Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Scott Tobias: Best Films of 2011

16 December 2011

Scott Tobias: Best Films of 2011 [also a participant in The A.V. Club’s round-up] NOTE: Tobias has posted an extended overview of 2011 (“the best year for movies since I started reviewing movies professionally back in 1998”) that includes a number of honorable mentions. We’d update the list above — since we normally favor the personal write-ups over ballot submissions — but it’s not clear where a few of “The Next Five” fit into the new overall list, which (probably unintentionally) omits the Nichols, Jones, and Feig films. But go read the post, anyway, and don’t worry about anything except the unfortunate limit that Netflix places on the size of your queue.

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  2. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  7. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  8. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  9. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  10. The ArborClio Barnard
  11. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  12. TabloidErrol Morris
  13. HugoMartin Scorsese
  14. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  15. The InterruptersSteve James