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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Release Date: December 17, 2003
Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king. But can Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) answer the call of his heritage and become what he was born to be? In no small measure, the fate of Middle-earth rests on his broad shoulders. [New Line Cinema]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Release Date: July 9, 2003
For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), the crystalline waters if the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and kidnaps the Governor's (Pryce) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Knightley). (Disney)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.7
Finding Nemo 3.

Finding Nemo

Release Date: May 30, 2003
This visually stunning underwater adventure follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish - a father and his son Nemo - who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef. [Disney/Pixar]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 4.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Release Date: October 10, 2003
TV-MA
An epic tale of one woman's quest for justice presented in two installments. (Miramax)
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.7
Lost in Translation 5.

Lost in Translation

Release Date: September 12, 2003
Unable to sleep, Bob (Murray) and Charlotte (Johansson), two Americans in Tokyo, cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.5
28 Days Later... 6.

28 Days Later...

Release Date: June 27, 2003
When a group of animal rights activists frees primates from a research facility, a deadly virus which causes murderous behavior is unleashed.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
The Matrix Revolutions 7.

The Matrix Revolutions

Release Date: November 5, 2003
The final film in the Matrix trilogy.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
4.7
The Cat in the Hat 8.

The Cat in the Hat

Release Date: November 21, 2003
Mike Myers stars in the title role of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, a film adaptation of the beloved literary classic. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
19
User Score:
3.6
Hulk 9.

Hulk

Release Date: June 20, 2003
Acclaimed Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee turns his masterful eye to adapting the classic Marvel Comics character for the big screen. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
54
User Score:
5.2
The Matrix Reloaded 10.

The Matrix Reloaded

Release Date: May 15, 2003
Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
7.7
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 11.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Release Date: July 25, 2003
Demonstrating her physical prowess and revealing her courage as never before, Lara Croft proves that she will stop at nothing in her search for an infamous site know as "The Cradle of Life" -- especially when it means she could save the world from the most unspeakable evil ever known. (Paramount)
Metascore:
43
User Score:
8.0
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 12.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Release Date: July 2, 2003
The highly anticipated third installment in one of Hollywood's most innovative and celebrated franchises, which was originated with the 1984 release of "The Terminator." Melding riveting suspense, trademark humor and explosive action, Terminator 3 pays homage to its predecessors and adds an electrifying new chapter to the series' sophisticated mythology. [T3 Productions]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.4
2 Fast 2 Furious 13.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Release Date: June 6, 2003
Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con pal Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for a shady Miami-based import/export dealer (Cole Hauser), while actually working with an undercover agent (Eva Mendes) to bring the dealer down. [Universal Pictures]
Metascore:
38
User Score:
6.9
The School of Rock 14.

The School of Rock

Release Date: October 3, 2003
Hell raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur Dewey Finn (Black) has been kicked out of his band. Desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers. (Paramount)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
X2: X-Men United 15.

X2: X-Men United

Release Date: May 2, 2003
Mutants continue to struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. With the fates of mankind - and mutantkind - in their hands, the X-Men Face their most dangerous mission ever. [20th Century Fox]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.7
City of God 16.

City of God

Release Date: January 17, 2003
Welcome to the world's most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro's 'City of God.' A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where Police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and ultimately may be him only way out. [Miramax]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
9.0
Mystic River 17.

Mystic River

Release Date: October 8, 2003
As the investigation of the death of a young woman tightens around three old friends, and ominous story unfolds that revolves around friendship, family and innocence lost too soon. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.0
Big Fish 18.

Big Fish

Release Date: December 10, 2003
Director Tim Burton brings his inimitable imagination on a heartwarming journey that delves deep into a fabled relationship between a father and his son. [Sony Pictures]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.7
The Last Samurai 19.

The Last Samurai

Release Date: December 5, 2003
The paths of two warriors converge when the young Emperor of Japan, hires a Civil War veteran (Cruise) to train Japan's first modern, conscript army. As he encounters the Samurai traditions, the troubled American soldier finds himself at the center of a violent and epic struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his sense of honor to guide him. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.9
Bad Boys II 20.

Bad Boys II

Release Date: July 18, 2003
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back -- and oh so bad -- on the streets of Miami in Bad Boys II, reuniting them with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
4.0
Underworld 21.

Underworld

Release Date: September 19, 2003
Not Rated
Underworld reimagines Vampires as a secretive clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. (Screen Gems)
Metascore:
42
User Score:
8.9
Elf 22.

Elf

Release Date: November 7, 2003
A boy who was raised by Santa's elves returns to New York City to find his biological family.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.6
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 23.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Release Date: November 14, 2003
Based on author Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin novels, the film is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Crowe is Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. Their ship, the H.M.S. Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. With the Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to intercept and capture his foe. It's a mission that can make his reputation – or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.4
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 24.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Release Date: October 17, 2003
This thriller recounts the true story of five teenage travelers stranded in a rural Texas town, fighting for their lives against a chainsaw wielding madman and his bizarre extended family. (New Line Productions)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
6.4
Daredevil 25.

Daredevil

Release Date: February 14, 2003
TV-14
Ben Affleck stars as the blind Marvel Comics character who is a lawyer by day and vigilante by night.
Metascore:
42
User Score:
8.1
Final Destination 2 26.

Final Destination 2

Release Date: January 31, 2003
This sequel to the hit 2000 supernatural thriller finds Clear Rivers (Larter), the only survivor of the crash of Flight 180 left alive, Locked away by her own choice in the perceived safety of a psychiatric hospital. Clear now lives in constant terror that Death is coming to claim her, as it did all her friends. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
2.7
Elephant 27.

Elephant

Release Date: October 24, 2003
An inside look at an American high school on what appears to be an ordinary day.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
Scary Movie 3 28.

Scary Movie 3

Release Date: October 24, 2003
Unrated
The Scary Movie gang is back for the third installment in this spoof series.
Metascore:
49
User Score:
6.9
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 29.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Release Date: November 5, 2003
Unrated
On April 12th 2002 the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government. What had in fact taken place was the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup. (Vitagraph Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.5
Timeline 30.

Timeline

Release Date: November 26, 2003
Students working on an archaeological dig must travel back in time to 14th century France to rescue their professor, an obsessive academician who has become trapped in a vicious feudal war.
Metascore:
28
User Score:
4.3
House of the Dead 31.

House of the Dead

Release Date: October 10, 2003
Based on the best selling video game from Sega, House of the Dead tells the story of a group of college students who go to a rave on a mysterious island and get more than they bargained for when they find themselves stalked by killer zombies and terrifying creatures intent on feasting on the flesh of the living. (Artisan Entertainment)
Metascore:
15
User Score:
1.2
Freddy vs. Jason 32.

Freddy vs. Jason

Release Date: August 15, 2003
Get ready for the ultimate showdown! Freddy Krueger, the psychopath from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series resurrects Jason Voorhees, the equally iconic madman from the "Friday the 13th" film series. With a terrified town in the middle, the two titans of terror enter into a horrifying showdown of epic proportions, alternating between the world of dreams and the harsh reality of the living world. Who will win and who will lose in this battle to end all battles? (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
37
User Score:
8.5
Love Actually 33.

Love Actually

Release Date: November 7, 2003
This ultimate romantic comedy weaves together a spectacular number of love affairs into one amazing story. [Universal Pictures]
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.6
Holes 34.

Holes

Release Date: April 18, 2003
Based on the award-winning 1999 children's book of the same name, this funny and poignant film features an unusual young hero who is in for the adventure of his life when he is sent to a Texas detention camp. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.8
Cabin Fever 35.

Cabin Fever

Release Date: September 12, 2003
TV-MA
Based on skin-curdling tales of the real life "flesh eating virus," Cabin Fever blends the elements of classic horror films of the 70's and 80's with modern day medical terror. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
2.8
Whale Rider 36.

Whale Rider

Release Date: June 6, 2003
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill her destiny. (South Pacific Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
5.6
House of 1000 Corpses 37.

House of 1000 Corpses

Release Date: April 11, 2003
Two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. (Lions Gate)
Metascore:
31
User Score:
4.7
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 38.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Release Date: July 11, 2003
Incredible technology wielded by a mind of infinite evil is threatening the safety of the entire world. To fight the unthinkable, the British government will have to mobilize the extraordinary. This team -- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- is the only thing standing between the future and total destruction. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
5.7
Bruce Almighty 39.

Bruce Almighty

Release Date: May 23, 2003
Bruce is a local news reporter who is discontented with nearly everything in his life, and rarely misses an opportunity to complain about it. Until one day God endows Bruce with all of his powers and challenges him to take on his job and see if he can do any better. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
46
User Score:
7.3
Winged Migration 40.

Winged Migration

Release Date: April 18, 2003
This documentary examines the migratory patterns of birds through forty countries and all seven continents.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Anger Management 41.

Anger Management

Release Date: April 11, 2003
Dave Buznik (Sandler) is usually a mild-mannered, non-confrontational guy. But after an altercation aboard an airplane, he is remanded to the care of an anger management therapist, Dr. Buddy Rydell (Nicholson), who could probably use some anger management himself. (Columbia Pictures)
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.8
Better Luck Tomorrow 42.

Better Luck Tomorrow

Release Date: April 11, 2003
The story of a group of overachieving Asian-American high school honor students in a conservative Los Angeles suburb who lead a double life of mischief and petty crimes that alleviate the pressures of perfection. (Paramount)
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.2
Kangaroo Jack 43.

Kangaroo Jack

Release Date: January 17, 2003
Two friends from Brooklyn are forced to deliver mob money to Australia. Their misadventures begin when a kangaroo hops off with the cash.
Metascore:
16
User Score:
4.7
Cheaper by the Dozen 44.

Cheaper by the Dozen

Release Date: December 25, 2003
A comedy about family, loyalty and priorities. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
46
User Score:
7.0
Grind 45.

Grind

Release Date: August 15, 2003
While the rest of his high school graduating class is heading to the same old grind of college, skateboarder Eric Rivers (Vogel) and his best friends, Dustin (Brody), a goal-oriented workaholic, and misfit slacker Matt (Vieluf) have one last summer roadtrip together to follow their dream of getting noticed by the professional skateboarding world - and getting paid to skate. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
8.7
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 46.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Release Date: July 25, 2003
TV-G
Using the very latest digital technology to weave 3-D images directly into the Spy Kids' trademark espionage action, Game Over invites audience of all ages to become a part of the larger-than-life excitement on the screen. (Dimension Films)
Metascore:
57
User Score:
5.4
The Italian Job 47.

The Italian Job

Release Date: May 30, 2003
In this is a remake of the 1969 British caper comedy, Mark Whalberg stars as Charlie Croker, the leader of a band of thieves planning the ultimate heist.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.8
Identity 48.

Identity

Release Date: April 25, 2003
Caught in a savage rainstorm, ten travelers are forced to seek refuge at a strange desert motel. They soon realize they've found anything but shelter. There is a killer among them and, one by one, they are murdered. (Sony)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.9
The Core 49.

The Core

Release Date: March 28, 2003
A wildly diverse team of professionals journey into unknown regions of the earth in the hopes of detonating a nuclear device which they hope will reactivate the earth's core and restore balance to the planet. (Paramount)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
5.5
Manito 50.

Manito

Release Date: June 13, 2003
Not Rated
Set, and vibrantly photographed, in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Manito is the fictional story of two days in the life of two Latino brothers, Junior and Manny. Employing techniques of cinema verite, the film vibrantly captures a neighborhoodand the people who live there. (Film Movement)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2
Love Don't Cost a Thing 51.

Love Don't Cost a Thing

Release Date: December 12, 2003
In an attempt to improve his reputation in school, an unpopular but super-intelligent teenage boy (Cannon), hires a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend.
Metascore:
37
User Score:
8.2
Brother Bear 52.

Brother Bear

Release Date: October 24, 2003
The powerful and playful bond between brothers, and man's bond with nature, are explored with great drama and comedy in this exciting new animated tale of brotherhood, bears and breathtaking outdoor adventure. [Walt Disney Pictures]
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.1
The Trip 53.

The Trip

Release Date: May 9, 2003
A portrait of a love story spanning two decades between a gay-rights activist and a conservative journalist during the 1970s and 1980s.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
8.1
Dreamcatcher 54.

Dreamcatcher

Release Date: March 21, 2003
Dreamcatcher, the film based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, tells of four young friends who perform a heroic act -- and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later the friends, now men, are on a hunting trip in the Maine woods when they are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves… (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
35
User Score:
5.0
The Triplets of Belleville 55.

The Triplets of Belleville

Release Date: November 26, 2003
The story of a boy, his grandmother, his dog and his dream of winning the Tour de France. When the boy is kidnapped by two mysterious men during the race, the search leads to the megalopolis of Belleville and the renowned Triplets of Belleville, eccentric female music-hall stars from the '30s.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
21 Grams 56.

21 Grams

Release Date: November 21, 2003
They say we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.9
Phone Booth 57.

Phone Booth

Release Date: April 4, 2003
Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, this film follows Stu Shepard (Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
9.1
Old School 58.

Old School

Release Date: February 21, 2003
Unrated
A raucous comedy about a trio of thirty-something buddies who try to recapture the outrageous, irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their own off-campus frat house. (DreamWorks Pictures)
Metascore:
54
User Score:
8.7
Peter Pan 59.

Peter Pan

Release Date: December 25, 2003
A live-action version of Peter Pan with all of the wonder, danger and excitement of J.M. Barrie's original vision. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.7
Bad Santa 60.

Bad Santa

Release Date: November 26, 2003
Unrated
The story of two criminals who disguise themselves as Santa Claus and his elf, traveling across the country to malls and taking advantage of the good will people have towards Santa to rob the stores blind.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 61.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Release Date: September 5, 2003
Dickie Roberts (Spade) is a 35-year old former child star. Now an out-of-work actor turned parking valet, Dickie is desperate to audition for a great role that could revitalize his career, but the part requires him to play a "normal" guy. Problem is, Dickie is anything but normal. He decides to hire a family to adopt him so he can relive his childhood and, in essence, grow up from scratch. (Paramount)
Metascore:
36
User Score:
5.6
Where's the Party Yaar? 62.

Where's the Party Yaar?

Release Date: September 5, 2003
Not Rated
This comedy traces the confusion of Indian immigrants as they attempt to understand American social mores.
Metascore:
56
User Score:
7.5
Thirteen 63.

Thirteen

Release Date: August 20, 2003
This film focuses on a thirteen-year-old girl growing up with conflicting pressures in Los Angeles.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
9.0
Northfork 64.

Northfork

Release Date: July 11, 2003
In the next two days, the town of Northfork, Montana will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a new hydroelectric project. Its citizens are heading for higher ground. With the exception of a few stoic resistors. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
5.1
My Flesh and Blood 65.

My Flesh and Blood

Release Date: November 28, 2003
Unrated
A feature length verit documentary about the Tom family -- eleven special needs children adopted by Fairfield, California mother Susan Tom -- and the story of Susan's battle with her emotionally disturbed teenage son. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Jeepers Creepers II 66.

Jeepers Creepers II

Release Date: August 29, 2003
Set soon after the events of the first film, a group of basketball players, coaches, cheerleaders, and their friends on the bus going home from the state championship find themselves attacked by a winged people-eating monster called the Creeper (Breck), as he continues his 23-day-long feeding frenzy.
Metascore:
36
User Score:
7.5
Freaky Friday 67.

Freaky Friday

Release Date: August 6, 2003
An updated version of the 1976 film about a mother and daughter who wake up one freaky Friday to find themselves inside each other's body.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Wrong Turn 68.

Wrong Turn

Release Date: May 30, 2003
Steeped in the traditions of classic '70s-style horror movies, Wrong Turn begins with a group of friends stranded in the West Virginia wilderness.
Metascore:
32
User Score:
6.6
Cold Mountain 69.

Cold Mountain

Release Date: December 25, 2003
Based on one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Cold Mountain sets off on a true American odyssey through a time that saw some of the greatest ferocity -- and heroism -- the nation has ever known. (Miramax)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.6
Gigli 70.

Gigli

Release Date: August 1, 2003
In this unconventional romantic comedy, low-level hood Larry Gigli (Affleck) is given an assignment that gets him in way over his head and Ricki (Lopez), a gorgeous free spirited female enforcer is sent in to assist him. (Sony)
Metascore:
18
User Score:
1.8
Hollywood Homicide 71.

Hollywood Homicide

Release Date: June 13, 2003
Veteran detective Joe Gavilan (Ford) is on the biggest case of his career and saddled with a new partner, K.C. Calden (Hartnett), who can't quite decide between being a cop or an aspiring actor. (Sony)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
8.7
Poolhall Junkies 72.

Poolhall Junkies

Release Date: February 28, 2003
The story of a compulsive gambler (Callahan) who has managed to overcome his obsession, but is drawn back into the world of pool-shooting when he needs to try to save his brother (Rosenbaum).
Metascore:
36
User Score:
8.4
Anything Else 73.

Anything Else

Release Date: September 19, 2003
Woody Allen's new romantic comedy is a lesson in the reality that loves at first sight isn't always 20/20. Jerry Falk (Biggs) learns that lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with the beautiful but flighty Amanda (Ricci). (DreamWorks Pictures)
Metascore:
43
User Score:
6.3
Johnny English 74.

Johnny English

Release Date: July 18, 2003
Enter Johnny English -- an office-bound junior intelligence worker suddenly thrust into the spotlight when the Crown Jewels are stolen from the Tower of London and a plot is uncovered that threatens world security. [Universal Studios]
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.0
Pokémon Heroes 75.

Pokémon Heroes

Release Date: May 16, 2003
The fifth installment of the Pokemon series takes place in a mysterious city on water.
Metascore:
27
User Score:
7.6
Spellbound 76.

Spellbound

Release Date: April 30, 2003
TV-G
This documentary presents the intense, true-life experience of the National Spelling Bee as seen through the eyes of eight driven, young spellers. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 77.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Release Date: June 13, 2003
In the 80s, Harry and Lloyd meet in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.
Metascore:
19
User Score:
2.5
Irreversible 78.

Irreversible

Release Date: March 7, 2003
Not Rated
A dark revenge drama about a woman who is brutally raped and the retribution her boyfriend exacts.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.9
To Be and to Have 79.

To Be and to Have

Release Date: September 19, 2003
Not Rated
Inspired by the French phenomenon of 'single-class' schools, this film charts the life of a small one-class village school over the course of one academic year, and takes a warm and serene look at primary education in the French heartlands. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
S.W.A.T. 80.

S.W.A.T.

Release Date: August 8, 2003
Based on the 70's television series of the same name, this film focuses on the Los Angeles Police Department's S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
8.2
Rugrats Go Wild 81.

Rugrats Go Wild

Release Date: June 13, 2003
When the vacationing Rugrats and their parents get stranded on a deserted island, Tommy Pickles knows there's only one man who can help them: Nigel Thornberry! (Nickelodeon)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
5.9
The Company 82.

The Company

Release Date: December 25, 2003
This ensemble drama about the life of a company of ballet dancers focuses on a young dancer (Campbell) on the verge of becoming a principal dancer.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 83.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Release Date: November 14, 2003
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feudin' ways again as the entire Looney Tunes menagerie star in a feature film set entirely in a live action world and interact with "live" 3-D costars throughout the picture. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.0
From Justin to Kelly 84.

From Justin to Kelly

Release Date: June 20, 2003
The fairytale rise to superstardom of America's favorite "Idols" continues as Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini make the leap to the big screen in this spring's biggest beach party, From Justin to Kelly, a musical romantic comedy. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
14
User Score:
2.5
Intolerable Cruelty 85.

Intolerable Cruelty

Release Date: October 10, 2003
A romantic comedy about a man who wins in court and a woman who courts to win. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.3
The Rundown 86.

The Rundown

Release Date: September 26, 2003
A contemporary action-comedy set against the raw, untamed landscape of the Amazon. (Universal)
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.7
Matchstick Men 87.

Matchstick Men

Release Date: September 12, 2003
A phobia-plagued grifter (Cage) discovers he has a teenage daughter (Lohman) who wants to get to know him?and his business.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.9
Seabiscuit 88.

Seabiscuit

Release Date: July 25, 2003
The tale of a down-and-out racehorse that took the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.3
How to Deal 89.

How to Deal

Release Date: July 18, 2003
The story of 17-year-old Halley Martin (Moore), who has been convinced by the outrageous relationships around her that the whole concept of true love is vastly overrated. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
45
User Score:
8.2
Ichi the Killer 90.

Ichi the Killer

Release Date: May 19, 2003
Unrated
An ultraviolent revenge movie based on a Manga cartoon in which a sinister hypnotist manipulates the timid but unstable Ichi to dispatch various mobsters in horrifically violent fashion by invoking false memories of witnessing a rape.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.8
Basic 91.

Basic

Release Date: March 28, 2003
When a legendary commander (Jackson) and several of his men turn up missing, the last thing the government wants is a rogue DEA agent (Travolta) investigating the disappearance. As the investigation unfolds, the agent is placed in direct conflict with the Army's official investigating officer (Nielsen) and nothing is as it seems. (Sony)
Metascore:
34
User Score:
7.7
Monster 92.

Monster

Release Date: December 24, 2003
In a revelatory performance, Charlize Theron stars in the shocking and moving true-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed last year in Florida after being convicted of murdering six men. While Wuornos confessed to the six murders, including a policeman, she claimed to have killed only in self-defense, resisting violent assaults while working as a prostitute. (Newmarket Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.9
Monsieur Ibrahim 93.

Monsieur Ibrahim

Release Date: December 5, 2003
In a working class Paris neighborhood in the early 60's, two unlikely characters -- a young Jew and an elderly Muslim -- begin a friendship. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.2
Small Voices 94.

Small Voices

Release Date: October 10, 2003
Not Rated
The inspiring story of Melinda (de Rossi), a young woman who comes to teach in the remote and impoverished rural town of Malawig and reaches her poverty-stricken students through music.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.0
The Station Agent 95.

The Station Agent

Release Date: October 3, 2003
A film about three people with nothing in common, except their shared solitude, until chance circumstances bring their lives together. Before long, from this forgotten depot, this mismatched threesome forges an unlikely bond, which ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared. (Miramax)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
American Wedding 96.

American Wedding

Release Date: August 1, 2003
Unrated
It was bound to happen, sooner or later. The raucous and lovable characters from the wildly successful American Pie series have gone and done it -- well they're planning on doing it. Really soon. In front of everyone they know. In a big way. Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan) are getting married. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
43
User Score:
6.7
The Real Cancun 97.

The Real Cancun

Release Date: April 25, 2003
It's fun and sexy, unscripted and uncensored. It's The Real Cancun, the world's first reality feature film. Produced by the creators of "The Real World" and "Road Rules," this film brings together 16 people for eight days in a beachfront Mexican villa for the ultimate Spring Break vacation. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
34
User Score:
6.2
Tears of the Sun 98.

Tears of the Sun

Release Date: March 7, 2003
Not Rated
Bruce Willis stars as Lt. A.K. Waters, the loyal veteran officer of a Navy S.E.A.L unit. When he's sent into the heart of Africa, the usually hard-bitten Waters finds himself deeply conflicted at having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience. (Sony)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.6
Out of Time 99.

Out of Time

Release Date: October 3, 2003
When Banyan Key, Florida is rocked by a double homicide, chief of police Matt Lee Whitlock (Washington) finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before he himself falls under suspicion. (MGM)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.9
My Life Without Me 100.

My Life Without Me

Release Date: September 26, 2003
Burdened with the secret that she is dying of cancer, but liberated by her new sense of control, a young woman?s emotional journey leads her to unexpected places and gives her life new meaning. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
57
User Score:
8.8