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Spirited Away 1.

Spirited Away

Release Date: September 20, 2002
A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. [Walt Disney Studios]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.0
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner 2.

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Release Date: June 7, 2002
Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. Twenty years pass. Two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. [Lot 47 Films]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.3
Bloody Sunday 3.

Bloody Sunday

Release Date: October 4, 2002
This controversial and critically acclaimed film depicts the events of January 30, 1972, when 27 civilians were shot by the British army during a peaceful civil rights march. The event fueled a 25-year cycle of violence between Britain and elements of Ireland, North and South. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.5
Y Tu Mamá También 4.

Y Tu Mamá También

Release Date: March 15, 2002
Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, two teenagers meet an exotic older woman at a wedding, and they embark on a road trip together.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.6
Time Out 5.

Time Out

Release Date: March 29, 2002
After losing his job, Vincent (Recoing) can't bring himself to tell his wife (Viard) and children, so he wanders around France during the day, while they think he's at work, and finds himself on a moral and ethical journey of conscience that challenges the notions he's formed about life. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.9
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 6.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Release Date: December 18, 2002
In the second chapter in J.R.R Tolkien's epic trilogy, the Fellowship faces unimaginable armies and deception while also witnessing ancient wonders and the untapped strength of their people. [New Line Productions]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.0
Russian Ark 7.

Russian Ark

Release Date: November 29, 2002
Not Rated
A unique panorama of the Hermitage, the most famous palace in Russia, now one of the great museums of the world.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
I'm Going Home 8.

I'm Going Home

Release Date: August 14, 2002
Not Rated
The story of an aging French actor who - after learning his family has been killed in an accident - still carries on with his career, enjoys his morning espresso and newspaper, appreciates the endless beauty that is Paris, and takes a stand against the philistinism that plagues his professional life. [Film Forum]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.3
Talk to Her 9.

Talk to Her

Release Date: November 22, 2002
A story about the friendship between two men, about loneliness and the long convalescence of wounds provoked by passion. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
The Pianist 10.

The Pianist

Release Date: December 27, 2002
TV-MA
Wladyslaw Szpilman, a brilliant Polish pianist, a Jew, escapes deportation. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he shares the suffering, the humiliation and the struggles. He manages to escape and hides in the ruins of the capital. A German officer comes to his aid and helps him to survive. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
About Schmidt 11.

About Schmidt

Release Date: December 13, 2002
Warren Schmidt (Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossraods all at the same time. With no job, no wife, and no family, he is desperate to find something meaningful in his thoroughly unimpressive life. He sets out on a journey of self-discovery, exploring his roots across Nebraska in a 35-foot motor home. (New Line Productions)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Domestic Violence 12.

Domestic Violence

Release Date: January 30, 2002
Not Rated
This documentary by Frederick Wiseman profiles residents of a Tampa shelter for battered women.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
tbd
24 Hour Party People 13.

24 Hour Party People

Release Date: August 9, 2002
TV-MA
Spanning from the late 1970's to the early 1990's, this is the story of the Manchester music scene, as seen by the founders of the legendary Factory Records label.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Far From Heaven 14.

Far From Heaven

Release Date: November 8, 2002
An idyllic 1950s married couple faces social taboos of homosexuality and interracial relationships -- but at great cost.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India 15.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Release Date: May 8, 2002
The year is 1893 when Britain's Queen Victoria was the unsympathetic ruler of India. This is an inspiring story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
The Quiet American 16.

The Quiet American

Release Date: November 22, 2002
TV-MA
From the classic novel by Graham Greene comes a murder mystery centered on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in Vietnam circa 1952. (Miramax)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
The Pinochet Case 17.

The Pinochet Case

Release Date: September 11, 2002
Not Rated
This documentary follows the legal cases that ultimately led to former General Augusto Pinochet being arrested and tried for his crimes against humanity committed over the 25 years that he ruled Chile as one of the most notorious tyrants of the 20th century.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Rocco and His Brothers (re-release) 18.

Rocco and His Brothers (re-release)

Release Date: July 5, 2002
Approved
A re-release of Luchino Visconti's 1960 epic of a poor family torn apart by lust and greed.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
Adaptation. 19.

Adaptation.

Release Date: December 6, 2002
The lives of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), author Susan Orlean (Streep) and orchid poacher John Laroche (Cooper) become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others' in this adaptation of the best-selling "The Orchid Thief." [Columbia Pictures]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
Spider 20.

Spider

Release Date: December 20, 2002
A psychological thriller about a man (Fiennes) trying to piece his life back together after his premature release from a mental institution.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time 21.

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Release Date: January 2, 2002
TV-G
Thomas Riedelsheimer's documentary about Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and his work.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
Safe Conduct 22.

Safe Conduct

Release Date: October 11, 2002
Not Rated
A film based on Jean Devaivre's book chronicling his own experiences as a French filmmaker living during the time of Germany's WWII occupation of France.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.2
Chicago 23.

Chicago

Release Date: December 27, 2002
A new interpretation that takes the award-winning Broadway show into fresh and expansive cinematic realms, Chicago shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity and the scandalous lengths to which people will go to attain it. [Miramax]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Read My Lips 24.

Read My Lips

Release Date: July 5, 2002
This French thriller is an absorbing character study of two lonely outsiders (a deaf secretary and an ex-con), who gradually recognize their mutual dependency.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Late Marriage 25.

Late Marriage

Release Date: May 17, 2002
Not Rated
Set within the Georgian émigré community of Tel Aviv, Late Marriage is a sexy and biting comedy of manners that investigates what happens when human beings get stuck between the rock of true love and the hard place of family tradition. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.7
Merci pour le Chocolat 26.

Merci pour le Chocolat

Release Date: July 31, 2002
Not Rated
A mystery thriller set on the lakeside of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.7
Grin Without a Cat 27.

Grin Without a Cat

Release Date: May 1, 2002
Not Rated
Originally released in 1978, this is Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Bolivia, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left. (First Run / Icarus Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
The Hours 28.

The Hours

Release Date: December 27, 2002
The story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place; all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. (Paramount)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Promises 29.

Promises

Release Date: March 15, 2002
Not Rated
A documentary exploring the Middle East conflict and prospects for peace by drawing viewers into the hearts and minds of seven Palestinian and Israeli children from Jerusalem -- those captured by the region's hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. (Promises Project)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Nine Queens 30.

Nine Queens

Release Date: April 19, 2002
Set in Buenos Aires, this is the story of two small-time swindlers who team up after meeting in a convenience store and become involved in a half million-dollar deal. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Rabbit-Proof Fence 31.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Release Date: November 29, 2002
TV-PG
The true story of Molly Craig, a young black Australian girl who leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from an internment camp, set up as a part of a government policy to train Aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society. (Miramax)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Siddhartha (re-release) 32.

Siddhartha (re-release)

Release Date: September 27, 2002
A re-release of the 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's novel about a young Brahmin seeking a more meaningful way of life.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Minority Report 33.

Minority Report

Release Date: June 21, 2002
Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is and action-detective thriller set in Washington, D.C. in 2054, where police utilize a psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crime. (Fox/Dreamworks)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
War Photographer 34.

War Photographer

Release Date: June 19, 2002
Not Rated
A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey -- his motivation, his fears and his daily routine as a war photographer.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
5.8
What Time Is It Over There? 35.

What Time Is It Over There?

Release Date: January 11, 2002
Not Rated
A young Taipei watch vendor (Lee) falls in love with a girl (Chen) just as she leaves to go to Paris, inspiring him to set all the clocks in the city to French time.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
The Piano Teacher 36.

The Piano Teacher

Release Date: March 29, 2002
Unrated
Erika is a piano teacher at a prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. [Kino International]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
How I Killed My Father 37.

How I Killed My Father

Release Date: August 23, 2002
Not Rated
Deals with the complex and fascinating relationship between 40 year-old Jean-Luc (Berling), a successful gerontologist living in a wealthy Parisian suburb, and his long estranged father (Bouquet).
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Punch-Drunk Love 38.

Punch-Drunk Love

Release Date: October 11, 2002
Paul Thomas Anderson's fourth film features Sandler as a lonely man with serious emotional issues. As he concocts a scheme involving frequent flier miles and copious amounts of pudding, he finds himself both falling prey to a phone-sex scam and falling in love with his sister's colleague.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.0
How to Draw a Bunny 39.

How to Draw a Bunny

Release Date: October 9, 2002
Not Rated
A "Rashomon"-like portrait of Ray Johnson whose life and death -- and all the art that came in between - made him "New York's most famous unknown artist" (Grace Glueck, NY Times). (Film Forum)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Insomnia 40.

Insomnia

Release Date: May 24, 2002
From acclaimed director Christopher Nolan ("Memento") comes the story of Will Dormer (Pacino), a veteran LAPD detective who travels to a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap (Donovan) to investigate the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Morvern Callar 41.

Morvern Callar

Release Date: December 20, 2002
An aimless supermarket clerk (Morton) in a small Scottish town gets a new lease on life upon discovering her boyfriend dead under their Christmas tree.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.5
Murderous Maids 42.

Murderous Maids

Release Date: April 19, 2002
Not Rated
The true story of the most sensational crime in French history. (Rialto Pictures)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Facing the Music 43.

Facing the Music

Release Date: April 24, 2002
Not Rated
Anne Boyd, one of Australia's leading contemporary composers, teaches music at the publicly funded University of Sydney. This documentary chronicles a year in the life of an academic department that?s under the financial gun. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
8 Mile 44.

8 Mile

Release Date: November 8, 2002
A story about the boundaries that define our lives, and a young man's struggle to find the strength and courage to transcend them. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
The Cockettes 45.

The Cockettes

Release Date: June 28, 2002
This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, a group of flamboyant hippies who decked themselves in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Daughter from Danang 46.

Daughter from Danang

Release Date: November 1, 2002
Not Rated
Through intimate and sometimes excruciating moments, Daughter from Danang profoundly shows how wide the chasms of cultural difference and how deep the wounds of war can run - even within one family. (Quad Cinema)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.4
Scratch 47.

Scratch

Release Date: February 15, 2002
A feature length film about the hip-hop DJ and today's turntablist movement. From the South Bronx in the 70's to San Francisco today, the world's best scratchers, diggers, party-rockers and producers celebrate beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. (Palm Pictures)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
4.5
Monsoon Wedding 48.

Monsoon Wedding

Release Date: February 22, 2002
This exuberant ensemble comedy links the stories of far-flung family members, their servants and secret lovers as a Punjabi family in Delhi reunites for their daughter's wedding. (USA Films)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
Italian for Beginners 49.

Italian for Beginners

Release Date: January 18, 2002
Follows the stories of six insecure singles whose lives interweave one dreary Copenhagen winter. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.3
Dogtown and Z-Boys 50.

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Release Date: April 26, 2002
This documentary tells the true story of how kids living in Santa Monica, CA in the 1970's brought their surfing styles into skateboarding and revolutionized the sport.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.0
The Sleepy Time Gal 51.

The Sleepy Time Gal

Release Date: May 29, 2002
Three characters seeking to revive long lost relationships discover that you cannot return to the past, yet you never entirely leave it behind.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
5.8
Songs from the Second Floor 52.

Songs from the Second Floor

Release Date: July 3, 2002
Not Rated
Composed of a series of immaculately staged tableaux, Songs From the Second Floor is a stylized black comedy-turned-nightmare. [Film Forum]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 53.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Release Date: November 15, 2002
This documentary and performance film tells the Funk Brothers' saga through archival footage and still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Funk Brothers backing up Chaka Khan, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, and Gerald Levert. (Artisan Entertainment)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.0
Lovely & Amazing 54.

Lovely & Amazing

Release Date: June 28, 2002
This finely observed comedy is an intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. (Lions Gate)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Metropolis 55.

Metropolis

Release Date: January 25, 2002
TV-14
This Japanese anime, set in the future, depicts a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. (Sony)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
Roger Dodger 56.

Roger Dodger

Release Date: October 25, 2002
In this coming-of-age tale, a teen boy from the Midwest (Jesse Eisenberg) spends a Friday night out on the town in New York City with his womanizing advertising executive uncle (Campbell Scott).
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
The Kid Stays in the Picture 57.

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Release Date: July 26, 2002
Traces the meteoric rise, fall, and rise again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Adapted from Mr. Evans's tell-all autobiography, the movie takes the audience on an intimate journey into the mind of this Hollywood legend. (USA Films)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.0
Catch Me If You Can 58.

Catch Me If You Can

Release Date: December 25, 2002
Frank W. Abagnale (DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline -- all before his 21st birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud had netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds. FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) has made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase. [DreamWorks]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6
Secret Ballot 59.

Secret Ballot

Release Date: August 9, 2002
Set on election day in a remote area of Iran, this is the story of a conservative soldier (Abidi) and the liberal female pollster (Abdi) he is assigned to work with as they seek out voters.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
About a Boy 60.

About a Boy

Release Date: May 17, 2002
About a Boy is about a man (Grant) -- a handsome, rich, shallow, self-absorbed, irresistible cad -- and the unexpected relationship he develops with a boy he meets while trying to pick up another boy's mother. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
The Believer 61.

The Believer

Release Date: May 17, 2002
The story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from Jewish religious student to a rising star in the Neo-Fascist political movement.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.8
Shot in the Heart 62.

Shot in the Heart

Release Date: March 27, 2002
HBO Films presents the true story of two men torn apart by a tortured family legacy -- and brought together by a notorious execution, as the eyes of the world looked on. (HBO Films)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 63.

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Release Date: May 24, 2002
Five contemporary stories weaved together into a single tale that examines the dramatic impact people have on one another. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
9.1
7 Days in September 64.

7 Days in September

Release Date: September 6, 2002
Not Rated
Chronicles the life and events of 28 New Yorkers during the week of 9/11.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.4
Tully 65.

Tully

Release Date: November 1, 2002
Based on the O'Henry Prize winning story by Tom McNeal, this film explores a legacy of love between a family of men, and the events of one summer that change their world forever. (TellTale Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.3
Lilo & Stitch 66.

Lilo & Stitch

Release Date: June 21, 2002
In Lilo and Stitch, get ready to crash-land on Earth with Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet. As he wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien "puppy" of an independent little girl named Lilo and learns about loyalty, friendship, and 'ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
All About Lily Chou-Chou 67.

All About Lily Chou-Chou

Release Date: July 12, 2002
Not Rated
An epic story of a Japanese teenager's life in the age of the Internet.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
Derrida 68.

Derrida

Release Date: October 23, 2002
Not Rated
This documentary examines one of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century, a man who single-handedly altered the way many of us look at history, language, art, and, ultimately, ourselves: the brilliant and iconoclastic French philosopher Jacques Derrida. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Les Destinées 69.

Les Destinées

Release Date: April 5, 2002
Not Rated
Based on the novel by Jacques Chardonne, this epic drama takes place in France from 1900 to the '30s.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Strange Fruit 70.

Strange Fruit

Release Date: November 6, 2002
Not Rated
The first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. This history of the song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
The Execution of Wanda Jean 71.

The Execution of Wanda Jean

Release Date: September 6, 2002
Not Rated
An unflinching investigation of the role that poverty, mental health, race, and sexuality play within the criminal justice system. (Home Box Office)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
*Corpus Callosum 72.

*Corpus Callosum

Release Date: August 28, 2002
Not Rated
Michael Snow's postmodern vision of life at home and work.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
ABC Africa 73.

ABC Africa

Release Date: May 3, 2002
Unrated
A documentary about the tragedy of the children whose parents have died of AIDS and are now stranded in a refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.8
Spider-Man 74.

Spider-Man

Release Date: May 3, 2002
Peter Parker (Maguire), after being bitten by a genetically altered spider, becomes Spider-Man, a hero of superhuman strength with the ability to cling to any surface. He dedicates himself to a life of fighting crime, while living a double life as a superhero and working student. (Sony)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
Alias Betty 75.

Alias Betty

Release Date: September 13, 2002
Not Rated
As novelist Betty Fisher (Kiberlain) starts becoming darkly depressed after the death of her young son, her plotting mother arranges to have another little boy kidnapped to take his place.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Red Satin 76.

Red Satin

Release Date: August 23, 2002
Not Rated
A widowed Tunisian seamstress takes an unlikely journey of self-discovery in writer-director Raja Amari's sumptuous and sensual film. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.4
The Son's Room 77.

The Son's Room

Release Date: January 25, 2002
An Italian psychoanalyst and his family must overcome their grief following the death of their son in a freak diving accident that changes their lives forever.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6
Road to Perdition 78.

Road to Perdition

Release Date: July 12, 2002
A portrayal of two families whose fates are determined by the complex and often combative relationships between fathers and their sons. (DreamWorks Pictures)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
9.0
The Lady and the Duke 79.

The Lady and the Duke

Release Date: May 10, 2002
The true story of an aristocratic young Scottish woman, Mrs. Grace Elliot (Russell), trapped in Paris during the French Revolution.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
All or Nothing 80.

All or Nothing

Release Date: October 25, 2002
An unexpected tragedy brings two people together to rediscover their love.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Bowling for Columbine 81.

Bowling for Columbine

Release Date: October 11, 2002
TV-MA
Famed documentarian Michael Moore returns with his first feature film in five years, as he tackles the issue of America's unique obsession with firearms.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
The Trials of Henry Kissinger 82.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Release Date: September 25, 2002
Not Rated
Is Henry Kissinger -- Nobel Laureate and the most famous diplomat of his generation -- also a war criminal? Provoked by the Christopher Hitchens's book, filmmakers Jarecki and Gibney have constructed a movie which is both brilliant legal brief and chilling psychodrama. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.8
Igby Goes Down 83.

Igby Goes Down

Release Date: September 13, 2002
TV-MA
Igby Slocumb (Culkin), a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege he was born in to. (MGM/UA)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.7
Gangs of New York 84.

Gangs of New York

Release Date: December 20, 2002
Set in New York City between 1840 and 1863, this is the story of a young man named Amsterdam (DiCaprio) who seeks vengeance against Bill "The Butcher" Poole (Day-Lewis), the man who killed his father as a result of warfare between the powerful Manhattan gangs.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.6
The Rookie 85.

The Rookie

Release Date: March 29, 2002
The extraordinary real-life story of Jim Morris (Quaid), who, twelve years after dropping out of minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm, is inspired by the young men on the championship-winning high school team he coaches to fulfill his own dream and try out for a professional team.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
Mostly Martha 86.

Mostly Martha

Release Date: August 16, 2002
Martha (Gedeck) is a head chef for an upscale restaurant who relies on her culinary skill as her primary means of communication. When her sister dies in a car accident, her orderly world falls apart as she has to care for her eight-year-old niece, a girl who proves as resolute and single-minded as her aunt. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
Swimming 87.

Swimming

Release Date: July 26, 2002
An intimate look at friendship, love and breaking away, set amidst the backdrop of a bustling beach town. (Oceanside Pictures)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
Tadpole 88.

Tadpole

Release Date: July 19, 2002
A romantic comedy about a precocious young man who falls for an older woman.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
The Good Girl 89.

The Good Girl

Release Date: August 7, 2002
A frustrated young woman (Jennifer Aniston) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who represents a chance for her to escape into a new world of emotional and sexual awakening. But when the affair quickly moves from liberation to poisonous obsession, she finds herself ensnared in a chaotic web of blackmail, larceny and love. [Fox Searchlight]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Nicholas Nickleby 90.

Nicholas Nickleby

Release Date: December 27, 2002
Based on one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels, this is the story of a young man who experiences a change of fortune upon the death of his father.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
5.6
Real Women Have Curves 91.

Real Women Have Curves

Release Date: October 18, 2002
The story of Ana (Ferrera), a first generation Mexican-American teenager torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage. (HBO Films)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
4.1
Rain 92.

Rain

Release Date: April 26, 2002
Not Rated
A chronicle of the sexual and moral awakening of a thirteen-year-old girl as her family disintegrates around her.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
4.7
Narc 93.

Narc

Release Date: December 20, 2002
A fast-paced, hard-boiled tale of cops and scandal, drugs and deception.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.5
Devils on the Doorstep 94.

Devils on the Doorstep

Release Date: December 18, 2002
Not Rated
By turns an elaborate wartime drama of China, suffering under Japanese occupation during the 1930s and 40s, and an absurdist comedy of madness, cultural disconnects and historical booby-traps that Samuel Beckett would recognize in an instant. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.0
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits 95.

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Release Date: November 22, 2002
Based on Rebecca Miller's acclaimed book of short stories, this film tells three tales of women who have reached a turning point in their lives.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.3
Elling 96.

Elling

Release Date: May 29, 2002
A slyly funny and emotionally affecting odd couple comedy about two misfits trying to find their places in society. (First Look Pictures)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.6
Pellet 97.

Pellet

Release Date: December 13, 2002
Not Rated
Mañas's film vividly brings viewers into a world of fathers and sons in which perception doesn't always match reality. (Film Movement)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.0
Tosca 98.

Tosca

Release Date: July 12, 2002
Not Rated
One of Giacomo Puccini's greatest operas has been magically transposed to film in this stirring and wonderfully performed production featuring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna as the star-crossed lovers. (Avatar Films)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
tbd
Pauline and Paulette 99.

Pauline and Paulette

Release Date: March 15, 2002
A delightfully bittersweet story of four elderly sisters and their relationship with each other. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
4.7
Undercover Brother 100.

Undercover Brother

Release Date: May 31, 2002
A live-action comedy based on Urban Media's popular website series.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.4