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The Best 10 Movies From Sundance 2022 (& The 5 Worst)

Sundance 2022 is in the books! Here is a list of the best and worst films from Sundance 2022, according to Mama’s Geeky.

Best and worst movies of sundance 2022

10 Best Sundance 2022 Films

fresh movie sundance review

Fresh

Chilling, terrifying, disturbing, and disgusting, Fresh is completely captivating from the very start. Part rom-com, part horror. Sebastian Stan delivers one of his best performances that is full of charisma. Daisy Edgar-Jones is also incredible in this and the two have great on screen chemistry. While it feels a little long, this thriller horror is grotesque and repulsive, yet strangely satisfying.

FULL REVIEW.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande review

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack appear in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande by Sophie Hyde, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nick Wall.

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is a beautiful story about confidence. Emma Thompson is phenomenal, which is to be expected of course, but so is Daryl McCormack — and their chemistry is incredible. A simple yet powerful movie. One of my favorites of the festival so far.

FULL REVIEW.

cha cha real smooth sundance review

Dakota Johnson appears in CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH by Cooper Raiff, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Cha Cha Real Smooth

Cha Cha Real Smooth is an absolute delight from start to finish. Cooper Raiff and Dakota Johnson have great on screen chemistry and I instantly fell in love with Vanessa Burghardt. A sweet movie with a lot of heartwarming moments, and a ton of humor. Loved it.

FULL REVIEW.

Call Jane Sundance movie review

Elizabeth Banks appears in Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Wilson Webb.

Call Jane

An extremely powerful movie about women’s rights and abortion laws that feels far too relevant to the world today. Elizabeth Banks is phenomenal in this role.

FULL REVIEW.

AM I OK? sundance review

Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno appear in AM I OK? by Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by James Clark.

Am I OK?

Am I OK? is a heartwarming and touching story about life, friendship, and love. It’s sweet, funny, cute, and feels like a coming of age story as Dakota Johnson’s Lucy finds herself. It isn’t perfect, but it is an absolute delight! I’m obsessed with this friendship.

FULL REVIEW.

piggy review sundance

Laura Galán appears in PIGGY by Carlota Pereda, an official selection of the Midnight section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jorge Fuembuena.

Piggy

Piggy is an intense horror movie, that walks the lines of familiar tropes, but at the same time creates something very unique and captivating. A film that touches heavily on bullying, and how it can truly mess with someone’s mind. Laura Galán is phenomenal as Sara.

FULL REVIEW.

watcher sundance 2022 review

Maika Monroe appears in Watcher by Chloe Okuno, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Watcher

Watcher follows the stalker thriller genre tropes fairly closely but it is suspenseful, intense, and a whole lot of fun.

FULL REVIEW.

Emergency sundance review

Emergency

Emergency took me by surprise. It’s funny, but it’s also quite deep. It tackles some heavy issues and doesn’t shy away from intense moments. There are flaws but they don’t ruin the overall film. Donald Elise Watkins & RJ Cyler have great chemistry.

FULL REVIEW.

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After Yang

While “After Yang” lacks real stakes or a fast-moving plot, it excels in its quiet, meditative exploration of the time we have with each other and remembering what’s most important in life.

FULL REVIEW.

God's Country Sundance review

Thandiwe Newton appears in God’s Country by Julian Higgins, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

God’s Country

God’s Country starts off slow but WOW, once it starts to pick up, it never stops. A real and raw look at humanity and how quickly something can escalate in just a week. Thandiwe Newton delivers an incredible performance and that ending… haunting.

FULL REVIEW.

Check out my ranking of ALL the Sundance Film Festival 2022 films I watched.

5 Worst Sundance 2022 Films

nanny movie review sundance

Nanny

Nanny is all over the place. It just didn’t do anything for me, which is a bummer because I adore Anna Diop. Sure, some of the visuals are stunning but it’s confusing & quite frankly, a hot mess. By the time the reveal at the end came around, I was checked out. As a mother, there are certain things that don’t sit well with me, or make any real sense at all.

FULL REVIEW.

sharp stick review

Kristine Froseth and Jon Bernthal appear in Sharp Stick by Lena Dunham, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Sharp Stick

Sharp Stick is… a movie? It doesn’t actually do anything for sex positivity or female empowerment. Considering the house Sarah Jo lives in, I don’t buy how naïve she is when to sex at all… not even a little bit. Watch Good Luck To You, Leo Grande instead. Trust me.

FULL REVIEW.

something in the dirt review

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson appear in Something in the Dirt by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Aaron Moorhead.

Something In The Dirt

Very sad to say that Something In The Dirt was just not made for me. The premise sounded interesting enough, and I love a good supernatural sci-fi movie, but this was too bizarre and all over the place for me. Rather enjoyed the ending, but it was too little, too late.

framing agnes sundance

Framing Agnes

The back and forth style of this one just does not work for me. It is part documentary, part recreation, and part drama, which forces it to never really find its footing.

the cathedral review sundance

Siena Marino, Steven Alonte, Brian d’Arcy James, Madeline Hudelson and Monica Barbaro appear in The Cathedral by Ricky D’Ambrose, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Barton Cortright.

The Cathedral

Slow. Boring. Monotone. Just not for me… no thank you.