Best and Worst: 2004: Film: Critics Groups' 10 Best Lists

    National Board of Review
  1. Finding Neverland
  2. The Aviator
  3. Closer
  4. Million Dollar Baby
  5. Sideways
  6. Kinsey
  7. Vera Drake
  8. Ray
  9. Collateral
  10. Hotel Rwanda
    Southeastern Film Critics Association
  1. Sideways
  2. Million Dollar Baby
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Kinsey
  5. The Incredibles
  6. Finding Neverland
  7. Ray
  8. The Aviator
  9. Hotel Rwanda
  10. Before Sunset

I know a few Listologists will like this list.

I'm so glad for that review of Million Dollar Baby. Many religious critics have blasted the movie as sacrilegious to push their own agendas. I'm glad Christianty Today gets the point.

Alas, I haven't seen MDB yet (curses upon rural theaters! Curses!), but I loved hearing "We need to learn the difference between mere propaganda and art that raises provocative questions." Plus, ESotSM tops the list, so I'm content.

Out of curiosity, I looked up their review of Passion of The Christ and was pleasantly surprised: "As full of faith as The Passion is, it never gets beyond its raw and prolonged depiction of human and demonic cruelty; after vividly depicting the suffering and grief and despair of Jesus' followers for two hours, the film forgets all about them, while reducing the Resurrection to a couple of special effects tacked on to the end."