Cannes Film Fest 2017: Ranking the 20 Competition Films, From Strongest to Weakest

We divided the 20 films that competed for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the 2017 Cannes Film Fest, into four categories.

Overall, the lineup was mediocre, with very few highlights, possibly only one masterpiece, and many average features.


Strong Films: (***** out of *****): 2

120 Beats Per Minute (French)

Loveless (Russian)

Good Films (***/**** out of *****): 4

Good Time (US)


The Square (winner of Palme D’Or)

You Were Never There (Ramsay)

Mediocre Films (**/**** out of *****): 11

The Beguiled (US, Coppola)

Day After, The

Gentle Creature

Happy End (M. Haneke)

In the Fade (F. Akin)

Ismail’s Ghosts (Desplechin)

Jupiter’s Moon

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos)

The Meyerowitz Stories (US, Baumbach))


Wonderstruck (US, Todd Haynes)


Weak Films (* out of *****): 3

L’Amant Double (Ozon)

Le Redoubtable

Rodin (France, Doillon)