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Criticker's Twenty Best Films of 2013: #1-10

Here they are: the top ten films of 2013, as selected by the Criticker community. From sports to romance, outer space to Wall Street, Italy to Denmark, but overall the winner this year seems to have been serious-minded drama. Which of 2013’s excellent films brought home the coveted #1 spot? Just scroll down…

Check out #11 – 20 of our countdown, or take a peek at the worst films of the year.

10. Rush – 7.7224 Average Tier

“For one who groans at the mere thoughts of biopics and sport films, respectively, the combination of these two subgenres was far from alluring. But Ron Howard managed to keep me very entertained, and both Hemsworth and Brühl inhabit their roles well. As much as I did enjoy it, though, I also came away with the feeling that the experience had been a somewhat vacuous one.” – KasperL

9. The Wolf of Wall Street – 7.7639 Average Tier

“It’s official – Leo’s at his best when he’s playing a complete psychopath.” – TrixRabbi

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color – 7.7948 Average Tier

“If you read a book, it’s between the lines. If you see this movie, it’s between the scenes. I don’t know how, maybe it’s because of the non-judging attitude that surrounds everything, maybe it’s the great actors, maybe it’s the fantastic script, that always knows what is necessary and what’s not – but in the end this is a perfect movie.” – Hofschneider

7. Gravity – 7.8919 Average Tier

“Alfonso Cuaron’s space epic is narratively slight, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up in terms of technical wizardry and spectacle. Cuaron’s precise direction and Lubezki’s series of long takes make it a space opera that is much like a outer space ballet. Sandra Bullock does surprisingly well carrying the film for 88 minutes and brings some much needed emotional heft to the story. Gravity is also the first film that I would say is essential to be seen in 3D.” – DougieD

6. Short Term 12 – 8.0175 Average Tier

“A great movie that is optimistic without being saccharine, and kept together almost entirely by Brie Larson’s outstanding performance.” – yoshifan

5. Inside Llewyn Davis – 8.0315 Average Tier

“My favorite Coen Brothers movie. Unassuming and utterly devastating; Greenwich Village turned into a glowing, overcast haven of artists, with the struggling Llewyn Davis in the center of it all. Llewyn is an incredible protagonist – a selfish asshole, without a doubt, but an inspiration as well, especially when he picks up his guitar and sings. It’s an incredible and beautiful film, mesmerizing from start to finish. I’ll be surprised if it’s not the best film of the year.” – wetwillies

4. The Hunt – 8.0470 Average Tier

“It’s been a while since I cried like that. People are hideous, sickening creatures, and a story like this is a magnifying glass to all the horror we can become.” – sherlock1024

3. The Great Beauty – 8.2605 Average Tier

“A must-see for all the pretentious artists in the world! Hoping they’ll notice the joke is on them… This is a beautiful, poetic and (mostly) profound movie about art and the decadence of Italian society, maybe even the humanity altogether.” – walkabout

2. Before Midnight – 8.4035 Average Tier

“Finds our characters as the same bickering couple they had wished to evade at the beginning of the first film, having supplanted their spontaneous idealism for some relevant cynicism while maintaining their keen perspectives on long-term commitment and unwavering love. And all the better for it.” – frederic_g54

1. 12 Years a Slave – 8.4943 Average Tier

“A free man captured and forced into slavery. Sometimes uncomfortable to watch, but to look away would be a disservice. This heart wrenching, brutal look at one of America’s darkest periods is a must watch. McQueen, in his best film yet, shies away from nothing, and it makes for an emotional and intense movie. Ejiofor gives the performance of a lifetime as Solomon Northup. 12 Years a Slave will either leave you speechless or in tears when the credits roll.” – Zio

Criticker’s Twenty Best Films of 2013: #11-20

2013 is coming to an end, which means it’s time for our annual round-up of the year’s best films. For this list, we considered the films which have 50 rankings or more at Criticker, and are eligible for 2013’s Best Picture Oscar. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars make appearances in the first half of our Top Twenty list, though a couple of non-American flicks make the cut as well. Tomorrow, stay tuned for the best of the year. And if you’re interested, check out the year’s worst ten films.

20. Wadjda – 6.9216 Average Tier

“It’s a subtle but sharp indictment of how a society oppresses half its population while telling them they’re “separate but equal” – as long as they take care to police themselves to *keep* themselves separate, that is. “You can do anything if you put your mind to it,” but it doesn’t matter, since it will be taken from you anyway. At the same time, it’s really a quite effective and dare I say cute drama about a young girl who just wants a bike. Not perfect, but very promising.” – bof

19. Blue Jasmine – 7.0389 Average Tier

“Woody’s best since Deconstructing Harry. If Blanchett doesn’t get the Oscar for this I’m boycotting that shindig for life.” – Henrik

18. American Hustle – 7.2121 Average Tier

“This movie really needs to put ‘Special Thanks to Martin Scorsese’ in the credits. This movie is just so fun and ridiculous, it’s truly amazing. There’s a few things holding it back from being a classic; namely some of the monologues at the beginning (really borrowing from Goodfellas) and Lawerence seeming just a bit out of place compared to the rest of the cast. But even still she’s fine and Bale, Cooper, C.K., Adams, Renner….and whoever else was great. Seriously, Cooper has an excellent perm” – dylanwilson6

17. Dallas Buyers Club – 7.2209 Average Tier

“Turns out a little overly gooey at the end, but damn if these characters aren’t great. Leto was amazing, McConaughey in a difficult role pulls it off with style. Seriously good stuff.” – Shellish

16. Captain Phillips – 7.2225 Average Tier

“Excellent stuff. Intense, thrilling and moving. The military operation towards the end is the weakest part, but the acting from Hanks in the last five minutes or so is the best from him since Forrest Gump.” – bentien

15. Mud – 7.2769 Average Tier

“An extraordinary coming-of-age film that explores love, chivalry and masculinity to beautiful effect. It all feels so organic and comes together so naturally – Nichols has a gift for storytelling that always puts character first but never obscures his themes. McConaughey once again demonstrates that he’s the most interesting star working right now.” – Alex Watkins

14. Nebraska – 7.4632 Average Tier

“Bleak and dreary, northern prairie winter backdrop doesn’t affect these characters who are so focused on the mundane, they’re incapable of recognizing the humor or the irony of their profound everyday b&w existence. They’re so busy lying to themselves, the lies they tell others are spewed out unchecked–except for Kate, Woody’s fishwife, who tells it like it is no matter what. Good to see Dern again, though I kept wondering if he grew those nose hairs for the part or if they were wardrobe.” – Stewball

13. Prisoners – 7.4879 Average Tier

“The direction and the performances are absolutely amazing. I don’t usually go for big acting, but it worked for me in this movie. If there’s anything wrong with it it’s that, in the end, it perhaps doesn’t live up completely to its full potential. But even though that might mean that it misses the mark (and only barely so) of becoming an instant contemporary classic, it’s still the best crime thriller in recent memory and one of my favorite films of the year.” – KasperL

12. The Past – 7.5707 Average Tier

“Farhadi’s first venture into a foreign language (French from Farsi) does not mark a substantial change for him artistically. This is a good thing. His characters still enter the film as black boxes rather than blank slates, and the dramatic peaks consist of expositions and revelations. The name of the film is almost ironic, because we like to think of the past as absent, gone, while Farhadi teaches us that it is ever-present. A highly intricate and intensive film with an ingenious final shot.” – Moribunny

11. Frances Ha – 7.5740 Average Tier

“It’s always refreshing to see a film that perfectly captures the feeling of being young and aimless. Fantastic storytelling.” – yesistasty

The Worst 10 Films of 2013

2013 is just about over, and it’s time to look back on the year that was. We’ve compiled a list of the best and the worst films, as chosen by the users of Criticker. These are selected from the 289 movies up for 2013’s Best Picture Oscar, which have at least 50 rankings at Criticker. We’ll start with the stinkers. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the worst films of the year.

10. The Smurfs 2 – 2.7294 Average Tier

“Begins with Smurfette being cast out of the compound. She reconnects with her real family and experiences a few days of true happiness before falling into Gargamel’s schemes (a cycle sadly common to victims of traumatic abuse). The movie ends on a downbeat note when Papa Smurf re-initiates Smurfette into the commune, along with her whole family. Probably the bleakest and hard-to-watch examination of the human condition and the victim/abuser cycle since Requiem for a Dream.” – misterlizard

9. After Earth – 2.7231 Average Tier

“Everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans…except the plants, birds, hogs, and buffalo. In fact most things won’t try to kill you. You’ll be fine unless you throw rocks like a dick.” – SirStuckey

8. Runner Runner – 2.5952 Average Tier

“This film will have audiences running from the theaters. Seriously though, I don’t know what the hell this is. It’s terrible. There’s no reason to care about any of it. There’s no idea behind it. It’s one of those films that comes off as if its made by people who have only vaguely heard second hand what a film is. Strange to think this is from the director of Lincoln Lawyer, which was decent.” – Rufflesack

7. Grown Ups 2 – 2.5496 Average Tier

“This isn’t offensive in terms of bad taste (it’s so tame high schoolers covertly pour beer out rather than drink it), but it is offensive in terms of mean-spirited stereotyping. Men are infantile jackasses, women are sex objects and/or harpies, and small-towners are pathetic grotesques. It’s lazy in every way, from the dispirited performances to the vapid script to the ho-hum direction. Adam Sandler seems to hold his audience in complete contempt, and if this is a hit, no wonder. 2013’s worst.” – xacviant

6. The Big Wedding – 2.5263 Average Tier

“My tolerance for mediocre rom-com is far higher than most, I’ve found, but even I was majorly disappointed by the incongruous and tiresome combination of dramatic tedium and ‘edgy’ vulgarity on display here. Skip it, even if you love De Niro — wait. *Especially* if you love De Niro.” – Wezzo

5. A Good Day to Die Hard – 2.4362 Average Tier

“All that’s left of the franchise is all the references to the original. It actually hurt to watch it at times. Seems like these days no one is able to make an action film with ambitions anymore…” – Bunken

4. Texas Chainsaw 3D – 2.1707 Average Tier

“If you’re gonna take liberties with a well documented franchise, at least get the logistics right. This film picks up the same night that the original movie ends…August 19th, 1973. That was 40 years ago, but for some reason, Heather is only in her 20’s now. Do people not even think anymore when making movies? Also, are we to believe that Heather conveniently forgets that Leatherface just slaughtered her friends and lives in a pit of gore, but she’s ok with that because they are family? FFS!!!” – Jerky

3. Movie 43 – 2.1597 Average Tier

“This movie is such a shame. The idea of a comedy anthology with a whole bunch of stars in it is a great idea. This end result is godawful. Were some of the shorts better than others? Of course. But were any of them actually good? No. Not a single one. There were small bits that werenÂ’’t a complete waste of time, but not many. Far too much immature, lame humour without a bit of taste. I imagine most of the actors involved regret doing this. I know I regret watching it.” – damil

2. A Haunted House – 2.0532 Average Tier

“This movie is like literally 50% rape jokes.” – axleblaze

1. The Last Exorcism Part II – 2.0000 Average Tier

“It could be subtitled “Ashley Bell Wanders Around for a Couple Hours Looking at Scary Things.” Bland and unimaginative, and it refuses to make any good use of its New Orleans locale. Decidedly minor league stuff, not worth anyone’s time. And I quite liked its predecessor…” – Superargo