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 2010s, 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 2010s, 2019, 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]

Fandor: Top Films of 2011

22 December 2011

Fandor: Top Films of 2011 [as voted by the Keyframe Blog critics]

[see also 2015]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  7. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  8. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  9. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  10. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  11. HugoMartin Scorsese
  12. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  13. PoetryLee Chang-dong

Alejandro Adams: Top 9 1/2 Films of 2011

22 December 2011

Filmmaker Alejandro Adams: Top 9 1/2 Films of 2011, as published by Fandor

“Caveat: I deeply regret not having seen Margaret, A Separation, or Tuesday, After Christmas before assembling this list.”

  1. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  2. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  3. Extraordinary StoriesMariano Llinás
  4. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  5. Fright NightCraig Gillespie
  6. Gnomeo and JulietKelly Asbury
  7. CarnageRoman Polanski
  8. Bad TeacherJake Kasdan
  9. Love ExposureSion Sono
  10. first half of MelancholiaLars von Trier

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Favorite Films of 2011

22 December 2011

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Favorite Films of 2011 [according to the IndieWire and Village Voice polls]

NOTE: If Rosenbaum posts a list with detailed commentary at his site (or anywhere else), we’ll favor it over these two ballot submissions.

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012]

    indieWIRE Poll

  1. A Brighter Summer DayEdward Yang
  2. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  3. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  4. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  5. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg
  6. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  7. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  8. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  9. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  10. HugoMartin Scorsese

    Village Voice Poll

  1. A Brighter Summer DayEdward Yang
  2. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  5. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  6. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  7. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg
  8. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  9. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  10. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield

Karina Longworth: Best Films of 2011

21 December 2011

Karina Longworth: Best Films of 2011, as published by The Village Voice

NOTE: For the The Village Voice year-end film poll, Longworth submitted a slightly different list that put the Cronenberg film at #8, put the Ferrara film at #9, and omitted the films by July and Miller. She also submitted a slightly reordered list for the indieWIRE survey. For the list above, we’ve favored the personal write-up in The Voice over the submitted ballots.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014, 2012]

  1. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  2. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  3. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  4. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  5. The ArborClio Barnard
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  8. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  9. The FutureMiranda July
  10. MoneyballBennett Miller

Village Voice Film Poll: Best Films of 2011

20 December 2011

Village Voice Film Poll: Best Films of 2011 (as published by The Village Voice, compiled from the votes of 95 critics)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  4. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  5. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  7. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  8. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  9. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  10. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  11. HugoMartin Scorsese
  12. A Dangerous MindDavid Cronenberg
  13. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  14. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  15. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  16. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  17. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  18. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  19. ShameSteve McQueen
  20. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  21. The InterruptersSteve James
  22. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  23. A Brighter Summer DayEdward Yang
  24. The ArborClio Barnard
  25. The Autobiography of Nicolae CeauşescuAndrei Ujica
  26. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  27. To Die Like a ManJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  28. Nostalgia for the LightPatricio Guzmán
  29. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  30. The FutureMiranda July
  31. City of Life and DeathLu Chuan
  32. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  33. BeginnersMike Mills
  34. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  35. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  36. Jane EyreCary Fukunaga
  37. BellflowerEvan Glodell
  38. Into the AbyssWerner Herzog
  39. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar