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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2013 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Shane Carruth: Upstream Color
Ryan Coogler: Fruitvale Station
Richard Linklater: Before Midnight
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Don Jon
James Ponsoldt: The Spectacular Now
John Krokidas: Kill Your Darlings
Stacie Passon: Concussion
David Lowery: Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Jeff Nichols: Mud


Berlin (feb):
Denis Cote: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Hong Sangsoo: Nobody's Daughter Haewon
Bruno Dumont: Camille Claudel 1915
Calin Peter Netzer: Child's Pose
Danis Tanovic: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Jafar Panahi: Closed Curtain
Cannes (may):
Paolo Sorrentino: La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
Asghar Farhadi: Le Passe/ The Past
Amat Escalante: Heli
Kore-eda Hirokazu: Like Father Like Son
Joel and Ethan Coen: Inside Llewyn Davis
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Grigris
Sofia Coppola: Bling Ring
Abdellatif Kechiche: La vie d'Adele/ Blue is the Warmest Color
Venezia (aug):
Stephen Frears: Philomena
Philip Groning: Die Frau des Polizisten/ The Policeman's Wife
Tsai Ming-Liang: Jiaoyou/ Stray Dogs
New York (oct):
Director: Title

Toronto (sep):
Denis Villeneuve: Enemy
Nicole Holofcener: Enough Said
Steve McQueen: 12 Years A Slave
Jean-Marc Vallee: Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Dowse: The F Word
John Curran: Tracks
Richard Ayoade: The Double

Ratings for the 2013 season

MUST SEE...:

7.8 Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Dance of Reality
7.5 Paolo Sorrentino: La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
7.4 Lav Diaz: Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan/ Norte the End of History
7.3 Shane Carruth: Upstream Color
7.3 Jane Campion: Top of the Lake - China Girl
7.2 Denis Villeneuve: Prisoners
7.2 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Soshite Chichi ni Naru/ Like Father Like Son
7.2 Jafar Panahi: Closed Curtain
7.1 James Ponsoldt: The Spectacular Now
7.1 Aleksei German: Hard to Be a God
7.1 Fernando Coimbra: A Wolf at the Door
7.1 Joanna Hogg: Exhibition
7.1 Darren-Paul Fisher: Frequencies
7.1 Alain Guiraudie: Stranger by the Lake
7.1 Jonathan Glazer: Under the Skin
7.1 Sam Fleischner: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
7.1 Asghar Farhadi: Le Passe/ The Past
7.1 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Grigris
7.1 Hong Sangsoo: Nobody's Daughter Haewon
7.1 Denis Cote: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
7.1 Ryan Coogler: Fruitvale
7.1 Amat Escalante: Heli
7.1 Pawel Pawlikowski: Ida
7.0 Andrea Pallaoro: Medeas
7.0 Sergei Loznitsa: In the Fog
7.0 Tom Shoval: Youth
7.0 Mati Diop: Mille Soleils
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: Burning Bush
7.0 Christian Schwochow: West
7.0 Ramon Zurcher: The Strange Little Cat
7.0 Yasuhiro Yoshiura: Patema Inverted
7.0 Ned Benson: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
7.0 David Mackenzie: Starred Up
7.0 Mohammad Rasoulof: Manuscripts Don't Burn
7.0 Claude Lanzmann: The Last of the Unjust
7.0 Sebastian Lelio: Gloria
7.0 Kim Mordaunt: The Rocket
7.0 Arnaud Desplechin: Jimmy P
7.0 Ritesh Batra: The Lunchbox
7.0 Jeremy Lovering: In Fear
7.0 Yuval Adler: Bethlehem
7.0 Daniel Patrick Carbone: Hide Your Smiling Faces
7.0 Anthony Chen: Ilo Ilo
7.0 David Gordon Green: Joe
7.0 Steven Knight: Locke
7.0 Joon-ho Bong: Snowpiercer
7.0 Richie Mehta: Siddharth
7.0 Aaron Fernandez: The Empty Hours
7.0 Roberto Minervini: Stop the Pounding Heart
7.0 Steve McQueen: 12 Years a Slave
7.0 Josh Waller: Raze
7.0 Giuseppe Tornatore: The Best Offer
7.0 Philip Groning: Die Frau des Polizisten/ The Policeman's Wife
7.0 Philippe Garrel: La Jalousie
7.0 Yann Gonzalez: Les Rencontres d'Apres Minuit/ You and the Night
7.0 Xavier Dolan: Tom a la Ferme/ Tom at the Farm
7.0 Alexandros Avranas: Miss Violence
7.0 JC Chandor: All Is Lost
7.0 Paul Greengrass: Captain Phillips
7.0 Bruno Dumont: Camille Claudel 1915
7.0 Phil Morrison: All Is Bright
7.0 Matt Porterfield: I Used to Be Darker
7.0 Sofia Coppola: Bling Ring
7.0 Danny Boyle: Trance
7.0 Zal Batmanglij;: The East
7.0 Stacie Passon: Concussion
7.0 David Lowery: Ain't Them Bodies Saints
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: Side Effects
7.0 Julia Dyer: The Playroom
7.0 Park Chan-wook: Stoker
7.0 Richard LaGravenese: Beautiful Creatures
7.0 Andy Muschietti: Mama
7.0 Eran Creevy: Welcome to the Punch
7.0 Calin Peter Netzer: Pozitia Copilului/ Child's Pose
7.0 Danis Tanovic: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
7.0 Sebastian Silva: Crystal Fairy
7.0 James Wan: The Conjuring
7.0 Andrew Bujalski: Computer Chess
7.0 David Gordon Green: Prince Avalanche
7.0 Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman: Lovelace
7.0 Lake Bell: In a World ...
7.0 Wong Kar-wai: Grandmaster
7.0 Andrew Dosunmu: Mother of George
7.0 Nicole Holofcener: Enough Said
7.0 Erik Matti: On the Job
7.0 Jean-Marc Vallee: Dallas Buyers Club
7.0 Michael Dowse: The F Word
7.0 John Curran: Tracks
7.0 Richard Ayoade: The Double
7.0 Ridley Scott: The Counselor
7.0 Claire Denis: Bastards
7.0 Spike Jonze: Her
7.0 Ulrich Seidl: Paradise - Hope
SO SO...:

6.9 John Krokidas: Kill Your Darlings
6.9 George Tillman: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
6.9 Henry-Alex Rubin: Disconnect
6.9 Ron Morales: Graceland
6.9 Ariel Vromen: The Iceman
6.9 Rama Burshtein: Fill the Void
6.9 Gilles Legrand: You Will Be My Son
6.9 Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Don Jon
6.9 Javier Rebollo: The Dead Man and Being Happy
6.9 David Russell: American Hustle
6.9 Martin Scorsese: The Wolf of Wall Street
6.8 Scott McGehee and David Siegel: What Maisie Knew
6.8 Richard Linklater: Before Midnight
6.8 Joel and Ethan Coen: Inside Llewyn Davis
6.8 Isao Takahata: The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
6.8 Felix Van Groeningen: The Broken Circle Breakdown
6.8 Kim Ki-duk: Moebius
6.8 Dante Ariola: Arthur Newman
6.8 Olivia Silver: Arcadia
6.8 Brad Anderson: The Call
6.8 Dennis Iliadis: +1
6.8 Haifaa al-Mansour: Wadjda
6.8 Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata: The Last Time I Saw Macao
6.8 Joshua Sanchez: Four
6.8 Derek Cianfrance: The Place Beyond the Pines
6.8 Angad Bhalla: Herman's House
6.8 Edgar Wright: World's End
6.8 Lucy Mulloy: Una Noche
6.8 Felix van Groeningen: The Broken Circle Breakdown
6.8 Alfonso Cuaron: Gravity
6.8 Malgoska Szumowska: In the Name Of
6.8 Jim Jarmusch: Only Lovers Left Alive
6.7 Jeff Lipsky: Molly's Theory of Relativity
6.7 Neil Jordan: Byzantium
6.7 Clio Barnard: The Selfish Giant
6.7 Guillermo del Toro: Pacific Rim
6.6 Bryan Singer: Jack the Giant Slayer
6.6 Corneliu Porumboiu: "Cand se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau metabolism (/ When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism"
6.6 Abdellatif Kechiche: La Vie d'Adele/ Blue is the Warmest Color
6.6 Luc Besson: Family
6.6 Sebastian Cordero: Europa Report
6.6 Mira Nair: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
6.6 Ryuhei Kitamura: No One Lives
6.6 Margarethe von Trotta: Hannah Arendt
6.5 Neil LaBute: Some Velvet Morning
6.5 Sion Sono: Why Don't You Play in Hell?
6.5 Roman Polanski: La Venus A la Fourrure/ Venus in Fur (2013)
6.5 Jano Rosebiani: Chaplin of the Mountains
6.5 Jano Rosebiani: One Candle Two Candles
6.5 Robert Redford: Company You Keep
6.5 Antonio Campos: Simon Killer
6.5 Harold Guskin: Down the Shore
6.5 Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal: Stranger Things,
6.5 Pauline Chan: 33 Postcards
6.5 Philipp Stolzl: Erased
6.5 Rufus Norris: Broken
6.5 Michael McGowan: Still Mine
6.5 David Gordon Green: Elysium
6.5 Lee Daniels: Lee Daniels' The Butler
6.5 Destin Daniel Cretton: Short Term 12
6.5 Santiago Mitre: Estudiante
6.5 Pedro Peirano and Sebastian Silva: Old Cats
6.5 Matt Johnson: The Dirties
6.5 James Franco: As I Lay Dying
6.5 Randy Moore: Escape From Tomorrow
6.5 Bernard Rose: Two Jacks
6.5 Naomi Jaye: The Pin
6.5 Hayao Miyazaki: The Wind Rises
6.5 Feng Xiaogang: Personal Tailor
6.5 Ron Howard: Rush
Passable...:

6.4 Rebecca Thomas: Electrick Children
6.4 Sang-ho Yeon: The Fake
6.4 Allen Hughes: Broken City
6.4 Marc Evans: Hunky Dory
6.4 Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air
6.4 Lenny Abrahamson: What Richard Did
6.4 Andrew Semans: Nancy Please
6.4 Peter Strickland: Berberian Sound Studio
6.4 Joe Swanberg: Drinking Buddies,
6.4 Joe Swanberg: All the Light in the Sky
6.4 Peter Berg: Lone Survivor
6.3 Paul Weitz: Admission
6.3 Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha
6.2 Goro Miyazaki: From Up on Poppy Hill
6.2 Sangsoo Hong: Our Sunhi
6.2 Richard LeMay: Naked as We Came
6.2 Alexander Payne: Nebraska
6.2 Scott Cooper: Out of the Furnace
6.2 Nenad Cicin-Sain: The Time Being
6.2 Nicolas Lopez: Aftershock
6.2 Stacie Passon: Concussion
6.1 Ming-Liang Tsai: Jiaoyou/ Stray Dogs
6.1 Jonas Mekas: Out-Takes From the Life of a Happy Man
6.0 Ruben Fleischer: Gangster Squad
6.0 Francois Ozon: Jeune et Jolie/ Young & Beautiful
6.0 Hansal Mehta: Shahid
6.0 Takeshi Kitano: Autoreiji/ Beyond Outrage
6.0 Taylor Hackford: Parker
6.0 Daniel Schechter: Supporting Characters
6.0 Jonathan Levine: Warm Bodies
6.0 Roman Coppola: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
6.0 Michel Gondry: The We and the I
6.0 Ric Roman Waugh: Snitch
6.0 Roberto Buso-Garcia: The Condemned
6.0 Bejoy Nambiar: David
6.0 Don Scardino: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
6.0 Gilles Bourdos: Renoir
6.0 Pablo Berger: Blancanieves
6.0 P.J. Hogan: Mental
6.0 Andres Wood: Violeta Went to Heaven
6.0 Boris Rodriguez: Eddie: The Sleepwalking Carnival
6.0 Alonso Mayo: The Story of Luke
6.0 Terrence Malick: To the Wonder
6.0 Francois Ozon: In the House
6.0 Ramin Bahrani: At Any Price
6.0 Michael Bay: Pain & Gain
6.0 Deepa Mehta: Midnight's Children
6.0 James Marsh: Shadow Dancer
6.0 James DeMonaco: The Purge
6.0 Eric Valette: The Prey
6.0 Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg: This Is the End
6.0 Elie Wajeman: Aliyah
6.0 Catherine Corsini: Three Worlds
6.0 Marc Forster: World War Z
6.0 Paul Feig: The Heat
6.0 Roland Emmerich: White House Down
6.0 Steven Knight: Redemption
6.0 Wayne Kramer: Pawn Shop Chronicles
6.0 Tizza Covi and Rainer Fremmel: The Shine of Day
6.0 Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini: Girl Most Likely
6.0 Atiq Rahimi: Syngue Sabour/ The Patience Stone
6.0 Adam Wingard: You're Next
6.0 Claude Miller: Therese
6.0 Lee Isaac Chung: Abigail Harm
6.0 John Crowley: Closed Circuit
6.0 Jill Soloway: Afternoon Delight
6.0 Regis Roinsard: Populaire
6.0 Alicia Scherson: Il Futuro
6.0 Anthony Silverston: Khumba
6.0 Eric England: Contracted
6.0 Francis Lawrence: The Hunger Games - Catching Fire
6.0 Jennifer Lee: Frozen
6.0 Jonathan Gurfinkel: S#x Acts
6.0 Laura Colella: Breakfast With Curtis
6.0 Zach Clark: White Reindeer
6.0 Alexandre Moors: Blue Caprice
6.0 Billy Bob Thornton: Jayne Mansfield's Car
6.0 Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
6.0 Linda Bloodworth-Thomason: Bridegroom
6.0 Julian Fellowes: Romeo & Juliet
6.0 Gavin Hood: Ender's Game
6.0 John Lee Hancock: Saving Mr Banks
6.0 Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere: What's in a Name?
6.0 Eric Heisserer: Hours
6.0 Ben Stiller: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
6.0 Ralph Fiennes: The Invisible Woman
6.0 Chen Kaige: Caught in the Web
6.0 Zhangke Jia: Tian Zhu Ding/ Touch of Sin
YUCK!...:

5.9 John Daschbach: Brief Reunion
5.8 Tina Gordon Chism: Tina Gordon Chism: Peeples
5.8 Punit Malhotra: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
5.8 Rohit Shetty: Chennai Express
5.7 John Wells: August - Osage County
5.5 Eytan Fox: Yossi
5.5 Kasi Lemmons: Black Nativity
5.5 Paul Schrader: The Canyons
5.5 Alejandro Landes: Porfirio
5.5 Jordan Vogt-Roberts: The Kings of Summer
5.2 Jacob Vaughan: Bad Milo!
5.0 Jose Mota: As Luck Would Have It
5,0 Sergio Castellitto: Twice Born
5.0 Bille August: Night Train to Lisbon
5.0 Craig Lahiff: Swerve
5.0 Gary Entin: Geography Club
5.0 Gary Fleder: Homefront
5.0 John Sayles: Go for Sisters
5.0 Laurie Collyer: Sunlight Jr
5.0 Michael Winterbottom: Everyday
5.0 Ruairi Robinson: The Last Days on Mars
5.0 Spike Lee: Oldboy
5.0 Stephen Frears: Philomena
5.0 Thomas Verrette: Implanted
5.0 Christian Vincent: Haute Cuisine
5.0 Herman Yau: Ip Man: The Final Fight
5.0 Shaka King: Newlyweeds
5.0 Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing
5.0 Harald Zwart: The Mortal Instruments
5.0 James Mangold: The Wolverine
5.0 Maggie Carey: The To Do List
5.0 Baltasar Kormakur: 2 Guns
5.0 Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin: Despicable Me 2
5.0 Nat Faxon and Jim Rash: The Way Way Back
5.0 Michael Winterbottom: The Look of Love
5.0 Baz Luhrmann: The Great Gatsby
5.0 Seth Gordon: Identity Thief
5.0 Abhishek Kapoor: Kai Po Che
5.0 Dominik Moll: The Monk
5.0 Gregory Kohn: Northeast
5.0 Lasse Hallstrom: Safe Heaven
5.0 Niels Oplev: Dead Man Down
5.0 Thaddaeus Scheel: Stuck
5.0 Bill Guttentag: Knife Fight
5.0 Ken Scott: Starbuck
5.0 Andrew Niccol: The Host
5.0 Quentin Dupieux: Wrong
5.0 Benjamin Epps: Family Weekend
5.0 William Dickerson: Detour
5.0 Ramaa Mosley: The Brass Teapot
5.0 Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein: 6 Souls,
5.0 Brian Helgeland: 42
5.0 Rob Zombie: The Lords of Salem
5.0 Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg: Kon-Tiki
5.0 Shane Black: Iron Man 3
5.0 Susanne Bier: Love Is All You Need
5.0 Ben Wheatley: Sightseers
5.0 Zack Bernbaum: And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
5.0 Katie Aselton: Black Rock
5.0 raig Zisk: The English Teacher
5.0 Night Shyamalan: After Earth
5.0 Louis Leterrier: Now You See Me
5.0 Kieran Darcy-Smith: Wish You Were Here
5.0 Geoffrey Fletcher: Violet & Daisy
5.0 Dan Scanlon: Monsters University
5.0 Franck Khalfoun: Maniac
5.0 Paul Andrew Williams: Unfinished Song
5.0 Pedro AlmodĒvar: I'm So Excited
5.0 Daisy von Scherler Mayer: Some Girl(s)
5.0 Susan Seidelman: The Hot Flashes
5.0 David Soren: Turbo
5.0 Robert Luketic: Paranoia
5.0 Scott Walker: The Frozen Ground
5.0 Kevin and Michael Goetz: Scenic Route
5.0 Liz Garcia: The Lifeguard
5.0 Lynn Shelton: Touchy Feely
5.0 Anne Fontaine: Adore
5.0 Jim Mickle: We Are What We Are
5.0 Marina de Van: Dark Touch
5.0 Yusry Halim: Vikingdom
5.0 Nate Taylor: Forgetting the Girl
5.0 Kimberly Peirce: Carrie
5.0 Mikael Hafstrom: Escape Plan
5.0 Costa-Gavras: Capital
5.0 Johnny Knoxville: Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa
5.0 Richard Curtis: About Time
5.0 Sandra Nettelbeck: Last Love
5.0 Michael Polish: Big Sur
5.0 Peter Jackson: The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
5.0 Adrian Garcia Bogliano: Here Comes the Devil
5.0 Peter Segal: Grudge Match
GASP!...:

4.9 Peter Webber: Emperor
4.8 Carl Rinsch: 47 Ronin
4.7 John Moore: A Good Day to Die Hard
4.6 Rodney Evans: The Happy Sad
4.5 Jerusha Hess: Austenland
4.5 Diablo Cody: Paradise
4.5 Ruba Nadda: Inescapable
4.5 Sam Raimi: Oz the Great and Powerful
4.5 Barry Battles: The Baytown Outlaws
4.5 Kim Jee-woon: The Last Stand
4.5 Alexandra McGuinness: Lotus Eaters
4.5 Brandon Cronenberg: Antiviral
4.5 Todd Berger: It's a Disaster
4.5 Joseph Kosinski: Oblivion
4.5 Justin Zackham: The Big Wedding
4.5 Nicolas Winding Refn: Only God Forgives
4.5 Guo Jingming: Tiny Times 2
4.5 Bryan Fogel: Jewtopia
4.5 David Rosenthal: A Single Shot
4.5 Eran Riklis: Zaytoun
4.5 Kat Coiro: And While We Were Here
4.5 Kyle Patrick Alvarez: COG
4.5 Sean Cualain: Men at Lunch
4.5 David Talbert: Baggage Claim
4.5 Brian Percival: The Book Thief
4.5 Will Slocombe: Cold Turkey
4.5 Brad Furman: Runner Runner
4.5 Stuart Zicherman: A.C.O.D.
4.5 Randall Miller: CBGB
4.5 Mark Edwin Robinson: I Will Follow You Into the Dark
4.5 Keanu Reeves: Man of Tai Chi
4.5 Oliver Hirschbiegel: Diana
4.5 Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook: Walking With Dinosaurs
4.4 Joan Carr-Wiggin: If I Were You
4.4 Zack Snyder: Man of Steel
4.3 Jon Chu: GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
4.2 Adam McKay: Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues
4.0 Walter Hill: Bullet to the Head
4.0 Alan Taylor: Thor - The Dark World
4.0 Fredrik Bond: Charlie Countryman
4.0 Ken Scott: Delivery Man
4.0 Malcolm Lee: The Best Man Holiday
4.0 Max Lucado: The Christmas Candle
4.0 Ryan Lonergan: The Fall of 1980
4.0 Jamie Babbit: Breaking the Girls
4.0 Brian Dannelly: Struck by Lightning
4.0 Antoine Fuqua: Olympus Has Fallen
4.8 Megan Griffiths: Eden
4.0 Bob Byington: Somebody Up There Likes Me
4.0 Courtney Solomon: Getaway
4.0 Kim Chapiron: Dog Pound
4.0 Fede Alvarez: Evil Dead,
4.0 Christian Charles: Love Sick Love
4.0 Todd Phillips: Hangover
4.0 Justin Lin: Fast & Furious 6
4.0 Chris Wedge: Epic
4.0 Shawn Levy: The Internship
4.0 Gore Verbinski: The Lone Ranger
4.0 Josh Boone: Stuck in Love
4.0 Jeff Kaplan: Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship
4.0 Dennis Dugan: Grown Ups 2
4.0 Dean Parisot: RED 2
4.0 Joshua Michael Stern: Jobs
4.0 Brian De Palma: Passion
4.0 Hannah Fidell: A Teacher
4.0 David Twohy: Riddick
4.0 James Wan: Insidious Chapter 2
4.0 Dario Argento: Argento's Dracula 3D
4.0 Robert Rodriguez: Machete Kills
4.0 Jon Turteltaub.: Last Vegas
3.5 J.J. Abrams: Star Trek Into Darkness
3.0 Jeff Wadlow: Kick Ass 2

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