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.

Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order, and omitting the films that Lane describes as “lustreless” save for a particular performance)

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by HitFix

[see also 2011]

  1. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  2. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  3. LooperRian Johnson
  4. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  8. ArgoBen Affleck
  9. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  10. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012 (alphabetically, as published by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, which also includes his top 10 documentaries)

[see also 2011]

David Denby: 11 Best Films of 2012

13 January 2013

David Denby: 11 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order)

[see also 2014, 2011]

Les Inrocks: 20 Best Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Les Inrockuptibles: 20 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2017, 2013, 2011]

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. TabuMiguel Gomes
  3. In Another CountryHong Sang-soo
  4. TwixtFrancis Ford Coppola
  5. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  6. 4:44 Last Day on EarthAbel Ferrara
  7. Camille RewindsNoémie Lvovsky
  8. LooperRian Johnson
  9. A World Without WomenGuillaume Brac
  10. Atomic AgeHéléna Klotz
  11. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  12. Giacomo’s SummerAlessandro Comodin
  13. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  14. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  15. Fengming: A Chinese MemoirWang Bing
  16. Laurence AnywaysXavier Dolan
  17. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  18. Go Go TalesAbel Ferrara
  19. AmourMichael Haneke
  20. Smugglers’ SongsRabah Ameur-Zaïmeche