Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The Totally Insane Ending to 'Little Boy' Has Critics Fuming The Totally Insane Ending to 'Little Boy' Has Critics Fuming 'Mad Men' Has Ended Four Episodes in a Row With the Same Shot 'Mad Men' Has Ended Four Episodes in a Row With the Same Shot First Reviews of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' First Reviews of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' "Mad Men" Probably Won't End the Way You Want It To. Get Used to It "Mad Men" Probably Won't End the Way You Want It To. Get Used to It The Only Oral History of 'Mad Men' You Ever Need to Read. Ever. The Only Oral History of 'Mad Men' You Ever Need to Read. Ever. Daily Reads: 'Ex Machina's Feminist Sci-Fi, Native American Actors Call Adam Sandler's Movie Racist, and More Daily Reads: 'Ex Machina's Feminist Sci-Fi, Native American Actors Call Adam Sandler's Movie Racist, and More L.A. Times' Mary McNamara Wins Pulitzer for Criticism L.A. Times' Mary McNamara Wins Pulitzer for Criticism The Death-by-Skype Horror Movie 'Unfriended' Is an Unlikely Critical Hit The Death-by-Skype Horror Movie 'Unfriended' Is an Unlikely Critical Hit Criticwire Survey: 'Star Wars' Memories Criticwire Survey: 'Star Wars' Memories The Children's Book from 'The Babadook' Will Terrify You in the Real World The Children's Book from 'The Babadook' Will Terrify You in the Real World A Writer From The Onion Totally Destroys Patton Oswalt in This Epic Twitter Rant A Writer From The Onion Totally Destroys Patton Oswalt in This Epic Twitter Rant Daily Reads: 'Wonder Woman' and the State of Female Directors in Hollywood, A Grimdark 'Daredevil,' and More Daily Reads: 'Wonder Woman' and the State of Female Directors in Hollywood, A Grimdark 'Daredevil,' and More Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries Daily Reads: How The Hype Machine Is Ruining Movies, Why Kevin James Movies Have a Kevin James Problem, and More Daily Reads: How The Hype Machine Is Ruining Movies, Why Kevin James Movies Have a Kevin James Problem, and More Daily Reads: 'Full House' and the Dead End of Nostalgia, How the Children of the '70s Killed the Movies, and More Daily Reads: 'Full House' and the Dead End of Nostalgia, How the Children of the '70s Killed the Movies, and More Daily Reads: Why No One Remembers "Avatar," the Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2014, and more Daily Reads: Why No One Remembers "Avatar," the Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2014, and more The A.V. Club Picks the 100 Best Movies of the Decade; 'The Master' Tops the List The A.V. Club Picks the 100 Best Movies of the Decade; 'The Master' Tops the List The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go" The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go" Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' The Unraceable 'Kimmy Schmidt': Does Tina Fey's New Show Have a Race Problem? The Unraceable 'Kimmy Schmidt': Does Tina Fey's New Show Have a Race Problem?

'Llewyn Davis' and '12 Years a Slave' Lead A.O. Scott's Top 10

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire December 11, 2013 at 12:12PM

The New York Times critic gives his best of the year, including a six-way tie for 10th place
4
'Inside Llewyn Davis'
'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The New York Times' co-chief film critic A.O. Scott is the latest to offer up his best movies of the year, a Top 10 that's actually a Top 15 as it includes a theme-linked six-way tie for 10th place. In a year of what Scott calls "superabundant quality," he draws attention to the dearth of noteworthy animated features and the lack of recognition for new talents, who he suggests have trouble breaking through the noise of more heavily promoted releases. There are no debuts in Scott's Top 10, but his honorable mentions include Fill the VoidFruitvale Station and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and three of the five documentaries on his separate list -- The Act of KillingLet the Fire Burn and Cutie and the Boxer -- are by first-timers, and one more (Stories We Tell) by a director making her documentary debut.

A.O. Scott's Best Movies of 2013

1. Inside Llewyn Davis. "A ballad of bad luck and squandered talent that already seems, like the music it celebrates, to have been around forever."

2. 12 Years a Slave. "This story of bondage and the longing for freedom unfolds with startling clarity and immediacy."

3. Blue Is the Warmest Color. "Abdellatif Kechiche's Cannes prize winner is about sex, but it's also about everything else: food, work, art, social class, education and, perhaps above all, France."

4. Enough Said. "A rich and insightful examination of the peculiarities and contradictions of courtship and parenthood in 21st century America."

5. A Touch of Sin. "Paints a somber picture of modern China as a place of inequality, greed and indifference."

6. All Is Lost. "An old story -- man against the elements -- grandly and thrillingly told by J.C. Chandor."

7. Frances Ha. "A sweet bedtime story for anxious millennials."

8. Hannah Arendt. "Those who complain that movies can't think don't really know how to think about movies. "

9. The Butler. "Lee Daniels, never known for his restraint, turns America's most agonized and contentious subject (that would be race) into an opera of wild melodrama, canny naturalism and political camp."

10. The Great Gatsby.

(tie) The Wolf of Wall Street

(tie) The Bling Ring

(tie) Spring Breakers

(tie) Pain & Gain

(tie) American Hustle

"It’s capitalism, baby! Grab what (and who) you can, and do whatever feels good. We’re all going to hell (or jail, or Florida) anyway."

This article is related to: Best of 2013


E-Mail Updates



Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome