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Last week, we posted our Top 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2007. This week, we present our Critics' Choice Awards for the Top 10 Films of 2007.

What's the difference between the lists? The "redeeming" list speaks for itself—films that included a redemptive element, sometimes blatant, sometimes more subtle, but always there.

Our Critics' Choice list, on the other hand, consists of the 10 films that our panel believes were the most excellent films of 2007, whether they carried a redeeming message or not—though five of our top 10 choices also appeared on our Most Redeeming list. But all of the movies here are films of excellence, and many are up for various honors at the upcoming Academy Awards.

We also let each of our voters choose "One That Got Away"—a single film they wish had made our Top Ten list. Think of those extra films as sort of our "honorable mentions."

For each of the top 10 films, we have simply included random comments from our team of critics. To learn more about the film's synopsis, click "Our review" at the end of each summary.

1. Juno

directed by Jason Reitman

"Smartest script of the year, heartwarming and life-affirming." "Not only does this film have a surprisingly pro-life element, it is also remarkably mature for a high school comedy." "Layers of unexpected complexity and depth." "Wacky and off the wall, but what makes it more than zany Napoleon Dynamite is heart; it's grounded in character and a core of sweet, heartfelt love." "Bitingly droll, tactless yet tender, and infinitely quotable." "Avoids crowdpleasing crassness and sophomoric indulgence (and yes, I'm talking to you, Knocked Up." "Easily the biggest crowd pleaser among this year's most acclaimed films." (Our review.)

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