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2003 Critics' Picks

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Austin Chronicle
(Consensus)
Baltimore Sun
(Michael Sragow)
Boston Globe
(Ty Burr)
Boston Globe
(Wesley Morris)
Charlotte Observer
(Lawrence Toppman)
1. Lost In Translation
2. (tie) American Splendor
2. (tie) Capturing The Friedmans
4. In America
5. (tie) All The Real Girls
5. (tie) The Fog Of War
5. (tie) Kill Bill: Vol. 1
5. (tie) Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
5. (tie) Open Hearts
5. (tie) Spun
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. In America
3. The Pianist
4. Dark Blue
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Capturing The Friedmans
7. A Mighty Wind
8. Seabiscuit
9. Shattered Glass
10. The Quiet American
1. Lost In Translation
2. American Splendor
3. The Magdalene Sisters
4. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Spellbound
7. Capturing The Friedmans
8. Irreversible
9. The Secret Lives Of Dentists
10. School Of Rock
1. Love and Diane
2. Elephant
3. The Fog Of War
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
5. Spellbound
6. To Be And To Have
7. Lost In Translation
8. Cold Mountain
9. Stone Reader
10. 28 Days Later
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. City Of God
3. Spellbound
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. Finding Nemo
6. House Of Sand And Fog
7. Whale Rider
8. Dirty Pretty Things
9. The Secret Lives Of Dentists
10. Triplets of Belleville
Christian Science Monitor
(David Sterritt)
Chicago Reader
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)
Chicago Sun-Times
(Roger Ebert)
Chicago Tribune
(Michael Wilmington)
Chicago Tribune
(Marc Caro)
[no ranking specified]
American Splendor
Capturing The Friedmans
Elephant
The Fog Of War
The Man Without A Past
Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
My Architect
School Of Rock
The Secret Lives Of Dentists
Triplets of Belleville
1. (tie) 25th Hour
1. (tie) Crimson Gold

2. Down With Love
3. In the Mirror of Maya Deren
4. Pistol Opera
5. School Of Rock
6. (tie) The Same River Twice
6. (tie) My Architect
7. Cold Mountain
8. (tie) Masked and Anonymous
8. (tie) The Shape Of Things
9. (tie) Oporto of My Childhood
9. (tie) Joy of Madness
10. (tie) All The Real Girls
10. (tie) Sweet Sixteen
1. Monster
2. Lost In Translation
3. American Splendor
4. Finding Nemo
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Mystic River
7. Owning Mahowny
8. The Son
9. Whale Rider
10. In America
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
3. Mystic River
4. Seabiscuit
5. Chi-hwa-seon
6. The Magdalene Sisters
7. City Of God
8. Finding Nemo
9. Together
10. In America
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. City Of God
3. Finding Nemo
4. Lost In Translation
5. Capturing The Friedmans
6. In America
7. American Splendor
8. The Fog of War
9. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
10. Bad Santa
Dallas Observer
(Consensus)
Entertainment Weekly
(Lisa Schwarzbaum)
Entertainment Weekly
(Owen Gleiberman)
Film Threat
(Consensus)
Hollywood Reporter
(Kirk Honeycutt)
1. In America
2. Lost In Translation
3. Spellbound
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. American Splendor
6. Spun
7. Whale Rider
8. The Fog of War
9. 21 Grams
10. The Matrix Reloaded
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Mystic River
3. Lost In Translation
4. American Splendor
5. Finding Nemo
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
7. The Fog of War
8. Kill Bill Vol. 1
9. The Man Without A Past
10. To Be And To Have
1. American Splendor
2. Capturing The Friedmans
3. School Of Rock
4. Lilya 4-Ever
5. Bend It Like Beckham
6. The Magdalene Sisters
7. A Mighty Wind
8. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
9. Thirteen
10. Kill Bill Vol. 1
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Lost In Translation
3. City Of God
4. X-2: X-Men United
5. Open Range
6. In America
7. Zero Day
8. The Dancer Upstairs
9. 21 Grams
10. Irreversible
1. American Splendor
2. In America
3. 21 Grams
4. In This World
5. Lost In Translation
6. The Fog Of War
7. Divine Intervention
8. Mystic River
9. Capturing The Friedmans
10. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Hollywood Reporter
(Frank Scheck)
Hollywood Reporter
(Sheri Linden)
Hollywood Reporter
(Michael Rechtshaffen)
LA Weekly
(Ella Taylor)
Los Angeles Times
(Kenneth Turan)
1. Mystic River
2. Finding Nemo
3. House Of Sand And Fog
4. The Station Agent
5. Lost In Translation
6. Capturing The Friedmans
7. Seabiscuit
8. Spellbound
9. 21 Grams
10. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
1. Lost In Translation
2. In This World
3. American Splendor
4. Finding Nemo
5. The Fog Of War
6. Capturing The Friedmans
7. The Barbarian Invasions
8. Raising Victor Vargas
9. Marooned In Iraq
10. Girl With a Pearl Earring
1. In America
2. Finding Nemo
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
4. American Splendor
5. The Station Agent
6. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
7. Pieces Of April
8. The Barbarian Invasions
9. Mystic River
10. City Of God
1. Blue Car
2. Finding Nemo
3. Lost In Translation
4. Japon
5. Triplets of Belleville
6. Lilya 4-Ever
7. The Son
8. Carnage
9. Peter Pan
10. Capturing The Friedmans
[no ranking specified]
Cold Mountain
House Of Sand And Fog
Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Lost In Translation
Mystic River
Nowhere In Africa
The Station Agent / Shattered Glass
Sweet Sixteen / Dirty Pretty Things
Triplets of Belleville
[ + a tie among a dozen or so documentaries released in 2003]
Los Angeles Times
(Manohla Dargis)
Los Angeles Times
(Kevin Thomas)
New York Daily News
(Jack Mathews)
New York Daily News
(Jami Bernard)
New York Magazine
(Peter Rainer)
[no ranking specified]
21 Grams
28 Days Later
Au Hasard Balthazar
Le Cercle Rouge
demonlover
Elephant
Friday Night
Love & Diane
Mystic River
Unknown Pleasures
1. Mystic River
2. American Splendor
3. Madame Sata
4. Lilya 4-Ever
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Senorita Extraviada
7. Northfork
8. Nowhere In Africa
9. O Fantasma
10. [tie] Porn Theater
10. [tie] AKA
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. 21 Grams
3. Mystic River
4. Winged Migration
5. American Splendor
6. School Of Rock
7. The Magdalene Sisters
8. Stuck On You
9. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
10. Bad Santa
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. In America
3. American Splendor
4. Triplets of Belleville
5. Lost In Translation
6. To Be And To Have
7. 21 Grams
8. Mystic River
9. Winged Migration
10. The Station Agent
[no ranking specified]
American Splendor
Finding Nemo
The Last Letter
Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Lost In Translation
Mystic River
School Of Rock
Stone Reader
To Be And To Have
Triplets of Belleville
New York Post
(V.A. Musetto)
New York Post
(Megan Lehmann)
New York Post
(Jonathan Foreman)
New York Post
(Lou Lumenick)
New York Times
(Elvis Mitchell)
1. Spider
2. Lilya 4-Ever
3. Lost In Translation
4. Bolivia
5. Northfork
6. Hukkle
7. Frost
8. Blue Gate Crossing
9. The Magdalene Sisters
10. The Eye
1. Cold Mountain
2. Lost In Translation
3. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
4. In America
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Elephant
7. The Station Agent
8. Kill Bill Vol. 1
9. Triplets of Belleville
10. City Of God
1. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
2. Cold Mountain
3. Lost In Translation
4. City Of God
5. Mystic River
6. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
8. Bad Santa
9. Bend It Like Beckham
10. Swimming Pool
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Mystic River
3. Lost In Translation
4. Triplets of Belleville and Finding Nemo
5. Seabiscuit
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
7. Cold Mountain
8. American Splendor
9. In America
10. Capturing The Friedmans
1. Pirates Of The Caribbean
2. 21 Grams
3. Triplets of Belleville
4. Elephant
5. Capturing The Friedmans
6. Lost In Translation
7. Raising Victor Vargas
8. American Splendor
9. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
10. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly [re-release]
New York Times
(Stephen Holden)
New York Times
(A.O. Scott)
Newsweek
(David Ansen)
The Onion AV Club
(Noel Murray)
The Onion AV Club
(Keith Phipps)
1. Angels In America [HBO]
2. Mystic River
3. The Fog Of War
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. Lost In Translation
6. House Of Sand And Fog
7. The Barbarian Invasions
8. American Splendor
9. Thirteen
10. City Of God
1. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
2. Mystic River
3. The Son
4. Spellbound
5. The Barbarian Invasions
6. The Man Without A Past
7. Triplets of Belleville
8. Finding Nemo
9. Bus 174
10. A Mighty Wind
1. American Splendor
2. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
3. Lost In Translation
4. Finding Nemo
5. School Of Rock
6. Mystic River
7. Man On The Train
8. In America
9. Dirty Pretty Things
10. The Barbarian Invasions
1. American Splendor
2. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
3. Capturing The Friedmans
4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
5. Mystic River
6. Shattered Glass
7. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
8. The Company
9. The Hunted
10. School Of Rock
1. Lost In Translation
2. Down With Love
3. The Fog Of War
4. American Splendor
5. Kill Bill Vol. 1
6. Capturing The Friedmans
7. School Of Rock
8. Gerry
9. The Man Without A Past
10. Mystic River
The Onion AV Club
(Nathan Rabin)
The Onion AV Club
(Scott Tobais)
Portland Oregonian
(Shawn Levy)
ReelViews
(James Berardinelli)
Rolling Stone
(Peter Travers)
1. The Fog Of War
2. Lost In Translation
3. School Of Rock
4. Big Fish
5. Capturing The Friedmans
6. Stevie
7. All The Real Girls
8. American Splendor
9. Owning Mahowny
10. Shattered Glass
1. Gerry
2. The Fog Of War
3. Friday Night
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. Bad Santa
6. Bus 174
7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
8. Lost In Translation
9. The Son
10. School Of Rock
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Angels In America [HBO]
3. Mystic River
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. City Of God
6. Triplets of Belleville
7. Elephant
8. Lost In Translation
9. Dirty Pretty Things
10. 28 Days Later
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Lost In Translation
3. 21 Grams
4. Lilya 4-Ever
5. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
6. House Of Sand And Fog
7. Mystic River
8. Irreversible
9. The Last Samurai
10. Finding Nemo
1. Mystic River
2. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
3. Lost In Translation
4. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
5. Cold Mountain
6. American Splendor
7. Big Fish
8. A Mighty Wind
9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
10. Angels In America [HBO]
Salon.com
(Stephanie Zacharek)
Salon.com
(Charles Taylor)
Chicago Sun-Times
(Roger Ebert)
San Francisco Chronicle
(Mick LaSalle)
San Francisco Chronicle
(Ruthe Stein)
1. Lost In Translation
2. In America
3. A Mighty Wind
4. Spellbound
5. American Splendor
6. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
7. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
8. To Be And To Have
9. School Of Rock
10. Masked and Anonymouos
1. Lost In Translation
2. In America
3. Spellbound
4. The Good Thief
5. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
6. To Be And To Have
7. The Company
8. School Of Rock
9. Masked and Anonymous
10. demonlover
1. House Of Fools
2. Ten
3. The Dancer Upstairs
4. Carnage
5. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
6. The Matrix Reloaded
7. Lost In Translation
8. Old School
9. Under The Skin Of The City
10. Marooned In Iraq
1. In The Cut
2. American Splendor
3. Down With Love
4. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
5. Lost In Translation
6. A Mighty Wind
7. Shattered Glass
8. The Son
9. Thirteen
10. 21 Grams
1. Lost In Translation
2. The Barbarian Invasions
3. Cold Mountain
4. Finding Nemo
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Mystic River
7. Pieces Of April
8. Seabiscuit
9. Something's Gotta Give
10. The Station Agent
San Francisco Chronicle
(Carla Meyer)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
(William Arnold)
Time Magazine
(Richard Corliss)
USA Today
(Claudia Puig)
USA Today
(Mike Clark)
1. Finding Nemo
2. Big Fish
3. Capturing The Friedmans
4. Dirty Pretty Things
5. The Fog Of War
6. Laurel Canyon
7. Lost In Translation
8. The Magdalene Sisters
9. Mystic River
10. Pieces Of April
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Mystic River
3. Open Range
4. Seabiscuit
5. Spellbound
6. Shattered Glass
7. The Man On The Train
8. Lost In Translation
9. Taking Sides
10. [tie] Together
10. [tie] Raising Victor Vargas
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. (tie) Finding Nemo
2. (tie) Triplets of Belleville
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
4. City Of God
5. Cold Mountain
6. All The Real Girls
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
8. The Fog Of War
9. Divine Intervention
10. Pirates Of The Caribbean
1. Lost In Translation
2. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
3. In America
4. Mystic River
5. Spellbound
6. 21 Grams
7. House Of Sand And Fog
8. Finding Nemo
9. The Fog Of War
10. The Magdalene Sisters
1. Finding Nemo
2. Capturing The Friedmans
3. The Fog Of War
4. Thirteen
5. Stevie
6. House Of Sand And Fog
7. Lost In Translation
8. Cold Mountain
9. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
10. American Splendor
Variety
(Robert Koehler)
Chicago Reader
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)
Village Voice
(J Hoberman)
Village Voice
(Michael Atkinson)
Village Voice
(Dennis Lim)
no ranking given; listed in alphabetical order
The Blondes
The Decay Of Fiction
Elephant
Hukkle
Japon
Platform and Unknown Pleasures
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Pistol Opera
The Son
Songs From The Second Floor
Waiting For Happiness
West Of The Tracks--Teixi District
1. Lost In Translation
2. Elephant
3. demonlover
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. The Son
6. The Fog Of War
7. (tie) American Splendor
7. (tie) Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
10. Unknown Pleasures
1. Monster
2. Lost In Translation
3. American Splendor
4. Finding Nemo
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Mystic River
7. Owning Mahowny
8. The Son
9. Whale Rider
10. In America
1. Medea
2. La Commune (Paris, 1871)
3. Elephant
4. Platform
5. Capturing The Friedmans
6. Ten
7. Gerry
8. In My Skin
9. Triplets of Belleville
10. Japon
1. Platform
2. Unknown Pleasures
3. demonlover
4. Millennium Mambo
5. In My Skin
6. Elephant
7. School Of Rock
8. Cowards Bend the Knee
9. The Son
10. The Slaughter Rule
Washington Post
(Stephen Hunter)
Washington Post
(Ann Hornaday)
Wall Street Journal
(Joe Morgenstern)
   
1. Cold Mountain
2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
3. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
4. Lost In Translation
5. 21 Grams
6. Bus 174
7. Shattered Glass
8. Dirty Pretty Things
9. Open Range
10. Bad Santa
1. Lost In Translation
2. American Splendor
3. Whale Rider
4. Dirty Pretty Things
5. Spellbound
6. Capturing The Friedmans
7. The Station Agent
8. Raising Victor Vargas
9. Holes
10. Finding Nemo
1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

[Note: Only a number 1 was designated; 2-10 were not ranked and are given in alphabetical order]
American Splendor
Finding Nemo
The Fog Of War
Lost In Translation
The Man On The Train
Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Pieces of April
Triplets of Belleville
Whale Rider
   

Summary of 2003 Critics Top Ten Lists

On how many Top 10 lists did each movie appear? What better way to find out than with a histogram!
Note that an asterisk indicates that a film was mentioned on a Top 10 list that did not rank films in a particular order.

21 Grams
25th Hour
28 Days Later
AKA
All The Real Girls
American Splendor
Angels In America [HBO]
Au Hasard Balthazar
Bad Santa
The Barbarian Invasions
Bend It Like Beckham
Big Fish
The Blondes
Blue Car
Blue Gate Crossing
Bolivia
Bus 174
Capturing The Friedmans
Carnage
Le Cercle Rouge
Chi-hwa-seon
City Of God
Cold Mountain
The Company
Cowards Bend The Knee
Crimson Gold
The Dancer Upstairs
Dark Blue
Decasia
The Decay Of Fiction
demonlover
Dirty Pretty Things
Divine Intervention
Down With Love
Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary
Elephant
The Eye
Finding Nemo
The Fog Of War
Friday Night
Frost
Gerry
Girl With A Pearl Earring
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly [re-release]
The Good Thief
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Holes
House Of Fools
House Of Sand And Fog
Hukkle
The Hunted
In America
In My Skin
In The Cut
In The Mirror Of Maya Deren
In This World
Irreversible
Japon
Joy Of Madness
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
La Commune (Paris, 1871)
The Last Samurai
The Last Letter
Laurel Canyon
Lilya 4-Ever
Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Lost In Translation
Love & Diane
Madame Sata
The Magdalene Sisters
Man On The Train
Man Without A Past
Marooned In Iraq
Masked and Anonymous
Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
The Matrix Reloaded
Medea
A Mighty Wind
Millennium Mambo
Monster
My Architect
Mystic River
Northfork
Nowhere In Africa
O Fantasma
Old School
Open Hearts
Open Range
Oporto Of My Childhood
Owning Mahowny
Peter Pan
The Pianist
Pieces Of April
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Pistol Opera
Platform
Porn Theater
The Quiet American
Raising Victor Vargas
The Same River Twice
School Of Rock
Seabiscuit
The Secret Lives Of Dentists
Senorita Extraviada
The Shape Of Things
Shattered Glass
The Slaughter Rule
Something's Gotta Give
The Son
Songs From The Second Floor
Spellbound
Spider
Spun
The Station Agent
Stevie
Stone Reader
Stuck On You
Sweet Sixteen
Swimming Pool
Taking SIdes
Ten
Thirteen
To Be And To Have
Together
The Triplets of Belleville
Under The Skin Of The City
Unknown Pleasures
Waiting For Happiness
West Of The Tracks--Teixi District
Whale Rider
Winged Migration
X-2: X-Men United
Zero Day

 

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