New York Times (Stephen Holden) Top 10 (2003)

Stephen Holden is an American writer, music critic, film critic, and poet. Holden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University in 1963. He worked as a photo editor, staff writer, and eventually became an A&R executive for RCA Records before turning to writing pop music reviews and related articles for Rolling Stone, Blender, The Village Voice, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair, among other publications. He first achieved prominence with his 1970s Rolling Stone work, where he tended to cover singer-songwriter and traditional pop artists. He joined the staff of The New York Times in 1981, and subsequently became one of the newspaper’s leading theatre and film critics. Below are his top 10 films for 2003.

1. Angels In America [HBO]
2. Mystic River
3. The Fog Of War
4. Capturing The Friedmans
5. Lost In Translation
6. House Of Sand And Fog
7. The Barbarian Invasions
8. American Splendor
9. Thirteen
10. City Of God

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New York Post (Megan Lehmann) Top 10 (2003)

Megan Lehmann is a writer who formerly worked for the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Post and now writes for The Australian newspaper. Below are her top 10 film picks for 2003.

1. Cold Mountain 
2. Lost In Translation
3. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
4. In America
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
6. Elephant
7. The Station Agent
8. Kill Bill Vol. 1
9. Triplets of Belleville
10. City Of God

Hollywood Reporter (Michael Rechtshaffen) Top 10 (2003)

Michael Rechtshaffen is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times as well as a longtime contributor to The Hollywood Reporter. He is also a member of the L.A. Film Critics Association. Great to see that Rechtshaffen named the touching but unsentimental story of Irish immigrants trying to survive in New York City, In America as his top film of 2003.

1. In America
2. Finding Nemo
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
4. American Splendor
5. The Station Agent
6. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
7. Pieces Of April
8. The Barbarian Invasions
9. Mystic River
10. City Of God

Chicago Tribune (Michael Wilmington) Top 10 (2003)

Michael Wilmington was a movie critic for the LA Times from 1984 to 1993, and, in 1993, he was elected Vice President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In 1993, Wilmington was named the lead movie critic at the Chicago Tribune. While at the Tribune, Wilmington won or shared two Peter Lisagor awards for arts criticism. He was also the the on-air movie critic for cable channel CLTV, where he was nominated for two other Lisagors. Wilmington left the Tribune in 2007. In 2008, he became movie and DVD critic for Movie City News.

1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
3. Mystic River
4. Seabiscuit
5. Chi-hwa-seon
6. The Magdalene Sisters
7. City Of God
8. Finding Nemo
9. Together
10. In America

Time Magazine (Richard Corliss) Top 10s

Richard Nelson Corliss was an American film critic and magazine editor for Time. As a publisher, he mainly focused on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects. He died in April 2015.

2007 Top 10

  • 1. No Country for Old Men
  • 2. The Lives of Others
  • 3. Killer of Sheep
  • 4. Atonement
  • 5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • 6. Persepolis
  • 7. No End in Sight
  • 8. In the Valley of Elah
  • 9. Waitress
  • 10. Beowulf

2003 Top 10

1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. (tie) Finding Nemo
2. (tie) Triplets of Belleville
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
4. City Of God
5. Cold Mountain
6. All The Real Girls
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
8. The Fog Of War
9. Divine Intervention
10. Pirates Of The Caribbean

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Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate) (book/kindle)
Lolita (BFI Film Classics) (book/kindle)
Greta Garbo (A Pyramid illustrated history of the movies) (book)
Charlie Rose with Janet Maslin, David Denby & Richard Corliss; Lionel Tiger (July 16, 1999) (DVD)
Charlie Rose with Richard Corliss, David Denby & Janet Maslin; Billy Bob Thornton; Richard Attenborough (February 11, 1997) (DVD)

New York Post (Jonathan Foreman) Top 10 (2003)

Jonathan Foreman is an Anglo-American journalist and film critic. He is the son of Academy-Award winning screenwriter and film producer Carl Foreman (1914–1984), who moved to England to work after being blacklisted by Hollywood movie studio bosses during the hysteria of the McCarthy era.

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
2. Cold Mountain
3. Lost In Translation
4. City Of God
5. Mystic River
6. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
8. Bad Santa
9. Bend It Like Beckham
10. Swimming Pool

Chicago Tribune (Marc Caro) Top 10 (2003)

Mark Caro spent 26 years at the Chicago Tribune and now regularly contributes culture-themed pieces to The New York Times and other outlets. His Tribune work included coverage of the Oscars and Sundance and Toronto film festivals plus three Chicago Symphony Orchestra European tours. Below are his picks for 2003.

1. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
2. City Of God
3. Finding Nemo
4. Lost In Translation
5. Capturing The Friedmans
6. In America
7. American Splendor
8. The Fog of War
9. Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
10. Bad Santa