Sundance Film Festival reviews


The Longest Goodbye

‘The Longest Goodbye’: Thessaloniki Review

Documentary explores the intense psychological preparation of NASA’s Mars-bound astronauts


‘Mutt’: Berlin Review

A day in the life of a New York trans man is both fraught and funny in Vuk Lungulov-Klotz’s debut

A Little Prayer

‘A Little Prayer’: Sundance Review

David Straithairn shines in this North Carolina-set family drama, picked up by Sony at Sundance

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

‘Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project’: Sundance Review

This Sundance Grand Jury prizewinner is an unconventional documentary about African American poet Nikki Giovanni

The Persian Version

‘The Persian Version’: Sundance Review

Layla Mohammadi is a standout in Maryam Keshavarz’s crowdpleasing Iranian-American drama

A Thousand and One

‘A Thousand And One’: Sundance Review

A mother and son struggle to survive in a gentrifying New York City in this Focus Features release


‘Radical’: Sundance Review

Eugenio Derbez is as an inspirational teacher working in a deprived part of Mexico in this sincere, conventional drama


‘Scrapper’: Sundance Review

Harris Dickinson stars in this Sundance award-winning drama about a grieving 12-year-old who attempts to reconnect with her father

Beyond Utopia

‘Beyond Utopia’: Sundance Review

The desperate stories of North Koreans trying to defect - and the South Korean pastor who helps them

Kokomo City

‘Kokomo City’: Sundance Review

Black transgender sex workers tell their stories to Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter D. Smith

The Eternal Memory

‘The Eternal Memory’: Sundance Review

Maite Alberdi follows up ‘The Mole Agent’ with this deeply moving story of a couple coping with Alzheimer’s disease

20 Days In Mariupol

‘20 Days In Mariupol’: Sundance Review

Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov presents an unflinching account of the early days of the Russian invasion


‘Drift’: Sundance Review

Cynthia Erivo stars in Anthony Chen’s sensitive, understated third feature, set on a Greek island

Rye Lane

‘Rye Lane’: Sundance Review

South London-set romantic comedy is a winner for Raine Allen-Miller and Disney

Rotting In The Sun

‘Rotting In The Sun’: Sundance Review

Sebastian Silva turns it up to 11 in this full-on frontal assault

Fantastic Machine

‘Fantastic Machine’: Sundance Review

A history of the image, via the moving image


‘Passages’: Sundance Review

Adèle Exarchopoulos, Franz Rogowski and Ben Whishaw make Ira Sachs’ latest a ‘sexy proposition in every respect’


‘Fairyland’: Sundance Review

Scoot McNairy and Emilia Jones star in this recreation of the San Francisco playground of the late 1970s and early 80s

Run Rabbit Run

‘Run Rabbit Run’: Sundance Review

Sarah Snook is in full command of this Australian midnight selection, pre-bought by Netflix

Infinity Pool

‘Infinity Pool’: Sundance Review

Brandon Cronenberg lets loose on the idle rich in this disturbing Neon release