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.

2012 Movies

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012

29 January 2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012, as submitted to the IndieWire Poll

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  2. The Forgotten SpaceAllan Sekula and Noël Burch
  3. BernieRichard Linklater
  4. The HunterRafi Pitts
  5. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  6. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  9. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  10. Gerhard Richter PaintingCorinna Belz

    As Submitted to the Village Voice Poll

  1. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  2. BernieRichard Linklater
  3. The Forgotten SpaceAllan Sekula and Noël Burch
  4. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Far from AfghanistanJohn Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo
  6. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  7. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  8. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  9. KeyholeGuy Maddin
  10. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012

27 January 2013

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012 (as extracted from his review of Amour in The New Republic)

  1. AmourMichael Haneke

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

25 January 2013

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

  1. The Unspeakable ActDan Sallitt
  2. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  3. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  4. FlightRobert Zemeckis
  5. Apologize [video]Louis C.K.
  6. LooperRian Johnson
  7. Resident Evil: RetributionPaul W.S. Anderson
  8. PassionBrian De Palma
  9. Not Fade AwayDavid Chase
  10. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  11. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  12. PrometheusRidley Scott
  13. The Last Time I Saw MacaoJoão Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  14. NoPablo Larraín
  15. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012

25 January 2013

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012, as published by The National Catholic Register

[see also 2018]

    10 Films that Stood Out

  1. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  3. ArgoBen Affleck
  4. The AvengersJoss Whedon
  5. The Secret World of ArriettyHiromasa Yonebayashi
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  8. Planet of SnailYi Seung-jun
  9. I WishHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. Anna KareninaJoe Wright

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012

19 January 2013

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

[see also Top 50 Films of 2018, Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018, Top 25 Films of 2017, Top 10 Films of 2016, Top 12 Films of 2014, Top 10 Films of 2013]

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  3. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  5. KeyholeGuy Maddin
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  8. Two Years at SeaBen Rivers
  9. Let the Bullets FlyJiang Wen
  10. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  11. In Another CountryHong Sang-soo
  12. Oki’s MovieHong Sang-soo

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012

19 January 2013

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012 (limited to films that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2012)

[see also 2017, 2010s]

  1. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  2. MichaelMarkus Schleinzer
  3. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Alms for a Blind HorseGurvinder Singh
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. This Must Be the PlacePaolo Sorrentino
  7. Generation PVictor Ginzburg
  8. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  9. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  10. TabuMiguel Gomes
  11. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  12. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

18 January 2013

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. TabuMiguel Gomes
  3. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  6. ViolaMatías Piñeiro
  7. The Last Time I Saw MacaoJoão Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  8. autrement, la MolussieNicolas Rey
  9. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  10. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson

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]