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It’s that time again, folks, when movies of the past year are competing for various awards, places on best of lists, what have you. Here at Rotten Tomatoes, we are giving out some honors of our own — the 3rd annual RT Awards! Which movies collected raves from the critics? Which ones drew their scorn? Keep on reading, and find out.


Best Film

#1
Adjusted Score: 99636%
Critics Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.
Synopsis: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

Moldy

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 25683%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.
Synopsis: This live action feature is inspired by the most successful interactive video-game character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful and... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

Best Action/Adventure

#1

Spy Kids (2001)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97371%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.
Synopsis: Two young kids become spies in attempt to save their parents, who are ex-spies, from an evil mastermind. Armed with... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Best Comedy

#1

Shrek (2001)
88%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95734%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude... [More]

Best Drama

#1

Ghost World (2001)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98765%
Critics Consensus: With acerbic wit, Terry Zwigoff fashions Daniel Clowes' graphic novel into an intelligent, comedic trip through deadpan teen angst.
Synopsis: The story of neo-cool Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who, faced with graduation from high school, take a... [More]
Directed By: Terry Zwigoff

Best Horror

#1

Memento (2000)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101396%
Critics Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.
Synopsis: Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Best Romance

#1

Amélie (2001)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98554%
Critics Consensus: The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.
Synopsis: "Amélie" is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

#1
Adjusted Score: 99636%
Critics Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.
Synopsis: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

Best Thriller

#1

In the Bedroom (2001)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97781%
Critics Consensus: Expertly crafted and performed, In the Bedroom is a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief.
Synopsis: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt... [More]
Directed By: Todd Field