2014 Film Junk Reader’s Choice Award Winners


As we put the finishing touches on our own individual Best of 2014 lists, it’s time to announce the results of this year’s Film Junk Reader’s Choice Awards. Despite our best attempts to keep things competitive, almost every category seemed to have a pretty clear winner with the exception of the sci-fi flicks and thrillers. Does that mean it was a weak year for cinema? You tell me.

The top vote-getters in most categories also ended up making appearances in the open-ended voting for best movie of the year. I expected a bit more variation from the write-in votes but I suppose it always comes back to the handful of movies that the majority of people have seen. So what do you think… do Film Junk readers have their heads and hearts in the right place or are they way off the mark? Check out a full breakdown of the this year’s voting after the jump.

Best Horror


1. The Babadook — 46%
2. Tusk — 8%
3. The Purge: Anarchy — 7%
4. The Sacrament — 5.7%
5. Oculus — 5.5%
6. Annabelle — 2.1%

Best Comedy


1. The Grand Budapest Hotel — 48%
2. 22 Jump Street — 21%
3. Neighbors — 9.7%
4. Chef — 6.5%
5. The Trip to Italy — 5%
6. St. Vincent — 0.7%

Best Action


1. The Raid 2 — 30%
2. Fury — 19%
3. Godzilla — 17%
4. The Guest — 13%
5. John Wick — 5.2%
6. Transformers: Age of Extinction — 2.1%

Best Comic Book Movie


1. Guardians of the Galaxy — 52%
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past — 26%
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — 11.6%
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — 1.8%
5. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For — 0.7%
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — 0.7%

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy


1. Interstellar — 27%
2. Edge of Tomorrow — 25%
3. Under the Skin — 20%
4. Snowpiercer — 14.5%
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — 8.7%
6. Lucy — 0.7%

Best Animated Movie


1. The Lego Movie — 47%
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — 19%
3. The Tale of Princess Kayuga — 7.3%
4. Big Hero 6 — 5.5%
5. The Boxtrolls — 4.7%
6. The Book of Life — 1%

Best Thriller


1. Gone Girl — 40%
2. Nightcrawler — 38%
3. Blue Ruin — 5%
4. The Drop — 1.8%
4. Cold in July — 1.8%
6. A Most Wanted Man — 1.3%

Best Drama


1. Boyhood — 30%
2. Birdman — 23%
3. Locke — 11%
4. Whiplash — 10%
5. Foxcatcher — 8.4%
6. Wild — 0.5%

Best Documentary


1. Jodorowsky’s Dune — 36%
2. Tim’s Vermeer — 13%
3. Life Itself — 12%
4. 20,000 Days on Earth — 7.6%
5. Citizenfour — 3.9%
6. The Overnighters — 1.5%

Best Foreign Film


1. Nymphomaniac — 26%
2. Force Majeure — 10%
3. Stranger By the Lake — 7.6%
4. Borgman — 6.8%
5. Mood Indigo — 6.3%
5. We Are the Best! — 6.3%

Most Anticipated December Release


1. Inherent Vice — 52%
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — 20%
3. The Interview — 7.6%
4. A Most Violent Year — 5.7%
5. Exodus: Gods and Kings — 3.7%
6. Big Eyes — 2.3%

Best Movie of the Year


1. Interstellar
2. Boyhood
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Under the Skin
5. Gone Girl
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. Birdman
8. Nightcrawler
9. Whiplash
10. Edge of Tomorrow

Worst Movie of the Year


1. Transformers: Age of Extinction
2. Tusk
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
4. Godzilla
4. Lucy
4. Transcendence
8. A Million Ways to Die in the West
8. Sabotage
10. Robocop
10. Left Behind
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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  • Anthony Hebert

    Wow, Film Junk fans are weird!

    How was Dawn of the Planet voted the WORST movie? That is bonkers.

  • Essie

    hmm, nice to see stranger by the lake get some votes.

  • Lark

    Yeah, considering “Stranger by the lake” was voted 3rd best foreign film by the Filmjunk audience, is there any chance it´s FJ-ban finally gets lifted and it will receive it´s loooong overdue review on the show?(~Criterion Babyblu~)

  • Lori Cerny

    I don’t think FJ has officially reviewed any homo-erotic films, have they? Sure, Jay would get a kick out of it and Sean can shrug it off, but I can visualize Frank’s head imploding at the idea.

  • parapa

    Glad Interstellar ended up winning out. Thought the junk crew were a bit hard on it to be honest, and seeing it in the proper Imax aspect ratio was an amazing life experience. On repeat watches, the story is both crazy ambitious and very tight, the realistic documentary approach to the camera-work does a great job of grounding the visuals, and for a 3 hour movie, it’s paced extremely well.

    There’s like 3-4 bits of lazy dialogue I could do without (like Inception, on repeat watches you realize that all the important concepts are re-stated at least 3 times) and a loose thread or 2, but it must be said, there hasn’t been a movie epic this ambitious and well-executed at this amount of money since, what, Contact? There’s literally nothing like it getting made.

  • Tim

    I think the king of conspitacy is secretely boycotting movies with gay sex in it. agenda
    And Jay is probably more prude about it than he´d dare to admit.
    Sean might be the most European laid-back and laissez-faire here.

  • Nice to see two Swedish movies on Best foreign film :)

  • ECONOMYpolitica

    It sucked.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Transformers was voted the worst movie. Weren’t the best and worst movie categories ‘fill in the blank’? Even if a movie got one vote, it could show up on the list.

  • Maik

    not from the FJ hosts unfortunately, they´re still determined to ignore it.

  • Lark
  • Anthony Hebert

    I should’ve specified ‘one of the worst’ but my point still stands. I think what you said is true, but I also think people might’ve accidentally wrote it in, thinking it was for Best Movie of the Year. It is entirely possible that people disliked the movie that much.

  • Matt

    I’d like to see raw vote counts in addition to the percentages…would be nice to understand how Godzilla and Apes sneak onto the worst of list

  • Sean

    I deleted my tallies but if I remember correctly the #10 picks for Worst Movie all tied with 6 votes each. I think Godzilla had at least 10 votes.

  • Matt

    cool, thanks

  • Juan Costrada

    It sure was horrible.

  • Joe

    I think trolls voted Dawn of The Planet of The Apes as the worst movie, it shouldn’t even be in that category.

  • Tommy

    Check Letterboxd :)

  • Azazel

    Hey Sean,

    I believe there is a typo in The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

    Looking forward for your lists. Hope it is a big one, since I’m predicting some movies making the list that where not discussed yet.

  • Quiet Wyatt

    I thought Robocop was exceptionally well done for yet another 80s movie remake. It exceeded my expectations with nice nods to the original while wholly crafting something new and very relevant. I’m surprised to see it on the worst list.

  • Tim

    Glad to see Jay was hard for “Stranger by the lake”~

  • Jameson

    Still surprised Ida wasn’t in the foreign category. Overall, this is pretty good. I personally loved The Babadook and consider it one of the best horror films in a long time. Same with Under The Skin even though it’s classified as sci-fi.

  • devolutionary

    Yeah, half those movies in the Worst Of category make absolutely no sense to me. I was pretty picky about quality control for theatre watches in 2014 and I could think of several others with a concensus worst pick.