A typical IFFR audience, eagerly awaiting something they may be voting for.
Any film ending up with a rating of 4 (out of 5) can be safely seen as a crowdpleaser. There will always be people who hate a film and give it a "1", so you can imagine how many "5" voters you need to pull the average to the level of 4. For the same reason, getting an average of 4.5 or higher is pretty amazing, when you think about it.
Of course there is always the question WHY a certain film is a crowdpleaser. Introductions by, for example, funny directors or gorgeous actresses help get ratings up. Any film taking place in Rotterdam itself can also count on a warm reception, as the entire cast, crew, friends, family and neighborhood will in all probability be inside the venue.
So with that in mind, peruse these twenty with the guarded spirit of an analyst, but also with the open mind of a movie lover!