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THE BEST FILMS OF 2007--
A CRITICS ROUNDUP


THELMA ADAMS
Us Magazine

1 ATONEMENT
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3 I'M NOT THERE
4 KNOCKED UP
5 EASTERN PROMISES
6 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
7 HAIRSPRAY
8 ZODIAC
9 JUNO
10 A MIGHTY HEART

MELISSA ANDERSON
Time Out New York

1 SOUTHLAND TALES
2 I’M NOT THERE
3 LADY CHATTERLEY
4 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
5 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
6 BUG
7 REGULAR LOVERS
8 AWAY FROM HER
9 ZODIAC
10 PERSEPOLIS

MELISSA ANDERSON’S WORST FILM
THE BUCKET LIST

DAVID ANSEN
Newsweek
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

SAUL AUSTERLITZ
Boston Globe

1 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
2 RATATOUILLE
3 EASTERN PROMISES
4 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
5 NO END IN SIGHT
6 MICHAEL CLAYTON
7 OFFSIDE
8 I’M NOT THERE
9 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
10 SOUTHLAND TALES

DIANE BARONI
Moviecrazed.com
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
AWAY FROM HER
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
GONE BABY GONE
JUNO
KNOCKED UP
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
PERSEPOLIS
ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES
THE SAVAGES
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

STEPHEN BECKER
Dallas Morning News

1 ONCE
2 JUNO
3 KNOCKED UP
4 AMERICAN GANGSTER
5 ATONEMENT
6 MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
7 EASTERN PROMISES
8 GONE BABY GONE
9 BEOWULF
10 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

TY BURR
Boston Globe
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

TY BURR'S 5 WORST FILMS
BRATZ
FACTORY GIRL

GEORGIA RULE
REDACTED
300

TOM CHARITY
CNN.Com
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 INTO THE WILD
3 ZODIAC
4 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
5 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
6 ONCE
7 BLACK BOOK
8 PERSEPOLIS
9 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
10 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS

GODFREY CHESHIRE
Independent Weekly

1 INTO THE WILD
2 INTO GREAT SILENCE
3 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
4 GRINDHOUSE
5 NO END IN SIGHT
6 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
7 PERSEPOLIS
8 BLACK SNAKE MOAN
9 SICKO
10 GREAT WORLD OF SOUND

CARINA CHOCANO
Los Angeles Times
(IN NO SPECIAL ORDER)
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (TIE)
THE SAVAGES (TIE)
RATATOUILLE
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
SICKO
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
RESCUE DAWN
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
JUNO
ONCE
WAITRESS
THE HOAX (TIED)
CONTROL (TIED)
MY KID COULD PAINT THAT

RICHARD CORLISS
Time
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

KEVIN CRUST
Los Angeles Times
1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 ONCE
3 INTO THE WILD
4 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
5 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
6 I'M NOT THERE
7 AWAY FROM HER
8 MICHAEL CLAYTON
9 THIS IS ENGLAND
10 ANYTHING WITH PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

MANOHLA DARGIS
New York Times
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD (TIE)
ZODIAC (TIE)
2 INTO GREAT SILENCE (TIE)
I’M NOT THERE (TIE)
3 KILLER OF SHEEP (TIE)
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (TIE)
4 EASTERN PROMISES (TIE)
MICHAEL CLAYTON (TIE)
5 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (TIE)
I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (TIE)
6 LADY CHATTERLEY (TIE)
COLOSSAL YOUTH (TIE)
7 MONIKA (TIE)
SUPERBAD (TIE)
SOUTHLAND TALES (TIE)
8 NO END IN SIGHT (TIE)
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (TIE)
9 THIS IS ENGLAND (TIE)
THE SAVAGES (TIE)
YEAR OF THE DOG (TIE)
10 PAPRIKA (TIE)
THE HOST (TIE)
THE KINGDOM (TIE)

ROGER EBERT
Chicago Sun-Times
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

DAVID EDELSTEIN
New York Magazine
1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 AWAY FROM HER
3 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
4 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
5 THE SAVAGES
6 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
7 NO END IN SIGHT
8 MICHAEL CLAYTON
9 RATATOUILLE (TIE)
9 PERSEPOLIS (TIE)
10 GRACE IS GONE

DAVID ELLIOTT
San Diego Union

1 ATONEMENT
2 OFFSIDE
3 IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
4 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
5 YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH
6 COLMA: THE MUSICAL
7 TALK TO ME
8 JUNO
9 CRAZY LOVE
10 RATATOUILLE

STEPHEN FARBER
The Hollywood Reporter

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 EASTERN PROMISES
10 STARDUST

DAVID FEAR
Time Out New York

1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
4 I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE
5 ZODIAC
6 MANDA BALA
7 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
8 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
9 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
10 I’M NOT THERE

DAVID FEAR'S WORST FILM
300

GUY FLATLEY
Moviecrazed.com
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3 MICHAEL CLAYTON
4 EASTERN PROMISES
5 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
6 THE SAVAGES
7 AWAY FROM HER
8 JUNO
9 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
10 PERSEPOLIS

SCOTT FOUNDAS
LA Weekly
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 COLOSSAL YOUTH (TIE)
REGULAR LOVERS (TIE)
3 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (TIE)
LAKE OF FIRE (TIE)
4 ZODIAC
5 RATATOUILLE
6 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (TIE)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (TIE)
7 EASTERN PROMISES (TIE)
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (TIE)
8 MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
9 KNOCKED UP (TIE)
SUPERBAD (TIE)
10 REDACTED (TIE)
NO END IN SIGHT (TIE)
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (TIE)

DAVID GERMAIN
Associated Press
1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 ONCE
3 JUNO
4 AWAY FROM HER
5 INTO THE WILD
6 AMERICAN GANGSTER
7 STARDUST
8 STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING
9 THE BAND’S VISIT
10 YEAR OF THE DOG

OWEN GLEIBERMAN
Entertainment Weekly
1 I'M NOT THERE
2 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEADOU'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

OWEN GLEIBERMAN'S 5 WORST FILMS
1 YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH
2 HANNIBAL RISING
3 LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
4 I KNOW WHO KILLED ME
5 REDACTED

ED GONZALEZ
Slant Magazine

1 KILLER OF SHEEP
2 OFFSIDE
3 INTO GREAT SILENCE
4 GOLDEN DOOR
5 RESCUE DAWN
6 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
7 THE EXILED
8 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
9 FOREVER
10 THE LIFE OF REILLY

J. HOBERMAN
Village Voice

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 PANORAMA OF THE MOVING IMAGE
10 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

STEPHEN HOLDEN
New York Times
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
8 ATONEMENT
9 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
10 JUNO

KIRK HONEYCUTT
The Hollywood Reporter
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

ANN HORNADAY
Washington Post

1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 INTO THE WILD
3 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
4 ATONEMENT
5 ONCE
6 MICHAEL CLAYTON
7 GOLDEN DOOR
8 NO END IN SIGHT
9 MAXED OUT
10 I’M NOT THERE

STEPHEN HUNTER
Washington Post

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

ANNETTE INSDORF
Author, Head of Film Studies, Columbia University

1 AWAY FROM HER
2 THE KITE RUNNER
3 INTO THE WILD (TIE)
RESCUE DAWN (TIE)
4 THERE WILL BE BLOOD (TIE)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (TIE)
5 WAITRESS (TIE)
JUNO (TIE)
6 CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (TIE)
THE HUNTING PARTY (TIE)
7 A MIGHTY HEART (TIE)
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (TIE)
8 THE LOOKOUT (TIE)
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (TIE)
9 GOYA’S GHOSTS (TIE)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (TIE)
10 THE GREAT DEBATERS

J.R. JONES
Chicago Reader

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ATONEMENT
AWAY FROM HER
GONE BABY GONE
IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
INTO GREAT SILENCE
LAKE OF FIRE
MY KID COULD PAINT THAT
RESERVATION ROAD
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

KENT JONES
Film Comment
1 ZODIAC
2 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3 BLACK BOOK
4 REGULAR LOVERS
5 THE DARJEELING LIMITED
6 I’M NOT THERE
7 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
8 SOUTHLAND TALES
9 THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
10 BUG

BEN KENIGSBERG
Time Out Chicago

1 ZODIAC
2 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3 BLACK BOOK
4 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
5 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
6 SUPERBAD
7 SOUTHLAND TALES
8 LAKE OF FIRE
9 EASTERN PROMISES
10 IT IS FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE!

GLENN KENNY
Premiere Magazine.com
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3 KILLER OF SHEEP
4 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
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

PETER KEOUGH
Boston Phoenix

1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
3 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
4 RED ROAD
5 EASTERN PROMISES
6 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
7 ZODIAC
8 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
9 RATATOUILLE
10 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

STEPHEN KING
Entertainment Weekly
1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 GONE BABY GONE
3 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
4 BREACH
5 CHILDREN OF MEN
6 LITTLE CHILDREN
7 3:10 TO YUMA
8 THE LOOKOUT
9 28 WEEKS LATER
10 IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH

LEONARD KLADY
Movie City News

1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
3 INTO THE WILD
4 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
5 LAKE OF FIRE
6 THE LOOKOUT
7 I’M NOT THERE
8 ONCE
9 LA VIE EN ROSE
10 AWAY FROM HER

JOANNA LANGFIELD
The Movie Minute
1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 ATONEMENT
3 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
4 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
5 PERSEPOLIS
6 THE SAVAGES
7 RATATOUILLE
8 EASTERN PROMISES
9 INTO THE WILD
10 THE KITE RUNNER

MICK LaSALLE
San Francisco Chronicle

1 WAITRESS
2 ATONEMENT
3 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
4 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
5 REDACTED
6 DAN IN REAL LIFE
7 FLANDERS
8 GOLDEN DOOR
9 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
10 REVOLUTION SUMMER

NATHAN LEE
Village Voice

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/COLOSSAL YOUTH
8 BLACK BOOK
9 EASTERN PROMISES
10 I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY

CHRISTY LEMIRE
Associated Press
1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 GONE BABY GONE
3 ONCE
4 KNOCKED UP
5 AWAY FROM HER
6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
7 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
8 LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
9 INTO THE WILD
10 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

SHAWN LEVY
Portland Oregonian
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 (TIE)
QUIET CITY (TIE)
8 MICHAEL CLAYTON
9 EASTERN PROMISES
10 KING CORN

PHILLIP LOPATE
Critic, Poet and Essayist

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
3 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
4 SUMMER OF ‘04
5 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
6 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
7 TRIAD ELECTION
8 BUG
9 YEAR OF THE DOG
10 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

LOU LUMENICK
New York Post

1 ATONEMENT
2 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
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

JACK MATHEWS
New York Daily News

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 AWAY FROM HER
3 RATATOUILLE
4 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
5 LUST, CAUTION
6 GRINDHOUSE
7 MICHAEL CLAYTON
8 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
9 INTERVIEW
10 EASTERN PROMISES

MAITLAND McDONAH
TV Guide.com

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ANTONIA
ATONEMENT
AWAY FROM HER
BLACK BOOK
EASTERN PROMISES
MICHAEL CLAYTON
PERSEPOLIS
PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
SHOOT ’EM UP
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY

JOE MORGENSTERN
Wall Street Journal
1 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
2 RATATOUILLE
3 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
4 ATONEMENT
5 INTO THE WILD
6 JUNO
7 LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
8 MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
9 ONCE
10 WAITRESS

WESLEY MORRIS
Boston Globe
(IN NO SPECIAL ORDER)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
ZODIAC
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
BAMAKO
SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE
GOLDEN DOOR
DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT
THE HOST
RATATOUILLE
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
EASTERN PROMISES
KILLER OF SHEEP
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
GRINDHOUSE

V. A. MUSETTO
New York Post
1 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
2 THE HOST
3 EXILED
4 AWAY FROM HER
5 RESCUE DAWN
6 GLASS LIPS
7 FLANDERS
8 THE BAND’S VISIT
9 THE WAYWARD CLOUD
10 THE GOOD TIMES KID

CLINT O’CONNOR
Cleveland Plain Dealer

1 JUNO
2 AFTER THE WEDDING
3 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
4 AWAY FROM HER
5 INTO THE WILD
6 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
7 TWO DAYS IN PARIS
8 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
9 3:10 TO YUMA
10 ONCE

ANDREW O’HEHIR
Salon

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 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
7 RED ROAD
8 FOREVER
9 ZODIAC
10 KILLER OF SHEEP

GEOFF PEVERE
Toronto Star

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES
THE DARJEELING LIMITED
EASTERN PROMISES
INLAND EMPIRE
INTO THE WILD
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
SUPERBAD
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
ZOD

MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Chicago Tribune

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 ULTIMATUM
9 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
10 KNOCKED UP (TIE)
JUNO (TIE)

PETER RAINER
The Christian Science Monitor
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
BREACH
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND TWO DAYS
HAIRSPRAY
INTO GREAT SILENCE
THE NAMESAKE
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
NO END IN SIGHT
OFFSIDE
PERSEPOLIS

NICOLAS RAPOLD
New York Sun

1 DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT
2 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3 RATATOUILLE
4 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
5 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
6 AWAY FROM HER
7 ZODIAC
8 I’M NOT THERE
9 HOT FUZZ
10 KILLER OF SHEEP

STEVEN REA
Philadelphia Inquirer
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
EASTERN PROMISES
I’M NOT THERE
INTO THE WILD
MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
LA VIE EN ROSE

STEPHEN REBELLO
Playboy

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMAES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
ATONEMENT
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
I’M NOT THERE
JUNO
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
RATATOUILLE
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
ZODIAC

REX REED
The New York Observer

1 ATONEMENT
2 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
3 BLACK BOOK
4 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
5 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
6 LA VIE EN ROSE
7 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
8 THE BRAVE ONE
9 THE KITE RUNNER
10 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY


REX REED’S 10 WORST FILMS
1 YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH
2 THE DARJEELING LIMITED
3 I’M NOT THERE
4 MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
5 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
6 LIONS FOR LAMBS
7 SOUTHLAND TALES
8 SPIDER-MAN 3
9 GEORGIA RULE
10 BUG

CARRIE RICKEY
The Philadelphia Inquirer
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
AMERICAN GANGSTER
AWAY FROM HER
ENCHANTED
THE GREAT DEBATERS
INTO THE WILD
JUNO
THE NAMESAKE
NO END IN SIGHT
THE SAVAGES

JONATHAN ROSENBAUM
Chicago Reader

1 BLACK BOOK
2 BAMAKO
3 COLOSSAL YOUTH
4 THE SILENCE BEFORE BACH
5 AWAY FROM HER
6 MY BROTHER’S WEDDING
7 BLADE RUNNER
8 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
9 HONEYDRIPPER
10 IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH

JOSHUA ROTHKOPF
Time Out New York

1 ZODIAC
2 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
3 AWAY FROM HER
4 LAKE OF FIRE
5 I’M NOT THERE
6 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
7 BLACK BOOK
8 KNOCKED UP
9 OFFSIDE
10 THE MIST

JOSHUA ROTHKOPF’S WORST FILM
THE INVASION

NICK SCHAGER
Slant Magazine

1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 ZODIAC
3 KILLER OF SHEEP
4 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
5 RESCUE DAWN
6 PERSEPOLIS
7 AWAY FROM HER
8 THE BAND’S VISIT
9 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
10 PAPRIKA

HANK SARTIN
Time Out Chicago

1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 ZODIAC
3 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
4 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
5 ONCE
6 KNOCKED UP
7 I’M NOT THERE
8 INTO THE WILD
9 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
10 MY KID COULD PAINT THAT


RICHARD SCHICKEL
Time
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

LISA SCHWARZBAUM
Entertainment Weekly
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3 I'M NOT HERE
4 PERSEPOLIS
5 NO END IN SIGHT
6 ZODIAC
7 LADY CHATTERLEY
8 4 MONTHS, THREE WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
9 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
10 KNOCKED UP

LISA SCHWARZBAUM'S 5 WORST FILMS
1 I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY
2 EVENING
3 EVAN ALMIGHTY
4 THE HOTTEST STATE
5 BECAUSE I SAID SO

A.O. SCOTT
New York Times
1 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
2 RATATOUILLE
3 THERE WILL BE BLOOD (TIE)
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (TIE)
4 I’M NOT THERE (TIE)
JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN (TIE)
5 NO END IN SIGHT (TIE)
TERROR’S ADVOCATE (TIE)
6 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (TIE)
LIVE-IN MAID (TIE)
7 INTO THE WILD (TIE)
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (TIE)
8 THE LIVES OF OTHERS (TIE)
MICHAEL CLAYTON (TIE)
9 THE SAVAGES (TIE)
AWAY FROM HER (TIE)
10 KNOCKED UP (TIE)
SUPERBAD (TIE)
JUNO (TIE)

MIKE SCOTT
New Orleans Times Picayune

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
3 3:10 TO YUMA
4 GONE BABY GONE
5 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
6 SICKO
7 ZODIAC
8 HAIRSPRAY
9 WAITRESS
10 IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON

GENE SEYMOUR
Newsday
1 RATATOUILLE
2 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3 ONCE
4 EASTERN PROMISES
5 PERSEPOLIS
6 JUNO
7 NO END IN SIGHT
8 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
9 SUPERBAD
10 THE NAMESAKE

KYLE SMITH
New York Post

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

MICHAEL SRAGOW
Baltimore Sun
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


MICHAEL SRAGOW’S 10 WORST FILMS
1 GOOD LUCK CHUCK
2 THE INVASION
3 WILD HOGS
4 PERFUME
5 MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
6 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
7 FRED CLAUS
8 THE NUMBER 23
9 EVAN ALMIGHTY
10 PATHFINDER

CHUCK STEPHENS
Film Comment

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 COLOSSAL YOUTH
3 GRINDHOUSE
4 THE HOST
5 I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE
6 LOS MUERTOS
7 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
8 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
9 ZODIAC
10
TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER

DANA STEVENS
Slate

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
AWAY FROM HER
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
THE HOST
KILLER OF SHEEP
NO END IN SIGHT
ONCE
PERSEPOLIS
RATATOUILLE
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

DAVID STERRITT
Chairman, National Society of Film Critics
1 MICHAEL CLAYTON
2 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
4 THE SAVAGES
5 LUST, CAUTION
6 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
7 STILL LIFE
8 INTO GREAT SILENCE
9 THE NAMESAKE
10 I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE

JAN STUART
Newsday
1 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
3 EASTERN PROMISES
4 ONCE
5 THE SAVAGES
6 KNOCKED UP
7 LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
8 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
9 LIVE-IN MAID
10 MICHAEL CLAYTON

AMY TAUBIN
Artforum

1 ZODIAC
2 PARANOID PARK
3 EASTERN PROMISES
4 RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE LOST WORLD
5 NO END IN SIGHT
6 TERROR’S ADVOCATE
7 DANCE PARTY USA
8 MICHAEL CLAYTON
9 SOUTHLAND TALES
10 BLADE RUNNER (TIE)
KILLER OF SHEEP (TIE)

ELLA TAYLOR
LA Weekly
(IN NO SPECIAL ORDER)
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
THE HOST
AWAY FROM HER
THE SAVAGES
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
LAKE OF FIRE
RATATOUILLE
ONCE
PERSEPOLIS
KNOCKED UP
THE BAND’S VISIT
KILLER OF SHEEP

ANNE THOMPSON
Variety

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
3 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
4 LUST, CAUTION
5 ATONEMENT
6 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
7 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
8 THE SAVAGES
9 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
10 JUNO

DESSON THOMSON
Washington Post

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

PETER TRAVERS
Rolling Stone
1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 ATONEMENT
3 INTO THE WILD
4 EASTERN PROMISES
5 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
6 AMERICAN GANGSTER
7 THERE WILL BE NO BLOOD
8 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
9 I'M NOT THERE
10 KNOCKED UP (TIE)
10 JUNO (TIE)

KENNETH TURAN
Los Angeles Times
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ATONEMENT
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
INTO GREAT SILENCE (TIE)
TERROR’S ADVOCATE (TIE)
LADY CHATTERLEY (TIE)
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (TIE)
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
LUST, CAUTION
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
ONCE
RATATOUILLE

CHRIS VOGNAR
Dallas Morning News

1 THE SAVAGES
2 AMERICAN GANGSTER
3 JUNO
4 PERSEPOLIS
5 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
6 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
7 THERE WILL BE BLOOD
8 THE KING OF KONG
9 TALK TO ME
10 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

JOHN WATERS
Artforum
1 GRINDHOUSE
2 BEFORE I FORGET
3 AWAY FROM HER
4 ZOO
5 LUST, CAUTION
6 BRAND UPON THE BRAIN
7 AN AMERICAN CRIME
8 I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH
9 FLANDERS
10 I’M NOT THERE

ARMOND WHITE
New York Press

(IN NO SPECIAL ORDER)
THE DARJEELING LIMITED
PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
HOT FUZZ/BUBBLE
LIONS FOR LAMBS/DIGGERS
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
THE BRAVE ONE
WAR/RESCUE DAWN
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
AMAZING GRACE
ROMANCE & CIGARETTES

STEPHEN WHITTY
Star-Ledger/Newhouse News Service
Chairman, New York Film Critics Circle
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
JUNO
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THE ORPHANAGE
PERSEPOLIS
RESERVATION ROAD
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

JOE WILLIAMS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
AWAY FROM HER
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
THE DARJEELING LIMITED
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
I’M NOT THERE
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THE SAVAGES
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY

JOE WILLIAMS’ 10 WORST FILMS
ARE WE DONE YET?
DADDY DAY CAMP
EVAN ALMIGHTY
GOOD LUCK CHUCK
THE HEARTBREAK KID
HITMAN
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
NORBIT
RUSH HOUR 3
WILD HOGS

CALVIN WILSON
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
EASTERN PROMISES
THE LOOKOUT
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
RATATOUILLE
THE SAVAGES
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
ZODIAC

SUSAN WLOSZCZNYA
USA Today

1 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2 RATATOUILLE
3 AWAY FROM HER
4 ATONEMENT
5 JUNO
6 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
7 THE SAVAGES
8 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
9 MICHAEL CLAYTON
10 ENCHANTED

WILLIAM WOLF
Wolfentertainmentguide.com
1 THE LIVES OF OTHERS
2 THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
3 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
4 PERSEPOLIS
5 THE VALLEY OF ELAH
6 THE SAVAGES
7 ATONEMENT
8 LA VIE EN ROSE
9 BLACK BOOK
10 SICKO

STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
Salon
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)
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