Best Film
# Artist/Title Points Mentions
1 A History of Violence 668 59
2 2046 485 41
3 Kings and Queen 443 40
4 Grizzly Man 410 38
5 The World 393 37
6 Tropical Malady 389 38
7 The Squid and the Whale 382 37
8 Caché (Hidden) 378 33
9 The Holy Girl 260 27
10 Last Days 258 25
11 Brokeback Mountain 248 23
12 Café Lumière 219 20
13 Good Night, and Good Luck 214 25
14 Nobody Knows 185 19
15 The Intruder 180 17
16 Capote 172 16
17 Head-On 170 18
Mysterious Skin 170 18
19 My Summer of Love 165 16
20 Land of the Dead 164 16
21 The New World 156 13
22 Saraband 144 13
23 The Power of Nightmares 122.5 11
24 Paradise Now 122 13
Pulse 122 11
26 Keane 114 12
27 Me and You and Everyone We Know 111 11
28 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 110 12
29 Match Point 105 11
30 Memories of Murder 103 11
31 Munich 101 10
32 Kung Fu Hustle 100 12
33 Darwin's Nightmare 98 10
34 Junebug 90 9
35 Oldboy 89 10
36 Good Morning, Night 87 10
37 The Beat That My Heart Skipped 84 10
38 The Best of Youth 83 8
39 The Century of the Self 79.5 8
40 Syriana 77 8
41 Look at Me 71 8
42 Broken Flowers 69 9
43 King Kong 68 7
44 War of the Worlds 67 6
45 The Constant Gardener 65 9
46 Breakfast on Pluto 58 9
47 Innocence 57 6
48 Howl's Moving Castle 56 5
Turtles Can Fly 56 6
50 Palindromes 55 6
51 Pride & Prejudice 50 5
Tony Takitani 50 5
The White Diamond 50 5
54 The Devil's Rejects 47 5
55 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 45 5
56 3-Iron 44 4
The Time We Killed 44 5
58 Funny Ha Ha 43 5
59 My Mother's Smile 38 4
60 À Tout de Suite 37 4
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 37 4
62 The 40-Year-Old-Virgin 35 4
Sin City 35 4
64 Forty Shades of Blue 33 3
Jarhead 33 3
66 Crash 32 4
67 March of the Penguins 31 3
Walk the Line 31 3
69 Whisky 30 4
70 Wolf Creek 29 3
71 Downfall 28 3
Mondovino 28 3
Yes 28 3
74 The Weeping Meadow 27 3
75 Cinderella Man 26 2
Gunner Palace 26 2
77 In Her Shoes 25 2
78 Chain 24 3
79 Land of Plenty 22 2
80 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 21 2
81 Hustle & Flow 19 2
82 The Aristocrats 18 2
83 Machuca 17 2
84 Shopgirl 16 2
Three Dancing Slaves 16 2
86 I Am Cuba: The Siberian Mammoth 15 2
87 Oliver Twist 14 1
88 Batman Begins 13 2
Dallas 362 13 1
Lila Says 13 1
Occupation: Dreamland 13 2
The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror 13 1
93 Kingdom of Heaven 12 1
Murderball 12 1
95 Chicken Little 11 1
Dolls 11 1
Garçon Stupide 11 1
Heights 11 1
Red Eye 11 2
Wall 11 1
101 The Ballad of Jack and Rose 10 1
The Far Side of the Moon 10 1
Happy Here and Now 10 1
The Joy of Life 10 1
Nine Lives 10 1
The President's Last Bang 10 1
Rize 10 2
Save the Green Planet 10 1
Serenity 10 1
110 The Dying Gaul 9 1
Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) 9 1
The Ice Harvest 9 1
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 9 1
Proof 9 1
Travellers and Magicians 9 1
116 The Brothers Grimm 8 1
Sky High 8 1
118 The Memory of a Killer 7 1
Separate Lies 7 1
The Skeleton Key 7 1
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One 7 1
The Syrian Bride 7 1
The Weather Man 7 1
Where the Truth Lies 7 1
125 The Baxter 6 1
Loggerheads 6 1
The Ninth Day 6 1
Or (My Treasure) 6 1
A Talking Picture 6 1
Tell Them Who You Are 6 1
Throw Down 6 1
The White Countess 6 1
133 The 3 Rooms of Melancholia 5 1
Cinévardaphoto 5 1
Cronicas 5 1
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist 5 1
Duma 5 1
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 5 1
Perfect Crime 5 1
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 5 1
She's One Of Us 5 1
Stealth 5 1
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 5 1
The World's Fastest Indian 5 1

Rules of the Game

We asked each critic to cite 10 films, five lead performances, five supporting performances, 10 films without distributors, and one choice each for director, screenplay, cinematography, documentary, and first feature. As usual, participants were drawn mostly from alternative weeklies, online publications, and film journals (several Voice alumni were also invited). Each film and performance in an unranked ballot received 10 points. Ranked ballots were weighted as follows: For film: 1 (15 points), 2 (14), 3 (13), 4 (12), 5 (11), 6 (9), 7 (8), 8 (7), 9 (6), 10 (5). For performance: 1 (14), 2 (12), 3 (10), 4 (8), 5 (6). (Ties were allowed, and computed accordingly, hence the occasional decimal point.) We asked our voters to focus on films that opened for U.S. theatrical engagements in 2005. For performances that received votes in both lead and supporting, we shifted the points to the more popular category. We allowed splits in one-choice categories like director and screenplay.