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6th Annual Golden Tomato Awards
The Best Reviewed Drama of 2004

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Best Drama: Sideways Sideways

To come out ahead in this category is a major achievement, simply because the field is so crowded and the competition tough. But with an intelligent and humorous script, along with an excellent cast to bring the material to life, Alexander Payne's Sideways rose from a field that included The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby, and Finding Neverland to become this year's best reviewed film of the drama genre. Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh, Sideways is being called "the year's best American movie" by Time Magazine's Richard Corliss. New York Times' Manohla Dargis throws in her two cents by saying that this movie is "a reason to maintain hope in the film industry." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times adds that "Alexander Payne has made four wonderful movies: Citizen Ruth, Election, the Jack Nicholson tragicomedy About Schmidt, and now this." The praises don't stop with those three. Sideways scores a high 96% on the Tomatometer, with an adjusted score of 86.60. Let us know what your pick for this category is here.

Best to Worst Dramas of 2004
RankScoreTitleT-meter
1.86.60Sideways96%
2.81.78The Aviator90%
3.81.58Million Dollar Baby94%
4.79.95Garden State88%
5.79.24Baadasssss!92%
6.78.96Kinsey87%
7.78.63Vera Drake89%
8.78.03Hotel Rwanda89%
9.77.59Mean Creek89%
10.76.43Finding Neverland83%
11.75.75Ray82%
12.74.43Miracle81%
13.74.19Friday Night Lights81%
14.71.93The Mother82%
15.69.86Being Julia77%
16.69.61The Saddest Music in the World78%
17.65.26Dogville69%
18.65.16Criminal70%
19.64.14Closer67%
20.63.59The Door in the Floor67%
21.61.24Japanese Story65%
22.61.13We Don't Live Here Anymore64%
23.60.48The Terminal62%
24.58.41Young Adam60%
25.57.27Ocean's Twelve58%
26.56.88Enduring Love58%
27.56.46The Dreamers57%
28.55.66Undertow56%
29.51.91Woman, Thou Art Loosed49%
30.51.69The Passion of the Christ51%
31.50.94A Home at the End of the World49%
32.49.87De-Lovely48%
33.49.77Vanity Fair48%
34.49.72Hidalgo48%
35.48.17I'll Sleep When I'm Dead44%
36.46.96The Brown Bunny42%
37.45.96Silver City42%
38.45.44Ladder 4942%
39.45.17Beyond the Sea41%
40.45.06The Reckoning39%
41.42.26Birth37%
42.42.18When Will I Be Loved32%
43.41.31Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera36%
44.39.69The United States of Leland30%
45.39.34Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius28%
46.37.07Around the Bend27%
47.33.52You Got Served17%
48.32.59She Hate Me20%
49.25.00Against the Ropes13%

Data collected on January 11, 2005

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