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

Best Foreign Film: Hero Hero

A big, bold, beautiful spectacle of a film, Hero takes the martial arts genre to rarified heights with its sheer beauty and almost balletic action. Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Jet Li, Hero is the best reviewed foreign language film of the year, coming in at 94% on the Tomatometer and with an adjusted score of 85.14. Andrew Wright of The Stranger writes, "Shot for shot, frame for frame, beat for beat, this could very well be one of the most gorgeous films ever made." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times raves, "Led by director Zhang Yimou and dazzling cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the unseen Hero production team has made what just might be the most artistically sophisticated, most formally beautiful martial arts film the genre has seen." And Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, "From beginning to end, Hero is a painting in motion, its fight scenes a ballet with blades." The runners up, Maria Full of Grace and Osama, are chilling, powerful portraits of young women struggling to make ends meet in impossible circumstances. Let us know what your pick for this category is here.

Best to Worst Foreign Films of 2004
2.83.50Maria Full of Grace96%
4.81.46The Story of the Weeping Camel96%
5.79.45Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring94%
6.78.77The Return96%
7.78.63Twilight Samurai98%
8.78.59I'm Not Scared92%
9.78.00House of Flying Daggers88%
10.77.13Since Otar Left98%
11.76.84Shaolin Soccer92%
12.76.62Good Bye, Lenin!88%
13.76.40The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi/Sonatine87%
14.75.91Broken Wings92%
15.75.87Kitchen Stories91%
16.74.80Bad Education88%
17.74.78The Motorcycle Diaries82%
18.74.13Intimate Strangers85%
19.73.32Crimson Gold87%
20.71.98Monsieur Ibrahim83%
21.71.50The Five Obstructions88%
22.71.29Red Lights82%
23.70.86A Very Long Engagement78%
24.68.97Bon Voyage77%
25.65.11The Sea Inside73%
28.58.03Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence60%
30.55.54Ju-On: The Grudge56%
32.47.84Love Me If You Dare43%
33.47.14Zhou Yu's Train40%

Data collected on January 11, 2005

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