Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies.

Category: 2012 Movies

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012

Amour - Michael Haneke

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012 (as extracted from his review of Amour in The New Republic)

  1. Amour – Michael Haneke

Also Suggested

  • The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  • Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  • Dream of a Life – Carol Morley
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

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Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

  1. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  2. Like Someone in Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  3. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  4. Flight – Robert Zemeckis
  5. Apologize [video] – Louis C.K.
  6. Looper – Rian Johnson
  7. Resident Evil: Retribution – Paul W.S. Anderson
  8. Passion – Brian De Palma
  9. Not Fade Away – David Chase
  10. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  11. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  12. Prometheus – Ridley Scott
  13. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  14. No – Pablo Larraín
  15. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012

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Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012 (as published by The National Catholic Register)

10 Films that Stood Out

  1. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. Barbara – Christian Petzold
  3. Argo – Ben Affleck
  4. The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  5. The Secret World of Arrietty – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  6. Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  7. Damsels In Distress – Whit Stillman
  8. Planet of Snail – Yi Seung-jun
  9. I Wish – Hirokazu Koreeda
  10. Anna Karenina – Joe Wright

10 Runners-Up (in alphabetical order)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  • Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – David Gelb
  • Les Misérables – Tom Hooper
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

Honorable Mention

  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • A Cat in Paris – Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
  • First Position – Bess Kargman
  • For Greater Glory – Dean Wright
  • Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
  • The Impossible – Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Monsieur Lazhar – Philippe Falardeua
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
  • Ruby Sparks – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012

Holy Motors

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman
  3. Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  5. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  6. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  8. Two Years at Sea – Ben Rivers
  9. Let the Bullets Fly – Jiang Wen
  10. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  11. [tie] In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  12. [tie] Oki’s Movie – Hong Sang-soo

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012

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Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012 (limited to films that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2012)

  1. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  2. Michael – Markus Schleinzer
  3. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Alms for a Blind Horse – Gurvinder Singh
  5. Amour – Michael Haneke
  6. This Must Be the Place – Paolo Sorrentino
  7. Generation P – Victor Ginzburg
  8. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  9. Attenberg – Athina Rachel Tsangari
  10. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  11. Neighboring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  12. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

Runners-up

  • Bernie – Richard Linklater
  • The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  • Goodbye First Love – Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Happy Few [Four Lovers] – Antony Cordier
  • Artificial Paradises – Yulene Olaizola
  • and maybe even Killing Them Softly – Andrew Dominik

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

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Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  3. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  4. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  6. Viola – Matías Piñeiro
  7. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  8. autrement, la Molussie – Nicolas Rey
  9. Neighboring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  10. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson

Honourable Mentions

  • Barbara – Christian Petzold
  • Bestiaire – Denis Côté
  • Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  • In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  • Room 237 – Rodney Ascher

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012

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Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by HitFix)

  1. The Grey – Joe Carnahan
  2. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  3. Looper – Rian Johnson
  4. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  5. Amour – Michael Haneke
  6. Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  7. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  8. Argo – Ben Affleck
  9. The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  10. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012

In-Darkness

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012 (alphabetically, as published by The SF Bay Guardian, which also includes his top 10 documentaries)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Bernie – Richard Linklater
  • The Eye of the Storm – Fred Schepisi
  • Fat Kid Rules the World – Matthew Lillard
  • Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  • Girl Walk // All Day – Jacob Krupnick
  • Hermano – Marcel Rasquin
  • Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  • The Hunter – David Nettheim
  • In Darkness – Agnieszka Holland – pictured
  • Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  • Klown – Mikkel Nørgaard
  • Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  • Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Michael – Markus Schleinzer
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • Natural Selection – Robbie Pickering
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  • Safety Not Guaranteed – Colin Trevorrow
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
  • Sister – Ursula Meier
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • 21 Jump Street – Phil Lord and Chris Miller
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Rich Moore

David Denby: 11 Best Films of 2012

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David Denby: 10 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order)

  • Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Argo – Ben Affleck
  • This is 40 – Judd Apatow
  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Detropia – Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
  • The Central Park Five – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
  • The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh

Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012

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Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order, and omitting the films that Lane describes as “lustreless” save for a particular performance)

  • The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  • Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  • The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • Looper – Rian Johnson
  • Argo – Ben Affleck