2013 Year in Review

A retrospective of the past year, collated from our community’s collective activity. What impeccable taste you all have!

Read more about the Year in Review on our blog.

Highest Rated Film

12 Years a Slave

Viewings: 32,185 Average weighted rating: 4.1

Ones to Watch

The Selfish Giant

Viewings: 2,300 Average weighted rating: 3.8

This is neo, neo-realist fare with performances that are distinctively raw and natural. We build a certain empathy … and it’s hard to monitor where your allegiances lie. Rod Sedgwick Rod Sedgwick

The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.

Jordan Belfort

Highest Rated Foreign Language

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Viewings: 16,589 Average weighted rating: 3.9

This year’s jury at Cannes couldn’t possibly have made a better choice. … A love story with a deep, emotional charge, and a modern masterpiece. Ole Holgersen Ole Holgersen

Highest Rated Documentary

The Act of Killing

Viewings: 10,318 Average weighted rating: 4.2

A haunting, absurd and frightening glimpse into a period of Indonesian history that has still not been condemned by its own country. Adam Cook Adam Cook

Dude, your references are out of control, everyone knows that.

Jonah Hill

Highest Rated Animation

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

Viewings: 4,074 Average weighted rating: 3.9

Everything that was somehow weird in the Nolan trilogy finds its answers in the Miller trilogy … Nolan did my favourite adaption of Batman, but this right here, this is Batman. Bunkerwelt Bunkerwelt

Highest Rated Science Fiction


Viewings: 44,884 Average weighted rating: 4.0

A technological marvel urged on by a director who is intent on discovering how far he can stretch the medium. … A small step for a film, but a giant leap for cinema. DirkH DirkH

Half of North America just lost their Facebook.

Matt Kowalski

Highest Rated Horror


Viewings: 16,590 Average weighted rating: 3.6

As dreamy as it is taught. As beautiful as it is horrific. … The way it sets up the story at the start, through overheard whispers, off-screen conversations and background noise is brilliantly clever. Yes, it has been done before, but here the director makes it seem new. Daryl Daryl

We don’t need to be friends. We’re family.

India Stoker

Highest Rated Action

Captain Phillips

Viewings: 23,090 Average weighted rating: 3.8

What a contrast with those summer blockbusters that offer “thrills” where computer avatars punch each other through buildings while untold thousands die just outside of every frame. Here, there’s only maybe 20 characters, but every single life matters. Matt Singer Matt Singer

I don’t think they’re here to fish.

Captain Rich Phillips

The Year in Numbers


Films watched




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More Numbers

During 2013 we spent 3,286,931 hours watching films

And we wrote 68,534,004 words about them!

Of the films watched, 23.8% were 2013 releases

I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you.

Theodore Twombly

You’re nothing to me until you’re everything.

Sydney Prosser

I’d be willing to bet that you and I are the only ones here who even understand that programming has a feminine side.

Michael Papageorge

I watched a lot of movies Paul, I know what I’m doing!

Daniel Lugo

I ain’t fiddlin’ with no cow titties. I’m a city girl!

Kate Grant

I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

Solomon Northup

Most Watched Actor

James Franco

*Based on 2013 appearances

Most Watched Actress

Melissa Leo

*Based on 2013 appearances

Most Watched Director

Quentin Tarantino

*Based on 2013 releases (and Django!)

Let’s do something fun. We could go to a movie.


Most Watched from 1950s


Viewings: 23,570 Average weighted rating: 4.3

Being named the critics' greatest film of all time in Sight And Sound magazine, and being praised to the heavens by the magazine at every opportunity, was probably one of the worst things that could have happened to Vertigo. Steve (not Warren) G. Steve (not Warren) G.

Most Watched from 1960s

2001: A Space Odyssey

Viewings: 36,124 Average weighted rating: 4.4

Glory on the screen, and a feast for the senses, 2001: A Space Odyssey is the definitive masterpiece of a genius, and a rather interesting [commentary on] what we are and represent, and the meaning of life itself. Edgar Cochran Edgar Cochran

Most Watched from 1970s


Viewings: 11,202 Average weighted rating: 4.2

One of the finest directorial debuts of all time. … A lyrical and disturbing road movie by a filmmaker who, despite his inexperience, [crafted] this warped romantic adventure about two young lovers and their senseless killing spree across the Dakota badlands. Adam Cook Adam Cook

Most Watched from 1980s

The Shining

Viewings: 44,495 Average weighted rating: 4.3

You get all these hints that this is a film about the pressures of economic hardship and how a man who wants to support his family is slowly being edged out of his last remaining options. … [Then] you descend deeper and realize all he needs is an occupation to feel proud of. Simone Simone

Most Watched from 1990s

Before Sunrise

Viewings: 18,051 Average weighted rating: 4.2

Before Sunrise pulls down all fences, all barriers, all the games, all the bullshit, because when you’ve got nothing to lose, when the other person doesn’t know you, and perhaps never will, you’re free to be yourself, your true self. Thomas Ringdal Thomas Ringdal

Most Watched from 2000s

Before Sunset

Viewings: 16,631 Average weighted rating: 4.3

Having completed my Before Sunrise/Before Sunset homework, I can’t imagine anything more daunting than seeing and discussing Midnight. I find I’m utterly incapable of talking about these films in a rational, analytical way. Adam Kempenaar Adam Kempenaar

Jarvis, initiate the House Party protocol.

Tony Stark

Most Obsessively Rewatched

Star Trek Into Darkness

Viewings: 32,516 Average weighted rating: 3.4

The propagandistic undercurrent of this thing — with its shameless (and mostly harmless) jihadist imagery, muddled pro-interventionist leanings, and end-credits dedication to our post-9/11 military — is an absolute perversion of Star Trek’s inherent idealism. Keith Uhlich Keith Uhlich

Most Divisive Film

Only God Forgives

Viewings: 17,532 Average weighted rating: 3.1

A contradictory and confusing beast — a film that constantly trips over the line between the sublime and the ridiculous, whilst managing to alienate and enthrall [in] the same scene. Adam Cook Adam Cook

Look at all ’ma sheeyit!


Film We Most Loved to Hate


Viewings: 5,897 Average weighted rating: 1.7

So terrible I thought about switching it off, but my friends were making ‘witty’ comments and I couldn’t find the remote. … Do not watch this film except at the tail-end of a B-movie marathon. And not even then, really. preston preston

Lowest Rated Film

Scary Movie 5

Viewings: 3,284 Average weighted rating: 1.4

Most Anticipated in 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!

Stacker Pentecost

And… cut!

That’s a wrap — what did you see, what did you miss, what did you love, what have you just added to your watchlist for January?!

Once again, our deepest thanks to everyone who participates on the site for helping to make the Letterboxd community ever bigger and better. We truly couldn’t do any of this without you.

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