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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)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 The Lives of Others
3 Persepolis
4 No Country for Men
5 The Savages
6 Away from Her
7 I'm Not There
8 Sicko
9 Atonement
10 Eastern Promises
Austin Chronicle
(Marc Savlov)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Persepolis
4 Black Snake Moan
5 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
6 Juno
7 No End in Sight
8 Joe Strummer:  The Future is Unwritten
9 Control
10 Grindhouse ("Death Proof")
Baltimore Sun
(Michael Sragow)
1 Ratatouille
2 The Lives of Others
3 Killer of Sheep
4 In the Shadow of the Moon
5 The Wind that Shakes the Barley
6 No End in Sight
7 Pan's Labyrinth
8 Starting Out in the Evening
9 No Country for Old Men
10 Atonement
Boston Globe
(Ty Burr)
1 I'm Not There
2 No Country for Old Men
3 No End in Sight
4 There Will Be Blood
5 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
6 Ratatouille
7 Michael Clayton
8 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9 Zodiac
10 Lake of Fire
Boston Globe
(Wesley Morris)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Zodiac
3 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4 Bamako
5 Syndromes and a Century
6 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
7 The Golden Door
8 Day Night, Day Night
9 The Host
10 Ratatouille
Charlotte Observer
(Lawrence Toppman)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 Atonement
3 Ratatouille
4 A Mighty Heart
5 Away from Her
6 The Savages
7 Across the Universe
8 Into the Wild
9 The Orphanage
10 Eklavya
Chicago Reader
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)
1 Casa de Lava
(tie) Where Lies Your Hidden Smile
(tie) Colossal Youth
6 Black Book
(tie) Ratatouille
(tie) Margot at the
Wedding
2 India Matri Bhumi (tie) I'm Not There
3 Out 1
(tie) Out 1: Spectre
(tie) In the Valley of Elah
4 Bamako (tie) The Dead Girl
5 The Silence Before Bach (tie) Blade Runner: The Final Cut
7 Away from Her (tie) Honeydripper
8 My Brother's Wedding (tie) Letters from Iwo Jima
9 Private Fears in Public Places (tie) Starting Out in the Evening
10 Offsides The Assassination of Jesse James
(tie) Inland Empire
Chicago Reader
(J.R. Jones)
1 Atonement
2 Away from Her
3 Gone Baby Gone
4 In the Valley of Elah
5 Into Great Silence
6 Lake of Fire
7 My Kid Could Paint That
8 Reservation Road
9 Strange Culture
10 Things We Lost in the Fire
Chicago Sun-Times
(Roger Ebert)
1 Juno
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4 Atonement
5 The Kite Runner
6 Away From Her
7 Across the Universe
8 La Vie En Rose
9 The Great Debaters
10 Into the Wild
Chicago Tribune
(Michael Phillips)
1 Once
2 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4 Ratatouille
5 There Will Be Blood
6 No End in Sight
7 Margot at the Wedding
8 The Bourne Ulitimatum
9 The Assassination of Jesse James
10 Knocked Up
(tie) Juno
Christian Science Monitor
(Peter Rainer)
1  Breach
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Hairspray
Into Great Silence
The Namesake
No Country for Old Men
No End in Sight
Offside
10  Persepolis
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
(Peter Vonder Haar)
1 The Assassination of Jesse James
2 No Country for Old Men
3 The King of Kong
4 Into the Wild
5 Zodiac
6 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
7 Eastern Promises
8 Sweeney Todd
9 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
10 Once
The Globe & Mail [Toronto]
(Liam Lacey & Rick Groen)
1  No Country for Old Men
4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Ratatouille
The Lives of Others
Juno
Eastern Promises
Once
Away from Her
10  Zodiac
Hollywood Reporter
(Kirk Honeycutt)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
3 The Kite Runner
4 Ratatouille
5 Michael Clayton
6 The Bourne Ultimatum
7 The Savages
8 No Country for Old Men
9 Charlie Wilson's War
10 Eastern Promises
Hollywood Reporter
(Sheri Linden)
1 Zodiac
2 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
3 The Savages
4 Deep Water
5 Syndromes and a Century
6 In the Shadow of the Moon
7 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8 Control
9 The Water Horse
10 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Hollywood Reporter
(Michael Rechtshaffen)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Atonement
3 Juno
4 There Will Be Blood
5 Blame It on Fidel
6 Ratatouille
7 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8 No End in Sight
9 Once
10 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
Hollywood Reporter
(Stephen Farber)
1 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2 I'm Not There
3 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 The Kite Runner
5 The Lookout
6 Juno
7 Gone Baby Gone
8 Michael Clayton
9 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
10 Eastern Promises
Hollywood Reporter
(Ray Bennett)
1 The Assassination of Jesse James
2 The Band's Visit
3 I Served the King of England
4  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5 Atonement
6 Michael Clayton
7 The Bourne Utlimatum
8 The Savages
9 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
10 Zodiac
Hollywood Reporter
(Frank Scheck)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 There Will Be Blood
3 No Country for Old Men
4 Sweeney Todd
5 Eastern Promises
6 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
7 Into the Wild
8 The Savages
9 Michael Clayton
10 Sicko
LA Weekly
(Scott Foundas)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 Colossal Youth
(tie) Regular Lovers
3 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
(tie) Lake of Fire
4 Zodiac
5 Ratatouille
6 No Country for Old Men
(tie) The Assassination of Jesse James
7 Eastern Promises
(tie) Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
8 Margot at the Wedding
9 Knocked Up
(tie) Superbad
10 Redacted
(tie) No End in Sight
(tie) The Wind that Shakes the Barley
LA Weekly
(Ella Taylor)
1 There Will Be Blood
2 Manufactured Landscapes
(tie) The Host
3 Away From Her
(tie) The Savages
4 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
(tie) Lake of Fire
5 Ratatouille
6 Once
7 Persepolis
8 Knocked Up
9 The Band's Visit
10 Killer of Sheep
Los Angeles Times
(Kenenth Turan)
1 Atonement
2 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3 Into Great Silence
(tie) Terror's Advocate
4 Lady Chatterley
(tie) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
5 Lars and the Real Girl
6 Lust, Caution
7 Michael Clayton
8 No Country for Old Men
9 Once
10 Ratatouille
Los Angeles Times
(Carina Chocano)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
(tie) The Savages
Ratatouille
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Sicko
There Will Be Blood
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Juno
Once
(tie) Waitress
The Hoax
(tie) Control
10  My Kid Could Paint That
Los Angeles Times
(Kevin Crust)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 Once
3 Into the Wild
4 No Country for Old Men
5 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
6 I'm Not There
7 Away from Her
8 Michael Clayton
9 This Is England
10 Anything with Philip Seymour Hoffman
Metacritic.com
(Marc Doyle)
1 Eastern Promises
2 No Country For Old Men
3 Deep Water
4 Once
5 There Will Be Blood
6 Control
7 28 Weeks Later...
8 American Hardcore
9 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
10 The Orphanage
Miami Herald
(Rene Rodriguez)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 There Will Be Blood
3 The Lives of Others
4 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
5 Michael Clayton
6 No End in Sight
7 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8 American Gangster
9 The Bourne Ultimatum
10 Zodiac
New York Daily News
(Jack Mathews)
1 No Country for Old Men 
2 Away From Her
3 Ratatouille
4 The Assassination of Jesse James
5 Lust, Caution
6 Grindhouse
7 Michael Clayton
8 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9 Interview
10 Eastern Promises
New York Magazine
(David Edelstein)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 Away from Her
3 There Will Be Blood
4 Sweeney Todd
5 The Savages
6 No Country for Old Men
7 No End in Sight
8 Michael Clayton
9 Ratatouille
(tie) Persepolis
10 Grace is Gone
New York Post
(Lou Lumenick)
1 Atonement
2 The Diving Bell and the Butterfy
3 No Country for Old Men
4 Juno
5 Ratatouille
6 Zodiac
7 American Gangster
8 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9 Hairspray
10 There Will Be Blood
New York Post
(V.A. Musetto)
12:08 East of Bucharest
 2 The Host
Exiled
Away From Her
Rescue Dawn
Glass Lips
 7 Flanders
The Band's Visit
The Wayward Cloud
10  The GoodTimesKid
New York Post
(Kyle Smith)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 Once
3 Knocked Up
4 Into the Wild
5 Superbad
6 Ratatouille
7 No Country for Old Men
8 The Lives of Others
9 Margot at the Wedding
10 Meet the Robinsons
The New York Times
(Stephen Holden)
1 There Will Be Blood
4 The Lives Of Others
3 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Persepolis
5 Starting Out in the Evening
6 No Country for Old Men
7 Sweeney Todd
8 Atonement
9 Across the Universe
10 Juno
The New York Times
(A.O. Scott)
1 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2 Ratatouille
3 (tie)There Will Be Blood
(tie)Sweeney Todd
4 I'm Not There
5 No End in Sight
6 (tie) 12:08 East of Bucharest
(tie) Live-In Maid
7 (tie) Into the Wild
(tie) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8 (tie) The Lives of the Others
(tie) Michael Clayton
9 (tie) The Savages
(tie) Away from Her
10 (tie) Knocked Up
(tie) Superbad
(tie) Juno
The New York Times
(Manohla Dargis)
1 There Will Be Blood

2 Zodiac
3 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (tie) Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4 Colossal Youth (tie) Eastern Promises
5 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (tie) I'm Not There
6 Into Great Silence (tie) Killer of Sheep
7 Lady Chatterley (tie) Michael Clayton
8 Monika (tie) No End in Sight
9 Paprika (tie) Southland Tales
10 Superbad (tie)

(tie)
(tie)
(tie)
(tie)
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Host
The Kingdom
The Savages
This is England
Year of the Dog
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)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
The Bourne Ultimatum
 3 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Eastern Promises
I'm Not There
Into the Wild
Margot at the Wedding
Michael Clayton
 9 No Country for Old Men
10  La Vie en Rose
Philadelphia Inquirer
(Carrie Rickey)
Across the Universe
American Gangster
Away from Her
Enchanted
Great Debaters
Into the Wild
Juno
The Namesake
No End in Sight
10  The Savages
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
(Glen 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)
1 The Lives of Others
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Into the Wild
4 Juno
5 Black Book
6 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
7 Gone Baby Gone
8 Atonement
9 The Namesake
10 Charlie Wilson's War
Rolling Stone
(Peter Travers)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Atonement
3 Into the Wild
4 Eastern Promises
5 Sweeney Todd
6 American Gangster
7 There Will Be Blood
8 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9 I'm Not There
10 Knocked Up
(tie) Juno
Salon
(Andrew O'Hehir)
1 Bamako
2 Joe Strummer:  The Future is Unwritten
3 Romance & Cigarettes
4 Regular Lovers
5 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
6 4 Months, 3 Years and 2 Days
7 Red Road
8 Forever
9 Zodiac
10 Killer of Sheep
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 
(tie) Redacted
San Francisco Chronicle
(Peter Hartlaub)
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Michael Clayton
3 Ratatouille
4 Juno
5 The Host
6 Knocked Up
7 The Savages
8 Grindhouse
9 Atonement
10 The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
San Francisco Chronicle
(Mick LaSalle)
1 Waitress
2 Atonement
3 The Assassination of Jesses James
4 No Country for Old Men
5 Redacted
6 Dan in Real Life
7 Flanders
8 The Golden Door
9 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
10 Revolution Summer
Slate
(Dana Stevens)
1
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
 2 Away from Her
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Host
Killer of Sheep
No End in Sight
Once
 8 Persepolis
Ratatouille
10  There Will Be Blood
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)
1 Michael Clayton
2 The Bourne Ultimatum
3 The Assassination of Jesse James
4 Persepolis
5 Into the Wild
6 Juno
7 Once
8 The Namesake
9 There Will Be Blood
10 Zodiac
Variety
(Dennis Harvey)
1 Adam's Apple and Absolute Wilson
2 The Assassination of Jesse James and All This in Tea
3 Colma: The Musical and King Corn
4 Gone Baby Gone and The King of Kong
5 Grindhouse and Manufactured Landscapes
6 Lars and the Real Girl and My Kid Could Paint That
7 The Last Winter and No End in Sight
8 Margot at the Wedding and Protagonist
9 Michael Clayton and Romantico
10 Ten Canoes and Zoo
Village Voice
(J. Hoberman)
1 I'm Not There
2 Eastern Promises
3 13 Lakes and Ten Skies
4 Southland Tales
5 There Will Be Blood
6 Offside
7 Day Night Day Night
8 Terror's Advocate
9 Panoramas of the Moving Image
10 The Assassination of Jesse James
Village Voice
(Nathan Lee)
1 Southland Tales
2 Zodiac
3 Syndromes and a Century
4 I'm Not There
5 Pitcher of Colored Light
6 Regular Lovers
7 The Rabbit Hunters
(tie) Colossal Youth
8 Black Book
9 Eastern Promises
10 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Wall Street Journal
(Joe Morgenstern)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Ratatouille
There Will Be Blood
Atonement
Into the Wild
Juno
Lars and the Real Girl
Manufactured Landscapes
Once
10  Waitress
Washington Post
(Ann Hornaday)
1 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 Into the Wild
3 There Will Be Blood
4 Atonement
5 Once
6 Michael Clayton
7 The Golden Door
8 No End in Sight
9 Maxed Out..
10 I'm Not There
Washington Post
(Stephen Hunter)
1 No End in Sight
2 Persepolis
3 Starting Out in the Evening
4 Charlie Wilson's War
5 American Gangster
6 Shanghai Triad Election
7 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
8 Superbad
9 Breach
10 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Washington Post
(Desson Thomson)
1 Zodiac
2 No Country for Old Men
3 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 There Will Be Blood
5 Once
6 Juno
7 The Host
8 Eastern Promises
9 Waitress
10 I'm Not There
Metacritic.com Users Consensus
1 There Will Be Blood
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Juno
4 Once
5 Ratatouille
6 Superbad
7 Zodiac
8 The Assassination of Jesse James
9 Grindhouse
10 3:10 to Yuma

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