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Best Reviewed Movies of Decade: Pan's Labyrinth, Man on Wire

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2010 at 8:26AM

The best-reviewed movies of the decade on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes are Pan's Labyrinth and Man on Wire, respectively.
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The best-reviewed movies of the decade on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes are Pan's Labyrinth and Man on Wire, respectively.

On Metacritic, two Oscar-winning animated films make the top five: Pixar's Ratatouille and Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Only two of the top-grossing movies of the decade appear in the top 100: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (best-reviewed of all best picture winners of the decade) and The Two Towers.

Rotten Tomatoes organizes its best-of-decade lists by genre: Slashfilm, thankfully, broke down the lists, which are on the jump.

Metacritic’s Top 10 Best-Reviewed Movies of the Decade

1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) 98

2. Ratatouille (2007) 96

3. Spirited Away (2002) 94

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 94

5. Sideways (2004) 94

6. WALL-E (2008) 93

7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 93

8. There Will Be Blood (2007) 92

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 92

10. The Queen (2006) 91

Rotten Tomatoes: Top 20 Best Reviewed Films of the Decade (minimum 100 reviews):
100% Man On Wire 141

98% Up 250

98% The Wrestler 205

98% Finding Nemo 191

98% The Hurt Locker 171

98% Let the Right One In 146

98% Spellbound 134

98% Chicken Run 134

98% Murderball 133

98% The Fog of War 133

98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil 122

98% The Band’s Visit 110

97% The Incredibles 224

97% Sideways 207

97% The Queen 177

97% Spirited Away 154

97% Once 148

97% Capturing the Friedmans 143

97% Maria Full of Grace 131

97% Winged Migration 125

This article is related to: Genres, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Lists, Animation, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.