Every year at Cannes, Screen International asks critics from around the world to rate each feature in competition, using a scale that runs from four stars (‘excellent’), through three, two and one (‘good’, ‘average’ and ‘poor’) to zero (‘bad’). An average mark is arrived at for each film and the results published in Screen’s daily print edition on the Croisette.

 

At the end of Cannes, every film’s average is combined to arrive at a single score for that year’s competition. These annual marks, which usually range from 2.0 to 2.5, act as a rough comparision guide between festivals.

 

During the past decade, 2001 - the year of The Son’s Room, Moulin Rouge, Shrek and The Man Who Wasn’t There - enjoyed the highest annual average; 2003, when critics complained about The Brown Bunny and Les Cotelettes, endured the lowest.

 

As the results below show, the Screen Jury has rarely agreed with their festival counterparts as to the year’s best feature.

 

 

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2006

Palme D’Or winner: The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2.4)

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Screen Jury winner: Volver (3.4, above)

Screen average for 2006: 2.2

Other 3.0-plus films: none

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Colossal Youth (0.9)

Screen said at the time: ‘The competition line-up may have lacked a little lustre but ultimately proved a solid, respectable roll-call of international achievement, if lacking the wow factor In the end it seemed to have something for everyone There were few offensive duds, just mild disappointments’

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2005

Palme D’Or winner: The Child (3.2)

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Screen Jury winner: Hidden (3.3, above)

Screen average for 2005: 2.2

Other 3.0-plus films: Broken Flowers (3.2), Three Times (3.1)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: none

Screen said at the time: ‘Initially criticised for placing his faith in the tried and tested old guard of Cannes favourites, Thierry Fremaux’s decision looked wiser as time went by Top heavy with films exploring the divide between the haves and have-nots and the climate of fear and loathing that defines the modern world, the competition line-up could have benefited from something with warmth and humanity ‘

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2004

Palme D’Or winner: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2.7)

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Screen Jury winner: 2046 (3.3, above)

Screen average for 2004: 2.1

Other 3.0-plus films: Look At Me (3.0)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: none

Screen said at the time: ‘Thierry Fremaux promised that Cannes 2004 would be a festival of confirmations and discoveries It was touch and go at times but the competition titles just about delivered on his promise Willing to take a few more chances and loosen the stays of its restrictive old school programming, a slightly revitalised Cannes felt as if it was striving to reclaim a place at the centre of that world.’

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2003

Palme D’Or winner: Elephant (2.1)

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Screen Jury winner: Dogville (3.1, above)

Screen average for 2003: 2.0

Other 3.0-plus films: Distant (3.0)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Brown Bunny (0.5), Les Cotelettes (0.3)

Screen said at the time: ‘As the daily groan of complaints and divided belief became a chorus, it was all too easy to forget that major works were being unveiled Part of the problem was for this year’s festival was last year’s festival. The 2002 edition was one of the best ever an impossible act to follow, it became both a vivid memory and a hefty milestone ‘

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2002

Palme D’Or winner: The Pianist (2.5)

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Screen Jury winner: The Man Without A Past (3.3, above)

Screen average for 2002: 2.3

Other 3.0-plus films: About Schmidt, The Son, All Or Nothing (each 3.0)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Irreversible (1.0)

Screen said at the time: ‘Critics from around the world were united on two things about this year’s festival competition: the first, the line-up was one of the strongest in recent years, and second, The Pianist was a highly unexpected and not necessarily deserved Palme D’Or ‘

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2001

Palme D’Or winner: The Son’s Room (3.3)

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Screen Jury winner: The Son’s Room (3.3, above)

Screen average for 2001: 2.4

Other 3.0-plus films: none

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: none

Screen said at the time: ‘While this year’s festival lacked many big or rousing moments, quite a few cinematic gems sparkled along the way, enough to give it solid stature What was missing this year was a truly controversial movie, a cause celebre The other frustrating trend was the lack of genuine discoveries ‘

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2000

Palme D’Or winner: Dancer In The Dark (2.5)

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Screen Jury winner: In The Mood For Love (3.2, above)

Screen average for 2000: 2.3

Other 3.0-plus films: none

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Estorvo (0.7)

Screen said at the time: ‘Tipped as the favourite before the festival even began, Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In the Dark may have sharply divided critics and audiences but it was the one film that everyone felt they must see for themselves . Top heavy with daunting running times, ponderous costume dramas and old guard disappointments, the festival’s emphasis on art rather than commerce still bore fruit ‘

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1999

Palme D’Or winner: Rosetta (2.9)

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Screen Jury winner: The Straight Story (3.4, above)

Screen average for 1999: 2.2

Other 3.0-plus films: Felicia’s Journey (3.3), All About My Mother (3.2)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Eight And A Half Women (1.0)

Screen said at the time: ‘The 52nd Festival ended as it began - with bewilderment. If Cannes’ selector Gilles Jacob’s choice of The Barber Of Siberia as the opening night raised eyebrows, the prize-winners selected by David Cronenberg’s jury on Sunday night were met with unanimous bafflement ‘

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1998

Palme D’Or winner: Eternity And A Day (2.8)

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Screen Jury winner: My Name Is Joe (3.3, above)

Screen average for 1998: 2.2

Other 3.0-plus films: none

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: Foolish Heart (0.8)

Screen said at the time:Eternity And A Day: there were those at Cannes, both among the browbeaten festival-watchers and foot-sore market-peddlers, who saw in Theo Angelopoulos’ Palme D’Or-winning film a perfect one-line description for this year’s festivities In seeking to divide the world between artistic pretension and brazen commercialism, Cannes seemed to overlook a growing truth the festival should be as much one of cinema as a showcase for its more demanding talents

Click here for Screen’s Jury grid for 1998




1997

 

Palme D’Or winners (joint): Taste Of Cherry (3.5), The Eel (2.1)

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Screen Jury winner: Taste Of Cherry (3.5, above)

Screen average for 1997: 2.2

Other 3.0-plus films: The Sweet Hereafter (3.3)

Films that averaged 1.0 or less: The Brave (1.0), Assassins (0.8)

Screen said at the time: ‘The glamour surrounding the 50th Cannes was subdued and the festival had no unanimously acclaimed films. But then nothing could have lived up to the event’s hype . In the absence of a standout favourite, the wealth was inevitably spread among a few admired, but not loved films.’

Click here for Screen’s Jury grid for 1997

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