Hmmm, well, my favorite site used to be The Dissolve, which had all the best critics from the AV Club (Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, Nathan Rabin). Unfortunately it's now defunct. I definitely have other favorite critics too (A.O. Scott, Michael Phillips, David Ehrlich). I always look for their opinions, but I don't hang out exclusively on their websites to get reviews. For top 5 websites, I'll go. . .
1. Filmspotting (Still my go-to film podcast with a loyal fanbase that loves to critique and analyze film.)
2. AwardsWatch Forums (A passionate, diverse, and knowledgeable group of people. They do a lot of fun and very comprehensive Oscar coverage as well, if that's what you're into.)
3. Alternate Ending (This is the new home of my favorite online film critic, Tim Brayton, formerly of Antagony and Ecstasy. He's a fantastic writer and he fuses an impressive knowledge of film history with a nice conversational style. Funny, insightful, and just formal enough.)
4. The Film Experience [www.thefilmexperience.net] (They have reviews, but this is also just a great site to visit if you're one of those people, like myself, who loves to live in "the world of film". They do a lot of interesting features that rank and assess movies from different angles. For example, they helped to put on this great multi-blog series called Hit Me With Your Best Shot, where they would watch a film along with any other film blog that wanted to participate. Then each blog would publish an article about what shot in the film was the best, either for thematic reasons or for just being really cool to look at. I don't know if they're doing that specific feature anymore, but that's the kind of thing they do. Their articles are interesting and they positively hum with a love for film. This is for people who get a sugar rush when they think of movies.)
5. AV Club (I don't like their reviews quite as much anymore, but they're still a smart group of writers and their comments sections tend to be filled with people who care a lot about film.)
Hmmmmm, alright, and I'll show a little vanity! I hope
that my (and fellow film buff Robert Vincent Whiting's) site, www.carnivorousstudios.com
, can one day count itself among these other fine film review sources.