2003 Reviews

Best Film of the Year: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

 

Best Actor: Bill Murray – Lost in Translation
Best Actress: Charlize Theron – Monster
Best Supporting Actor: Sean Astin – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Suporting Actress: Patricia Clarkson – Pieces of April
Best Director: Peter Jackson – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Original Screenplay: Lost in Translation
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Score: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Song: “Into the West” – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Editing: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Cinematography: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Production Design: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Costume Design: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Visual Effects: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Top Ten of 2003

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Kill Bill, Volume 1
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. Big Fish
  5. The Barbarian Invasions
  6. Finding Nemo
  7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  8. The Station Agent
  9. Love Actually
  10. Identity

Honorable Mentions: X2: X-Men United , Pieces of April , Pirates of the Caribbean , Swimming Pool , City of God , Dirty Pretty Things

  • Note: Angels in America was a four-star film that did not place in the top ten. I have intentionally kept it separate because it was a miniseries made for television. It would not be appropriate to fit it into the above, though it would probably place just above Lost in Translation if I were to do so.
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    21 Grams (***) (Full Review)
    28 Days Later (***)

    — A —

    Agent Cody Banks (** ½) (Full Review)
    American Splendor (***) (Short Review)
    Angels in America (TV) (****)

    — B —

    Bad Santa (*** ½) (Full Review)
    The Barbarian Invasions (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Big Fish (*** ½) (Full Review)

    Brother Bear

    Bruce Almighty (***) (Full Review)

    — C —

    Camp (***)
    City of God (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Cold Mountain (** ½) (Full Review)
    Core (**) (Full Review)

    — D —

    Daredevil (** ½) (Full Review)
    Dirty Pretty Things (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Dorm Daze (**)

    — E —

    — F —

    Finding Nemo (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Freddy vs. Jason (** ½) (Full Review)

    — G —

    Grand Theft Parsons (** ½)

    — H —

    The Hulk (* ½) (Full Review)

    — I —

    Identity (*** ½) (Full Review)

    — J —

    — K —

    Kill Bill Volume 1 (****) (Full Review)

    — L —

    The Last Samurai (** ½) (Full Review)
    Latter Days (** ½)
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (* ½)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (****) (Full Review)
    Lost in Translation (****) (Full Review)
    Lost Junction (* ½)
    Love Actually (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Love Comes Softly (* ½)

    — M —

    Master and Commander (*** ½) (Full Review)
    The Matrix: Reloaded (** ½) (Full Review)
    The Matrix: Revolutions (* ½) (Full Review)
    Monster (**) (Full Review)
    Mystic River (***) (Full Review)

    — N —

    — O —

    — P —

    Pieces of April (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (*** ½) (Full Review)

    — Q —

    — R —

    Recruit (***) (Full Review)

    — S —

    Scary Movie 3 (***)
    The Station Agent (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Swat (**) (Full Review)
    Swimming Pool (*** ½) (Full Review)
    Swirl (*)
    Sylvia (**) (Full Review)

    — T —

    Timeline (*) (Full Review)

    — U —

    Underworld (½ *) (Full Review)

    — V —

    Veronica Guerin (**) (Full Review)

    — W —

    — X —

    X2: X-Men United (*** ½) (Full Review)

    — Y —

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