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My TIFF rankings, from top (“12 Years a Slave”) to bottom (“You Are Here”)


Last week, I put together a round-up of my TIFF reviews, and two more can be added to that list: I reviewed “Prisoners” and “Philomena” for The Film Stage, and gave both an A-.

This means my TIFF coverage is just about complete, although my annual Buffalo Spree feature will not be out until the November issue. As I look at my grades, it first appears I went easy on some things, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it just transpired that I had a good year.

Clearly, “12 Years a Slave” towers over the rest, but I think it’s a solid list overall — and pretty darn eclectic.

Here is my full TIFF 2013 list:

  • “12 Years a Slave”: A
  • “Prisoners”: A-
  • “Philomena”: A-
  • “Labor Day”: A-
  • “Jodorowsky’s Dune: B+
  • “Visitors”: B+
  • “Abuse of Weakness”: B+
  • “All Is By My Side”: B+
  • “A Field in England”: B
  • “Bad Words”: B
  • “Young and Beautiful”: B
  • “Wasted Youth”: B
  • “Sarah Prefers to Run”: B-
  • “October November”: C+
  • “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (technical glitch ended screening after 45 minutes; grade is for what I saw): C
  • “Therese”: C
  • “I Am Yours”: C-
  • “You Are Here”: D

Photo from “Young and Beautiful” courtesy of TIFF