2016

I feel bad about advocating for increased inclusion of East Asian films in the Cannes competition without making mention of any other kinds of diversity. It’s hard to lament the gender imbalance of directors in the competition because the percentage of movies directed by women is still so low. I do find the idea of encouraging film financing bodies to divide their funds equally between male- and female-directed films to be a big step in the right direction. And I’ll be upset if Maren Ade somehow doesn’t win the Palme d’Or. (I know, I know, I haven’t even seen Toni Erdmann. Still.)

Now that the festival is almost over, the word is that two of the very few big mistakes Cannes made this year was not including Neruda (from Chilean Pablo Larraín) and The Death of Louis XIV (by Spanish director Albert Serra) in the competition. Is it just me or does it look like the selection committee decided that including two Latin directors in the competition (Almodóvar and Mendonça) were plenty and booted the other two to sidebars as a result?

Your Films of the Week are two: Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side and Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues. And this week’s noteworthy point of divergence is Neighbors 2, which scored 11 and 15 points higher here than on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 62 • 130 reviews
Metacritic: 58 • 38 reviews
Critics Round Up: 73 • 10 reviews

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The Nice Guys (Shane Black • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 90 • 136 reviews
Metacritic: 70 • 46 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 10 reviews

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Maggie’s Plan (Rebecca Miller • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 79 • 35 reviews
Metacritic: 75 • 18 reviews
Critics Round Up: 68 • 14 reviews

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Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 90 • 42 reviews
Metacritic: 83 • 22 reviews
Critics Round Up: 83 • 9 reviews

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The Other Side (Roberto Minervini • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 80 • 10 reviews
Metacritic: 68 • 9 reviews
Critics Round Up: 85 • 18 reviews

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Kaili Blues (Bi Gan • China)

Rotten Tomatoes: 89 • 9 reviews
Metacritic: 81 • 8 reviews
Critics Round Up: 95 • 11 reviews

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Pervert Park (Frida & Lasse Barkfors • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 10 reviews
Metacritic: 80 • 9 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 5 reviews

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Late Addition

Late Addition circles back to new-ish movies that weren’t rounded up the week they opened in the U.S. but have recently received enough good reviews to merit inclusion on the site.

Paths of the Soul (Zhang Yang • China)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 8 reviews
Metacritic: 90 • 6 reviews
Critics Round Up: 83 • 3 reviews

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