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2009 Best Reviewed Movies

Based on third-party critic ratings, the best reviewed 2009 movie releases.


  1. Toy Story 2 in 3-D
    100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 163 reviews
    "Toy Story 2 employs inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a top notch voice cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages, one that's arguably even better than its predecessor."
  2. Toy Story in 3-D
    100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews
    "As entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story kicked off Pixar's unprecedented run of quality pictures, reinvigorating animated film in the process."
  3. Still Walking
    100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 62 reviews
    "Hirokazu Kore-eda's film may seem modest at first, but this family drama casts a delicate, entrancing spell."
  4. Up
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 278 reviews
    "Another masterful work of art from Pixar, Up is an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth."
  5. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 134 reviews
    "A touching, uplifting and inspirational rockumentary about an aging metal band, both hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure."
  6. The Song of Sparrows
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews
    "A heartfelt, affecting parable, The Song of Sparrows is another gem from Iranian director Majid Majidi."
  7. The Hurt Locker
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 225 reviews
    "A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War."
  8. The Class
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 149 reviews
    "Energetic and bright, this hybrid of documentary style and dramatic plotting looks at the present and future of France through the interactions of a teacher and his students in an inner city high school."
  9. Food, Inc.
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 106 reviews
    "An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen."
  10. Revanche
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 reviews
    "With Revanche, Götz Spielmann has crafted a debut as surprising as it is suspenseful."
  11. Star Trek
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 298 reviews
    "Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike."
  12. Crude
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 64 reviews
    "Dynamic, tightly arranged, and deliberately provocative, Joe Berlinger's Crude is a sobering, enraging wake-up call."
  13. An Education
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 179 reviews
    "Though the latter part of the film may not appeal to all, An Education is a charming coming-of-age tale powered by the strength of relative newcomer Carey Mulligan's standout performance."
  14. In the Loop
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 167 reviews
    "In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era."
  15. The Damned United
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 127 reviews
    "Better than your average football pic, Damned United is carried by another star turn from Michael Sheen as Brian Clough."
  16. Good Hair
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 81 reviews
    "Funny, informative, and occasionally sad, Good Hair is a provocative look at the complex relationship between African Americans and their hair."
  17. The Maid
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews
    "Catalina Saavedra's devastating performance would be reason enough to see The Maid, but Sebastian Silva's empathetic direction and finely tuned script only add to the movie's pleasing heft."
  18. Home
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 35 reviews
    "Disconcerting and sometimes eerie, this enigmatic French film is an assured directorial debut."
  19. Sugar
    93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 120 reviews
    "Sugar is an exceptionally-crafted film -- part sports flick, part immigrant tale -- with touching and poignant drama highlighted by splendid performances."
  20. Summer Hours
    93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 100 reviews
    "Olivier Assayas' contemplative family drama handles lofty ideas about art and culture with elegance and lightness."
  21. Of Time and the City
    93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 55 reviews
    "Terrence Davies' heartfelt, sometimes funny new feature documentary is part scrapbook, part confessional."
  22. Drag Me to Hell
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 236 reviews
    "Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride."
  23. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 225 reviews
    "Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation."
  24. Ponyo
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 158 reviews
    "While not Miyazaki's best film, Ponyo is a visually stunning fairy tale that's a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages."
  25. Lemon Tree
    92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews
    "A positive and personal Israeli film that offers an understated and thought-provoking vision of the West Bank troubles."

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