Metacritic's Best Reviewed Movie of the Decade: Pan's Labyrinth
Surprised? Well, this is Metacritic, a site similar to Rotten Tomatoes that compiles reviews from the top critics, so it's not just someone picking their own favorites films. "Our film staff has been collecting reviews for each week’s new theatrical releases since the fall of 1999, and, as a result, we have a nearly complete database of films from the past decade: certainly every major release from 2000-09, and virtually all minor releases, including obscure titles that barely made an appearance on the big screen." They then ranked every film ever reviewed by their Metacritic score and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth ended up on top.
You can head over to thier The Best (and Worst) Movies of the Decade article to find out more information and see a complete list of the 100 best reviewed movies of the decade. While the official list includes indies and all kinds of obscure films, Metacritic made a list of the "Best-Reviewed Wide-Release Films" that gives us a better sense of Metacritic's very best of this decade (if that means anything). Here's the top 10:
1. Pan's Labyrinth
3. Spirited Away
4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
8. There Will Be Blood
9. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
10. The Queen
Now this seems like a list that I'd end up choosing for my own best of the decade (in the works). It's got a great mix of Pixar movies, foreign films, and of course Lord of the Rings. The only big one missing is The Dark Knight - on Metacritic's wide release list, it's at #62, but it is also the decade's highest-grossing film. Getting back on topic, I'm sure we're going to see more and more best of the decade lists as this years comes to an end. While I'm sure Pan's Labyrinth will end up on quite a few of those lists, I'm glad to see it receive this accolade, if only to make up for losing the Best Foreign Language Oscar to The Lives of Others in 2007.