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Film Comment’s End of Year Critics’ Poll 2003

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FILM COMMENT'S END-OF-YEAR CRITICS' POLL

BEST FILMS OF 2003
(Released theatrically in the U.S.)

 1. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, U.S.) 668 points
 2. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, U.S.) 585
 3. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, U.S.) 572
 4. Kill Bill Volume One (Quentin Tarantino, U.S.) 488
 5. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, U.S.) 449
 6. The Fog of War (Errol Morris, U.S.) 417
 7. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, U.S.) 407
 8. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, U.S.) 384
 9. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium) 339
10. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland) 328
11. demonlover (Olivier Assayas, France) 302
12. Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke, China) 292
13. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran) 289
14. School of Rock (Richard Linklater, U.S.) 286
15. Spider (David Cronenberg, Canada/UK) 272
16. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, U.S.) 266
17. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, U.S.) 261
18. Bus 174 (José Padilha, Brazil) 254
19. To Be and To Have (Nicolas Philibert, France) 226
20. Platform (Jia Zhangke, China) 225
21. Spellbound (Jeffrey Blitz, U.S.) 209
22. City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil) 204
23. Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, UK) 202
24. 21 Grams (Alejandro González Inárritu, U.S.) 191
25. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, France) 190
26. In America (Jim Sheridan, Ireland/UK) 182
27. La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins, France) 145
28. Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett, U.S.) 143
29. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green, U.S.) 139
30. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France) 138
31. Love and Diane (Jennifer Dworkin, U.S.) 134
32. Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson, Sweden) 127
33. Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach, UK) 126
34. In This World (Michael Winterbottom, UK) 125
35. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, UK) 122
36. Friday Night (Claire Denis, France) 119
37. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (Guy Maddin, Canada) 118
38. The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullen, Ireland) 116
39. Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, U.S.) 114
40. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, U.S.) 107.5
41. The Weather Underground (Sam Green, Bill Siegel, U.S.) 107
42. Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki, Japan) 106.5
43. A Mighty Wind (Christopher Guest, U.S.) 101
44. The Man on the Train (Patrice Leconte, France) 100
45. Japon (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/Germany) 99.5
46. Chihwaseon (Im Kwon-taek, South Korea) 96
47. The Good Thief (Neil Jordan, Ireland/UK/France) 95
48. Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff, U.S.) 94
49. Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, Palestine) 92.5
50. Whale Rider (Niki Caro, New Zealand) 91



BEST UNRELEASED FILMS OF 2003
(Seen last year but not yet released in the U.S.)

 1. Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan) 346
 2. Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi, Iran) 332
 3. Dogville (Lars von Trier, Denmark) 273
 4. Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) 253
 5. Bright Leaves (Ross McElwee, U.S.) 220
 6. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, Canada) 185
 7. Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio, Italy) 180
 8. S21: Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France) 123
 9. Since Otar Left (Julie Bertucelli, France/Georgia) 120
10. The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette, Japan) 109
11. Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, U.S.) 107
12. The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy) 106 (tie)
     Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano, Japan) 106
13. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Anderson, U.S.) 97
14. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo, U.S.) 91
15. Raja (Jacques Doillon, France) 89
16. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, China) 83
17. The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia) 76 (tie)
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter·.& Spring (Ki-duk Kim, South Korea) 76
18. Vibrator (Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan) 74
19. Turning Gate (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) 72
20. Young Adam (David Mackenzie, UK) 71
21. Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski, U.S.) 69.5
22. Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, Austria) 66
23. An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson, U.S.) 63
24. Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand) 61
25. The Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, Denmark) 60

Participants: John Anderson, David Ansen, Nicole Armour, Paul Arthur, Mike Atkinson, Marjorie Baumgarten, John Caps, Michael Chaiken, Chris Chang, Godfrey Cheshire, Travis Crawford, Edward E. Crouse, Gary Crowdus, Mike D'Angelo, Manohla Dargis, Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Justine Elias, FX Feeney, Scott Foundas, Chris Fujiwara, Graham Fuller, Susan Gerhard, Larry Gross, Tom Gunning, Ernest Hardy, Dennis Harvey, James Harvey, Elizabeth Helfgott, J. Hoberman, Robert Horton, Gary Indiana, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, Kristin Jones, Dave Kehr, Lisa Kennedy, Glenn Kenny, Sarah Kerr, Stuart Klawans, Michael Koresky, Nathan Lee, Dennis Lim, Phillip Lopate, Alice Lovejoy, Tim Lucas, Cynthia Lucia, Guy Maddin, Greil Marcus, Todd McCarthy, Maitland McDonagh, Wesley Morris, Chris Norris, Geoffrey O'Brien, Mark Olsen, Gerald Peary, Richard Peña, Mark Peranson, Tony Pipolo, Richard Porton, Alissa Quart, Rachel Rosen, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Paul Schrader, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Gavin Smith, Roger Smith, Gregory Solman, Christine Spines, Chuck Stephens, David Sterritt, Bob Strauss, Erik Syngle, Amy Taubin, Anne Thompson, Desson Thomson, Joumane Trad, Kenneth Turan, Giulia D'agnolo Vallan, David Walsh, Armond White, Mike Wilmington, Tom Zummer.

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