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Metacritic FilmFilm Critic Top Ten Lists

2004 Critics' Picks

Individual lists are displayed below, followed by a summary of all top ten lists.

Austin Chronicle
(Marjorie Baumgarten)
Austin Chronicle
(Steve Davis)
Austin Chronicle
(Kimberley Jones)
Austin Chronicle
(Marc Savlov)
 
1 The Aviator 1 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 1 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 1 Before Sunset    
2 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2 Milliion Dollar Baby 2 House Of Flying Daggers 2 Shaun Of The Dead    
3 Milliion Dollar Baby 3 Sideways 3 Before Sunset 3 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind    
4 Control Room 4 I Heart Huckabees 4 Closer 4 Tarnation    
5 Bad Education 5 Control Room 5 The Incredibles 5 The Incredibles    
6 Hero 6 Shaun Of The Dead 6 Hotel Rwanda 6 Hotel Rwanda    
7 Vera Drake 7 Bad Education 7 Tarnation 7 Hellboy    
8 Notre Musique 8 Garden State 8 Maria Full Of Grace 8 End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones    
9 Before Sunset 9 Napoleon Dynamite 9 Bad Education 9 Garden State    
10 Moolaadé 10 Tarnation 10 Garden State 10 Dear Pillow    
Baltimore Sun
(Michael Sragow)
Baltimore Sun
(Chris Kaltenbach)
     
1 A Very Long Engagement 1 Sideways            
2 Miracle 2 The Incredibles            
3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 3 Spider-Man 2            
4 Before Sunset 4 The Motorcycle Diaries            
5 Sideways 5 Kill Bill: Volume 2            
6 The Aviator 6 Hero            
7 The Incredibles 7 Baadasssss            
8 Japanese Story 8 The Triplets Of Belleville            
9 Spider-Man 2 9 The Aviator            
10 Touching The Void 10 Festival Express            
Boston Globe
(Ty Burr)
Boston Globe
(Wesley Morris)
     
1 Sideways 1 Bad Education            
2 Milliion Dollar Baby 2 Milliion Dollar Baby            
3 Before Sunset 3 Tarnation            
4 Moolaadé 4 Vera Drake            
5 The Incredibles 5 Moolaadé            
6 Kill Bill: Volume 2 6 Goodbye Dragon Inn            
7 A Home At The End Of The World 7 Crimson Gold            
8 Kinsey 8 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind            
9 Dig! 9 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban            
10 (tie) I Heart Huckabees and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 10 Kill Bill: Volume 2            
Charlotte Observer
(Lawrence Toppman)
       
1 The Assassination Of Richard Nixon                
2 Sideways                
3 Touching The Void                
4 House Of Flying Daggers                
5 Milliion Dollar Baby                
6 A Very Long Engagement                
7 Before Sunset                
8 Bright Leaves                
9 Vera Drake                
10 Hotel Rwanda                
Chicago Reader
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)
Chicago Reader
(J.R. Jones)
     
1 The Big Red One 1 Zero Day            
2 Milliion Dollar Baby 2 Garden State            
3 Moolaadé 3 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring            
4 Los Angeles Plays Itself 4 We Don't Live Here Anymore            
5 The Exiles 5 The Corporation            
6 The Saddest Music In The World 6 House Of Flying Daggers            
7 Before Sunset 7 Sideways            
8 Young Adam 8 Dogville            
9 Coffee and Cigarettes 9 Since Otar Left            
10 Springtime In A Small Town 10 Primer            
Chicago Sun-Times
(Roger Ebert)
       
1 Million Dollar Baby                
2 Kill Bill: Volume 2                
3 Vera Drake                
4 Spider-Man 2                
5 Moolaadé                
6 The Aviator                
7 Baadasssss!                
8 Sideways                
9 Hotel Rwanda                
10 Undertow                
Chicago Tribune
(Michael WIlmington)
       
1 The Aviator                
2 Sideways                
3 House Of Flying Daggers                
4 Vera Drake                
5 Carandiru                
6 Before Sunset                
7 Ray                
8 The Incredibles                
9 Moolaadé                
10 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
Christian Science Monitor
(David Sterritt)
[no order specified]
       
n/a The Assassination Of Richard Nixon                
n/a Dogville                
n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
n/a Fahrenheit 9/11                
n/a In The Realms Of The Unreal                
n/a The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou                
n/a Milliion Dollar Baby                
n/a Notre Musique                
n/a The Saddest Music In The World                
n/a Sideways                
Dallas Observer
(Composite Of All Critics)
       
1 Sideways                
2 Maria Full Of Grace                
3 House Of Flying Daggers                
4 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
5 Bad Education                
6 Napoleon Dynamite                
7 Osama                
8 Fahrenheit 9/11                
9 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster                
10 Closer                
Entertainment Weekly
(Lisa Schwarzbaum)
Entertainment Weekly
(Owen Gleiberman)
     
1 Sideways 1 Sideways            
2 Milliion Dollar Baby 2 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind            
3 The Incredibles 3 The Incredibles            
4 Maria Full Of Grace 4 Maria Full Of Grace            
5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 5 Kinsey            
6 Moolaadé 6 Before Sunset            
7 Collateral 7 Osama            
8 The Aviator 8 Open Water            
9 The Return 9 13 Going On 30            
10 Bright Leaves 10 Ray            
Film Threat
(Composite Of All Critics)
       
1 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
2 Napoleon Dynamite                
3 The Incredibles                
4 Last Life In The Universe                
5 Hero                
6 Sideways                
7 Super Size Me                
8 Shaun Of The Dead                
9 Dawn Of The Dead                
10 Anchorman                
LA Weekly
(Ella Taylor)
[no order specified]
LA Weekly
(Scott Foundas)
LA Weekly
(Ron Stringer)
[no order specified]
   
n/a Before Sunset 1 (tie) Star Spangled to Death and Notre Musique n/a The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi        
n/a Collateral 2 Kill Bill: Volume 2 n/a Collateral        
n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 3 Dogville n/a Dogville        
n/a The Incredibles 4 Milliion Dollar Baby n/a Enduring Love        
n/a Kinsey 5 Moolaadé n/a The FIve Obstructions        
n/a Notre Musique 6 Vera Drake n/a The Incredibles        
n/a Prisoner of Paradise 7 Distant n/a Milliion Dollar Baby        
n/a The Return 8 Before Sunset n/a Oasis        
n/a Since Otar Left 9 Kinsey n/a Passion Of The Christ        
n/a Tarnation 10 (tie) Collateral and Los Angeles Plays Itself n/a Sideways        
Los Angeles Times
(Kenneth Turan)
Los Angeles Times
(Carina Chocano)
[no order specified]
Los Angeles Times
(Kevin Thomas)
   
1 Sideways n/a Bad Education 1 Tarnation        
2 The Incredibles n/a Before Sunset 2 Notre Musique        
3 Milliion Dollar Baby n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 3 Milliion Dollar Baby        
4 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind n/a Fahrenheit 9/11 4 A Home At The End Of The World        
5 The Five Obstructions n/a I Heart Huckabees 5 Bad Education        
6 (tie) Primer and Tarnation n/a Kinsey 6 Maria Full Of Grace        
7 Vera Drake n/a The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 7 Kinsey        
8 (tie) Fahrenheit 9/11 and Control Room n/a The Sea Inside 8 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind        
9 The Manchurian Candidate n/a Sideways 9 Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera        
10 (tie) The Return and Goodbye, Lenin n/a Super Size Me 10 Moolaadé        
New York Daily News
(Jami Bernard)
New York Daily News
(Jack Mathews)
     
1 House Of Flying Daggers 1 Sideways            
2 The Sea Inside 2 Milliion Dollar Baby            
3 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 3 The Incredibles            
4 Milliion Dollar Baby 4 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind            
5 Vera Drake 5 Dogville            
6 Infernal Affairs 6 Before Sunset            
7 The Incredibles 7 Kinsey            
8 Sideways 8 Maria Full Of Grace            
9 Collateral 9 Polar Express            
10 Shrek 2 10 The Merchant Of Venice            
New York Magazine
(Ken Tucker)
       
1 Sideways                
2 The Incredibles                
3 How To Draw A Bunny                
4 Collateral                
5 House Of Flying Daggers                
6 End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones                
7 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
8 Kill Bill: Volume 2                
9 A Very Long Engagement                
10 Fahrenheit 9/11                
New York Post
(Lou Lumenick)
New York Post
(V.A. Musetto)
[no order specified]
     
1 Milliion Dollar Baby n/a The Big Animal            
2 Sideways n/a Goodbye Dragon Inn            
3 Tarnation n/a Good Morning, Night            
4 The Incredibles n/a Gozu            
5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind n/a Oasis            
6 House Of Flying Daggers n/a Open Water            
7 Bad Education n/a Osama            
8 Finding Neverland n/a Saddest Music In The World            
9 The Motorcycle Diaries n/a Since Otar Left            
10 Vera Drake n/a Vera Drake            
New York Times
(A.O. Scott)
New York Times
(Manohla Dargis)
New York Times
(Stephen Holden)
   
1 Milliion Dollar Baby 1 Milliion Dollar Baby 1 Bad Education        
2 The Big Red One 2 The Big Red One 2 Sideways        
3 Moolaadé 3 Sideways 3 Maria Full Of Grace        
4 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 4 Before Sunset 4 Vera Drake        
5 Tarnation 5 Collateral 5 Kinsey        
6 Goodbye Dragon Inn 6 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 6 Milliion Dollar Baby        
7 Kinsey 7 Kill Bill: Volume 2 7 Bright Leaves        
8 Tokyo Godfathers 8 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 8 The Door In The Floor        
9 The Incredibles 9 Time Of The Wolf 9 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind        
10 Fahrenheit 9/11 10 Blind Shaft 10 The Mother        
Newsweek        
1 Sideways                
2 Before Sunset                
3 Osama                
4 Milliion Dollar Baby                
5 Bad Education                
6 The Aviator                
7 Friday Night Lights                
8 The Manchurian Candidate                
9 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban                
10 Kinsey                
Philadelphia Inquirer
(Carrie Rickey)
[no order specified]
Philadelphia Inquirer
(Steven Rea)
[no order specified]
     
n/a The Aviator n/a Before Sunset            
n/a Bad Education n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind            
n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind n/a House Of Flying Daggers            
n/a Garden State n/a The Incredibles            
n/a Hotel Rwanda n/a The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou            
n/a The Incredibles n/a Maria Full Of Grace            
n/a Milliion Dollar Baby n/a Milliion Dollar Baby            
n/a Moolaadé n/a The Motorcycle Diaries            
n/a Sideways n/a Sideways            
n/a Spanglish n/a Since Otar Left            
Portland Oregonian
(Shawn Levy)
[no order specified]
       
n/a The Aviator                
n/a Bad Education                
n/a Before Sunset                
n/a Hero                
n/a The Incredibles                
n/a Love Me If You Dare                
n/a Milliion Dollar Baby                
n/a The Motorcycle Diaries                
n/a Shaun Of The Dead                
n/a Vera Drake                
Premiere
(Glenn Kenny)
       
1 Sideways                
2 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
3 Milliion Dollar Baby                
4 The Incredibles                
5 I Heart Huckabees                
6 Bad Education                
7 Notre Musique                
8 Goodbye Dragon Inn                
9 Time Of The Wolf                
10 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou                
ReelViews
(James Berardinelli)
       
1 Maria Full Of Grace                
2 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring                
3 Before Sunset                
4 Moolaadé                
5 The Sea Inside                
6 Milliion Dollar Baby                
7 Closer                
8 Sideways                
9 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
10 (tie) The Incredibles and Polar Express                
Rolling Stone
(Peter Travers)
       
1 Sideways                
2 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
3 Milliion Dollar Baby                
4 The Aviator                
5 The Incredibles                
6 Kinsey                
7 Closer                
8 Finding Neverland                
9 Kill Bill: Volume 2                
10 Fahrenheit 9/11                
San Francisco Chronicle
(Carla Meyer)
San Francisco Chronicle
(Mick LaSalle)
San Francisco Chronicle
(Ruthe Stein)
   
1 Sideways 1 Dogville 1 Sideways        
2 Before Sunset 2 Before Sunset 2 Ray        
3 Milliion Dollar Baby 3 Fahrenheit 9/11 3 Milliion Dollar Baby        
4 Maria Full Of Grace 4 The Dreamers 4 A Very Long Engagement        
5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 5 Sideways 5 Before Sunset        
6 Fahrenheit 9/11 6 Stage Beauty 6 Hotel Rwanda        
7 Open Water 7 Callas Forever 7 Maria Full Of Grace        
8 Hotel Rwanda 8 Hotel Rwanda 8 Kinsey        
9 Spider-Man 2 9 Being Julia 9 The Aviator        
10 Shaun Of The Dead 10 The Aviator 10 Bad Education        
Salon
(Charles Taylor)
Salon
(Stephanie Zacharek)
     
1 (tie) House Of Flying Daggers and Hero 1 Before Sunset            
2 The Dreamers 2 House Of Flying Daggers            
3 Before Sunset 3 Hotel Rwanda            
4 Last Life In The Universe 4 Last Life In The Universe            
5 Goodbye Dragon Inn 5 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead            
6 Ray 6 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban            
7 A Very Long Engagement 7 (tie) The Incredibles and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie            
8 Hotel Rwanda 8 Hellboy            
9 Blissfully Yours 9 The Aviator            
10 13 Going On 30 10 Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle            
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
(William Arnold)
[no order specified]
       
n/a The Aviator                
n/a Being Julia                
n/a Bon Voyage                
n/a Collateral                
n/a Finding Neverland                
n/a (tie) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Spider-Man 2                
n/a The Incredibles                
n/a The Motorcycle Diaries                
n/a Ray                
n/a Vera Drake                
Slate
(David Edelstein)
       
1 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
2 Sideways                
3 (tie) House Of Flying Daggers and Hero                
4 Bad Education                
5 The Incredibles                
6 Tarnation                
7 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster                
8 Moolaadé                
9 Kill Bill: Volume 2                
10 Goodbye Dragon Inn                
Time
(Richard Corliss)
Time
(Richard Schickel)
     
1 (tie) House Of Flying Daggers and Hero 1 The Aviator            
2 Sideways 2 Milliion Dollar Baby            
3 Bad Education 3 Vera Drake            
4 Closer 4 The Inheritance            
5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 5 Kitchen Stories            
6 Infernal Affairs 6 Collateral            
7 The Five Obstructions 7 Maria Full Of Grace            
8 Ray 8 Kinsey            
9 The Sea Inside 9 The Woodsman            
10 (tie) Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion Of The Christ 10 Sideways            
USA Today
(Mike Clark)
USA Today
(Claudia Puig)
     
1 Sideways 1 Sideways            
2 The Aviator 2 Milliion Dollar Baby            
3 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 3 Hotel Rwanda            
4 Milliion Dollar Baby 4 The Aviator            
5 The Incredibles 5 The Sea Inside            
6 Intimate Strangers 6 Maria Full Of Grace            
7 Spider-Man 2 7 The Motorcycle Diaries            
8 Vera Drake 8 Collateral            
9 Collateral 9 Before Sunset            
10 A Very Long Engagement 10 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind            
Variety
(Robert Koehler)
       
1 Notre Musique                
2 Moolaadé                
3 The Big Red One                
4 Star Spangled To Death                
5 Milliion Dollar Baby                
6 Distant                
7 Time Of The Wolf                
8 The Blonds                
9 Crimson Gold                
10 Since Otar Left                
Village Voice Take 6 Poll
(Composite of 94 film critics surveyed)
Village Voice
(J. Hoberman)
Village Voice
(Michael Atkinson)
Village Voice
(Dennis Lim)
 
1 Before Sunset 1 Star Spangled To Death 1 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 1 I Heart Huckabees    
2 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2 Dogville 2 Time Of The Wolf 2 Primer    
3 Dogville 3 Notre Musique 3 Oasis 3 Before Sunset    
4 Sideways 4 Cowards Bend The Knee 4 Before Sunset 4 Dogville    
5 Goodbye Dragon Inn 5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 5 Cowards Bend The Knee 5 Blissfully Yours    
6 Notre Musique 6 Before Sunset 6 The Outskirts 6 Goodbye Dragon Inn    
7 Crimson Gold 7 Springtime In A Small Town 7 The Trilogy (On The Run, An Amazing Couple, After The Life) 7 Infernal Affairs    
8 I Heart Huckabees 8 Goodbye Dragon Inn 8 Birth 8 Son Frere    
9 Vera Drake 9 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 9 Notre Musique 9 A Talking Picture    
10 Moolaadé 10 Anatomy Of Hell 10 Goodbye Dragon Inn 10 (tie) Code 46 and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind    
Washington Post
(Desson Thomson)
       
1 Sideways                
2 The Incredibles                
3 Bad Education                
4 House Of Flying Daggers                
5 Maria Full Of Grace                
6 Fahrenheit 9/11                
7 Moolaadé                
8 Vera Drake                
9 Milliion Dollar Baby                
10 Hotel Rwanda                
The Wall Street Journal
(Joe Morgenstern)
[movies 3-10 were unranked]
       
1 The Incredibles                
2 Sideways                
n/a Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind                
n/a House Of Flying Daggers                
n/a Kinsey                
n/a The Motorcycle Diaries                
n/a Napoleon Dynamite                
n/a Ray                
n/a The Return                
n/a A Very Long Engagement                

Summary of 2004 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.

13 Going On 30
Anatomy Of Hell
Anchorman
The Assassination Of Richard Nixon
The Aviator
Bad Education
Baadasssss!
Before Sunset
Being Julia
The Big Animal
The Big Red One
Birth
Blind Shaft
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Blissfully Yours
The Blonds
Bon Voyage
Bright Leaves
Callas Forever
Carandiru
Closer
Code 46
Coffee And Cigarettes
Collateral
Control Room
The Corporation
Cowards Bend The Knee
Crimson Gold
Dawn Of The Dead
Dear Pillow
Dig!
Distant
Dogville
The Door In The Floor
The Dreamers
End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones
Enduring Love
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
The Exiles
Fahrenheit 9/11
Festival Express
Finding Neverland
The Five Obstructions
Friday Night Lights
Garden State
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Good Morning, Night
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Goodbye, Lenin
Gozu
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hellboy
Hero
A Home At The End Of The World
Hotel Rwanda
House Of Flying Daggers
How To Draw A Bunny
I Heart Huckabees
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
In The Realms Of The Unreal
The Incredibles
Infernal Affairs
The Inheritance
Intimate Strangers
Japanese Story
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kinsey
Kitchen Stories
Last Life In The Universe
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Love Me If You Dare
The Manchurian Candidate
Maria Full Of Grace
The Merchant Of Venice
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Milliion Dollar Baby
Miracle
Moolaadé
The Mother
The Motorcycle Diaries
Napoleon Dynamite
Notre Musique
Oasis
Open Water
Osama
The Outskirts
The Passion Of The Christ
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera
Polar Express
Primer
Prisoner of Paradise
Ray
The Return
The Saddest Music In The World
The Sea Inside
Shaun Of The Dead
Shrek 2
Sideways
Since Otar Left
Son Frere
Spider-Man 2
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Spanglish
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Springtime In A Small Town
Stage Beauty
Star Spangled To Death
Super Size Me
A Talking Picture
Tarnation
Time Of The Wolf
Tokyo Godfathers
Touching The Void
The Trilogy (On The Run, An Amazing Couple, After The Life)
The Triplets Of Belleville
Undertow
Vera Drake
A Very Long Engagement
We Don't Live Here Anymore
The Woodsman
Young Adam
Zero Day

 

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