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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

2006’s films ranked – final

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed during the awards year of 2006. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date; year is 2006 unless otherwise noted.

01.06.07: This list is now finalized. I’ll continue to add links to reviews, but I won’t add any more films, and the ranking won’t change.

(See here for an explanation of why my 10 worst films earned that dishonor.)

green for go worth paying multiplex prices for

The top 10:

1. The Science of Sleep (09.24/09.22) [why top 10?]
2. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (10.25/11.03) [why top 10?]
3. Children of Men (12.13/12.25) [why top 10?]
4. Stranger Than Fiction (11.02/11.10) [why top 10?]
5. The Departed (10.04/10.06) [why top 10?]
6. The Queen (10.07/09.30) [why top 10?]
7. United 93 (04.26/04.28) [why top 10?]
8. Bobby (11.13/11.17) [why top 10?]
9. Letters from Iwo Jima (12.14/12.20) [why top 10?]
10. Happy Feet (11.13/11.17) [why top 10?]

and the rest:

Fast Food Nation (10.31/11.17)
Tideland (09.27/10.13)
Babel (10.11/10.27)
The Good German (11.30/12.15)
Little Miss Sunshine (07.17/07.26)
Dreamgirls (12.07/12.15)
Infamous (10.04/10.13)
Blood Diamond (11.30/12.08)
V for Vendetta (03.15/03.17)
Brick (03.08/03.31)
Water (04.13/04.28)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (06.28/07.07)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (02.01/02.17)
The Last King of Scotland (09.14/09.27)
Hard Candy (03.21/04.14)
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (01.27/11.11)
The Dead Girl (12.15/12.29)
The Good Shepherd (12.05/12.22)
Rocky Balboa (12.11/12.20)
For Your Consideration (11.13/11.17)
Flushed Away (10.28/11.03)
Miami Vice (07.24/07.28)
Joyeux Noël (02.21/03.03)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (08.02/08.04)
The Prestige (10.16/10.20)
Pan’s Labyrinth (10.05/12.29)
Notes on a Scandal (12.17/12.27)
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (11.22/11.22)
Charlotte’s Web (12.09/12.15)
Catch a Fire (10.19/10.27)
An Inconvenient Truth (05.18/05.24)
The Road to Guantanamo (06.06/06.23)
The Illusionist (08.02/08.18)
Casino Royale (11.14/11.17)
Deliver Us from Evil (09.28/10.13)
Open Season (09.26/09.29)
Flyboys (09.06/09.22)
Half Nelson (08.07/08.11)
A Prairie Home Companion (06.02/06.09)
Jesus Camp (09.14/09.22)
Superman Returns (06.22/06.28)
Man Push Cart (09.06/09.08)
Tsotsi (02.03/02.24)
A Scanner Darkly (06.08/07.07)
The Descent (07.27/08.04)
Monster House (07.10/07.21)
Accepted (08.09/08.18)
The Devil Wears Prada (06.21/06.30)
Thank You for Smoking (03.03/03.17)
Venus (12.18/12.20)
Hollywoodland (09.05/09.08)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (09.16/09.08)
Jet Li’s Fearless (09.20/09.22)
American Dreamz (04.17/04.21)
The Ground Truth (09.16/09.15)
The Great New Wonderful (06.17/06.23)
16 Blocks (02.23/03.03)
Idiocracy (12.16/no NYC release, 09.01 elsewhere)
Strangers with Candy (06.06/06.28)
Loverboy (06.13/06.16)
Over the Hedge (05.15/05.19)
Idlewild (08.16/08.25)
Shut Up & Sing (11.07/10.27)
Everyone’s Hero (09.06/09.15)
Jailbait (06.08/07.28)
13 Tzameti (07.13/07.28)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (11.26/06.28)
Conversations with Other Women (07.31/08.11)
WTC View (09.19/06.05)
Trust the Man (07.25/08.18)
On a Clear Day (03.16/04.07)
Feast (09.18/09.22)
The Omen (06.02/06.06)
You, Me and Dupree (07.06/07.14)
Wordplay (06.07/06.16)
Friends With Money (03.22/04.07)
The Last Kiss (09.13/09.15)
Slither (03.29/03.31)
The Proposition (03.30/05.05)
Factotum (12.27/08.18)
Keeping Mum (09.12/09.15)
The Ant Bully (07.23/07.28)
The Great Warming (11.26/11.04)
Kinky Boots (03.15/04.14)
The Lake House (06.12/06.16)
Invincible (08.21/08.25)
Snakes on a Plane (08.17/08.18)
The Pursuit of Happyness (12.05/12.15)

yellow for maybe worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

Little Children (12.17/10.06)
The Fountain (11.20/11.22)
Apocalypto (11.30/12.08)
Volver (12.12/11.03)
Marie Antoinette (10.17/10.20)
Lassie (08.10/09.01)
The Painted Veil (12.07/12.20)
A Good Year (10.31/11.10)
Flags of Our Fathers (10.12/10.20)
Crank (09.01/09.01)
Brothers of the Head (06.07/07.28)
Candy (11.07/11.17)
The Architect (11.28/12.01)
Home of the Brave (11.14/12.15)
Lady in the Water (07.13/07.21)
The Holiday (12.05/12.08)
The Night Listener (06.29/08.04)
Lucky Number Slevin (04.04/04.07)
Winter Passing (02.13/02.17)
Roving Mars (01.23/01.27)
Bubble (01.17/01.27)
Free Zone (03.30/04.07)
Sorry, Haters (02.01/03.01)
Death of a President (10.18/10.27)
School for Scoundrels (09.19/09.29)
Off the Black (12.27/12.08)
Running with Scissors (10.04/10.20)
Mission: Impossible III (05.02/05.05)
Unknown White Male (02.25/02.24)
Nanny McPhee (01.22/01.27)
Scoop (07.18/07.28)
Poseidon (05.03/05.12)
Akeelah and the Bee (04.18/04.21)
Miss Potter (12.06/12.29)
Gridiron Gang (09.11/09.15)
ATL (03.22/03.31)
Quinceañera (07.31/08.04)
Eight Below (02.13/02.17)
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (02.22/03.03)
The Hills Have Eyes (03.01/03.10)
Curious George (02.02/02.10)
One Last Thing (06.17/05.05)
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (03.01/03.10)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (01.04/01.20)
Through the Fire (02.01/02.10)
Tristan & Isolde (01.11/01.13)
Fateless (01.03/01.06)
Nacho Libre (06.16/06.16)
Goal!: The Dream Begins (05.08/05.12)
Ask the Dust (03.03/03.10)
A Good Woman (01.30/02.03)
Annapolis (01.24/01.27)
Glory Road (01.09/01.13)
Hoodwinked (12.06.05/01.13)
The History Boys (12.08/11.21)
All the King’s Men (09.21/09.22)
Renaissance (09.13/09.22)
Night at the Museum (12.19/12.22)
The Da Vinci Code (05.17/05.19)
I Am a Sex Addict (05.10/04.14)
X-Men: The Last Stand (05.22/05.26)
Cars (05.31/06.09)
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (05.23/06.21)
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (06.10/06.16)

red for stop give it a miss

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (12.12/12.27)
Deja Vu (11.22/11.22)
Lonesome Jim (04.07/03.24)
Harsh Times (10.30/11.10)
The Guardian (09.25/09.29)
We Are Marshall (12.19/12.22)
The Break-Up (05.30/06.02)
Take the Lead (04.03/04.07)
Inside Man (03.21/03.24)
An American Haunting (05.01/05.05)
Eragon (12.13/12.15)
Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (03.17/02.17)
The Nativity Story (11.20/12.01)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (07.19/07.21)
Hoot (04.29/05.05)
The Sentinel (04.19/04.21)
Find Me Guilty (03.09/03.17)
Something New (01.26/02.03)
Firewall (02.07/02.10)
The Shaggy Dog (03.06/03.10)
American Gun (04.20/03.22)
Just My Luck (05.10/05.12)
Click (06.19/06.23)
The Quiet (07.27/08.25)
Basic Instinct 2 (03.27/03.31)
Imagine Me and You (02.06/01.27)
Last Holiday (01.10/01.13)
Barnyard (07.29/08.04)
The Wild (04.10/04.14)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (06.12/06.16)
The Black Dahlia (09.12/09.15)
The Wicker Man (09.01/09.01)
See No Evil (05.19/05.19)
Adam & Steve (03.16/03.31)
Waist Deep (06.20/06.23)
The Covenant (09.08/09.08)
Film Geek (09.17/02.10)
Hostel (01.03/01.06)
Big Momma’s House 2 (01.29/01.27)
The Pink Panther (02.06/02.10)
Failure to Launch (03.07/03.10)
RV (04.24/04.28)
Final Destination 3 (02.02/02.10)

and the bottom 10:

10. Ultraviolet (03.04/03.04)
9. Phat Girlz (04.07/04.07)
8. Scary Movie 4 (04.12/04.14)
7. Curse of the Golden Flower (12.06/12.21)
6. Running Scared (02.21/02.24)
5. Man of the Year (10.09/10.13)
4. The Benchwarmers (04.07/04.07)
3. Little Man (07.12/07.14)
2. World Trade Center (08.07/08.09)
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (10.03/10.06)


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