Consensus Comparison: Tomorrowland May 23, 2015

By all accounts, the Cannes Competition was a disappointment this year. And while I now wish the festival had brought the biggest masters (Apichatpong, Gomes, Desplechin, Garrel) into the main lineup like they were supposed to, I hope the negative press about the Competition this year doesn’t prevent most of its movies from getting distributed widely. There are still several movies I’m looking forward to seeing.

I think a bigger problem with the lineup this year was less that the festival director Thierry Frémaux gambled on so many unestablished directors and more that he seemed to pander way too much to movies stacked with celebrities, an alarming occurrence I hadn’t noticed until I started reading the reviews. Note to Thierry: next year, more globetrotting, less starfucking.

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 49 • 152 reviews
Metacritic: 60 • 44 reviews
Critics Round Up: 58 • 10 reviews

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Thomas Cailley’s Love at First Fight (France)

Rotten Tomatoes: 73 • 11 reviews
Metacritic: 64 • 9 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 8 reviews

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Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There (Japan)

Rotten Tomatoes: 84 • 25 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 12 reviews
Critics Round Up: 67 • 3 reviews

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Alonso Ruiz Palacios’ Güeros (Mexico)

Rotten Tomatoes: 94 • 17 reviews
Metacritic: 73 • 7 reviews
Critics Round Up: 79 • 6 reviews

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Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s The Japanese Dog (Romania)

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A • 4 reviews
Metacritic: N/A • 2 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 6 reviews

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