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.

2012 Movies

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012

29 January 2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012, as submitted to the IndieWire Poll

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  2. The Forgotten SpaceAllan Sekula and Noël Burch
  3. BernieRichard Linklater
  4. The HunterRafi Pitts
  5. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  6. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  9. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  10. Gerhard Richter PaintingCorinna Belz

    As Submitted to the Village Voice Poll

  1. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  2. BernieRichard Linklater
  3. The Forgotten SpaceAllan Sekula and Noël Burch
  4. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Far from AfghanistanJohn Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo
  6. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  7. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  8. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  9. KeyholeGuy Maddin
  10. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012

27 January 2013

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012 (as extracted from his review of Amour in The New Republic)

  1. AmourMichael Haneke

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

25 January 2013

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

  1. The Unspeakable ActDan Sallitt
  2. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  3. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  4. FlightRobert Zemeckis
  5. Apologize [video]Louis C.K.
  6. LooperRian Johnson
  7. Resident Evil: RetributionPaul W.S. Anderson
  8. PassionBrian De Palma
  9. Not Fade AwayDavid Chase
  10. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  11. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  12. PrometheusRidley Scott
  13. The Last Time I Saw MacaoJoão Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  14. NoPablo Larraín
  15. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012

25 January 2013

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012, as published by The National Catholic Register

    10 Films that Stood Out

  1. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  3. ArgoBen Affleck
  4. The AvengersJoss Whedon
  5. The Secret World of ArriettyHiromasa Yonebayashi
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  8. Planet of SnailYi Seung-jun
  9. I WishHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. Anna KareninaJoe Wright

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012

19 January 2013

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013]

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  3. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  5. KeyholeGuy Maddin
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  8. Two Years at SeaBen Rivers
  9. Let the Bullets FlyJiang Wen
  10. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  11. [tie] In Another CountryHong Sang-soo
  12. [tie] Oki’s MovieHong Sang-soo