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.

Dana Stevens: Top 10 Movies of 2011

15 December 2011

Dana Stevens: Top 10 Movies of 2011, as published by Slate, alphabetically

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

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2011

15 December 2011

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2011, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  3. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  5. PsychohydrographyPeter Bo Rappmund
  6. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  7. To Die Like a ManJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  8. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  9. Agrarian UtopiaUruphong Raksasad
  10. Sucker PunchZack Snyder
  11. Nostalgia for the LightPatricio Guzmán
  12. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  13. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  14. The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
  15. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  16. Winnie the PoohStephen J. Anderson
  17. Jane EyreCary Fukunaga
  18. The Way BackPeter Weir
  19. Arthur ChristmasSarah Smith
  20. TyrannosaurPaddy Considine

Joshua Rothkopf: Best Films of 2011

15 December 2011

Joshua Rothkopf: Best Films of 2011, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012]

  1. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  2. ShameSteve McQueen
  3. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  4. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  5. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  6. CoriolanusRalph Fiennes
  7. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  8. IncendiesDenis Villeneuve
  9. My PerestroikaRobin Hessman
  10. Attack the BlockJoe Cornish
  11. SennaAsif Kapadia
  12. MoneyballBennett Miller
  13. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  14. Higher GroundVera Farmiga
  15. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2David Yates
  17. KaboomGregg Araki
  18. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  19. Young AdultJason Reitman
  20. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius

David Fear: Best Films of 2011

15 December 2011

David Fear: Best Films of 2011, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. ShameSteve McQueen
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  4. MoneyballBennett Miller
  5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. Cold WeatherAaron Katz
  7. IncendiesDenis Villeneuve
  8. SennaAsif Kapadia
  9. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  10. My JoySergei Loznitsa
  11. The ArborClio Barnard
  12. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  13. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975Göran Olsson
  14. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  15. The InterruptersSteve James
  16. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  17. The FutureMiranda July
  18. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  19. RampartOren Moverman
  20. DriveNicolas Winding Refn

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2011

15 December 2011

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2011 [individual ballots and near-misses]

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

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. A Brighter Summer DayEdward Yang
  3. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  4. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  5. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  6. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  8. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  9. Nostalgia for the LightPatricio Guzmán
  10. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  11. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  12. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  13. In the FamilyPatrick Wang
  14. TomboyCéline Sciamma
  15. BeginnersMike Mills
  16. El Sicario, Room 164Gianfranco Rosi
  17. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg
  18. Leap YearMichael Rowe
  19. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  20. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  21. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  22. Extraordinary StoriesMariano Llinás
  23. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  24. HugoMartin Scorsese
  25. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois

    The Next 25

  1. The InterruptersSteve James
  2. To Die Like a ManJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  3. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  4. PetitionZhao Liang
  5. A Useful LifeFederico Veiroj
  6. PolytechniqueDenis Villeneuve
  7. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  8. BellflowerEvan Glodell
  9. Love ExposureSion Sono
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2David Yates
  11. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  12. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  13. Cave of Forgotten DreamsWerner Herzog
  14. IncendiesDenis Villeneuve
  15. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  16. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  17. The Mouth of the WolfPietro Marcello
  18. Foreign PartsVerena Paravel & J.P. Sniadecki
  19. Elite Squad: The Enemy WithinJosé Padilha
  20. The InheritorsEugenio Polgovsky
  21. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  22. SennaAsif Kapadia
  23. CarnageRoman Polanski
  24. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  25. HeartbeatsXavier Dolan