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

Manohla Dargis: Best Films of 2011

14 December 2011

Manohla Dargis: Best Films of 2011, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

A.O. Scott: Best Films of 2011

14 December 2011

A.O. Scott: Best Films of 2011, as published by The New York Times, alphabetically

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

Dave Calhoun: Best Five Films of 2011

13 December 2011

Dave Calhoun: Best Five Films of 2011, as published by Time Out London

  1. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  2. PinaWim Wenders
  3. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  4. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  5. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson

Ben Kenigsberg: Best Films of 2011

13 December 2011

Ben Kenigsberg: Best Films of 2011, as published by Time Out Chicago, limited to Chicago releases

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  2. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  3. The InterruptersSteve James
  4. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  5. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  8. HugoMartin Scorsese
  9. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  10. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg

A.V. Club: Year in Film 2011

13 December 2011

The A.V. Club: Year in Film 2011

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

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  5. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  6. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  7. The FutureMiranda July
  8. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  9. HugoMartin Scorsese
  10. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  11. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  12. TabloidErrol Morris
  13. The ArborClio Barnard
  14. The InterruptersSteve James
  15. SubmarineRichard Ayoade

Andrew O’Hehir: 10 Best Movies of 2011

12 December 2011

Andrew O’Hehir: 10 Best Movies of 2011, as published by Salon

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  2. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  3. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  4. CoriolanusRalph Fiennes
  5. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  8. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  10. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2011

11 December 2011

David Ehrlich of Movies.com’s Criterion Corner: 25 Best Films of 2011

NOTE: In Boxoffice Magazine, Ehrlich lists Certified Copy (Kiarostami) as tied for first, noted that the Panahi film does not come out in the US until February 2012 (he says it’s available for streaming at Netflix, but as of December 12, 2011, that is not the case), and omits the Loktov and Naranjo films.

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The ArborClio Barnard
  5. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  6. HugoMartin Scorsese
  7. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  8. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  9. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  10. The Girl with the Dragon TattooDavid Fincher
  11. The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
  12. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  13. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  14. The InterruptersSteve James
  15. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  16. How to Die in OregonPeter Richardson
  17. ShameSteve McQueen
  18. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  19. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  20. PinaWim Wenders
  21. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  22. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  23. [missing]
  24. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  25. Buddha MountainLi Yu
  26. The DescendantsAlexander Payne

Peter Bradshaw: Best Films of 2011

08 December 2011

Peter Bradshaw: Best Films of 2011, as published by The Guardian

[see also 2012]

    Best Film

  1. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  2. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  5. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  6. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  7. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  8. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  9. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  10. BridesmaidsPaul Feig

    Best Documentary

  1. SennaAsif Kapadia
  2. George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldMartin Scorsese
  3. Cave of Forgotten DreamsWerner Herzog
  4. PinaWim Wenders
  5. Inside JobCharles Ferguson
  6. Dreams of a LifeCarol Morley
  7. Bobby Fischer Against the WorldLiz Garbus
  8. Waste LandLucy Walker
  9. TT3D: Closer to the EdgeRichard de Araques
  10. Project NimJames Marsh

Richard Brody: 26 Best Films of 2011

07 December 2011

Richard Brody: 26 Best Films of 2011, as published by The New Yorker

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

  1. The FutureMiranda July
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  4. HugoMartin Scorsese
  5. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  6. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  7. PetitionZhao Liang
  8. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  9. Silver BulletsJoe Swanberg
  10. A Screaming ManMahamat-Saleh Haroun
  11. The InterruptersSteve James
  12. You All Are CaptainsOliver Laxe
  13. BellflowerEvan Glodell
  14. J. EdgarClint Eastwood
  15. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  16. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  17. ImpolexAlex Ross Perry
  18. MoneyballBennett Miller
  19. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  20. BridesmaidsNicole Holofcener
  21. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  22. Uncle KentJoe Swanberg
  23. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  24. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  25. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  26. RestlessGus Van Sant

David Denby: Best Films of 2011

06 December 2011

David Denby: Best Films of 2011, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. HugoMartin Scorsese
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Margin CallJ.C. Chandor
  4. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  5. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  6. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  7. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  8. J. EdgarClint Eastwood
  9. Source CodeDuncan Jones
  10. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt