Colorado Resident Named Top Film Critic of 2003
Mark Sells, film critic for The Denver Herald and resident of Denver, CO, was selected as
the 8th Best Film Critic of 2003 along with other well-known critics such as Roger Ebert and James
The list was compiled by Herb Kane, a nationally recognized film journalist specializing in
critical assessments of film critics. Also known as the Critic Doctor, Kane's list of Top 10 Best
and Worst Critics of 2003 can readily be seen at: Critic Doctor - "Where Movie
Critics Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine."
Writes Kane of Mark: "Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of my favorite movies of 2003 and Mark wrote
my favorite review of the movie. While some critics ought to walk-the-plank with their negative
reviews, Mark's review is the wind behind the sail - pushing us to the high seas. I also liked his
positive take on "Terminator 3," which means "I'll be back" to read more of his writings in 2004.
Writing under the moniker, "The Reel Deal," Mark's criticism emphasizes the positive aspects of a
film, while also encouraging movie lovers to take a chance on independent and international films
that don't receive the attention that the big budgeted Hollywood films do. "I like movies that
make you think, that get you to see something in a different way, that have a lasting effect on
you. And oftentimes, it's the indies and foreign films that take the big risks and go out of
their way to affect you."
Mark's picks for best film of 2003 include: "In America," "Lost in Translation," "Whale Rider,"
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," and "American Splendor." His criticism can be
seen regularly in syndication with The Denver Herald, The Oregon Herald, The New York Daily Times,
and many more publications across the country.