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THE CRITICS PICK THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2004

 

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Finding Neverland
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
Team America: World Police
Bad Education
The Incredibles
Collateral
A Home at the End of the World
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

--Thelma Adams, US Weekly

VERA DRAKE
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Five Obstructions
Sideways
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Notre Musique
Free Radicals
Born into Brothels
The Aviator
Million Dollar Baby

--John Anderson, Newsday

SIDEWAYS
Before Sunset
Osama
Million Dollar Baby
Bad Education
The Aviator
Friday Night Lights
The Manchurian Candidate
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kinsey

--David Ansen, Newsweek

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Time of the Wolf
Oasis
Before Sunset
Cowards Bend the Knee
The Outskirts
The Trilogy
Birth
Notre Musique
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

--Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
The Sea Inside
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Million Dollar Baby
Vera Drake
Infernal Affairs
The Incredibles
Sideways
Collateral
Shrek 2

--Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

SIDEWAYS
Million Dollar Baby
Before Sunset
Moolaade
The Incredibles
Kill Bill Vol. 2
A Home at the End of the World
Kinsey
Dig!
I Heart Huckabees (Tie)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...And Spring (Tie)

--Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

HERO (Tie)
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (Tie)
Sideways
Bad Education
Closer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Infernal Affairs
The Five Obstructions
Ray
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Tie)
The Passion of the Christ (Tie)

--Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
The Big Red One: The Restoration
Sideways
Before Sunset
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Time of the Wolf
Blind Shaft

--Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Vera Drake
Spider-Man 2
Moolaade
The Aviator
Baadasssss!
Sideways
Hotel Rwanda
Undertow

--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

RAY
Spider-Man 2
Hotel Rwanda
Team America: World Police
Napolean Dynamite
The Manchurian Candidate
Collateral
Saved!
Kill Bill Volume 2
Fade to Back

--Shawn Edwards, Fox TV

STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH (Tie)
NOTRE MUSIQUE (Tie)
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Dogville
Million Dollar Baby
Moolaadé
Vera Drake
Distant
Before Sunset
Kinsey
Collateral
(Tie)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (Tie)
--Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD
A Very Long Engagement
Million Dollar Baby
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
Hero
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Village
Super Size Me
Spanglish

--David Germain, Associated Press

SIDEWAYS
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Incredibles
Maria Full of Grace
Kinsey
Before Sunset
Osama
Open Water
13 Going on 30
Ray

--Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

BAD EDUCATION
Crimson Gold
Twentynine Palms
Dogville
Secret Things
Million Dollar Baby
Son Free
Raja
The Keys to the House
When Will I be Loved

--Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The Aviator
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Finding Neverland
Hotel Rwanda
Kinsey
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Phantom of the Opera
Ray

--Susan Granger, www.susangranger.com

KINSEY
The Aviator
Super Size Me
Kill Bill Volume 2
Bad Education
Fahreheit 9/11
Control Room
Open Water
Maria Full of Grace
Seed of Chucky

--Matthew Hays, Montreal Mirror

STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH
Dogville
Notre Musique
Cowards Bend the Knee
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before Sunset
Springtime in a Small Town
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Anatomy of Hell

--J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

FINDING NEVERLAND
Million Dollar Baby
The Passion of the Christ
The Aviator
Kinsey
House of Flying Daggers
The Door in the Floor
The Dreamers
I’m Not Scared
The Story of the Weeping Camel

--Louis Hobson, The Winnipeg Sun

BAD EDUCATION
Sideways
Maria Full of Grace
Vera Drake
Kinsey
Million Dollar Baby
Bright Leaves
The Door in the Floor
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Mother

--Stephen Holden, The New York Times

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Crimson Gold
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sideways
Before Sunset
Kinsey
The Aviator
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Open Water

--Peter Keough, Time Magazine

THE AVIATOR
Before Sunset
Closer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fahrenheit 9/11

Hero (Tie)
House of Flying Daggers (Tie)
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries
Sideways
Spider-Man 2

--Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun

DOGVILLE
Before Sunset
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Dreamers
Sideways
Stage Beauty
Callas Forever
Hotel Rwanda
Being Julia
The Aviator

--Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Closer
Infernal Affairs
Kinsey
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Sea Inside
Sideways
Spartan
Spider-Man 2
Vera Drake

--Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

SIDEWAYS
Team America: World Police
A Very Long Engagement
Garden State
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Door in the Floor
Maria Full of Grace
Before Sunset
Shaun of the Dead

--Christy Lemire, Associated Press

SIDEWAYS
The Sea Inside
Bad Education
Notre Musique
House of Flying Daggers
Maria Full of Grace
The Incredibles
Before Sunset
The Aviator
Million Dollar Baby

--Emanuel Levy, www.emanuellevy.com

I HEART HUCKABEES
Primer
Before Sunset
Dogville
Blissfully Yours
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Infernal Affairs
Son Frere
A Talking Picture

Code 46 (Tie)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Tie)
--Dennis Lim, The Village Voice

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Sideways
Tarnation
The Incredibles
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
House of Flying Daggers
Bad Education
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries

Vera Drake (Tie)
Maria Full of Grace (Tie)
--Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (THE BEST)
(THE REST LISTED IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
A Very Long Engagement
Phantom of the Opera
The Aviator
Fahrenheit 9/11
Super Size Me
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
The Terminal
The Sea Inside
Finding Neverland
Sideways

--Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Facing Windows
Finding Neverland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Intimate Strangers
Maria Full of Grace
The Return
Sideways
Spider-Man 2
Vera Drake

--Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

SIDEWAYS
Million Dollar Baby
The Incredibles
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Dogville
Before Sunset
Kinsey
Maria Full of Grace
Polar Express
The Merchant of Venice

--Jack Mathews, The New York Daily News

SIDEWAYS
Before Sunset
Million Dollar Baby
Maria Full of Grace
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fahrenheit 9/11
Open Water
Hotel Rwanda
Spider-Man 2
Shaun of the Dead

--Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

BAD EDUCATION
Million Dollar Baby
Tarnation
Vera Drake
Moolaade
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Crimson Gold
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kill Bill Volume 2

--Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The Big Animal
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Good Morning, Night
Gozu
Oasis
Open Water
Osama
Saddest Music in the World
Since Otar Left
Vera Drake

--V. A. Musetto, The New York Post

GARDEN STATE
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Finding Neverland
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
Million Dollar Baby
Super Size Me
(Tie)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Tie)
The Passion of the Christ
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Before Sunset
Dogville
(Tie)
The Five Obstructions (Tie)
--Sean O’Connell, WCNC-TV

SIDEWAYS
Million Dollar Baby
Hotel Rwanda
The Aviator
The Sea Inside
Maria Full of Grace
Moolaade
The Motorcycle Diaries
Before Sunset
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

--Claudia Puig, USA Today

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Kinsey
Sideways
Bad Education
Fahrenheit 9/11
A Home at the End of the World
Ray
Open Water
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Motorcycle Diaries

--Rex Reed, The New York Observer

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER
Team America: World Police
Hero
Ghost in the Shell 2
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Open Water
Goodbye Lenin!
Saddest Music in the World
Control Room
Tarnation

--Sarah Rowland, Montreal Mirror

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
Bad Education
The Big Red One: The Restoration
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Million Dollar Baby
Crimson Gold
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sideways
Zatoichi
Team America: World Police

--Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

THE AVIATOR
Million Dollar Baby
Vera Drake
The Inheritance
Kitchen Stories
Collateral
Maria Full of Grace
Kinsey
The Woodsman
Sideways

--Richard Schickel, Time Magazine

SIDEWAYS
Million Dollar Baby
The Incredibles
Maria Full of Grace
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Moolaade
Collateral
The Aviator
The Return
Bright Leaves

--Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
The Big Red One: The Restoration
Moolaade
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Tarnation
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Kinsey
Tokyo Godfathers
The Incredibles
Fahrenheit 9/11

--A. O. Scott, The New York Times

SIDEWAYS
Moolaade
Bad Education
The Incredibles
Kill Bill Volume 2
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before Sunset
Collateral
Maria Full of Grace
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

--Gene Seymour, Newsday

THE SEA INSIDE
Million Dollar Baby
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Vera Drake
Crimson Gold
Kinsey
Moolaade
Bad Education
Since Otar Left
The Five Obstructions

--Robert Sklar, Houston Chronicle

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Dogville
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fahrenheit 9/11
In the Realms of the Unreal
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Million Dollar Baby
Notre Musique
The Saddest Music in the World
Sideways

--David Sterritt, The Christian Science Monitor

VERA DRAKE
Dogville
Maria Full of Grace
Since Otar Left
Tarnation
The Aviator
The Return
The Motorcycle Diaries
Intimate Strangers
Almost Peaceful

--Jan Stuart, Newsday

BEFORE SUNSET
The Big Red One: The Restoration
Internal Affairs Trilogy
A Talking Picture
Primer
Cowards Bend the Knee
Café Lumière
Fahrenheit 9/11
Arna's Children
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

--Amy Taubin, Artforum

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (Tie)
HERO (Tie)

The Dreamers
Before Sunset
Last Life in the Universe
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Ray
A Very Long Engagement
Hotel Rwanda
Blissfully Yours
13 Going on 30

--Charles Taylor, Salon

(LISTED IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
Collateral
The Incredibles
The Return
Before Sunset
Notre Musique
Kinsey
Tarnation
Prisoner of Paradise
Since Otar Left
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

--Ella Taylor, LA Weekly

TARNATION
Notre Musique
Million Dollar Baby
A Home at the End of the World
Bad Education
Maria Full of Grace
Kinsey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Phantom of the Opera
Moolaade

--Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

SIDEWAYS
The Incredibles
How To Draw a Bunny
Collateral
House of Flying Daggers
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kill Bill Vol. 2
A Very Long Engagement
Fahrenheiet 9/11

--Ken Tucker, New York Magazine

SIDEWAYS
The Incredibles
Billion Dollar Baby
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Five Obstructions

Primer (Tie)
Tarnation (Tie)
Vera Drake
Fahrenheit 9/11
(Tie)
Control Room (Tie)
The Manchurian Candidate
The Return (Tie)
Goodbye, Lenin (Tie)
--Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

TARNATION
Baadasssss!
The Mother
Bad Education
The Brown Bunny
The Dreamers
Kill Bill Volume 2
Saddest Music In The World
Before Sunset
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

--John Waters, Artforum

MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minde of the Spotless Mind
Sideways
The Incredibles
The Woodsman
Collateral
Maria Full of Grace
Bad Education
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Kill Bill Volume 2

--Glen Whipp, LA Daily News

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The Aviator
Bad Education
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hotel Rwanda
The Incredibles
Kinsey
The Mother
Sideways
Tarnation
We Don't Live Here Anymore

--Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

THE AVIATOR
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
Vera Drake
Carandiru
Before Sunset
Ray
The Incredibles
Moolaade
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

--Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

DEAD MAN'S SHOES
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Gozu
Since Otar Left
The Bourne Supremacy
Process
Uzak
Mean Creek
The Forgotten
Somersault
--Neil Young, www.jigsawlounge.co.uk

BEFORE SUNSET
House of Flying Daggers
Hotel Rwanda
Last Life in the Universe
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Incredibles
(Tie)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Tie)
Hellboy
The Aviator
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

--Stephanie Zacharek, Salon

 

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