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2007 Critics' Picks

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Note that some critics offered an unranked list of the top ten movies; those are listed in alphabetical order without numbering below.

Austin Chronicle
(Marjorie Baumgarten)
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Austin Chronicle
(Marc Savlov)
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Baltimore Sun
(Chris Kaltenbach)
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Baltimore Sun
(Michael Sragow)
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Boston Globe
(Ty Burr)
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Boston Globe
(Wesley Morris)
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Charlotte Observer
(Lawrence Toppman)
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Chicago Reader
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)
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Chicago Reader
(J.R. Jones)
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Chicago Tribune
(Michael Phillips)
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Chicago Tribune
(Michael Wilmington)
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Christian Science Monitor
(Peter Rainer)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Empire
1 The Bourne Ultimatum
2 The Lives Of Others
3 Atonement
4 Ratatouille
5 The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
6 Zodiac
7 Superbad
8 Hot Fuzz
9 Knocked Up
10 Half Nelson
Entertainment Weekly
(Lisa Schwarzbaum)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 No Country for Old Men
3 I'm Not There
4 Persepolis
5 No End in Sight
6 Zodiac
7 Lady Chatterly
8 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
9 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
10 Knocked Up
Entertainment Weekly
(Owen Gleiberman)
1 I'm Not There
2 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
3 Michael Clayton
4 Superbad
5 The Lives of Others
6 Grindhouse
7 Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
8 Once
9 No End in Sight
10 Zodiac
Film Threat
(Staff Consensus)
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The Globe & Mail [Toronto]
(Liam Lacey & Rick Groen)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hollywood Reporter
(Kirk Honeycutt)
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Hollywood Reporter
(Sheri Linden)
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Hollywood Reporter
(Michael Rechtshaffen)
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Hollywood Reporter
(Richard James Havis)
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Hollywood Reporter
(Ray Bennett)
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Hollywood Reporter
(Frank Scheck)
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LA Weekly
(Scott Foundas)
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LA Weekly
(Ella Taylor)
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Los Angeles Times
(Kenenth Turan)
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Los Angeles Times
(Carina Chocano)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles Times
(Kevin Crust)
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Miami Herald
(Rene Rodriguez)
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New York Daily News
(Jack Mathews)
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New York Post
(Lou Lumenick)
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New York Post
(V.A. Musetto)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York Post
(Kyle Smith)
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The New York Times
(Manohla Dargis)
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The New York Times
(Stephen Holden)
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The New York Times
(A.O. Scott)
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Newsweek
(David Ansen)
1 Syndromes And A Century
2 There Will Be Blood
3 This Is England
4 The Lives Of Others
5 No Country for Old Men
6 Knocked Up
7 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8 Away From Her
9 The Hoax
10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Onion AV Club
(Noel Murray)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Offside
3 Ratatouille
4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
5 Once
6 The King Of Kong
7 Into The Wild
8 Gone Baby Gone
9 Zodiac
10 Atonement
The Onion AV Club
(Keith Phipps)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
4 Once
5 The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
6 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
7 Zodiac
8 Atonement
9 Gone Baby Gone
10 I'm Not There
The Onion AV Club
(Nathan Rabin)
1 Once
2 There Will Be Blood
3 Zodiac
4 No Country for Old Men
5 Ratatouille
6 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
7 Atonement
8 The Savages
9 An Unreasonable Man
10 The TV Set
The Onion AV Club
(Tasha Robinson)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Into The Wild
3 Once
4 Atonement
5 The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
6 Deep Water
7 The Lives Of Others
8 The Orphanage
9 Offside
10 I'm Not There
The Onion AV Club
(Scott Tobias)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 There Will Be Blood
3 Zodiac
4 The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
5 Knocked Up
6 Lake Of Fire
7 Once
8 Joshua
9 Black Book
10 Syndromes And A Century
Philadelphia Inquirer
(Steven Rea)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philadelphia Inquirer
(Carrie Rickey)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portland Oregonian
(Shawn Levy)
1 The Lives of Others
2 Once
3 No Country for Old Men
4 I'm Not There
5 There Will Be Blood
6 Ratatouille
7 Dance Party USA and
Quiet City
8 Michael Clayton
9 Eastern Promises
10 King Corn
Portland Oregonian
(Marc Mohan)
1 Children of Men
2 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
3 I'm Not There
4 Bug
5 The Host
6 No End in Sight
7 This Is England
8 Finding Normal
9 Zodiac
10 A Mighty Heart
Portland Oregonian
(Mike Russell)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 Zodiac
3 No Country For Old Men
4 Persepolis
5 The Host
6 Exiled
7 The King of Kong: Fist Full of Quarters
8 The Darjeeling Limited
9 Black Snake Moan
10 Hot Fuzz
Premiere
(Glenn Kenny)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Killer of Sheep
4 Private Fears in Public Spaces
5 The Darjeeling Limited
6 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
7 Zodiac
8 Ratatouille
9 I'm Not There
10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
ReelViews
(James Berardinelli)
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Rolling Stone
(Peter Travers)
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Salon
(Andrew O'Hehir)
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Salon
(Stephanie Zacharek)
1 I'm Not There
2 Control
3 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Persepolis
5 Away From Her
6 Ratatouille
7 Grindhouse
8 Once
9 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
10 No End in Sight and
Redacted
San Francisco Chronicle
(Peter Hartlaub)
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San Francisco Chronicle
(Mick LaSalle)
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San Francisco Chronicle
(Ruthe Stein)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
(William Arnold)
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Slate
(Dana Stevens)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Time Magazine
(Richard Corliss)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 The Lives of Others
3 Killer of Sheep
4 Atonement
5 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
6 Persepolis
7 No End in Sight
8 In the Valley of Elah
9 Waitress
10 Beowulf
Time Magazine
(Richard Schickel)
1 Michael Clayton
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4 After the Wedding
5 Black Book
6 Breach
7 The Savages
8 In the Valley of Elah
9 There Will Be Blood
10 Dan in Real Life
USA Today
(Claudia Puig)
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Variety
(Dennis Harvey)
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Village Voice
(Scott Foundas)
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Village Voice
(J. Hoberman)
1 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
2 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
3 The Decay of Fiction
4 A Scanner Darkly
5 The Science of Sleep
6 Climates
7 L'Enfant
8 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
9 Inland Empire
10 Battle in Heaven
Village Voice
(Nathan Lee)
1 Inland Empire
2 Army of Shadows
3 A Scanner Darkly
4 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
5 Jackass Number Two
6 Two Drifters
7 The Departed
8 Mutual Appreciation
9 Dave Chappelle's Block Party
10 The Descent
Wall Street Journal
(Joe Morgenstern)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Washington Post
(Ann Hornaday)
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Washington Post
(Stephen Hunter)
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Washington Post
(Desson Thomson)
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