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The Big Post of 2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 12, 2012 at 12:56PM

Some of our favorite film critics pick their favorite movies of the year.
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"The Master."
"The Master."

The writers of The Huffington Post:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "Argo"
5. "Django Unchained"
6. "Moonrise Kingdom"
7. "Silver Linings Playbook"
8. "Skyfall"
9. "Les Miserables"
10. "Looper"

Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader:

1. "The Master"
2. "Two Years at Sea"
3. "Haywire"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "The Comedy"
6. "Goodbye, First Love"
7. "Django Unchained"
8. "The Day He Arrives"
9. "The Deep Blue Sea"
10. "A Burning Hot Summer"

Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects:

-"Argo"
-"The Avengers"
-"The Cabin in the Woods"
-"Detachment"
-"The Grey"
-"Moonrise Kingdom"
-"Nameless Gangster"
-"Oslo, August 31st"
-"Perfect Sense"
-"Silver Linings Playbook"
-"Sister"
-"Take This Waltz"

J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader:

1. "A Separation"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "In the Family"
4. "God Bless America"
5. "Le Grand Amour"
6. "The House I Live In"
7. "Beyond the Hills"
8. "Rust and Bone"
9. "Compliance"
10. "The Color Wheel"

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago:

1. "The Master"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "This Is Not a Film"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "Miss Bala"
6. "Lincoln"
7. "In the Family"
8. "Amour"
9. "The Color Wheel"
10. "Oslo, August 31st"

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies:

1. "The Master"
2. "The Turin Horse"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "The Kid With a Bike"
6. "Cosmopolis"
7. "Lincoln"
8. "Looper"
9. "Holy Motors"
10. "Tabu"

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "The Master"
4. "This is Not a Film"
5. "Amour"
6. "Your Sister's Sister"
7. "Tabu" 
8. "The Loneliest Planet"
9. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
10. "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning"

Joanna Langfield, The Movie Minute:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Django Unchained"
4. "Argo"
5. "Silver Linings Playbook"
6. "Skyfall"
7. "Life of Pi"
8. "The Master"
9. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
10. "The Gatekeepers"

Richard Lawson, The Atlantic Wire:

- "The Amazing Spider-Man"
-"Amour"
-"Argo"
-"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
-"The Cabin in the Woods"
-"How to Survive a Plague"
-"Looper"
-"Moonrise Kingdom"
-"Your Sister's Sister"
-"Zero Dark Thirty"

Will Leitch, Deadspin:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Oslo, August 31st"
3. "Lincoln"
4. "The Avengers"
5. "Amour"
6. "Looper"
7. "Killer Joe"
8. "The Master"
9. "Moonrise Kingdom"
10. "Argo"

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:

1. "Argo"
2. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
3. "Skyfall"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "Zero Dark Thirty"
6. "The Master"
7. "The Imposter"
8. "Moonrise Kingdom"
9. "Oslo, August 31st"
10. "This is Not a Film"

The writers of Little White Lies:

1. "Tabu"
2. "The Master"
3. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "The Kid With a Bike"
6. "The Raid: Redemption"
7. "Amour"
8. "Two Years at Sea"
9. "Life of Pi"
10. "Goodbye, First Love"

Guy Lodge, In Contention:

1. "Tabu"
2. "The Master"
3. "In the House"
4. "Berberian Sound Studio"
5. "Magic Mike"
6. "Sister"
7. "Our Children"
8. "Take This Waltz"
9. "Lore"
10. "Mirror Mirror"

Karina Longworth, LA Weekly:

1. "The Master"
2. "Holy Motors"
3. "Moonrise Kingdom"
4. "Attenberg"
5. "The Loneliest Planet"
6. "Rust and Bone"
7. "This Is Not a Film"
8. "Anna Karenina"
9. "Chronicle"
10. "Django Unchained"

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:

1. "Moonrise Kingdom"
2. "Argo"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5. "The Sessions"
6. "The Dark Knight Rises"
7. "Amour"
8. "Looper"
9. "Frankenweenie"
10. "Bernie"

Olver Lyttelton, The Playlist:

1. "Anna Karenina"
2. "Tabu"
3. "Wadjda"
4. "Stories We Tell"
5. "Looper"
6. "Life of Pi"
7. "Moonrise Kingdom"
8. "No"
9. "Argo"
10. "The Hunt"

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:

1. "Amour"
2. "The Gatekeepers"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
5. "Zero Dark Thirty"
6. "The Master"
7. "Skyfall"
8. "Footnote"
9. "Django Unchained"
10. "The Dark Knight Rises"

Drew McWeeny, HitFix:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Django Unchained"
3. "The Act of Killing"
4. "Cloud Atlas"
5. "Zero Dark Thirty"
6. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
7. "Silver Linings Playbook"
8. "Looper"
9. "Moonrise Kingdom"
10. "This Is 40"

Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune:

1. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
5. "The Sessions"
6. "The Avengers"
7. "Safety Not Guaranteed"
8. "The Loneliest Planet"
9. "The Master"
10. "Amour"

The writers of MTV News:

1. "The Dark Knight Rises"
2. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
3. "Looper"
4. "Zero Dark Thirty"
5. "The Avengers"
6. "Skyfall"
7. "The Cabin in the Woods"
8. "Silver Linings Playbook"
9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
10. "The Hunger Games"

Noel Murray, The A.V. Club:

1. "The Master"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Life of Pi"
4. "Damsels in Distress"
5. "Holy Motors"
6. "It's Such a Beautiful Day"
7. "Photographic Memory"
8. "Looper"
9. "The Queen of Versailles"
10. "The Deep Blue Sea"

The writers of NextMovie:

1. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Argo"
4. "Silver Linings Playbook"
5. "Life of Pi"
6. "The Avengers"
7. "The Dark Knight Rises"
8. "Lincoln"
9. "Les Miserables"
10. "The Cabin in the Woods"

Amy Nicholson, Movieline:

1. "Django Unchained"
2. "Looper"
3. "Anna Karenina"
4. "21 Jump Street"
5. "Compliance"
6. "Pitch Perfect"
7. "Holy Motors"
8. "The Grey"
9. "Seven Psychopaths"
10. "The Paperboy"

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon:

1. "Wuthering Heights"
2. "Holy Motors"
3. "Amour"
4. "Zero Dark Thirty"
5. "Rust and Bone"
6. "Lincoln"
7. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
8. "Whore's Glory"
9. "Oslo, August 31st"
10. "Take This Waltz"

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "The Avengers"
5. "Moonrise Kingdom"
6. "The Master"
7. "Silver Linings Playbook"
8. "The Cabin in the Woods"/"Seven Psychopaths"
9. "Amour"
10. "Frankenweenie"

Peter Paras, E! Online:

1. "Skyfall"
2. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
3. "The Hunger Games"
4. "The Avengers"
5. "Life of Pi"
6. "Les Miserables"
7. "Moonrise Kingdom"
8. "21 Jump Street"
9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
10. "Wreck-It Ralph"

Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "The Master"
4. "Wuthering Heights"
5. "Amour"
6. "The Kid With a Bike"
7. "The Deep Blue Sea"
8. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
9. "The Loneliest Planet"
10. "Holy Motors"

Katey Rich, Cinema Blend:

1. "The Master"
2. "Anna Karenina"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Bernie"
5. "Take This Waltz"
6. "Amour"
7. "Cloud Atlas"
8. "The Queen of Versailles"
9. "Holy Motors"
10. "ParaNorman"

Tasha Robinson, The A.V. Club:

1. "The Avengers"
2. "Wreck-It Ralph"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Chasing Ice"
5. "I Wish"
6. "Where Do We Go Now?"
7. "The Master"
8. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
9. "The Secret World of Arrietty"
10. "The Cabin in the Woods"

This article is related to: Top Ten Lists, 2012 Critics Polls


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