The SXSW 2021 Movie Scorecard

SXSW, the first film festival to cancel its in-person events as the 2020 pandemic began last year, returned for an all-virtual edition in 2021. With our SXSW 2021 Movie Scorecard, see all the movies that played this year and, with enough critics reviews, got their Tomatometer scores!

#57
Adjusted Score: 100.103%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Poly Styrene was the first woman of color in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the... [More]
Starring: Ruth Negga
Directed By: Paul Sng, Celeste Bell

#56
Adjusted Score: 100.368%
Critics Consensus: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror takes a fascinating deep dive that'll leave like-minded viewers making numerous new additions to their streaming queues.
Synopsis: WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED is the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kier-La Janisse

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 97.077%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Selma Blair
Directed By: Rachel Fleit

#54

Swan Song (2021)
96%

#54
Adjusted Score: 96.191%
Critics Consensus: Udo Kier's layered performance lends Swan Song a nuance and poignancy that offset its potentially outlandish story.
Synopsis: Retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier) has given up on life from the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing... [More]
Directed By: Todd Stephens

#53
Adjusted Score: 61.776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A state of secrets and a ruthless hunt for whistleblowers - this is the story of 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sonia Kennebeck

#52

Dear Mr. Brody (2021)
100%

#52
Adjusted Score: 57.364%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In January 1970, hippie-millionaire Michael Brody Jr., the 21-year-old heir to a margarine fortune, announced to the world that he... [More]
Directed By: Keith Maitland

#51

Ninjababy (2021)
100%

#51
Adjusted Score: 79.427%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Rakel (23), way too late, finds out she's six months pregnant after a not-so-romantic one-night stand, her world changes.... [More]
Directed By: Yngvild Sve Flikke

#50

Alone Together (2021)
96%

#50
Adjusted Score: 96.015%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Charli XCX

#49

Not Going Quietly (2021)
100%

#49
Adjusted Score: 35.301%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A feature documentary about Ady Barkan.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Nicholas Bruckman

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 35.301%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This unscripted feature follows five years in the life of Claude Motley as he tries to recover mentally and physically... [More]
Starring: Claude Motley
Directed By: Brad Lichtenstein

#47

Language Lessons (2021)
94%

#47
Adjusted Score: 94.589%
Critics Consensus: Language Lessons extols the value of friendship with a simple story rendered all the more effective by its pure spirit and the chemistry between its leads.
Directed By: Natalie Morales

#46

See You Then (2021)
96%

#46
Adjusted Score: 96.103%
Critics Consensus: A character-driven treat for fans of conversation-based drama, the well-acted See You Then offers a refreshing perspective on relationship stories and gender roles.
Synopsis: A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to dinner to catch-up on their complicated lives, relationships,... [More]
Starring: Pooya Mohseni
Directed By: Mari Walker

#45
Adjusted Score: 83.839%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a recently widowed mother becomes houseless, she convinces her 8-year-old daughter that they are only camping for fun while... [More]

#44

Alien on Stage (2020)
96%

#44
Adjusted Score: 96.17%
Critics Consensus: A delight for fans of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic, Alien on Stage celebrates the power that art possesses to bring people together to honor their dreams.
Starring:

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 66.012%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Hunt for Planet B captures the human drama behind NASA's high-stakes Webb Telescope, due to launch in October 2021... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Nathaniel Kahn

#42

Kid Candidate (2021)
82%

#42
Adjusted Score: 61.512%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kid Candidate tells the story of Hayden Pedigo, a 24-year old experimental musician and his unlikely run for Amarillo city... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jasmine Stodel

#41

Clerk (2021)
88%

#41
Adjusted Score: 62.129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Malcolm Ingram

#40

Here Before (2021)
86%

#40
Adjusted Score: 86.633%
Critics Consensus: Resting its slowly twisting tale on a magnetic Andrea Riseborough performance, Here Before is a solidly unsettling effort from debuting writer-director Stacey Gregg.
Synopsis: When a new family moves in next door, their young daughter, Megan, quickly captivates Laura, stirring up painful memories of... [More]
Directed By: Stacey Gregg

#39

Islands (2021)
86%

#39
Adjusted Score: 53.128%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Martin Edralin

#38

The Fallout (2021)
92%

#38
Adjusted Score: 92.589%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and well-acted, The Fallout uses the aftermath of teen trauma to grapple with the experience of grief.
Synopsis: High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family,... [More]
Directed By: Megan Park

#37

Executive Order (2020)
91%

#37
Adjusted Score: 46.848%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in a dystopian near future in Rio de Janeiro, a lawyer (Alfred Enoch) sues the Brazilian government for reparation... [More]
Starring: Alfred Enoch
Directed By: Lázaro Ramos

#36

Luchadoras (2021)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 57.452%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Paola Calvo, Patrick Jasim

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 82.456%
Critics Consensus: With a hard fantasy story that stands in service of its eye-catching animation, The Spine of Night is a distinctive treat for genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as... [More]

#34

The Feast (2021)
86%

#34
Adjusted Score: 86.28%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: THE FEAST is told over the course of one evening as a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner in... [More]
Starring: Annes Elwy
Directed By: Lee Haven Jones

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 93.236%
Critics Consensus: A layered look at fame in the digital era, Lily Topples the World benefits immensely from a subject with an uplifting story and immense charm.
Synopsis: LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD follows 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh - the world's most acclaimed domino toppler and the only girl... [More]
Starring: Lily Hevesh
Directed By: Jeremy Workman

#32
Adjusted Score: 75.074%
Critics Consensus: It's hard to ignore the parts that are left unexamined, but WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn does well enough by its real-life stranger-than-fiction story.
Synopsis: WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn is a feature documentary that explores the rise and... [More]
Starring: Adam Neumann
Directed By: Jed Rothstein

#31
Adjusted Score: 70.69%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Tom Petty
Directed By: Mary Wharton

#30

Gaia (2021)
83%

#30
Adjusted Score: 83.765%
Critics Consensus: If its narrative ambitions aren't always equaled by its chilling visuals, Gaia remains an effective slice of ecological horror.
Synopsis: An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue... [More]
Directed By: Jaco Bouwer

#29

Inbetween Girl (2021)
78%

#29
Adjusted Score: 30.976%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teen artist Angie Chen does NOT like Liam--she just likes getting rides home from him after soccer practice. Okay, so... [More]
Directed By: Mei Makino

#28

Offseason (2021)
81%

#28
Adjusted Score: 81.412%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Jocelin Donahue and Melora Walters, Offseason is a solid supernatural horror story that casts a sneaky spell.
Directed By: Mickey Keating

#27

The Lost Sons (2021)
80%

#27
Adjusted Score: 70.602%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Ursula Macfarlane

#26

The Oxy Kingpins (2021)
86%

#26
Adjusted Score: 26.564%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Oxy Kingpins covers the untold story of how a network of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worked together to... [More]
Starring:

#25

Ludi (2021)
78%

#25
Adjusted Score: 61.953%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Desperate to send money to her family back in Haiti, hardworking and exhausted nurse Ludi Alcidor spends a chaotic day... [More]
Directed By: Edson Jean

#24

Jakob's Wife (2021)
84%

#24
Adjusted Score: 86.398%
Critics Consensus: Jakob's Wife gives genre legend Barbara Crampton an opportunity to carry an old-school horror story -- and she bloody well delivers.
Synopsis: Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past... [More]
Directed By: Travis Stevens

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 65.633%
Critics Consensus: The consistency isn't always smooth, but Sound of Violence's blend of character study and horror marks writer-director Alex Noyer as an ambitious, visually distinctive filmmaker.
Synopsis: Written and directed by Alex Noyer, this horror thriller sees deaf ten-year-old Alexis Reeves (Jasmin Savoy Brown) experience the trauma... [More]
Directed By: Alex Noyer

#22

Witch Hunt (2021)
64%

#22
Adjusted Score: 64.103%
Critics Consensus: Witch Hunt's smart social commentary is undercut by its lack of original storytelling ideas, but this supernatural horror outing has just enough bite to recommend for teens.
Starring: Gideon Adlon
Directed By: Elle Callahan

#21

Women is Losers (2021)
68%

#21
Adjusted Score: 68.236%
Critics Consensus: While it might have benefited from a subtler approach to its message, Women Is Losers is elevated by outstanding work from lead Lorenza Izzo.
Synopsis: In 1960's San Francisco, bright and talented catholic school girl Celina Guerrera (ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD's Lorenza Izzo)... [More]
Starring: Lorenza Izzo
Directed By: Lissette Feliciano

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 57.011%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena and her gay son, Potato, escape into... [More]
Directed By: Wes Hurley

#19

The End of Us (2021)
67%

#19
Adjusted Score: 67.191%
Critics Consensus: The End of Us approaches the breakup dramedy from an intriguingly timely angle, but its overall lack of new ideas undermines strong work from its charming stars.
Synopsis: After a savage breakup, two exes must continue living together when California issues its stay-at-home order for COVID-19. Now they'll... [More]
Starring: Ben Coleman

#18
Adjusted Score: 70.866%
Critics Consensus: The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson occasionally struggles to cohere, but writer-director-star Leah Purcell offers a unique, compelling perspective on historic myths.
Starring:
Directed By: Leah Purcell

#17
Adjusted Score: 74.5%
Critics Consensus: Broadcast Signal Intrusion struggles to satisfactorily resolve its setup, but for much of its runtime, it offers an intriguing, well-acted diversion for horror fans.
Synopsis: While logging tapes of decades-old TV broadcasts, video archivist James (Harry Shum Jr.) discovers a surreal and disturbing clip that... [More]
Directed By: Jacob Gentry

#16

Violet (2020)
71%

#16
Adjusted Score: 69.781%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet admirably ambitious, Violet takes a thoughtful look at the occasionally profound difference between a person's private thoughts and public face.
Synopsis: There is a voice inside your head. It's not the voice that tells you, "You can do it. Go for... [More]
Directed By: Justine Bateman

#15

Our Father (2021)
44%

#15
Adjusted Score: 34.948%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two sisters (Baize Buzan and Allison Torem) go in search of a long-forgotten uncle.... [More]
Starring: Baize Buzan
Directed By: Bradley Grant Smith

#14
Adjusted Score: 60.103%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Paul, a weedy charity-shop worker, has his heart set on winning a national talent competition. With a sparkly suit, killer... [More]
Directed By: Nick Gillespie

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