Movie Releases by Score

Spider-Man 2 1.

Spider-Man 2

June 30, 2004 | PG-13
In the second installment in the Spider-Man series, based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as a college student and a superhuman crime fighter. The entertaining adventure escalates and Spider-Man's life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius, (Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled "Doc Ock." (Sony)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Saved! 2.

Saved!

May 28, 2004 | PG-13
In this sweetly subversive comedy, a group of outsiders band together to navigate the treacherous halls of American Eagle Christian High School and make it to graduation, ultimately learning more about themselves, finding faith in unexpected places, and realizing what it truly means to be Saved!. (MGM)
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.1
The Incredibles 3.

The Incredibles

November 5, 2004 | PG
Known to the world as superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. [Disney]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
The Notebook 4.

The Notebook

June 25, 2004 | PG-13
A sweeping love story told by a man (Garner) reading from his faded notebook to a woman in a nursing home (Rowlands), The Notebook follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds who spend one indelible summer together before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII. (New Line Productions)
Metascore:
53
User Score:
8.7
The Passion of the Christ 5.

The Passion of the Christ

February 25, 2004 | Unrated
A depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ as he is crucified in Jerusalem.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
6.7
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 6.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

March 19, 2004 | R
Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover his love for Clementine. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
Million Dollar Baby 7.

Million Dollar Baby

December 15, 2004 | PG-13
Two retired boxers who run a Los Angeles gym are caught off guard when a woman approaches them with her dream of stepping into the ring.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.5
The Butterfly Effect 8.

The Butterfly Effect

January 23, 2004 | R
Evan Treborn (Kutcher) has lost track of time. From an early age, crucial moments of his life have disappeared into a black hole of forgetting, his boyhood marred by a series of terrifying events he can't remember. Determined to do something now that he was incapable of doing then, Evan purposely travels back in time, his present-day mind occupying his childhood body, in an attempt to re-write history and spare his friends and loved ones these traumatic experiences. By altering the events of the past, Evan hopes to transform the present. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
8.4
Troy 9.

Troy

May 14, 2004 | R
Throughout time, men have waged war. Some for power, some for glory, some for honor -- and some for love. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
8.7
I, Robot 10.

I, Robot

July 16, 2004 | PG-13
In the year 2035, robots are an everyday household item, and everyone trusts them, except one, slightly paranoid detective (Smith) investigating what he alone believes is a crime perpetrated by a robot. The case leads him to discover a far more frightening threat to the human race. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.2
Sideways 11.

Sideways

October 22, 2004 | R
Two old friends set off on a wine-tasting road trip...only to veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet. [Fox Searchlight Pictures]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
7.1
The Polar Express 12.

The Polar Express

November 10, 2004 | TV-PG
When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
61
User Score:
6.9
Saw 13.

Saw

October 29, 2004 | NC-17
Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
46
User Score:
8.2
Man on Fire 14.

Man on Fire

April 23, 2004 | R
Denzel Washington stars as a government operative/soldier of fortune who has pretty much given up on life. In Mexico City, he reluctantly agrees to take a job to protect a child (Fanning) whose parents are threatened by a wave of kidnappings. He eventually becomes close to the child and their relationship reawakens and rekindles his spirit. When she is abducted, his fiery rage is unleashed on those he feels responsible, and he stops at nothing to save her. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
8.7
The Girl Next Door 15.

The Girl Next Door

April 9, 2004 | Unrated
Eighteen-year-old Matthew Kidman (Hirsch) is a straight-arrow over-achiever who has never really lived life, until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Cuthbert). When Matthew discovers this perfect "girl next door" is a one-time porn star, his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
8.6
Mean Girls 16.

Mean Girls

April 30, 2004 | PG-13
Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows about "survival of the fittest." But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time and falls prey to the psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today. [Paramount Pictures]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.2
White Chicks 17.

White Chicks

June 23, 2004 | Unrated
Two African-American men trying to pass themselves off as very, very, very white women? Sounds preposterous. But with the help of an FBI friend, who just happens to be a genius with make-up, that's exactly what the hapless Marcus and Kevin Copeland (Marlon and Shawn Wayans) do when they go undercover as Hamptons' socialites Tiffany and Brittany Wilson. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
41
User Score:
6.5
Sex Is Comedy 18.

Sex Is Comedy

October 20, 2004 | R
Inspired by Breillat's own experiences, Sex is Comedy explores the mysteries and humor of social manipulations, sex and power within the confines of a feature-film set. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
5.5
Anatomy of Hell 19.

Anatomy of Hell

September 24, 2004 | Unrated
A daring exploration into the nature of a fundamentally social and religious taboo: sexuality.
Metascore:
29
User Score:
5.7
Van Helsing 20.

Van Helsing

May 7, 2004 | PG-13
Gabriel Van Helsing (Jackman) is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Charged by a secret organization to seek out and defeat evil the world over, his efforts to rid the world of its nightmarish creatures have been rewarded with the title that now follows him: murderer. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
35
User Score:
6.1
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 21.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

December 17, 2004 | PG
Daniel Handler's popular children's book series about the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans comes to the big screen.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.9
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 22.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

April 16, 2004 | TV-MA
An epic tale of one woman's quest for justice presented in two installments. (Miramax)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 23.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

August 27, 2004 | PG-13
This horror-thriller, set in a primitive Borneo jungle, involves a group of scientists on a dangerous journey in search of an extremely rare blood orchid that is rumored to be the source of a youth-preserving serum. (Screen Gems)
Metascore:
40
User Score:
5.0
Hellboy 24.

Hellboy

April 2, 2004 | PG-13
A supernatural action-adventure based on Mike Mignola's acclaimed Dark Horse Comic series of the same name. [Sony]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.5
The Machinist 25.

The Machinist

October 22, 2004 | R
Trevor Reznik has not slept for a year. His every waking minute has become an unremitting nightmare of confusion, paranoia, guilt, anxiety and terror - each of which is part of an escalating series of clues that will lead to the source of his mysterious affliction. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.7
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 26.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

June 4, 2004 | PG
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and finally deal with the truth about Sirius Black and his relationship to Harry and his parents. With his best friends, Harry masters advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
50 First Dates 27.

50 First Dates

February 13, 2004 | PG-13
Marine biologist Henry Roth finds the perfect woman, Lucy Whitmore, and falls head over heels for her. But when he sees her the following day, she hasn't a clue as to who is he due to a rare brain disorder that wipes her memory clean every night. Now, with the help of his friend Ula, Henry has to concoct new and increasingly clever ways to meet her and get her to fall for him every day. [Sony Pictures]
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.5
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 28.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

November 19, 2004 | PG
There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom! Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss and along with his best pal Patrick sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krab's life. (Paramount)
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.3
The Day After Tomorrow 29.

The Day After Tomorrow

May 28, 2004 | PG-13
An abrupt climate change has cataclysmic consequences for the entire planet. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
6.7
AVP: Alien vs. Predator 30.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

August 13, 2004 | PG-13
The iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever battle each other for the first time on film. (Fox)
Metascore:
29
User Score:
5.5
A Cinderella Story 31.

A Cinderella Story

July 16, 2004 | PG
In this twisted and hilarious update of the classic fairy tale, Hilary Duff stars as a high school senior whose anonymous cyber soul mate turns out to be her high school's ├╝ber-popular quarterback (Murray). (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
25
User Score:
6.6
Catwoman 32.

Catwoman

July 23, 2004 | PG-13
Sleek, mysterious, dangerous and sexy, Catwoman has never had any trouble captivating fans...or making enemies. A sometime defender of the underdog, she isn't above breaking the law to achieve her own ends. Free to walk in both the dark and the light, she is superhero and arch-villain all rolled into one. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
27
User Score:
2.7
The Brown Bunny 33.

The Brown Bunny

August 27, 2004 | Not Rated
Both a love story and a haunting portrait of a lost soul unable to forget his past, the film follows a motorcycle racer (Gallo) on his cross-country journey. (Wellspring)
Metascore:
51
User Score:
6.9
Dawn of the Dead 34.

Dawn of the Dead

March 19, 2004 | Unrated
In this remake of George A. Romero's horror classic, a nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a Midwestern shopping mall.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.6
Alexander 35.

Alexander

November 24, 2004 | Unrated
Based on the true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander takes a bold, honest look at Alexander's life and his relationships. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
39
User Score:
5.3
Seed of Chucky 36.

Seed of Chucky

November 12, 2004 | Not Rated
The killer doll is back and his family must slay together in order to stay together. (Rogue Pictures)
Metascore:
46
User Score:
3.5
Napoleon Dynamite 37.

Napoleon Dynamite

June 11, 2004 | PG
From Preston, Idaho comes Napoleon Dynamite (Heder), a new kind of hero complete with a tight red 'fro, some sweet moon boots and skills that can't be topped. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.6
Shark Tale 38.

Shark Tale

October 1, 2004 | PG
Oscar is a fast-talking little fish whose big dreams have a habit of landing him in hot water. Lenny is a great white shark with a sensitive side and a secret -- he's a vegetarian. When a great white lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, the two become the most unlikely of friends. (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.6
Before Sunset 39.

Before Sunset

July 2, 2004 | R
The timeless romantic story of two questing hearts and minds whose powerful bond defies time and place. [Warner Independent Pictures]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
The Grudge 40.

The Grudge

October 22, 2004 | Unrated
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this remake of director Takashi Shimizu's popular Japanese movie "Ju-On: The Grudge."
Metascore:
49
User Score:
3.4
The Terminal 41.

The Terminal

June 18, 2004 | PG-13
The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Hanks), a visitor to New York City from Eastern Europe, whose homeland erupts in a fiery coup while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant (Zeta-Jones). (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.3
The Dreamers 42.

The Dreamers

February 6, 2004 | TV-MA
The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 is the backdrop as three young cineastes are drawn together through their passion for film. Matthew, an American exchange student, discovers in French twins Theo and Isabelle a relationship unlike anything he has ever experienced or will ever encounter again -- and he longs to be a part of it. (Fox Searchlight)
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.8
Shaun of the Dead 43.

Shaun of the Dead

September 24, 2004 | R
This "rom zom com" (romantic zombie comedy) follows the bloody funny adventures of underachiever Shaun (Pegg) and his best mate Ed (Frost) as they cope with a zombie invasion of North London and attempt to rescue Shaun's girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) and his Mum (Wilton). It's going to be one hell of a weekend. (Rogue Pictures)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Hero 44.

Hero

August 27, 2004 | PG-13
The time: two thousand years ago. The place: the violent dawn of the Qin dynasty. The story: the soon-to-be First Emperor of China is on the brink of conquering a war-torn land. Three opponents are determined to assassinate him and one loyal subject stands in their way. [Miramax]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
9.0
The Village 45.

The Village

July 30, 2004 | PG-13
The thrilling tale of an isolated village confronting the astonishing truth that lies just outside its borders. (Touchstone Pictures)
Metascore:
44
User Score:
6.7
The Punisher 46.

The Punisher

April 16, 2004 | Unrated
Marvel's unstoppable vigilante hits the big screen. After losing his family in to mob violence, undercover FBI agent and former Marine Frank Castle (Jane) decides to dedicate himself fully to the eradication of crime from America.
Metascore:
33
User Score:
8.7
Collateral 47.

Collateral

August 6, 2004 | R
Max (Foxx) has lived the mundane life of a cab driver for 12 years. The faces have come and gone from his rearview mirror, people and places he's long since forgotten -- until tonight. Vincent (Cruise) is a contract killer. When an offshore narcotrafficking cartel learns they are about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, they mount an operation to identify and kill the key witnesses, and the last stage is tonight. Tonight, Vincent arrives in L.A. -- and five bodies are supposed to fall. (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
A Day Without a Mexican 48.

A Day Without a Mexican

May 14, 2004 | R
In this satire, California wakes up one morning to find that one third of its population has disappeared. A strange thick pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. As the day goes by, we discover that the characteristic that links the 14 million disappeared is their Hispanic background. (Televisa Cine)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
3.9
The Manchurian Candidate 49.

The Manchurian Candidate

July 30, 2004 | R
As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it -- a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
Shrek 2 50.

Shrek 2

May 19, 2004 | PG
The fairy tale continues as everyone's favorite ogre faces his greatest challenge of all -- the inlaws! (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
13 Going on 30 51.

13 Going on 30

April 23, 2004 | PG-13
It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. She makes a wish on her birthday: If only she could be all grown up, she'd have the life she's always wanted. Miraculously, her wish comes true. (Columbia Pictures)
Metascore:
57
User Score:
7.9
The Phantom of the Opera 52.

The Phantom of the Opera

December 22, 2004 | PG-13
Joel Schumacher directs this screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical set in the Paris Opera House.
Metascore:
40
User Score:
8.8
Team America: World Police 53.

Team America: World Police

October 15, 2004 | R
This action adventure from the creators of "South Park" features an all-marionette cast as Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability. [Paramount]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.5
You Got Served 54.

You Got Served

January 30, 2004 | PG-13
A new fable for the hip hop age, where the best street dancers pit their moves and their passion for a chance to turn their talent into their dreams. (Screen Gems)
Metascore:
37
User Score:
6.4
Torque 55.

Torque

January 16, 2004
Set in the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing, this action movie shows what happens to biker Cary Ford (Henderson) when he is framed by a long-time rival (Schulze).
Metascore:
41
User Score:
8.3
Primer 56.

Primer

October 8, 2004 | PG-13
While tweaking their current project, two young engineers accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities--ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.5
The Bourne Supremacy 57.

The Bourne Supremacy

July 23, 2004 | PG-13
The Bourne Supremacy re-enters the shadowy world of expert assassin Jason Bourne (Damon), who continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares from his former life. The stakes are now even higher for the agent as he coolly maneuvers through the dangerous waters of international espionage - replete with CIA plots, turncoat agents and ever-shifting covert alliances - all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and answers to his own fragmented past. (Universal Studios)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.9
Sleepover 58.

Sleepover

July 9, 2004 | PG
In an attempt to cast off their less-than-cool reputations once and for all, Julie (Vega) and her three best friends enter into an all-night scavenger hunt against their "popular girl" rivals. (MGM)
Metascore:
33
User Score:
3.8
King Arthur 59.

King Arthur

July 7, 2004 | PG-13
A spectacular, epic tale of one man's destiny to become a king. [Touchstone Pictures]
Metascore:
46
User Score:
7.6
The Chronicles of Riddick 60.

The Chronicles of Riddick

June 11, 2004 | Unrated
Vin Diesel reprises his star-making Pitch Black role of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in this science fiction action-adventure epic. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
7.7
Taking Lives 61.

Taking Lives

March 19, 2004 | Unrated
FBI profiler Special Agent Illeana Scott (Jolie) suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey, surrounded by suspects in a case that has become chillingly personal. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
2.2
Ray 62.

Ray

October 29, 2004 | PG-13
Ray is the never-before-told, musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. Featuring Jamie Foxx in the central role, Ray follows the inspiring story of a one-of-a-kind genius. (Universal)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.9
EuroTrip 63.

EuroTrip

February 20, 2004 | Unrated
The producers who took audiences on a "Road Trip" and back to "Old School" now invite you on a wild Eurotrip. (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
45
User Score:
8.1
Closer 64.

Closer

December 3, 2004 | R
A bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers -- their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.7
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 65.

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

August 27, 2004 | PG
The adventure continues with a new generation of talking toddlers. This time, the baby geniuses find themselves at the center of a nefarious scheme led by powerful media mogul Bill Biscane (Voight) to use his state-of-the-art satellite system to control the minds of the world's population. (Sony)
Metascore:
9
User Score:
2.1
The Merchant of Venice 66.

The Merchant of Venice

December 29, 2004 | R
Set in the lavish era of 16th century Italy, The Merchant of Venice follows the interlocking lives of a captivating assortment of Shakespearean characters in this story wrought with morality, revenge, redemption and love. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.4
National Treasure 67.

National Treasure

November 19, 2004 | PG
Nicholas Cage stars as the brilliant treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates in who discovers a secret from our nation's past that will lead to the greatest adventure in history. (Disney)
Metascore:
39
User Score:
6.9
Ju-on: The Grudge 68.

Ju-on: The Grudge

July 23, 2004 | R
Director/screenwriter Shimizu Takashi spins the tale of a family that is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit burning with hatred. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the house, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, passing through all those who set foot within its walls. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.5
Fat Albert 69.

Fat Albert

December 25, 2004 | PG
As Fat Albert makes the jump to the big screen, its much beloved characters face challenges they couldn't have dreamed of as cartoon figures. By stepping out into the "real world," becoming fleash-and-blood, Fat Albert's "old-school" '50s-era sensibility makes him, and the Cosby Kids, fish out of water in today's world. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
39
User Score:
6.4
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 70.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

December 10, 2004 | R
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) and his crew set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. (Touchstone Pictures)
Metascore:
62
User Score:
7.8
House of Flying Daggers 71.

House of Flying Daggers

December 3, 2004 | PG-13
The year is 859 AD, and China's once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.1
A Dirty Shame 72.

A Dirty Shame

September 24, 2004 | NC-17
Rude, joyous and full of sexual anarchy, this John Waters comedy has a generous heart and a dirty mind. (Fine Line Features)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
5.2
Without a Paddle 73.

Without a Paddle

August 20, 2004 | PG-13
This comic adventure begins when three childhood buddies decide to pursue their boyhood dream of finding legendary bank robber DB Cooper's stash in the Oregon wilderness. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
29
User Score:
8.9
The Ladykillers 74.

The Ladykillers

March 26, 2004 | R
This retelling of the critically acclaimed 1955 comedy stars Hanks as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who's assembled a gang of "experts" for the heist of the century. (Touchstone Pictures)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
6.2
Spanglish 75.

Spanglish

December 17, 2004 | PG-13
A look at cultures colliding, as a beautiful native Mexican woman (Vega) becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Sandler, Leoni). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, she never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family. (Sony)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
8.4
The Sea Inside 76.

The Sea Inside

December 17, 2004 | PG-13
Based on the profoundly moving true story that captured the world's attention, The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramon Sampedro (Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. The film is the story of Ramon's relationships with two women: Julia (Rueda), a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Duenas), a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. (Fine Line Features)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
The Mother 77.

The Mother

May 28, 2004 | R
May is an ordinary grandmother from the suburbs. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children's lives. Stuck in an unfamiliar city far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over. Until she falls for Darren, a man half her age who is renovating her son's house and sleeping with her daughter. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.9
Young Adam 78.

Young Adam

April 16, 2004 | NC-17
Based on Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi's novel and inspired by the great Hollywood film noirs of the 40s and 50s, Young Adam is a highly original thriller set on the canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh. (HanWay Films)
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.7
Ella Enchanted 79.

Ella Enchanted

April 9, 2004 | PG
A fairy Godmother granted Ella (Hathaway) the gift -- and curse -- of obedience at her birth. As a result of this unfortunate circumstance, Ella cannot refuse any command, and is often left at the mercy of unscrupulous personalities. In a bid to regain control of her life, Ella goes on a quest to free herself from this mysterious curse. (Miramax)
Metascore:
53
User Score:
8.0
Along Came Polly 80.

Along Came Polly

January 16, 2004 | PG-13
Reuben (Stiller) has made a fine life and a good career out of playing it safe. Polly (Aniston) plays her life like a game of chance. So when a chance encounter reunites these childhood friends, Reuben finds his world turned upside down.
Metascore:
44
User Score:
6.6
Hotel Rwanda 81.

Hotel Rwanda

December 22, 2004 | R
Based on true events from the civil war in Rwanda, this film profiles Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of a luxury hotel who opened his establishment to Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
Christmas with the Kranks 82.

Christmas with the Kranks

November 24, 2004 | PG
Based on John Grisham's best-selling novel Skipping Christmas, this comedy stars Tim Allen as Luther Krank, a man who decides to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and go on a vacation with his wife Nora (Curtis) instead. But when his daughter decides, at the last minute, to come home for the holidays, he is forced to put christmas back together. (Sony)
Metascore:
22
User Score:
7.6
Birth 83.

Birth

October 29, 2004 | R
A metaphysical love story that explores the space between what we know and what we feel. Like many fairy tales, Birth is part romance, part mystery, and part family drama - woven into a magical whole about love, mortality and the unknown. [New Line Cinema]
Metascore:
50
User Score:
6.5
Undertow 84.

Undertow

October 22, 2004 | R
Director David Gordon Green marries action, dirt, sweat and menace as he spins a tale of the violent legacy between two generations of brothers. (United Artists)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.1
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 85.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

September 17, 2004 | PG
Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared, and reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) along with ace aviator Sky Captain (Law) are on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around the world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth? Aided by Frankie Cook (Jolie), commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and technical genius Dex (Ribisi), Polly and Sky Captain may be our planet's only hope. (Paramount)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.7
Serpico (re-release) 86.

Serpico (re-release)

August 6, 2004 | R
Sidney Lumet's 1973 film stars Al Pacino as New York cop Frank Serpico.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Garden State 87.

Garden State

July 28, 2004 | TV-MA
Andrew Largeman (Braff) shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother's death inspired a vacation from the pills to see what might happen. When he travels from L.A. back to his hometown, he meets Sam (Portman), a girl who is everything he isn't. Her warmth and fearlessness give him the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain of the infinite abyss that is life. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.7
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 88.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

July 9, 2004 | Unrated
Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in 70's San Diego, who finds his position threatened by a hotshot young female journalist (Applegate).
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.9
Garfield 89.

Garfield

June 11, 2004 | PG
Garfield marks the long-awaited motion picture debut of America's favorite feline and the world's laziest cat. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
27
User Score:
5.3
Dogville 90.

Dogville

March 26, 2004 | R
Lars von Trier explores the concept of goodness in this story of a fugitive hiding in a small town in the Rocky Mountains in the 1930s.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.3
Hidalgo 91.

Hidalgo

March 5, 2004 | PG-13
Based on the story of long distance rider Frank T. Hopkins, Hidalgo is an epic action-adventure and one man's journey of personal redemption. (Touchstone Pictures)
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.6
The Aviator 92.

The Aviator

December 17, 2004 | PG-13
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in this biopic directed by Martin Scorsese.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.6
A Tale of Two Sisters 93.

A Tale of Two Sisters

December 10, 2004 | R
Based on a famous Korean folktale, this grim fairy tale is one of the most heart-breaking and unexpected movies about loss, guilt and grief ever made. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.0
Friday Night Lights 94.

Friday Night Lights

October 8, 2004 | PG-13
A true American story of a group of young athletes, their town and their dreams. (Universal)
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.6
Infernal Affairs 95.

Infernal Affairs

September 24, 2004 | R
A tightly wound thriller which centers on two Hong Kong police officers - one a gang mole on the force and the other an undercover cop in the gang - who share the same objectives and who find their destinies intertwined in this high-octane police actioner. [Miramax]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.7
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 96.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

September 17, 2004 | PG-13
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is set in 2032, when the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Batou, a cyborg detective for the government's covert anti-terrorist unit, is investigating the case of a gynoid - a hyper-realistic female robot created specifically for sexual companionship - who malfunctions and slaughters her owner. [Go Fish Pictures]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.5
Resident Evil: Apocalypse 97.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

September 10, 2004 | R
In this terrifying adventure in survival horror, a deadly virus has been unleashed on the population of Raccoon City. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
35
User Score:
6.3
Suspect Zero 98.

Suspect Zero

August 27, 2004 | R
A thriller about an FBI agent tracking down a serial killer who targets serial killers.
Metascore:
37
User Score:
1.8
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 99.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

June 18, 2004 | Unrated
A group of friends from Average Joe's agrees to compete in a high-stakes dodgeball competition in Las Vegas in an attempt to save their gym from takeover by the national chain Globo Gym.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
4.8
Around the World in 80 Days 100.

Around the World in 80 Days

June 16, 2004 | PG
Fabulous adventures, hilarious predicaments and exhilarating action await an all-star international cast as three unlikely heroes attempt to settle an outrageous wager in this spectacle based on the novel by Jules Verne. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Metascore:
49
User Score:
5.7