Plus: 'Young Ones,' 'Infinitely Polar Bear' and the terrible 'Low Down'
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Worst: "Young Ones"
I'm happy to say that my hit-to-miss ratio at this year's Sundance was unusually high: of the 25-odd feature films I saw at the festival, only three struck me as less than commendable, and only one as an outright dud. Sadly, that one was Jake Paltrow's sophomore feature, a turgid Dust Bowl sci-fi western that can't even have sounded like a great idea on paper. Wasting the talents of Michael Shannon and, most egregiously, Elle Fanning, the film marries worthy environmental concerns to splattery genre territory, and never finds a happy medium between them -- the result is as dusty as the futuristic desert in which it's set. The beneficiary of positive buzz going into the festival, the film has its critical champions, but it's hard to see audiences biting.
- Guy Lodge