– critics’ picks – 10 Best Films of 2001’s Ten Best Films of 2001 2001 is setting records for all time high box office receipts. It is an old truism that the movies do well in hard times–inexpensive escape from a troubled world.

Would that the quality of the product were as impressive as the box office. Still, your critics found much to admire. Here are our film critics’ picks for the best films they saw, limited to films that opened in the United States this year in a commercial engagement.

While these lists may provide some guidelines for your choices of viewing, we intend them as no more than that and encourage you to explore the wide range of interesting and challenging films in the theaters and on video or DVD.

We have linked each film listed here to its review on our pages, when available. From there you will find links to the video if it has been released. Enjoy!


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