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6th Annual Golden Tomato Awards
The Best Reviewed Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2004

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Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

With The Lord of the Rings trilogy over and done with in theaters, what movie dominated this year in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre? Easily beating out all the other competitors and scoring an initial take of $93.7M at the box office, a blockbuster title from another popular literary series has taken up the mantle of best reviewed for 2004. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third Potter story to be adapted for film. While the previous Potter movies were respectfully rated, critics have hailed this one as setting a new benchmark for the series. Eleanor Ringel Gillespie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for example, describes Azkaban as being, "everything the first two films were not: complex, frightening, nuanced." Having Alfonso Cuaron as the director made all the difference, apparently: Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter says, "Where the first two Potters were efficiently if uninspiredly directed by an eager-to-please Chris Columbus, Cuaron has crafted a rich, atmospheric stand-alone motion picture rather than simply a filmed adaptation." In contrast to Azkaban, the runner-up, Primer, was made on a tiny $7k budget and shown in 31 theaters during its widest release. Let us know what your pick for this category is here.

Best to Worst Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films of 2004
RankScoreTitleT-meter
1.81.55Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban88%
2.64.79Primer70%
3.59.67I, Robot61%
4.55.00The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra55%
5.53.09Code 4652%
6.50.24Ella Enchanted48%
7.38.29The Butterfly Effect33%
8.35.74The Chronicles of Riddick29%
9.32.64Alien vs. Predator23%

Data collected on January 11, 2005

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