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2003 Best Reviewed Movies

Based on third-party critic ratings, the best reviewed 2003 movie releases.


  1. Bus 174
    99% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 76 reviews
  2. The Fog of War
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 138 reviews
  3. Spellbound
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 137 reviews
    "A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children."
  4. The Man Without a Past
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 93 reviews
    "Kaurismäki delivers another droll comedy full of his trademark humor."
  5. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 48 reviews
    "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is as persuasive and engrossing as it is unapologetically biased."
  6. Alien: The Director's Cut
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews
    "A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole."
  7. Sweet Sixteen
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 87 reviews
    "A bleak, but heartbreaking coming-of-age tale that resonates with truth."
  8. To Be and To Have
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 58 reviews
    "A small, sensitive, and moving portrait of a teacher and his students."
  9. Raising Victor Vargas
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 107 reviews
    "A coming-of-age tale marked by its authenticity."
  10. Open Hearts
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews
    "Pulsing with honesty, this film lays bare the rawness of human emotion with a story made all the more believable thanks to its gritty, low-budget approach."
  11. Lost in Translation
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 222 reviews
    "Effectively balancing humor and subtle pathos, Sofia Coppola crafts a moving, melancholy story that serves as a showcase for both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson."
  12. The Station Agent
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 reviews
    "A sweet and quirky film about a dwarf, a refreshment stand operator, and a reclusive artist connecting with one another."
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 254 reviews
    "Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy."
  14. American Splendor
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 180 reviews
    "Exhilarating both stylistically and for its entertaining, moving portrayal of an everyman, American Splendor is a portrait of a true underground original."
  15. Dirty Pretty Things
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 138 reviews
    "An illuminating and nuanced film about the exploitation of illegal immigrants."
  16. Lost in La Mancha
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 99 reviews
    "A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at a movie that wasn't, Lost in La Mancha is an incisive, entertaining document of the difficulties inherent in the moviemaking process."
  17. My Architect
    93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews
    "A moving and enlightening documentary about architect Louis Kahn."
  18. School of Rock
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 192 reviews
    "Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time."
  19. Man on the Train
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 111 reviews
    "A lovely, contemplative character study with two wonderful performances at its center."
  20. Millennium Actress
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 51 reviews
    "The story of an aging movie actress' complicated personal saga unfolds in this sophisticated anime film that deftly blurs memory and make-believe into a meditation on the nature of cinema itself."
  21. Shattered Glass
    91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 166 reviews
    "A compelling look at Stephen Glass' fall from grace."
  22. Shaolin Soccer
    91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews
    "The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care."
  23. Stevie
    91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 75 reviews
    "Poignant documentary that's hard to forget."
  24. City of God
    90% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 156 reviews
    "A shocking and disturbing, but always compelling look at life in the slums of Rio de Janiero."
  25. Whale Rider
    90% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 146 reviews
    "An empowering and uplifting movie, with a wonderful performance by Castle-Hughes."

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