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.

2011 Movies

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2011

05 December 2011

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. We Have a PopeNanni Moretti
  2. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  3. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  4. Outside SatanBruno Dumont
  5. Essential KillingJerzy Skolimowski
  6. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  7. A Burning Hot SummerPhilippe Garrel
  8. Super 8JJ Abrams
  9. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  10. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt

David Edelstein: Top 10 Movies of 2011

05 December 2011

David Edelstein: Top 10 Movies of 2011, as published in New York Magazine, alphabetical

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

Sight & Sound Poll: Best Films of 2011

01 December 2011

Sight & Sound Poll: Best Films of 2011 (a poll of 100 critics and curators, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  5. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  6. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  7. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  8. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  9. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  10. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  11. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

John Waters: Best Films of 2011

01 December 2011

John Waters: Best Films of 2011, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  2. Mildred PierceTodd Haynes
  3. Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverJon M. Chu
  4. HadewijchBruno Dumont
  5. KaboomGregg Araki
  6. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontMarshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  7. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  8. I’m Glad My Mother Is AliveClaude and Nathan Miller
  9. We Were HereDavid Weissman
  10. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul