Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes Reveal Best Reviewed Films of the Decade

Four Pixar movies and two Lord of the Rings movies each find their way into the top 20 best reviewed movies of the decade as reported by Metacritic. The review roundup website posted an end of the decade roundup of their best reviewed films and their best reviewed wide release films. For their overall best reviewed they don’t factor in the number of reviews so several of the films have fewer than 20 reviews counted (that’s hardly a consensus). Below I have posted their top 20 best reviewed wide release films of the decade.

1) Pan’s Labyrinth – Score: 98 – 2006
2) Ratatouille – Score: 96 – 2007
3) Spirited Away – Score: 94 – 2002
4) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Score: 94 – 2003
5) Sideways – Score: 94 – 2004
6) Wall-E – Score: 93 – 2008
7) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Score: 93 – 2000
8) There Will Be Blood – Score: 92 – 2007
9) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Score: 92 – 2001
10) The Queen – Score: 91 – 2006
11) No Country for Old Men – Score: 91 – 2007
12) The Incredibles – Score: 90 – 2004
13) Almost Famous – Score: 90 – 2000
14) Gosford Park – Score: 90 – 2001
15) United 93 – Score: 90 – 2006
16) Lost in Translation – Score: 89 – 2003
17) House of Flying Daggers – Score: 89 – 2004
18) Borat – Score: 89 – 2006
19) Finding Nemo – Score: 89 – 2003
20) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Score: 89 – 2004

Rotten Tomatoes, which has a lot more “critics” to draw from has also has a top 20 films of the decade. This one is less friendly to Lord of the Rings, but more friendly to documentaries, and just as friendly to Pixar films. These films are only those that have received over 100 reviews. Man on Wire is the only one that was unanimously loved. The list is below.

1) Man On Wire – 100% – 2008
2) Up – 98% – 2009
3) The Wrestler– 98% – 2008
4) Finding Nemo – 98% – 2003
5) The Hurt Locker – 98% – 2009
6) Let the Right One In – 98% – 2008
7) Spellbound – 98% – 2002
8) Chicken Run – 98% – 2000
9) Murderball – 98% – 2005
10) The Fog of War – 98% – 2003
11) Anvil! The Story of Anvil – 98% – 2009
12) The Band’s Visit – 98% – 2007
13) The Incredibles -97% – 2004
14) Sideways – 97% – 2004
15) The Queen – 97% – 2006
16) Spirited Away – 97% – 2002
17) Once – 97% – 2007
18) Capturing the Friedmans – 97% – 2003
19) Maria Full of Grace – 97% – 2003
20) Winged Migration – 97% – 2001

There you have it. It was a good decade and there is no doubt many of these films will end up on greatest of all-time and “must-see” lists that will be coming in the future.

[Source: /Film]

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  • I’ve seen 10 of the 20 on “Metacritic” and 8 of the 20 on “Rotten Tomatoes”. Though it’s a good list, remember that “RT” has some flaws. First of all, almost any “critic” with a blog can post a review there. And secondly, it only counts the number of positive reviews the movie has received. It doesn’t factor in how positive or how negative a review is. For instance, “The Band’s Visit” received mostly good reviews (but very few considered it great). Meanwhile, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” received almost universal acclaim. It did, however, receive a few less than stellar reviews (probably from people who couldn’t follow the slightly confusing plot). Which is better? I’ve seen both, and “The Band’s Visit” is a good movie. But “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (despite a few annoying subplots that distract from the compelling main story) is one of the 20 best movies I’ve seen this decade.

    Bottom Line: “Rotten Tomatoes” is a useful site, but I tend to use “Metacritic” far more often in determining which films to see. But all of these movies look great.

  • Mac Wilson

    I put more value in Metacritic, which tries to break down how much a movie was loved. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s more about not getting bad reviews. A film with 100 B-minus reviews is going to get a better rating than one with 99 A-plus ratings and a C-plus. RT racks up the documentaries that no one is going to hate, but may not love as passionately. One can like Anvil! without giving it an A-plus.

    As imperfect as Metacritic is, I think it’s a much more accurate breakdown of critical favorites.

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