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THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2005--A CRITICS' ROUNDUP

HEAD-ON
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
KINGS AND QUEEN
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE BEST OF YOUTH
CAPOTE
CACHE
MUNICH
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

DAVID ANSEN, Newsweek

THE SEA INSIDE
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
LAYER CAKE
THE BEST OF YOUTH
LOOKING FOR THE WRONG-EYED JESUS
ICE HARVEST
HEAD-ON
CRASH
CAPOTE
KING KONG

LIZ BRAUN, Toronto Sun


PRIDE & PREJUDICE
GRIZZLY
2046
BROKEN FLOWERS
MUNICH
TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE and WALLACE & GROMIT
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
TOUCH THE SOUND
HEAD-ON
THE NEW WORLD

TY BURR, The Boston Globe

(In Alphabetical Order)
2046
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
THE CORPORATION
THE EDUKATORS
GRIZZLY MAN
HEAD-ON
JUNEBUG
KING KONG
LAST DAYS
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
SYRIANA
TURTLES CAN FLY

CARINA CHOCANO, The Los Angeles Times

THE WHITE DIAMOND
SARABAND
2046
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
CACHE
THE NEW WORLD
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
KUNG FU HUSTLE
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
CHICKEN LITTLE and WALLACE & GROMIT and MILLIONS

RICHARD CORLISS, Time

(In No Particular Order)
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CACHE
MUNICH
REGULAR LOVERS
THE NEW WORLD
KINGS AND QUEEN
2046
LAST DAYS
PRINCESS RACCOON

MANOHLA DARGIS, The New York Times

CRASH
SYRIANA
MUNICH
JUNEBUG
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
YOU AND ME AND EVERYONE WE KNOW
NINE LIVES
KING KONG
YES
MILLIONS

ROGER EBERT, Chicago Sun-Times

DEAR FRANKIE
KING KONG
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
TRANSAMERICA
CAPOTE
SYRIANA
GRIZZLY MAN
BROKEN FLOWERS
THE PRODUCERS
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press

MUNICH
KING KONG
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE CENTURY OF THE SELF
MATCH POINT
JUNEBUG
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
HUSTLE & FLOW
IN HER SHOES
TONY TAKISTANI

OWEN GLEIBERMAN, Entertainment Weekly

THE NEW WORLD
THE BEST OF YOUTH
TROPICAL MALADY
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
PULSE
WOLF CREEK
MYSTERIOUS SKIN
NOBODY KNOWS
THE WHITE DIAMOND
CRIMEN FERPECTO

ED GONZALEZ, Slant

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CRASH
CAPOTE
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
C.R.A.Z.Y.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
MUNICH
PRIDE & PREJUDICE

LOUIS B. HOBSON, Calgary Sun

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CACHE
NINE LIVES
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
GRIZZLY MAN
DOWNFALL
LOOK AT ME
JUNEBUG
SARABAND
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

STEPHEN HOLDEN, The New York Times

LAST DAYS
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE
2046
CAPOTE
WALK THE LINE
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
HEAD-ON
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
GRIZZLY MAN

PETER KEOUGH, The Boston Phoenix

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
C.R.A.Z.Y.
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
KING KONG
SIN CITY
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
SYRIANA
WALLACE & GROMIT
WATER

BRUCE KIRKLAND, Toronto Sun

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
CAPOTE
SYRIANA
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
MURDERBALL
CRASH
THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
BROKEN FLOWERS
TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE
WALLACE AND GROMIT

CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press

JARHEAD
HEAD-ON
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED
LOOK AT ME
THE HOLY GIRL
MEMORIES OF MURDER

KINGS AND QUEEN
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
WAR OF THE WORLDS
WESLEY MORRIS, Boston Globe

CAPOTE
KING KONG
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
OCTOBER 27, 1961
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
JUNEBUG
LE GRAND VOYAGE
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Chicago Tribune

SYRIANA
THE NEW WORLD
CRASH
MUNICH
NINE LIVES
CAPOTE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
WALK THE LINE
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

RICHARD ROEPER, Chicago Sun-Times

THE NEW WORLD
THE WHITE DIAMOND
LAST DAYS
WOLF CREEK
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
PULSE
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
MYSTERIOUS SKIN
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS

NICK SCHAGER, Slant

GRIZZLY MAN
DOWNFALL
MEMORY OF A KILLER
THE WEATHER MAN
MUNICH
CACHE
THE BEAT MY HEART SKIPPED
CRASH
CINDERELLA MAN
BALLETS RUSSES

RICHARD SCHICKEL, Time

A HISTORY OV VIOLENCE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE BEST OF YOUTH
KING KONG
MUNICH
THE WORLD
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW
CRASH
2046
LOOK AT ME

LISA SCHWARZBAUM, Entertainment Weekly

THE BEST OF YOUTH
THE ARISTOCRATS
DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE
THE HOLY GIRL
MATCH POINT
WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
MYSTERIOUS SKIN
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
FUNNY HA HA
MUNICH

A. O. SCOTT, The New York Times

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE
CAPOTE
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
LOOK AT ME
CRASH
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

GENE SEYMOUR, Newsday


CACHE
THE NEW WORLD
THE WHITE DIAMOND
BROTHERS
LOOK AT ME
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
JUNEBUG
KUNG FU HUSTLE
MYSTERIOUS SKIN
CAPOTE

JAN STUART, Newsday

MYSTERIOUS SKIN
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CRASH
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
GARCON STUPIDE
HUSTLE & FLOW
BALLETS RUSSES
TROPICAL MALADY
KEANE
THE HOLY GIRL

KEVIN THOMAS, The Los Angeles Times

CAPOTE
GOODNIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
SIN CITY
HUSTLE & FLOW
THE WHITE COUNTESS
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
BATMAN BEGINS
SYRIANA
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

BILL THOMPSON, The Post and Courier

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
SYRIANA
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
MUNICH
CAPOTE
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
CRASH
KING KONG and WEDDING CRASHERS

PETER TRAVERS, Rolling Stone

THE BEST OF YOUTH and DUMA
PARADISE NOW and SYRIANA
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and WALLACE & GROMIT
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and MUNICH
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF and Various Documentaries
CAPOTE and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
BATMAN BEGINS and KING KONG
HEAD-ON and Various Foreign Films
THE CONSTANT GARDENER

KENNETH TURAN, Los Angeles Times

(In Alphabetical Order)
THE BEST OF YOUTH
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

THE CONSTANT GARDENER
CAPOTE
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
MATCH POINT
MURDERBALL
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA

STEPHEN WHITTY, The Star-Ledger

KING KONG
SARABAND
THE BEST OF YOUTH
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
OLIVER TWIST
CARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
THE NEW WORLD
MUNICH

MICHAEL WILMINGTON, Chicago Tribune

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
SARABAND
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
LOOK AT ME
MATCH POINT
3-IRON
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

WILLIAM WOLF, Wolf Entertainment Guide.com

KINGS AND QUEEN
THE BEST OF YOUTH
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
OLD BOY
TROPICAL MALADY
THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO
THE SKELETON KEY and LAND OF THE DEAD
WALLACE & GROMIT and TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE
KING KONG
STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, Salon

 

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