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The Best Reviewed Drama of 2005
Good Night, and Good Luck
Best in Dramas

Just as drama is about telling a serious story, so is it usually taken more seriously than other genres. This is the category where you'll find the bulk of movies vying for prestigious awards. With an adjusted score of 84.87 and a rating of 94% on the Tomatometer, the winner of the Golden Tomato Award for best-reviewed drama is "Good Night, and Good Luck"; it also happens to be the best-reviewed movie of 2005, period. Fitting into the recent movement of politically-oriented movies, this docudrama portrays journalist Edward R. Murrow's fight against McCarthyism. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe described "Good Night, and Good Luck" as "a hermetically sealed period piece so intensely relevant to our current state of affairs that it takes your breath away." Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid favorably compared it to a 1970s classic, calling it "the most exciting film about journalism and the media since 'All the President's Men.'"

While "Good Night, and Good Luck" tackles national issues, the runner-up in the drama category is a drama/dark comedy which focuses on one family and their various dysfunctions. "The Squid and the Whale" has an adjusted score of 82.64 and rates a 94% on the Tomatometer. It has been praised for its emotional truthfulness; Francesca Dinglasan of Boxoffice Magazine pronounces it "an insightful presentation of everyday tragedy."

In third place is another movie about journalism, this one concerning Truman Capote and the creation of his "non-fiction novel" "In Cold Blood," which chronicles a Kansas murder case. "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in yet another highly acclaimed performance, has been praised by New Yorker critic David Denby as being "the most intelligent, detailed, and absorbing film ever made about a writer's working method and character." "Capote" has an adjusted score of 81.75 and rates a 91% on the Tomatometer.

For more results, check out the list below.

Best to Worst Dramas of 2005
RankScoreTitleT-meter
1.84.87Good Night, and Good Luck94%
2.82.64The Squid and the Whale94%
3.81.75Capote91%
4.78.63Broken Flowers86%
5.76.72Cinderella Man83%
6.75.81Walk the Line82%
7.75.61Junebug86%
8.73.66Hustle & Flow81%
9.72.54Me and You and Everyone We Know82%
10.72.34Mysterious Skin83%
11.71.80Crash77%
12.71.60The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants79%
13.71.55Match Point82%
14.71.55Munich78%
15.70.67Dear Frankie79%
16.69.57In Her Shoes75%
17.68.92Transamerica82%
18.68.23Upside of Anger73%
19.66.77North Country71%
20.66.55It's All Gone Pete Tong77%
21.66.18The Beautiful Country75%
22.65.29Off the Map70%
23.64.31Separate Lies71%
24.63.24Thumbsucker68%
25.62.98Nine Lives70%
26.61.84Coach Carter65%
27.60.62Heights64%
28.59.73Shopgirl62%
29.58.88Proof61%
30.58.85Winter Solstice62%
31.58.41Ladies in Lavender61%
32.58.04Last Days60%
33.57.97The Greatest Game Ever Played60%
34.57.93Saint Ralph61%
35.57.83Jarhead59%
36.56.81The Weatherman58%
37.55.95Happy Endings57%
38.55.42Oliver Twist56%
39.55.19The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio56%
40.54.60Breakfast on Pluto55%
41.53.49The New World53%
42.53.27Lords of Dogtown53%
43.52.16Yes51%
44.51.89An Unfinished Life51%
45.51.81Melinda and Melinda51%
46.51.25The Dying Gaul49%
47.50.98Rent50%
48.50.70Rory O'Shea Was Here48%
49.49.25Green Street Hooligans45%
50.47.95The Thing About My Folks43%
51.47.94The Ballad of Jack and Rose45%
52.46.14Bee Season42%
53.45.19Palindromes41%
54.44.43Where The Truth Lies39%
55.35.20In My Country23%
56.30.74Two for the Money19%
57.29.92Get Rich or Die Tryin'18%
58.28.56Undiscovered7%
59.24.97House of D10%

Data collected on January 5, 2006
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