David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2011

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David Ehrlich of Movies.com’s Criterion Corner: 25 Best Films of 2011

  1. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  3. Kill List – Ben Wheatley
  4. The Arbor – Clio Barnard
  5. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  6. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  7. The Lonliest Planet – Julia Loktov
  8. Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo
  9. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher
  11. The Adventures of Tintin – Steven Spielberg
  12. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  13. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  14. The Interrupters – Steve James
  15. Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  16. How to Die in Oregon – Peter Richardson
  17. Shame – Steve McQueen
  18. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  19. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay
  20. [tie] Pina – Wim Wenders
  21. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  22. The Time That Remains – Elia Suleiman
  23. [missing]
  24. The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  25. Buddha Mountain – Li Yu
  26. The Descendants – Alexander Payne

NOTE: In Boxoffice Magazine, Ehrlich lists Certified Copy (Kiarostami) as tied for first, noted that the Panahi film does not come out in the US until February 2012 (he says it’s available for streaming at Netflix, but as of December 12, 2011, that is not the case), and omits the Loktov and Naranjo films.