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Variety's Critics Agree 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and 'Her' Are the Year's Best

by Sam Adams
December 13, 2013 4:48 PM
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Variety calls the feature where its three chief critics, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Scott Foundas, weigh in on the same film "The Threeview," so perhaps we'll call ending up on all three of their Top 10 lists The Trifecta. It's a feat that only two films -- Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis and Spike Jonze's Her -- managed this year, although there are plenty of two-time overlaps and more when you get into the honorable mention. Debruge's is the most distinctive, with the hitherto uncited Our ChildrenNeighboring Sounds and Mr. Nobody, the last of which he calls a "paradoxically messy and meticulous sci-fi undertaking." As ever, what they picked is less interesting than why: Chang calls The World's End "nothing less than a rebel yell on behalf of our proud, foolish and inglorious species," while Foundas says "judging a movie like Gravity on its story is a bit like judging a Playboy by the value of its articles."

Justin Chang's Best Films of 2013

1. Before Midnight

2. Gravity

3. Stories We Tell

4. Blue Is the Warmest Color

5. The World's End

6. Inside Llewyn Davis

7. The Grandmaster

8. American Hustle

9. Her

10. The Conjuring

Scott Foundas' Best Films of 2013

1. Her

2. The Wind Rises

3. American Hustle

4. Blue Is the Warmest Color

5. Inside Llewyn Davis

6. At Berkeley

7. Nebraska

8. 12 Years a Slave

9. Gravity

10. The Counselor

Peter Debruge's Best Films of 2013

1. Inside Llewyn Davis

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. Stories We Tell

4. Wadjda

5. Her

6. Our Children

7. Short Term 12

8. Dallas Buyers Club

9. Neighboring Sounds

10. Mr. Nobody

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  • ALEX | December 13, 2013 7:12 PMReply

    Cool. Mine includes To The Wonder, Spring Breakers, Blue is the Warmest Color, Frances Ha, The Patience Stone. Very excited for Her as well. Ew, Gravity.

  • Joe H. | December 13, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    My list is pretty left field. Trance, Monsters University, Great Gatsby, Only God

  • Dan | December 13, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    Wow Mr Nobody took a long time to get released in the States, my top 10 would be:
    1. Before Midnight
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. Mud
    4. Frances Ha
    5. The Double
    6. Gravity
    7. Blue is the Warmest Color
    8. Nebraska
    9. Short Term 12
    10. Upstream Color

    And this baring in mind I haven't seen 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street or Her yet, and I can't see Her until Valentines Day 2014 AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

  • Dan | December 16, 2013 9:51 AM

    Glad to see someone listed Upstream Color. Such a great film.

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