With the awards awarded and the festival wrapped, it’s high time for an overview of Sundance 2014. Nearly all the entries below, gathering coverage of the coverage, have been updated with links to reviews that have appeared in the last several days. Also want to mention that many have spent the last week or so posting best-of-the-fest lists and, in one form or another, overall evaluations of this year’s edition: Jason Bailey (Flavorwire), Kyle Buchanan and Jada Yuan (Vulture), Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian, David Fear (Esquire), Film.com, the staff of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Andrew O’Hehir (Salon), Ray Pride (Newcity Film), Jordan M. Smith (Ioncinema), Michael Tully (Hammer to Nail), Twitch, Variety and Damon Wise (Financial Times).
Surveying the results of Indiewire‘s critics poll, Sam Adams notes that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood “dominated the poll, taking best feature, best director, and best ensemble cast, with a second-place finish for supporting actor Ethan Hawke. Steve James’s moving portrait of Roger Ebert, Life Itself, topped the documentary category, while Justin Simien’s Dear White People was named the best debut feature.” Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash fared quite well, too.
At Critics Round Up, James Kang has added up his numbers and ranked the results. Here, too, the best-reviewed films are Life Itself and Boyhood.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.
Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray.
Justin Simien’s Dear White People.
Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas.
David and Nathan Zellner’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Todd Miller’s Dinosaur 13.
Award-winners: Edet Belzberg’s Watchers of the Sky, Michael Rossato-Bennett’s Alice Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s E-TEAM, Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s The Case Against 8, Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters, Jeff Preiss’s Low Down and Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill.
WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Maya Vitkova’s Viktoria.
Award-winners: Fernandez Almendras’s To Kill a Man, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret, Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl and Eskil Vogt’s Blind.
WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince.
Award-winners: Thomas Balmès’s Happiness, Talal Derki’s Return to Homs, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Hong Khaou’s Lilting and Hubert Sauper’s We Come as Friends.
Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior.
Mark Jackson’s War Story.
Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip.
Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child.
Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s Land Ho!
Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer.
Award-winner: Malik Vitthal’s Imperial Dreams.
Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.
Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard.
Mike Cahill’s I Origins.
Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
Ira Sachs’s Love Is Strange. Susan Gerhard.
Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices.
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies.
Steve James’s Life Itself.
Greg Whiteley’s Mitt.
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.