Movie Releases by Score

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

December 17, 2003 | PG-13
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
The Triplets of Belleville 2.

The Triplets of Belleville

November 26, 2003 | PG-13
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
Finding Nemo 3.

Finding Nemo

May 30, 2003 | G
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
American Splendor 4.

American Splendor

August 15, 2003 | TV-MA
The true saga of a working-class Everyman who pursues self-expression without self-censorship -- and finds a grateful audience, critical admiration, and that most remarkable of happy endings, a loving family. (Fine Line Features)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.9
Capturing the Friedmans 5.

Capturing the Friedmans

May 30, 2003 | Not Rated
The Friedmans are a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.9
Lost in Translation 6.

Lost in Translation

September 12, 2003 | R
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
Marooned in Iraq 7.

Marooned in Iraq

April 25, 2003
Set on the Iran-Iraq border in the early 1990s, this film dramatizes the plight of the Kurdish people.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
To Be and to Have 8.

To Be and to Have

September 19, 2003
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:
7.7
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 9.

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

December 19, 2003 | PG-13
The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer, Robert S. McNamara, who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Ten 10.

Ten

March 5, 2003
A look at the modern sociopolitical landscape of Iran as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various female passengers. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Sweet Sixteen 11.

Sweet Sixteen

May 16, 2003 | R
Liam's Mom, Jean is in prison...but is due to be released in time for his 16th birthday. This time Liam is determined that things will be different. He dreams of a family life he's never had, which means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of wasters like Jean's boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited grandfather. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
The Son 12.

The Son

January 10, 2003
A divorced carpentry instructor at a vocational training center finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious student. [New Yorker Films]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
Love and Diane 13.

Love and Diane

April 16, 2003
Love is the 18-year-old daughter of Diane, a former crack addict who since losing her six children to foster care has managed to reassemble her family, however fragile the arrangement. Filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin spent five years with these women, riding an emotional roller-coaster, as past resentments inform each one's prospects for stability and happiness. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
tbd
Grisbi (re-release) 14.

Grisbi (re-release)

September 5, 2003
The granddaddy of the modern Gallic gangster movie, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (translation: "Don't touch the loot!") immediately created a market for offspring like Dassin's "Rififi" and Melville's "Bob Le Flambeur." Adapted from the seminal 1952 "Série Noire" novel by Albert Simonin, Grisbi took the gangster saga to new heights of realism by portraying the criminal class as a larcenous subbourgeoisie and introducing authentic underworld slang to screen dialogue. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
The Man Without a Past 15.

The Man Without a Past

April 4, 2003 | PG-13
The second installation of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland Trilogy," this touching and amusing film portrays a man who must start his life anew when he is brutally mugged and loses his memory. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
Mystic River 16.

Mystic River

October 8, 2003 | R
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:
7.1
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary 17.

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

May 14, 2003
Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's interpretation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin has forged a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama and shadow. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
5.8
Bus 174 18.

Bus 174

October 8, 2003 | R
In the summer of 2000, in Rio de Janeiro, a 21-year-old hijacked a commuter bus and held its passengers hostage. The police were flummoxed as local TV crews arrived en masse to cover the headline-grabbing events as they unfolded. BUS 174 balances this potentially sensationalistic material with accounts by the police, the victims, the witnesses and friends and family of the hijacker. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.5
Raising Victor Vargas 19.

Raising Victor Vargas

March 28, 2003 | R
Victor Vargas (Rasuk), a 16-year-old Dominican boy growing up on New York's Lower East Side, finds his self-image as a burgeoning ladies man deflated when the neighborhood finds out that he's dating an unpopular and overweight girl.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.3
The Magdalene Sisters 20.

The Magdalene Sisters

August 1, 2003 | R
An unflinching and compelling emotional drama, charting several years in the young lives of four "fallen woman" who were rejected by their families and abandoned to the mercy of the Catholic Church in 1960's Ireland. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Lilya 4-Ever 21.

Lilya 4-Ever

April 18, 2003 | R
Set in contemporary Russia, this film recounts 13-year-old Lilya's struggle to survive the grim streets.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Winged Migration 22.

Winged Migration

April 18, 2003 | G
This documentary examines the migratory patterns of birds through forty countries and all seven continents.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
School of Rock 23.

School of Rock

October 3, 2003 | PG-13
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:
8.4
Concert for George 24.

Concert for George

October 3, 2003 | PG-13
On the 29th of November 2002, one year to the day that George Harrison left us, his closest friends gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his life in the only way they knew how - by playing his music.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 25.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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
A Mighty Wind 26.

A Mighty Wind

April 16, 2003 | PG-13
In the tradition of "This is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," and "Best in Show," this mockumentary looks at the world of folk music.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.2
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 27.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

November 14, 2003 | PG-13
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 Station Agent 28.

The Station Agent

October 3, 2003 | R
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
My Architect 29.

My Architect

November 12, 2003
A tale of love and art, betrayal and forgiveness -- in which the illegitimate son of legendary architect Louis I. Kahn undertakes a five year, worldwide exploration to understand his long-dead father. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.2
Wattstax (re-released) 30.

Wattstax (re-released)

June 6, 2003 | R
This documentary contains selections from a non-stop 7-hour musical event celebrating the seventh annual Watts Summer Festival, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.6
Chaos 31.

Chaos

January 29, 2003
When a bourgeois French couple witnesses a young prostitute being violently attacked by a group of men just outside of their car, all three of their lives are changed.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Crimson Gold 32.

Crimson Gold

January 16, 2003 | Unrated
A murder and a suicide occur early one morning in a jewelry store. Behind this headline lies the story of a desperate man's feelings of humiliation in a world of social injustice.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
Spellbound 33.

Spellbound

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:
7.8
Whale Rider 34.

Whale Rider

June 6, 2003 | PG-13
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
In the Mirror of Maya Deren 35.

In the Mirror of Maya Deren

January 24, 2003
With this film, Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
City of God 36.

City of God

January 17, 2003 | R
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
Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary 37.

Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary

January 24, 2003 | PG
In this documentary, Traudl Junge describes on camera for the first time her experience working as one of Adolf Hilter's private secretaries form 1942 until his suicide in 1945. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
My Flesh and Blood 38.

My Flesh and Blood

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
Painted Fire 39.

Painted Fire

February 14, 2003 | Unrated
Im Kwon-taek's ninety-fifth film tells the story of renowned nineteenth-century painter Jang Seung-up (Choi Min-Sik), an artist whose revolutionary work - and persona - has forever changed the face of Korean art. (Kino International)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.0
Dirty Pretty Things 40.

Dirty Pretty Things

July 18, 2003 | R
A thriller set in London's secret underworld, where everything is for sale. A young man (Ejiofor) and a Turkish chambermaid (Tautou) both work at the same West London hotel -- a breeding ground for illegal activity. They are put to the test when the man makes a shocking discovery late one night. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
9.0
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 41.

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

February 19, 2003 | PG-13
Amandla! tells the story of black South African freedom music and reveals the central role it played in the long battle against apartheid. (Artisan Entertainment)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Hukkle 42.

Hukkle

November 14, 2003 | Unrated
A "fictional" documentary detailing the natural history of life in a Hungarian village.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
The Weather Underground 43.

The Weather Underground

June 4, 2003 | Unrated
In 1969, a radical splinter group broke off from SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), convinced that only militant action could end racism, the war in Vietnam and the inequalities they felt inherent in a capitalist society. The Weather Underground engaged in numerous bombings (and failed bombings) that landed them on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Today - in light of a new age of terrorism - former members as well as their critics look back on the '70s and reflect on what they did and why they did it. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.3
Open Hearts 44.

Open Hearts

February 21, 2003 | R
Adhering to the guidelines of the celebrated Dogme 95 manifesto, this film focuses on a young engaged couple in Copenhagen who finds their relationship changed forever when the man is hit by a car and paralyzed.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.1
Under the City's Skin 45.

Under the City's Skin

March 14, 2003
An Iranian woman takes dramatic measures to save her home and family.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.5
In America 46.

In America

November 26, 2003 | TV-MA
From master storyteller Jim Sheridan comes a deeply personal and emotionally raw tale of a family finding its soul In America. Through the wide-open eyes of two young heroines, Sheridan transforms a devastating human tragedy into a riveting, humor-tinged story about memory, secrets, love, loss, coming together and starting over. (Fox Searchlight)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Morning Sun 47.

Morning Sun

October 22, 2003
The film Morning Sun attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes -- and reflected in the hearts and minds -- of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. (Long Bow Group, Inc.)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Blue Car 48.

Blue Car

May 2, 2003 | R
An evocative drama that tells the story of an 18 year-old girl, abandoned by her father and neglected by her overworked mother, who turns for solace and inspiration to her English teacher. (Miramax)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
9.4
Japan 49.

Japan

March 19, 2003 | Unrated
Taking its title from the Japanese symbol of the rising sun, Reygadas unapologetically uses widescreen cinema, the most lush of formats, as a backdrop for exploring thorny issues of life and death. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
4.8
Zhantai 50.

Zhantai

March 14, 2003
Focusing on a Chinese theatrical troupe in 1979, this film follows a group of performing artists who change with the cultural and political changes in their country.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.8
The Secret Lives of Dentists 51.

The Secret Lives of Dentists

August 1, 2003 | R
With a blend of humor and realism, director Alan Rudolph prods at the complexities, paradoxes and tender beauties of marriage. (Manhattan Pictures International)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
OT: Our Town 52.

OT: Our Town

August 15, 2003
At Dominquez High School in Compton, California, basketball is valued above all else. The school has not staged a play in over twenty years. With no budget and no stage, English teacher Catherine Borek attempts to mount a theatrical production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," in an effort to make a change. In the process she takes her fledgling students on a journey of self-discovery. (Film Movement)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.0
Pistol Opera 53.

Pistol Opera

June 13, 2003
In this belated sequel to director Seijun Suzuki's 1967 film "Branded to Kill," a female assassin rises in the criminal underworld.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Power Trip 54.

Power Trip

December 12, 2003 | Unrated
In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts. (Films Transit International)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Man on the Train 55.

Man on the Train

May 9, 2003 | R
The story of two men who might never have met but for an accident, who appear to have nothing in common, yet who change each other's view of life at the last possible moment. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion 56.

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

September 19, 2003 | Unrated
A sweeping and compelling look at the struggle of the Tibetan people for freedom over the course of more than five decades. (Artistic License Films)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Lawless Heart 57.

Lawless Heart

February 21, 2003 | R
A sharp, modern love story where lust, love and loyalty are stretched to their limits. Told from three different perspectives, Lawless Heart reveals the comic and subtle realities of modern relationships. (First Look Pictures)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.0
In This World 58.

In This World

September 19, 2003 | R
This film follows the hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London. (Sundance Film Series)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.1
Monster 59.

Monster

December 24, 2003 | R
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:
7.2
Yadon ilaheyya 60.

Yadon ilaheyya

January 17, 2003
Palestinian director and performer Elia Suleiman delivers a darkly comic masterpiece. Suleiman utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertain times. (Avatar Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.3
Lost in La Mancha 61.

Lost in La Mancha

January 31, 2003 | R
Lost In La Mancha may be the first 'un-making of' documentary; the story of a film that does not exist. Instead of a sanitized glimpse behind the scenes, this film offers a unique, in-depth look at the harsher realities of filmmaking. With drama that ranges from personal conflicts to epic storms, this is a record of a film disintegrating. (Quixote Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.6
The Nazi Officer's Wife 62.

The Nazi Officer's Wife

June 13, 2003
This documentary explores faith, family, identity and love in a complex portrait of a woman who had to bury her true self in order to survive. (Seventh Art Releasing)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Japanese Story 63.

Japanese Story

December 31, 2003 | R
A cross-cultural journey, an emotional drama and a haunting love story between an ambitious geologist and a Japanese businessman. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
28 Days Later... 64.

28 Days Later...

June 27, 2003 | R
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
My Terrorist 65.

My Terrorist

June 25, 2003
This documentary asks hard questions about the meaning of forgiveness and hate, the inevitability of violence and, just possibly, about the chance of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. (Women Make Movies)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Cuban Rafters 66.

Cuban Rafters

July 23, 2003
This documentary profiles seven Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and follows their stories over seven tumultuous years in their new country.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Cold Mountain 67.

Cold Mountain

December 25, 2003 | R
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
The Company 68.

The Company

December 25, 2003 | R
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
Millennium Mambo 69.

Millennium Mambo

December 31, 2003 | R
Set in Taipei, this is the story of a young woman trapped in several bad relationships.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.6
Shattered Glass 70.

Shattered Glass

October 31, 2003 | TV-14
A study of a very talented - and at the same time very flawed - character. It is also a look inside our culture's noblest profession, one that protects our most precious freedoms by revealing the truth, and what happens when our trust in that profession is called into question. [Lions Gate Films]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.0
Stevie 71.

Stevie

March 28, 2003 | R
This documentary speaks about the complex realities of growing up, family history, and how the system has - despite good intentions - failed to rescue certain kids. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Stone Reader 72.

Stone Reader

February 12, 2003 | PG-13
In this documentary, a filmmaker discovers a great unknown book and set out on a quest to learn why the book and writer vanished. (JETFilms)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Girl with a Pearl Earring 73.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

December 12, 2003 | TV-PG
Set in 17th century Holland, this speculative account focuses on a 16-year-old housemaid who was the inspiration for one of Johannes Vermeer's most famous paintings.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.0
Seabiscuit 74.

Seabiscuit

July 25, 2003 | PG-13
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:
7.2
Charlotte Sometimes 75.

Charlotte Sometimes

May 2, 2003 | R
A reclusive auto mechanic hides his love for the beautiful young actress who rents an apartment in his inherited family home. (Visionbox Pictures)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.0
Nowhere in Africa 76.

Nowhere in Africa

March 7, 2003 | R
A love story spanning two continents, Nowhere in Africa is the extraordinary true tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.9
Step Into Liquid 77.

Step Into Liquid

August 8, 2003 | PG
This documentary examines today's global surf culture.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.5
Manito 78.

Manito

June 13, 2003
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
Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII 79.

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

May 16, 2003 | Unrated
This documentary depicts the stories of a small number of Jewish children who were saved from the Nazis by non-Jews who hid these children in their homes despite great personal danger.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
Marion Bridge 80.

Marion Bridge

April 11, 2003 | Unrated
This film speaks volumes about sibling and parental relationships with a beautifully realized tale of loss, healing and humor. (Film Movement)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.4
All the Real Girls 81.

All the Real Girls

February 14, 2003 | R
A small-town Romeo falls in love with his best friend's little sister.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.7
Intolerable Cruelty 82.

Intolerable Cruelty

October 10, 2003 | PG-13
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 Embalmer 83.

The Embalmer

July 18, 2003 | Not Rated
The story of a romantic triangle that develops when a middle-aged dwarf, who works as a zoo taxidermist, befriends a teenage boy only to have a younger woman enters the picture.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
9.3
Carnage 84.

Carnage

September 5, 2003 | Unrated
In a wildly original, intertwining story that almost defies classification, Carnage traces the bizarre, often magical effects a 1,000-pound Andalusian bull has on a disparate group of characters. (Wellspring)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
5.0
A Woman Is a Woman 85.

A Woman Is a Woman

May 16, 2003
Angela, an afternoon stripper in the sleazy Zodiac Club, yearns for motherhood "just because," but live-in boyfriend Jean-Claude Brialy "isn't ready yet," though hanger-on Jean-Paul Belmondo is more than happy to help out. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.7
House of Sand and Fog 86.

House of Sand and Fog

December 19, 2003 | R
A gripping exploration of the American Dream gone awry, House of Sand and Fog is the story of two people driven to desperate measures to claim ownership of a house. (DreamWorks Pictures)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
9.2
Holes 87.

Holes

April 18, 2003 | PG
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
Rana's Wedding 88.

Rana's Wedding

August 22, 2003 | Unrated
Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's timely feature explores love among the ruins of an occupied territory and is the winner of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival's 2003 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking. (Arab Film Distribution)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
5.8
Yossi & Jagger 89.

Yossi & Jagger

September 24, 2003 | Unrated
Based on a true story, Yossi & Jagger portrays the love affair of two Israeli officers in a remote army base on the Israeli-Lebanese border. (Lama Productions)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.8
The Barbarian Invasions 90.

The Barbarian Invasions

November 21, 2003 | R
Director Denys Arcand revisits the situations and relationships that informed his international breakthrough The Decline of the American Empire. Set 17 years after Decline, this film, like its predecessor, examines the varying politics -- economic, personal and sexual -- at play among a group of friends, lovers and ex-spouses. [Miramax]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
5.6
Swimming Pool 91.

Swimming Pool

July 2, 2003 | R
Europe's most daring and inventive writer/director, François Ozon, reunites with his two favorite leading ladies, Charlotte Rampling (of "Under the Sand") and Ludivine Sagnier (of "8 Women") in this deliciously sophisticated and sexy mystery. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.3
Owning Mahowny 92.

Owning Mahowny

May 2, 2003 | R
Polite, mild-mannered Dan Mahowny (Hoffman) is an assistant bank manager with a head for numbers, a knack for making decisions, and a devastating appetite for gambling. Dan Mahowny is the unlikely hero who takes on two of the financial institutions everyone loves to hate, the bank and the casino, and, for a brief while, he wins. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.0
Prisoner of Paradise 93.

Prisoner of Paradise

December 12, 2003
The startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star who was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film. This documentary follows Gerron's career and remarkable odyssey, offering a unique prospective on this extraordinary period. (Menemsha Films)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
tbd
Millennium Actress 94.

Millennium Actress

September 12, 2003 | PG
In this unique epic adventure, the lines between the past and the present, and truth and fiction, are blurred when a documentary filmmaker fulfills his quest to find the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, and learn why she mysteriously vanished at the height of her brilliant career. (Go Fish Pictures)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.7
Thirteen 95.

Thirteen

August 20, 2003 | R
This film focuses on a thirteen-year-old girl growing up with conflicting pressures in Los Angeles.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.7
Freaky Friday 96.

Freaky Friday

August 6, 2003 | PG
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
Elephant 97.

Elephant

October 24, 2003 | R
An inside look at an American high school on what appears to be an ordinary day.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
21 Grams 98.

21 Grams

November 21, 2003 | R
They say we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.8
Pieces of April 99.

Pieces of April

October 17, 2003 | PG-13
Poignant and funny, Pieces of April is an up-close look at an extraordinary day in the life of the not-so-ordinary Burns family. (MGM)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.9
Bad Santa 100.

Bad Santa

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:
8.7