The dozen film critics who make up this year’s Screen International mock Jury at the Cannes Film Festival include The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis, Time’s Stephanie Zacharek and newly arrived L.A. Times staffer Justin Chang. As the event unfolds, each participating critic rates films in competition from zero to four stars.
At the outset of this year’s festival, German comedy-drama Toni Erdmann, the odds-on favorite to win tomorrow night’s Palme d’Or, garnered the highest aggregate rating in the Screen Jury’s 13-year history. The film scored a 3.8, besting the previous record-holder by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner, which was shown at the 2014 festival.
And heading into this weekend, the Screen Jury piped up again, but at the very opposite end of the scale, giving Sean Penn’s directorial effort The Last Face an 0.2. And that’s with the verdicts of two critics, from France and Thailand, still waiting to be logged. In other words, this number – the lowest ever tabulated by the publication’s Cannes panel – could fall even further.
In 2015, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees earned an 0.6 from the Screen International Jury. And in 2003, Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny racked up an 0.5 while French film Les Cotelettes registered an 0.3.