The Best Movies of 2002

A Listmania! list by wannabemoviecritic "wannabemoviecritic" (California)
 
Morvern Callar
1.  Morvern Callar DVD ~ Samantha Morton
The list author says:
  "Lynne Ramsey is quite the director, impressing with a character sketch that is visually stunning as well as breathtakingly acted by the one-and-only Samantha Morton.  It is a film of images that does not attempt to legitimize its central character, which is crucial to its success."
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Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)
2.  Talk to Her (Hable con Ella) DVD ~ Rosario Flores
The list author says:
  "Of the few Almodovar films I've been privileged to see, this takes the cake.  It is formally accomplished, a visual feast, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally compelling.  It is an enormous achievement on his part, and I'm glad to see he was given the Oscar nomination he's always deserved."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

Far from Heaven
3.  Far from Heaven DVD ~ Julianne Moore
The list author says:
  "This is a masterpiece and one of the most beautiful, important films I've ever seen.  Julianne Moore should have won the Oscar for her incredible tour-de-force."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

Late Marriage
4.  Late Marriage DVD ~ Lior Ashkenazi
The list author says:
  "Astounding.  I just saw this one again quite recently and it's remarkable how well this holds up as a result of its pitch-perfect screenplay and quiet, stripped down aesthetic that is refreshing in a year full of visual feasts."
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Y Tu Mama Tambien
5.  Y Tu Mama Tambien DVD ~ Maribel Verdú
The list author says:
  "A coming-of-age film that is as much about Mexico and the greater world as it is about its central characters.  If you're a fan of sexual ambiguity, road trips, social commentaries, and breathtaking cinematography, then this is a must-see."
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Spirited Away
6.  Spirited Away DVD ~ Hayao Miyazaki
The list author says:
  "The story is beautiful and full of heart, the main character's arc is brilliantly concieved, and the central coming-of-age themes are told by Miyazaki with a unique artistic voice not to be missed."
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The Pianist
7.  The Pianist DVD ~ Adrien Brody
The list author says:
  "A deeply personal triumph.  What makes the Pianist a great film is that it does not simply tell the tale as if it was a "triumph of the human spirit."  It is far more complex, far more true to life."
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The Piano Teacher (Unrated Edition)
8.  The Piano Teacher (Unrated Edition) DVD ~ Isabelle Huppert
The list author says:
  "Although this is high up on my list, The Piano Teacher is one of the more twisted films I've ever seen, so I urge some precaution.  But if you're ready, then prepare yourself for some of Michael Hanecke's best direction and an Isabelle Huppert performance that gives Julianne Moore a run for her money as the best of the year."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

25th Hour
9.  25th Hour DVD ~ Edward Norton
The list author says:
  "Spike Lee and David Benioff have crystallized the 21st Century post-9/11 into an intense work of art that is impossible to forget.  Also memorable is the brilliant performance of Barry Pepper."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Bowling for Columbine
10.  Bowling for Columbine DVD ~ Michael Caldwell
The list author says:
  "Though some took offense from this dramedic, compelling documentary, I found it incredible how Moore used a current issue as a means of interpreting the current state of our society as a whole."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,161 customer reviews)

Gangs of New York (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
11.  Gangs of New York (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Roger Ashton-Griffiths
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (831 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition) (2002)
12.  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition) (2002) DVD ~ Elijah Wood
The list author says:
  "As an epic film that earns its title as a classic, what the Two Towers does is reaffirm the fact that The Lord of the Rings is an achievement not to be forgotten."
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Adaptation (Superbit Collection)
13.  Adaptation (Superbit Collection) DVD ~ Nicolas Cage
The list author says:
  "Spike Jonze directs a passionate essay-film full of dimensional characters you become fond of for their needs and weaknesses.  All three leads deserved their Oscar nods."
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The Hours
14.  The Hours DVD ~ Meryl Streep
The list author says:
  "Beautifully directed, scored, adapted and acted, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman perform comlex roles flawlessly."
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Bloody Sunday
15.  Bloody Sunday DVD ~ James Nesbitt
The list author says:
  "Director Paul Greengrass directs a masterful portrayel of Bloody Sunday, a terrible afternoon in Northern Ireland with after-effects lasting on till this very day.  Heartbreaking."
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Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition)
16.  Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Adam Sandler
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)

Minority Report (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
17.  Minority Report (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Colin Farrell
The list author says:
  "Although not as obvious with its emotions as Spielberg's last sci-fi outing, A.I., Report is still as thought-provoking and well-made as some of Spielberg's best films."
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Monsoon Wedding
18.  Monsoon Wedding DVD ~ Naseeruddin Shah
The list author says:
  "Mira Nair's film is a meditation on familiy, emphasizing the quiet, every-day moments between people we don't see with intelligence and sumptuous camera work."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
19.  Chicago (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Renée Zellweger
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The Quiet American
20.  The Quiet American DVD ~ Michael Caine
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