Toronto Film Festival: The Verdict on the Movies You're Dying to See

[caption id="attachment_142869" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="CBS Films"]Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in "Seven Psychopaths"[/caption]It's become fairly common knowledge that the unofficial awards season kicks off with the Toronto International Film Festival. Critics and film fans alike have all eyes on the Canadian city as studios launch their Oscar hopefuls and indies look for distributors.

With films like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" having made their international debuts at the fest, the movies showing this year are among those we can't wait to see this fall — in fact, we listed 20 of them before TIFF even kicked off.

So, how did they fare? Well, here's what the reviewers from our sister site,, had to say...

"Seven Psychopaths": A

Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson. If you love quick dialogue and madcap situations, you'll feel this one came with a bow attached. Read the full review.

"The Company You Keep": C

Starring Susan Sarandon, Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick and Robert Redford. Missing major moral fiber and a clear point. Read the full review.

"Thanks for Sharing": D+

Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Josh Gad. It's like "Shame" as a rom-com, which works about as well as you'd think. Read the full review.

"Silver Linings Playbook": A

Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro. Exceptional performances and direction by David O. Russell make this a film to see in theaters. Read the full review.

"The Master": B-

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Jesse Plemons. A movie for students of film history, and for audiences far more patient than average. Read the full review.

[caption id="attachment_146186" align="alignright" width="300" caption="RedBud Pictures"]Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in "To the Wonder"[/caption]

"To the Wonder": B-

Starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem. The first and only Malick move that had me checking my watch. Read the full review.

"Imogene": D+

Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon. The real juice comes from the cast of pros, but that's not enough to save a hollow and uninteresting movie. Read the full review.

"The Iceman": C-

Starring Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Michael Shannon. The enemy of all storytelling — and the downfall of "The Iceman" — is disconnection and boredom. Read the full review.

"Bad 25": A-

Starring Michael Jackson. Non-fans will be enthralled by Spike Lee's documentary. Actual fans will be ecstatic. Read the full review.

"Byzantium": C+

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Caleb Landry Jones. It will make moody, gothic fantasy fans happy, but non-vampire lovers will find it a bit, well, lifeless. Read the full review.

[caption id="attachment_146789" align="alignright" width="300" caption="StudioCanal"]Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines"[/caption]

"The Place Beyond the Pines": B

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes. There is true beauty in the despair that pervades "The Place Beyond the Pines," a treatise on the compromises we all make to protect and provide for our loved ones. Read the full review.

"Hyde Park on Hudson": D+

Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams. A movie in desperate search of a point, despite a good concept and colorful cast. Read the full review.

"Cloud Atlas": C+

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving. It's sort of like the "Matrix" trilogy in micro; it starts out absolutely brilliantly, then segues into a pretentious slog. Read the full review.

[caption id="attachment_144817" align="alignright" width="300" caption="SBS Films"]Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in "Passion"[/caption]

"Passion": C

Starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace and Karoline Herfurt. If director De Palma was trying to call to mind softcore cable movies from the '90s, he succeeded. Read the full review.

"Much Ado About Nothing": C

Starring Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Amy Acker. Everyone from high school kids to hipsters will dig this vibrant and bubbly adaptation from Joss Whedon. Read the full review.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower": A-

Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Paul Rudd. A must-see for fans of the coming-of-age drama... and the book. Read the full review.

"Hotel Transylvania": D+

Voices by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg. A children's tale missing an innovative story is a miss. Read the full review.

[caption id="attachment_146718" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Scott Rudin Productions"]Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha"[/caption]

"Frances Ha": A

Starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver and Grace Gummer. It's a masterpiece at every level at execution. Read the full review.

"Dredd 3D":  B+

Starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby. The rare remake/reboot that's actually far superior to the original. Read the full review.

"Spring Breakers": B-

Starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco and Ashley Benson. It's shallow, it's boring, it's poignant, it's clever, it's poorly acted, it's intentionally poorly acted. Read the full review.

"End of Watch": C

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick. If you compare it to an average episode of "Criminal Minds," it's pretty good. Read the full review.

"Rust and Bone": B

Starring Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure. If you're a lover of international cinema, you'll find much to enjoy here. Read the full review.

[caption id="attachment_116282" align="alignright" width="300" caption="MK2 Productions"]On the Road[/caption]

"On the Road": B+

Starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Riley and Viggo Mortensen. A plainspoken and restrained filmmaker's vision based on the classic book. Read the full review.

"Anna Karenina": C

Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Visually striking, but leaves one of the greatest novelized tragedies entirely bereft of an emotional connection on the big screen. Read the full review.

"Argo": A

Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Affleck, who also directs, is in complete control of his game here. Read the full review.

"Looper": A-

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. Fans of rich sci-fi may want to keep a handkerchief on hand lest they find themselves drooling. Read the full review.

Stars at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

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