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

Ty Burr: Top Movies of 2011

29 December 2011

Ty Burr: Top Movies of 2011, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. HugoMartin Scorsese
  2. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  3. The ClockChristian Marclay
  4. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  5. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. Bill Cunningham New YorkRichard Press
  8. MoneyballBennett Miller
  9. Win WinTom McCarthy
  10. LimitlessBradley Cooper

Wesley Morris: Top Movies of 2011

29 December 2011

Wesley Morris: Top Movies of 2011, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  2. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  3. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  4. The InterruptersSteve James
  5. City of Life and DeathLu Chuan
  6. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  7. 3Tom Tykwer
  8. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  9. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  10. The FutureMiranda July

Matt Singer: 10 Best Movies of 2011

27 December 2011

Matt Singer of IFC: Best Movies of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  2. I Saw the DevilKim Ji-woon
  3. The InterruptersSteve James
  4. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  5. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  8. Win WinTom McCarthy
  9. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  10. BellflowerEvan Glodell

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011

27 December 2011

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011 [as chosen by Phil Nugent and Andrew Osborne]

  1. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  2. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  3. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  4. Win WinTom McCarthy
  5. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  6. Young AdultJason Reitman
  7. The FutureMiranda July
  8. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  9. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  10. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  11. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  12. HugoMartin Scorsese
  13. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  14. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg
  15. MoneyballBennett Miller

Nick Pinkerton: Top 10 Films of 2011

26 December 2011

Nick Pinkerton of The Village Voice: Top 10 Films of 2011 [as voted in the Village Voice Critics’ Poll], alphabetically

[see also 2012]