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.

Peter Bradshaw: 10 Best Films of 2012

12 January 2013

Peter Bradshaw: 10 Best Films of 2012, as published by The Guardian

[see also 2011]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. TedSeth MacFarlane
  3. AmourMichael Haneke
  4. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  5. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  9. AlpsYorgos Lanthimos
  10. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield

Dennis Cooper: 21 Favorite Books of 2012

11 January 2013

Dennis Cooper: 21 Favorite Books of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2018, 2016]

Salon: Top 10 Books of 2012

11 January 2013

Salon: Top 10 Books of 2012 (a poll of nearly 20 critics)

Andrew O’Hehir: 20 Best Movies of 2012

11 January 2013

Andrew O’Hehir: 20 Best Movies of 2012, as published by Salon

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. AmourMichael Haneke
  4. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  5. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. Whores’ GloryMichael Glawogger
  9. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  10. Take This WaltzSarah Polley

Ty Burr: Top 26 Movies of 2012

11 January 2013

Ty Burr: Top 26 Movies of 2012, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  2. AmourMichael Haneke
  3. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  4. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  5. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. ArgoBen Affleck
  8. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  9. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  10. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier