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

Skandies: 20 Best Films of 2011

28 February 2012

Skandies: 20 Best Films of 2011 [a poll of about 40 cinephiles]

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  4. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  5. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  6. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  7. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  8. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  10. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  11. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  12. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  13. The ArborClio Barnard
  14. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  15. BeginnersMike Mills
  16. MoneyballBennett Miller
  17. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  18. ShameSteve McQueen
  19. HugoMartin Scorsese
  20. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2011

13 January 2012

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2011

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

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  3. House of Pleasures [L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close] [House of Tolerance]Bertrand Bonello
  4. DreilebenChristian Petzold, Dominik Graf, Christoph Hochhäuser
  5. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  6. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  7. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  8. It’s the Earth Not the MoonGonçalo Tocha
  9. Sleeping SicknessUlrich Köhler
  10. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Dennis Harvey: Favorite Films of 2011

05 January 2012

Dennis Harvey: Favorite Films of 2011, as published by San Francisco Bay Guardian, alphabetically

[see also 2012]

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2011

04 January 2012

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2011, as published by Philadelphia Weekly

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  2. HugoMartin Scorsese
  3. CarnageRoman Polanski
  4. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  5. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  6. ShameSteve McQueen
  7. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  8. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen

Matt Prigge: Top Ten Films of 2011

04 January 2012

Matt Prigge: Top Ten Films of 2011, as published by Philadelphia Weekly [more commentary]

[see also 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  2. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  7. RubberQuentin Dupieux
  8. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  10. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean

Empire: Top 20 Films of 2011

03 January 2012

Empire: Top 20 Films of 2011 [by UK release date]

[see also 2012]

  1. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  2. SennaAsif Kapadia
  3. The King’s SpeechTom Hooper
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2David Yates
  5. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  6. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  7. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  9. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  10. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  11. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  12. The FighterDavid O. Russell
  13. HannaJoe Wright
  14. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  15. The Inbetweeners MovieBen Palmer
  16. Super 8JJ Abrams
  17. IncendiesDenis Villeneuve
  18. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  19. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornSteven Spielberg
  20. Fast FivePaul Lim

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Films of 2011

03 January 2012

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Films of 2011

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

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  4. Nostalgia for the LightPatricio Guzmán
  5. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  6. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  7. The Autobiography of Nicolae CeauşescuAndrei Ujica
  8. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  9. The ArborClio Barnard
  10. Extraordinary StoriesMariano Llinás

Les Inrocks: 20 Best Films of 2011

02 January 2012

Les Inrockuptibles: 20 Best Films of 2011

[see also 2017, 2013, 2012]

  1. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  2. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  3. How Do You Know [Comment savoir]James Brooks
  4. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  5. Declaration of War [La guerre es déclarée]Valérie Donzelli
  6. Last Screening [Dernière séance]Laurent Achard
  7. PaterAlain Cavalier
  8. Super 8JJ Abrams
  9. Essential KillingJerzy Skolimowski
  10. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  11. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  12. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  13. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  14. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  15. HahahaHong Sang-soo
  16. BelovedChristophe Honoré
  17. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  18. SweetgrassLucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash
  19. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  20. We Have a PopeNanni Moretti
  21. Outside SatanBruno Dumont

J.R. Jones: 10 Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011

J.R. Jones: 10 Best Films of 2011, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  2. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  3. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  4. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  5. TabloidErrol Morris
  6. Client-9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot SpitzerAlex Gibney
  7. The Elephant in the RoomMichael Webber
  8. The Wise KidsStephen Cone
  9. Beautiful BoyShawn Ku
  10. Margin CallJ.C. Chandor

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011, as published by The Chicago Reader [more commentary]

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. AuroraCristi Puiu
  2. Secret SunshineLee Chang-dong
  3. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  4. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  5. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  6. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  7. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom FlameTsui Hark
  8. TargetAlexander Zeldovich
  9. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  10. And Everything is Going FineSteven Soderbergh
  11. Don’t Go Breaking My HeartJohnnie To & Wai Ka-fai
  12. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  13. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  14. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  15. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  16. RestorationJoseph Madmony
  17. Another YearMike Leigh
  18. Ne Change RienPedro Costa
  19. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  20. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky