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Peter Travers Lists 10 Best 3-D Films; 'Avatar,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Dial M for Murder,' Leaves Out Key Titles

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 23, 2012 at 2:51PM

With Ang Lee's 3-D achievement "The Life of Pi" earning strong reviews, Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers has compiled a list of the 10 best (and three worst) 3-D movies. Lee's adaptation of the Yann Martel novel ranks as the third best 3-D film, with -- you guessed it! -- James Cameron's "Avatar" as the reigning champ.
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"The Life of Pi"
"The Life of Pi"

With Ang Lee's 3-D achievement "The Life of Pi" earning strong reviews, Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers has compiled a list of the 10 best (and three worst) 3-D movies. Lee's adaptation of the Yann Martel novel ranks as the third best 3-D film, with -- you guessed it! -- James Cameron's "Avatar" as the reigning champ. But a duo of 1954 titles also receive deserved recognition: "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and Hitchcock classic "Dial M for Murder."

Meanwhile, Travers describes "Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie" as "hell on 3-D earth," and cites "Thor" as the most salient example of poor 3-D retrofitting. Travers overlooks, however, two sublimely transformative 3-D contributions from German filmmakers Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog: "Pina" and "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."  And what about Michael Bay's totally competitive 3-D in "Transformers: Dark Side of Moon"? It doesn't have to be a good movie to deliver state-of-the-art 3-D.

What do you think are the best and worst 3-D films?

Travers' Ten Best 3-D Films:

1. "Avatar" (dir. James Cameron, 2009)

2. "Hugo" (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2011)

3. "The Life of Pi" (dir. Ang Lee, 2012)

4. "The Adventures of Tin-Tin" (dir. Steven Spielberg, 2011)

5. "Toy Story 3" (dir. Lee Unkrich, 2010)

6. "Frankenweenie" (dir. Tim Burton, 2012)

7. "Dial M for Murder" (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

8. "Titanic 3-D" (dir. James Cameron, 2012)

9. "Ghosts of the Abyss" (dir. James Cameron, 2003)

10. "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (dir. Jack Arnold, 1954)

Three Worst 3-D Films:

1. "Wrath of the Titans" (dir. Jonathan Liebesman, 2012)

2. "Thor" (dir. Kenneth Branagh, 2011)

3. "Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie" (dir. Kevin Tancharoen, 2011)

This article is related to: 3-D, 3D, Life of Pi, Hugo, Avatar, Avatar, PINA, Cave of Forgotten Dreams


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