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The Big Post of 2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

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by Matt Singer
December 12, 2012 12:56 PM
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"The Master."

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Argo"
3. "The Grey"
4. "Life of Pi"
5. "The Dark Knight Rises"
6. "Django Unchained"
7. "Flight"
8. "The Sessions"
9. "Prometheus"
10. "Lincoln"

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York:

1. "Bernie"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "How to Survive a Plague"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "Keep the Lights On"
6. "Elena"
7. "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present"
8. "The Imposter"
9. "Silver Linings Playbook"
10. "Django Unchained"

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader:

1. "Life Without Principle"
2. "Possession"
3. "A Simple Life"
4. "The Master"
5. "Sack Barrow"
6. "We Have a Pope"
7. "Holy Motors"
8. "The Paperboy"
9. "This Is Not a Film"
10. "Cosmopolis"

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "The Master"
4. "Amour"
5. "Argo"
6. "The Gatekeepers"
7. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
8. "Skyfall"
9. "The Loneliest Planet"
10. "How to Survive a Plague"

A.O. Scott, The New York Times:

1. "Amour"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "Footnote"
5. "The Master"
6. "Zero Dark Thirty"
7. "Django Unchained"
8. "Goodbye, 
First Love"
9. "Neighboring Sounds"
10. "The Grey"

The writers of the Sight & Sound poll:

1. "The Master"
2. "Tabu"
3. "Amour"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (tie)
5. "Berberian Sound Studio" (tie)
7. "Moonrise Kingdom"
8. "Cosmopolis" (tie)
8. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (tie)
8. "This Is Not a Film" (tie)

The writers of Slant Magazine:

1. "This is Not a Film"
2. "Holy Motors"
3. "The Deep Blue Sea"
4. "The Kid With a Bike"
5. "The Master"
6. "Tabu"
7. "Oslo, August 31st"
8. "Zero Dark Thirty"
9. "The Turin Horse"
10. "Moonrise Kingdom"

Kyle Smith, New York Post:

1. "Les Miserables"
2. "Magic Mike"
3. "The Impossible"
4. "Argo"
5. "Zero Dark Thirty"
6. "Ted"
7. "Flight"
8. "21 Jump Street"
9. "Pitch Perfect"
10. "The Dark Knight Rises"

Dana Stevens, Slate:

-"Amour"
-"How to Survive a Plague"
-"Lincoln"
-"The Master"
-"Once Upon a Time in a Anatolia"
-"The Queen of Versailles"
-"Silver Linings Playbook"
-"Take This Waltz"
-"The Turin Horse"
-"Zero Dark Thirty"

Kristopher Tapley, In Contention:

1. "The Grey"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "Looper"
4. "Django Unchained"
5. "Amour"
6. "Lincoln"
7. "Zero Dark Thirty"
8. "Argo"
9. "The Queen of Versailles"
10. "The Master"

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood:

1. "Life of Pi"
2. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Silver Linings Playbook"
5. "Lincoln"
6. "End of Watch"
7. "Argo"
8. "The Sessions"
9. "Moonrise Kingdom"
10. "Anna Karenina"

Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club:

1. "The Master"
2. "The Turin Horse"
3. "The Deep Blue Sea"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "The Loneliest Planet"
6. "Moonrise Kingdom"
7. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
8. "Zero Dark Thirty"
9. "The Comedy"
10. "Amour"

Gabe Toro, The Playlist:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "Wuthering Heights"
4. "This Is Not a Film"
5. "Alps"
6. "The Master"
7. "Killing Them Softly"
8. "Amour"
9. "Magic Mike"
10. "Zero Dark Thirty"

The writers of Total Film:

1. "The Master"
2. "The Imposter"
3. "The Cabin in the Woods"
4.  "The Raid: Redemption"
5. "Shame"
6. "The Dark Knight Rises"
7. "Argo"
8. "The Avengers"
9. "Looper"
10. "Skyfall"

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

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

11. "The Dark Knight Rises"

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:

-"Amour"
-"Argo"
-"The Dark Knight Rises"
-"Footnote"
-"The Gatekeepers" and "The Law In These Parts"
-"Lincoln"
-"Rust and Bone"
-"Silver Linings Playbook"
-Sundance Dramas
-"Zero Dark Thirty"

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York:

1. "Almayer's Folly"
2. "Not Fade Away"
3. "Domaine"
4. "The Kid With a Bike"
5. "Killer Joe"
6. "This is Not a Film"
7. "Girl Walk // All Day"
8. "Damsels in Distress"
9. "Zero Dark Thirty"
10. "Cosmopolis"

Katie Walsh, The Playlist:

1. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
2. "How to Survive a Plague"
3. "Anna Karenina"
4. "Beware of Mr. Baker"
5. "Rust and Bone"
6. "Ruby Sparks"
7. "Magic Mike"
8. "Holy Motors"
9. "Samsara"
10. "Argo"

Scott Weinberg, Geek Nation:

1. "Django Unchained"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "Les Miserables"
4. "The Cabin in the Woods"
5. "Looper"
6. "The Raid: Redemption"
7. "The Grey"
8. "Cloud Atlas"
9. "The Avengers"
10. "Kill List"

Alison Willmore, The A.V. Club/Movieline:

1. "This Is Not a Film"
2. "The Loneliest Planet"
3. "The Master"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "Rust and Bone"
6. "Holy Motors"
7. "Zero Dark Thirty"
8. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
9. "The Cabin in the Woods"
10. "Dark Horse"

Stephanie Zacharek, Film.com:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Barbara"
-"Django Unchained"
-"Rust and Bone"
-"Skyfall"
-"This Is Not a Film"
-"Oslo, August 31st"
-"Premium Rush"
-"Hit and Run"/"Haywire"

 

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8 Comments

  • Raleigh | February 16, 2014 5:55 PMReply

    Are we going to get anything like this for 2013?

  • Wingman1969 | January 2, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/movie-reviews/richard-crouse-s-top-10-best-and-worst-movie-picks-of-2012-1.1096296

    Here's another critics top 10

  • Sam Elsaadi | December 29, 2012 10:12 AMReply

    Matt what about Richard roeper's top 10?

  • @dvideostor | December 20, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    I don't see that dude, Matt Singer's list on here yet.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/matt-singers-top-ten-films-of-2012 In case you need it, Matt Singer.

  • @dvideostor | December 18, 2012 12:02 PMReply

    Do the Sight & Sound and AFI lists not count?

  • Matt Singer | December 18, 2012 1:21 PM

    I'm not sure AFI is voted on by critics. However Sight & Sound absolutely is -- and I just added it. Thanks.

  • just me | December 17, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Cosmopolis should be high in every each of these lists. what about The Odd Life of Timothy Green? imho it's a must see gem.. plus where are not so many intelligent movies for the whole family out there. i highly recommend this one. oh, and Avengers .. i almost threw up in my mouth watching it.

  • trentflix | December 12, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    No offense but are the critics at the New York Post only allowed to watch 11 or 12 films a year?

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