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The Best Reviewed Films of 2009

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 13, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 13, 2010 |

I suspect this will be the very last of posts devoted to the Best of 2009 (save for the Oscars, once nominations are announced). But, the Golden Tomatoes are a fairly reliable gauge for decent movies, as they reflect aggregated critic opinions (though, not those of Pajiba, which does not participate in the Tomatometer, because fuck you). There are no spectacular surprises here, as an aggregate reading tends to be conservative. I’d only have on bone to gnaw on in the choices, and that’s An Education, simply because I — like Drew — didn’t find it to be all that compelling. Well acted and well directed, by the actual narrative left a lot to be desired. I’m a little surprised that Star Trek beat out District 9, though I the RT percentage differences were small (4 percent) (same goes for Adventureland vs. (500) Days of Summer, where the was but a one percent difference). And Drag Me to Hell really didn’t have much competition in the horror category, save for The House of the Devil and Zombieland, while Where the Wild Things Are had zero competition, since animated films were not included in the Family Film category (the three runners-up where all in the 40th percentile range).

Point being: At this point in 2010, after seeing our Best Films of 2009 list, plus a host of others, you should probably have a fairly strong idea of what will be considered for the Oscars and the movies you might consider seeing, if you haven’t yet.

Up (Animation)

In the Loop (Comedy)

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Documentary)

An Education (Drama)

Afghan Star (Foreign)

Drag Me to Hell (Horror)

Where the Wild Things Are (Kids/Family)

Crazy Heart (Musical)

Adventureland (Romance)

Star Trek (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

State of Play (Thriller)

Samson and Delilah (Best Reviewed Australian Film)

An Education (Best Reviewed UK Film)

There was also a user-reviewed category, which had Zombieland at number one, followed by Moon, Up, The Blind Side and Star Trek.

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