No Film of the Week. I’d like to use this space to write briefly about one thing that occurred to me about this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Did Cannes really have their greatest Competition in recent memory? Most seem to say yes, but that would ignore the fact that the Competition kind of drove off a cliff starting with Day 8, or a little past the halfway point. The viciously-received films include It’s Only the End of the World, From the Land of the Moon, The Last Face and Ma’ Rosa (though that last one scored nicely on our site). The major disappointments include The Salesman, The Unknown Girl and Slack Bay. The reactions to The Neon Demon and The Handmaiden were mostly less than enthusiastic. That doesn’t leave a ton of worthwhile films to look forward to, at least compared to previous Cannes Competitions.
Without further ado, here are this week’s stats.
X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer • United States)
Rotten Tomatoes: 48 • 232 reviews
Metacritic: 52 • 47 reviews
Critics Round Up: 61 • 7 reviews
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari • Greece)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87 • 23 reviews
Metacritic: 74 • 14 reviews
Critics Round Up: 77 • 22 reviews
Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles • China)
Rotten Tomatoes: 75 • 8 reviews
Metacritic: 63 • 5 reviews
Critics Round Up: 70 • 10 reviews
Garbage Time is an irregular section of this stats column that looks at movies that, for multiple reasons starting with the mostly negative reviews, were deemed unsuitable for the homepage but nevertheless might still be of some interest to cinephiles.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (James Bobin • United States)
Rotten Tomatoes: 28 • 159 reviews
Metacritic: 34 • 42 reviews
Critics Round Up: 22 • 8 reviews