2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

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  • Publish Date: December 11, 2012

Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best movies of 2012

Added in last update (Jan. 19; final update): The Playlist (Jagernauth)

Below is our updated running tally of the films most frequently mentioned by individual critics on their year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 films, we will not include films ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each film will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
  Movie # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Zero Dark Thirty 171761146
2 The Master 18648114
3 Moonrise Kingdom 965796
4 Lincoln 7133885
5 Holy Motors 1173380
6 Amour 764477
7 Argo 773974
8 Beasts of the Southern Wild 644268
9 Silver Linings Playbook 223646
10 Django Unchained 152942
11 This Is Not a Film 422036
12 Life of Pi 321730
13 Looper 211624
14Once Upon a Time in Anatolia002323
15Tabu24721
The Deep Blue Sea101821
17 Rust and Bone 111520
Skyfall 002020
19 The Dark Knight Rises 101619
20 Magic Mike 011517
21 The Avengers 201016
The Loneliest Planet 12916
How to Survive a Plague 031016
24 The Grey 101215
25 Cloud Atlas 12714
Les Miserables11914
Anna Karenina101114
28 Bernie 11813
Oslo, August 31st 001313
The Sessions 101013

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 133 individual top ten lists published by the film critics regularly included in Metacritic's score calculations, as well as a few extra lists from additional prominent film sources. Some critics merely list ten films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Arizona Republic Bill Goodykoontz View article
  1. Argo
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Lincoln
  5. Silver Linings Playbook
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. The Master
  8. The Cabin in the Woods
  9. Skyfall
  10. Wreck-It Ralph
Artforum J Hoberman
  1. Werner Schroeter retrospective at MOMA
  2. (tie) Almayer's Folly
  3. (tie) Tabu
  4. Il Cinema Ritrovato XVI (annual festival in Bologna)
  5. Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art (Whitney Museum exhibition)
  6. Lonesome
  7. Beyond the Hills
  8. Leviathan
  9. The Master
  10. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  11. (tie) Beasts of the Southern Wild
  12. Clint Eastwood on YouTube
Artforum Amy Taubin
  1. Cosmopolis
  2. The Gatekeepers
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Mobile Homestead trilogy
  5. Amour
  6. Memories Look at Me
  7. Our Children
  8. Almayer's Folly
  9. Araf-Somewhere in Between
  10. The Unspeakable Act
Associated Press Jake Coyle View article
  1. Amour
  2. The Master
  3. Margaret
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Not Fade Away
  6. Lincoln
  7. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  8. The Dust Bowl
  9. Holy Motors
  10. Premium Rush
Associated Press David Germain View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Argo
  5. Searching for Sugar Man
  6. Rust and Bone
  7. The Master
  8. Lincoln
  9. West of Memphis
  10. Looper
Associated Press Christy Lemire View article
  1. Argo
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Skyfall
  4. Holy Motors
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Master
  7. The Imposter
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. Oslo, August 31st
  10. This Is Not a Film
The Atlantic Richard Lawson View article
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Looper
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Your Sister's Sister
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The Atlantic Christopher Orr View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. The Avengers
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. The Master
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. (tie) The Cabin in the Woods
  9. (tie) Seven Psychopaths
  10. Amour
  11. Frankenweenie
Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Cloud Atlas
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Lincoln
  5. Argo
  6. Amour
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Polisse
  9. This Must Be the Place
  10. Rust and Bone
Austin Chronicle Kimberley Jones View article
  1. Polisse
  2. The Master
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Holy Motors
  5. Celeste & Jesse Forever
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Oslo, August 31st
  8. Les Miserables
  9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  10. Cloud Atlas
A.V. Club Sam Adams View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. It's Such a Beautiful Day
  3. Middle of Nowhere
  4. Magic Mike
  5. Killer Joe
  6. Amour
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Wuthering Heights
  9. Barbara
  10. The Master
A.V. Club Mike D'Angelo View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. The Imposter
  3. The Loneliest Planet
  4. Miss Bala
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Amour
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Only the Young
  9. Looper
  10. This Must Be the Place
A.V. Club Noel Murray View article
  1. The Master
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Damsels in Distress
  5. Holy Motors
  6. It's Such a Beautiful Day
  7. Photographic Memory
  8. Looper
  9. The Queen of Versailles
  10. The Deep Blue Sea
A.V. Club Keith Phipps View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. The Master
  4. Wuthering Heights
  5. Amour
  6. The Kid with a Bike
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Loneliest Planet
  10. Holy Motors
A.V. Club Nathan Rabin View article
  1. The Master
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Bernie
  4. Searching for Sugar Man
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. The Queen of Versailles
  7. Only the Young
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Killer Joe
  10. Boy
A.V. Club Tasha Robinson View article
  1. The Avengers
  2. Wreck-It Ralph
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Chasing Ice
  5. I Wish
  6. Where Do We Go Now?
  7. The Master
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  10. The Cabin in the Woods
A.V. Club Scott Tobias View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Turin Horse
  3. The Deep Blue Sea
  4. Holy Motors
  5. The Loneliest Planet
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. The Comedy
  10. Amour
A.V. Club Alison Willmore View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. The Loneliest Planet
  3. The Master
  4. Lincoln
  5. Rust and Bone
  6. Holy Motors
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Cabin in the Woods
  10. Dark Horse
Boston Globe Ty Burr View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Amour
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Holy Motors
  6. Lincoln
  7. Argo
  8. Django Unchained
  9. This Is Not a Film
  10. Oslo, August 31st
Boston Globe Wesley Morris View article
  1. The Master
  2. How to Survive a Plague
  3. The Paperboy
  4. Amour
  5. Django Unchained
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Polisse
  8. Holy Motors
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 21
  10. Jump Street
Charlotte Observer Lawrence Toppman View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Argo
  3. The Master
  4. The House I Live In
  5. ParaNorman
  6. Searching for Sugar Man
  7. A Royal Affair
  8. The Cabin in the Woods
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Skyfall
Chicago Reader Drew Hunt View article
  1. The Master
  2. Two Years at Sea
  3. Haywire
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. The Comedy
  6. Goodbye, First Love
  7. Django Unchained
  8. The Day He Arrives
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. A Burning Hot Summer
Chicago Reader J.R. Jones View article
  1. A Separation
  2. Lincoln
  3. In the Family
  4. God Bless America
  5. Le Grand Amour
  6. The House I Live In
  7. Beyond the Hills
  8. Rust and Bone
  9. Compliance
  10. The Color Wheel
Chicago Reader Ben Sachs View article
  1. Life Without Principle
  2. Possession
  3. A Simple Life
  4. The Master
  5. Sack Barrow
  6. We Have a Pope
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Paperboy
  9. This Is Not a Film
  10. Cosmopolis
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert View article
  1. Argo
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Lincoln
  4. End of Watch
  5. Arbitrage
  6. Flight
  7. The Sessions
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. Oslo, August 31st
  10. A Simple Life
Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  4. The Master
  5. Amour
  6. Chico & Rita
  7. The Color Wheel
  8. Searching for Sugar Man
  9. Flight
  10. Moonrise Kingdom
Christian Science Monitor Peter Rainer View article
  1. The Master
  2. This Is Not a Film
  3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  4. Sister
  5. Photographic Memory
  6. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Gatekeepers
  9. The Invisible War
  10. Bernie
Cleveland Plain Dealer Clint O'Connor View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Argo
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Django Unchained
  6. The Grey
  7. Hitchcock
  8. Detachment
  9. The Master
  10. Life of Pi
Contra Costa Times Randy Myers View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Argo
  3. The Master
  4. Amour
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Looper
  9. The Grey
  10. In the Family
Denver Post Lisa Kennedy View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Argo
  3. Amour
  4. Life of Pi
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Lincoln
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Silver Linings Playbook
Empire View article
  1. The Avengers
  2. Argo
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. Skyfall
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Sightseers
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. The Raid: Redemption
  9. Headhunters
  10. Rust and Bone
Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Amour
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Room 237
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Killing Them Softly
  8. Argo
  9. Flight
  10. Bernie
Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Master
  4. Amour
  5. Argo
  6. The Gatekeepers
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  8. Skyfall
  9. The Loneliest Planet
  10. How to Survive a Plague
Film School Rejects Rob Hunter View article
  • Argo
  • The Avengers
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Detachment
  • The Grey
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Nameless
  • Gangster
  • Oslo, August 31st
  • Perfect Sense
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sister
  • Take This Waltz
Film.com Stephanie Zacharek View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Barbara
  • Remaining films in alphabetical order:
  • Django Unchained
  • Haywire
  • Hit and Run
  • Oslo, August 31st
  • Premium Rush
  • Rust and Bone
  • Skyfall
  • This Is Not a Film
The Globe and Mail Rick Groen View article
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Holy Motors
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
The Globe and Mail Liam Lacey View article
  • Alps
  • Amour
  • China Heavyweight
  • The Master
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Stories We Tell
Grantland Zach Baron View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. The Master
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Argo
  7. Magic Mike
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. Damsels in Distress
  10. Lincoln
The Guardian Peter Bradshaw View article
  1. The Master
  2. Ted
  3. Amour
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Holy Motors
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. Argo
  10. The Queen of Versailles
HitFix/Awards Campaign Gregory Ellwood View article
  1. The Impossible
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Keep the Lights On
  7. Argo
  8. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. Skyfall
HitFix/In Contention Guy Lodge View article
  1. Tabu
  2. The Master
  3. In the House
  4. Berberian Sound Studio
  5. Magic Mike
  6. Sister
  7. Our Children
  8. Take This Waltz
  9. Lore
  10. Mirror Mirror
HitFix/In Contention Kristopher Tapley View article
  1. The Grey
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Looper
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Amour
  6. Lincoln
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Argo
  9. The Queen of Versailles
  10. The Master
HitFix/Motion Captured Drew McWeeny View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Django Unchained
  3. The Act of Killing
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Looper
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. This Is 40
The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy View article
  1. Amour
  2. The Gatekeepers
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Master
  7. Skyfall
  8. Footnote
  9. Django Unchained
  10. The Dark Knight Rises
Huffington Post Staff consensus View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Argo
  5. Django Unchained
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Skyfall
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Looper
Indiewire Peter Knegt View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Amour
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Magic Mike
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. The Master
  7. Your Sister's Sister
  8. How to Survive a Plague
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Indiewire Eric Kohn View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. The Master
  4. This Is Not a Film
  5. Amour
  6. Your Sister's Sister
  7. Tabu
  8. The Loneliest Planet
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  10. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Indiewire/Thompson on Hollywood Anne Thompson View article
  1. Life of Pi
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Lincoln
  6. End of Watch
  7. Argo
  8. The Sessions
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. Anna Karenina
Intelligent Life Tom Shone View article
  1. Amour
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Lincoln
  6. The Grey
  7. Life of Pi
  8. Flight
  9. Magic Mike
  10. Django Unchained
Keyframe (Fandor) Kevin B. Lee View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Let the Bullets Fly
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Consuming Spirits
  6. Neighboring Sounds
  7. In the Family
  8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. (tie) The Day He Arrives
  11. (tie) A Simple Life
Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey View article
  1. Life of Pi
  2. (tie) Django Unchained
  3. (tie) Lincoln
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Argo
  6. (tie) Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Skyfall
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Detropia
  11. The Impossible
  12. Frankenweenie
Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan View article
  1. Amour
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • Argo
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Footnote
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Law in These Parts
  • Lincoln
  • Middle of Nowhere
  • Robot & Frank
  • Rust and Bone
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Metacritic Marc Doyle (Editor-in-Chief)
  1. Silver Linings Playbook
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Headhunters
  6. Bernie
  7. Your Sister's Sister
  8. Elena
  9. Argo
  10. The Kid with a Bike
Miami Herald Rene Rodriguez View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Amour
  4. Lincoln
  5. Silver Linings Playbook
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. The Kid with a Bike
  9. The Dark Knight Rises
  10. Brave
Movieline Brian Brooks View article
  1. Amour
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Lincoln
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. How to Survive a Plague
  7. Anna Karenina
  8. Holy Motors
  9. On the Road
  10. Argo
Movieline Amy Nicholson View article
  1. Django Unchained
  2. Looper
  3. Anna Karenina
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. Compliance
  6. Pitch Perfect
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Grey
  9. Seven Psychopaths
  10. The Paperboy
Movies.com David Ehrlich View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Like Someone in Love
  3. Amour
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Django Unchained
  6. The Master
  7. Something in the Air
  8. The Comedy
  9. Anna Karenina
  10. Girl Walk // All Day
MSN Movies Sean Axmaker View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. The Master
  6. Amour
  7. Deep Blue Sea
  8. Barbara
  9. Life of Pi
  10. This Is Not a Film
MSN Movies Richard Jameson View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Django Unchained
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. The Turin Horse
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. The Sessions
  9. Cosmopolis
  10. The Deep Blue Sea
MSN Movies Don Kaye View article
  1. Looper
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. West of Memphis
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Compliance
  7. Kill List
  8. Ruby Sparks
  9. Amour
  10. The Avengers
MSN Movies Glenn Kenny View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Turin Horse
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. The Kid with a Bike
  6. Cosmopolis
  7. Lincoln
  8. Looper
  9. Holy Motors
  10. This Is Not a Film
MSN Movies Danny Miller View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Argo
  3. Searching for Sugar Man
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Sound of My Voice
  6. Hello I Must Be Going
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Return
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. Les Miserables
MSN Movies Kat Murphy View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Master
  4. Amour
  5. Holy Motors
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. Cosmopolis
MSN Movies Frank Paiva View article
  1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  2. How to Survive a Plague
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Argo
  5. Teddy Bear
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Keep the Lights On
  8. The Queen of Versailles
  9. The Cabin in the Woods
  10. Kill List
MSN Movies Bryan Reesman View article
  1. The Woman in Black
  2. Dredd
  3. The Avengers
  4. Skyfall
  5. The Grey
  6. The Raven
  7. Snow White and the Huntsman
  8. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. The Expendables 2
MSN Movies James Rocchi View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Rust and Bone
  4. Django Unchained
  5. How to Survive a Plague
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. Take This Waltz
  8. Compliance
  9. Kill List
  10. Safety Not Guaranteed
MTV MTV News staff View article
  1. The Dark Knight Rises
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  3. Looper
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. The Avengers
  6. Skyfall
  7. The Cabin in the Woods
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  10. The Hunger Games
New Orleans Times-Picayune Mike Scott View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Lincoln
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. The Sessions
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Argo
  8. Killer Joe
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Life of Pi
New York Daily News Joe Neumaier View article
  1. Argo
  2. The Master
  3. Amour
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Lincoln
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Radio Unnameable
  8. Skyfall
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman View article
  1. Argo
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Searching for Sugar Man
  5. Safety Not Guaranteed
  6. A Late Quartet
  7. Magic Mike
  8. Looper
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. End of Watch
New York Post Lou Lumenick View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Argo
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. The Sessions
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Amour
  8. Looper
  9. Frankenweenie
  10. Bernie
New York Post Kyle Smith View article
  1. Les Miserables
  2. Magic Mike
  3. The Impossible
  4. Argo
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. Ted
  7. Flight
  8. 21 Jump Street
  9. Pitch Perfect
  10. The Dark Knight Rises
The New York Times Manohla Dargis View article
  • Amour
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • The Gatekeepers
  • Holy Motors
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The New York Times Stephen Holden View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Amour
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Argo
  6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  7. Elena
  8. How to Survive a Plague
  9. The Invisible War
  10. The Sessions
The New York Times A.O. Scott View article
  1. Amour
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Footnote
  5. The Master
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Django Unchained
  8. Goodbye, First Love
  9. Neighboring Sounds
  10. The Grey
The New Yorker Richard Brody View article
  1. (tie) Holy Motors
  2. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  3. The Master
  4. (tie) Oki's Movie
  5. (tie) This Is Not a Film
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • The Color Wheel
  • Damsels in Distress
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Fake It So Real
  • Magic Mike
  • Red Hook Summer
  • Tabu
  • This Is 40
  • To Rome with Love
  • We Have a Pope
The New Yorker David Denby View article
  1. (tie) Lincoln
  2. (tie) Zero Dark Thirty
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • Arbitrage
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Central Park Five
  • Detropia
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • This Is 40
Newsday Rafer Guzmán View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Queen of Versailles
  3. Flight
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Magic Mike
  7. The Cabin in the Woods
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Anna Karenina
  10. Argo
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Susan G. Cole View article
  1. The Sessions
  2. Laurence Anyways
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Amour
  5. The World Before Her
  6. Take This Waltz
  7. Pariah
  8. Ruby Sparks
  9. Midnight's Children
  10. Monsieur Lazhar
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Radheyan Simonpillai View article
  1. The Master
  2. Tabu
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. Rust and Bone
  6. Monsieur Lazhar
  7. Holy Motors
  8. Compliance
  9. The Queen of Versailles
  10. Django Unchained
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Glenn Sumi View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. A Separation
  4. Holy Motors
  5. Lincoln
  6. Stories We Tell
  7. Django Unchained
  8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. Killer Joe
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Norman Wilner View article
  1. Stories We Tell
  2. Amour
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. In the Family
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. The Imposter
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Deep Blue Sea
  9. Chronicle
  10. ParaNorman
NPR Bob Mondello View article
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Gatekeepers
  • Lincoln
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rust and Bone
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The Observer Philip French View article
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Holy Motors
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Life of Pi
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • This Is Not a Film
The Oregonian Marc Mohan View article
  1. The Master
  2. Cloud Atlas
  3. The House I Live In
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Compliance
  6. The Grey
  7. Argo
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Chronicle
The Oregonian Mike Russell View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. The Master
  3. Kill List
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. (tie) The Avengers
  6. (tie) The Cabin in the Woods
  7. Damsels in Distress
  8. Looper
  9. 21 Jump Street
  10. Skyfall
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Paste View article
  1. Life of Pi
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Amour
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. The Master
  7. Low and Clear
  8. The Kid with a Bike
  9. Lincoln
  10. Monsieur Lazhar
Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea View article
  1. Amour
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Flight
  4. Lincoln
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Rust and Bone
  7. Searching for Sugar Man
  8. The Sessions
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Zero Dark Thirty
Philadelphia Weekly Sean Burns View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Lincoln
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Killer Joe
  5. Oslo, August 31st
  6. Cosmopolis
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Master
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  10. This Is Not a Film
Philadelphia Weekly Matt Prigge View article
  1. It's Such a Beautiful Day
  2. The Comedy
  3. Cosmopolis
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. The Loneliest Planet
  6. The Deep Blue Sea
  7. The Grey
  8. Damsels in Distress
  9. This Is Not a Film
  10. Holy Motors
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Barbara Vancheri View article
  1. Argo
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Lincoln
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. The Impossible
  6. Skyfall
  7. Flight
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. The Sessions
The Playlist Christopher Bell View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. Elena
  3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  4. Tabu
  5. Almayer's Folly
  6. (tie) The Comedy
  7. (tie) New Jerusalem
  8. Snow On Tha Bluff
  9. (tie) The Day He Arrives
  10. (tie) Oki's Movie
  11. The Turin Horse
  12. Amour
The Playlist Kevin Jagernauth View article
  1. Tabu
  2. Rust and Bone
  3. (tie) Stories We Tell
  4. (tie) Take This Waltz
  5. Anna Karenina
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. The Master
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. Laurence Anyways
  10. Killing Them Softly
  11. Silver Linings Playbook
The Playlist Jessica Kiang View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. The Hunt
  3. The Attack
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Death Row
  6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  7. A Gun in Each Hand
  8. Captive
  9. (tie) The Avengers
  10. (tie) The Dark Knight Rises
The Playlist Oliver Lyttelton View article
  1. Anna Karenina
  2. Tabu
  3. Wadjda
  4. Stories We Tell
  5. Looper
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. No
  9. Argo
  10. The Hunt
The Playlist Rodrigo Perez View article
  1. Rust and Bone
  2. (tie) Stories We Tell
  3. (tie) Take This Waltz
  4. Holy Motors
  5. The Comedy
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Tabu
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Hunt
  10. Sleepwalk with Me
  11. Girl Walk // All Day
The Playlist Drew Taylor View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Room 237
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Magic Mike
  6. Killing Them Softly
  7. Anna Karenina
  8. Cloud Atlas
  9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  10. Looper
The Playlist Gabe Toro View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Wuthering Heights
  4. This Is Not a Film
  5. Alps
  6. The Master
  7. Killing Them Softly
  8. Amour
  9. Magic Mike
  10. Zero Dark Thirty
The Playlist Katie Walsh View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. How to Survive a Plague
  3. Anna Karenina
  4. Beware of Mr. Baker
  5. Rust and Bone
  6. Ruby Sparks
  7. Magic Mike
  8. Holy Motors
  9. Samsara
  10. Argo
Reelviews James Berardinelli View article
  1. Looper
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Lincoln
  4. A Separation
  5. Amour
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Skyfall
  9. Argo
  10. (tie) The Dark Knight Rises
  11. (tie) Les Miserables
Reverse Shot View article
  1. The Deep Blue Sea
  2. This Is Not a Film
  3. The Kid with a Bike
  4. Tabu
  5. Holy Motors
  6. The Master
  7. Almayer's Folly
  8. The Turin Horse
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  10. Lincoln
Rolling Stone Peter Travers
  1. The Master
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Lincoln
  5. Argo
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Les Miserables
  8. Life of Pi
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. The Dark Knight Rises
Salon Andrew O'Hehir View article
  1. Wuthering Heights
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Amour
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Rust and Bone
  6. Lincoln
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. Whore's Glory
  9. Oslo, August 31st
  10. Take This Waltz
San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. The Deep Blue Sea
  5. The Waiting Room
  6. Argo
  7. The Details
  8. 2 Days in New York
  9. Farewell My Queen
  10. 28 Hotel Rooms
The Salt Lake Tribune Sean P. Means View article
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  5. The Sessions
  6. The Avengers
  7. Safety Not Guaranteed
  8. The Loneliest Planet
  9. The Master
  10. Amour
Slant Staff consensus View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. Holy Motors
  3. The Deep Blue Sea
  4. The Kid with a Bike
  5. The Master
  6. Tabu
  7. Oslo, August 31st
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. The Turin Horse
  10. Moonrise Kingdom
Slashfilm Germain Lussier View article
  1. Cloud Atlas
  2. Les Miserables
  3. The Sessions
  4. Ruby Sparks
  5. Amour
  6. Indie Game: The Movie
  7. The Master
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. 21 Jump Street
Slate Dana Stevens View article
  1. Amour
  2. How to Survive a Plague
  3. Lincoln
  4. The Master
  5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  6. The Queen of Versailles
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Take This Waltz
  9. The Turin Horse
  10. Zero Dark Thirty
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Joe Wiliams View article
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • The Impossible
  • Life of Pi
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • On the Road
  • Samsara
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Silver Linings Playbook
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Calvin Wilson View article
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Bernie
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Skyfall
  • Take This Waltz
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The Star-Ledger [New Jersey] Stephen Whitty View article
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Flight
  • Frankenweenie
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Life of Pi
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Not Fade Away
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Time Richard Corliss View article
  1. Amour
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Anna Karenina
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Dark Horse
  8. Dragon
  9. Frankenweenie
  10. The Invisible War
Time Mary Pols View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Amour
  3. Lincoln
  4. Life of Pi
  5. The Master
  6. Argo
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Sister
  9. Starlet
  10. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Time Out Chicago A.A. Dowd View article
  1. The Loneliest Planet
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Oslo, August 31st
  4. Amour
  5. The Master
  6. Bernie
  7. Holy Motors
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. How to Survive a Plague
  10. The Grey
Time Out Chicago Ben Kenigsberg View article
  1. The Master
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. This Is Not a Film
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Miss Bala
  6. Lincoln
  7. In the Family
  8. Amour
  9. The Color Wheel
  10. Oslo, August 31st
Time Out New York David Fear View article
  1. The Master
  2. Compliance
  3. Bestiaire
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Magic Mike
  6. Lincoln
  7. The Raid: Redemption
  8. Amour
  9. Keep the Lights On
  10. Wuthering Heights
Time Out New York Joshua Rothkopf View article
  1. Bernie
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. How to Survive a Plague
  4. Lincoln
  5. Keep the Lights On
  6. Elena
  7. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  8. The Imposter
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Django Unchained
Time Out New York Keith Uhlich View article
  1. Almayer's Folly
  2. Not Fade Away
  3. Domaine
  4. The Kid with a Bike
  5. Killer Joe
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. Girl Walk//All Day
  8. Damsels in Distress
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Cosmopolis
Total Film View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Imposter
  3. The Cabin in the Woods
  4. The Raid: Redemption
  5. Shame
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Argo
  8. The Avengers
  9. Looper
  10. Skyfall
TV Guide View article
  1. Argo
  2. Lincoln
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. Skyfall
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. The Avengers
  8. The Master
  9. The Hunger Games
  10. Les Miserables
USA Today Claudia Puig View list
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Frankenweenie
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Searching for Sugar Man
Village Voice Simon Abrams View list
  1. The Master
  2. Killer Joe
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Dark Horse
  5. Cosmopolis
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Detention
  8. It's Such a Beautiful Day
  9. Samsara
  10. Keep the Lights On
Village Voice Melissa Anderson View list
  1. Barbara
  2. Tabu
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. The Master
  6. Magic Mike
  7. Neighboring Sounds
  8. Starlet
  9. Oslo, August 31st
  10. Lincoln
Village Voice Scott Foundas View list
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. The Master
  3. Amour
  4. Barbara
  5. Django Unchained
  6. The Turin Horse
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. The Dark Knight Rises
  9. Holy Motors
  10. This Is 40
Village Voice Aaron Hillis View list
  1. Holy Motors
  2. The Loneliest Planet
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Cosmopolis
  6. The Turin Horse
  7. Wuthering Heights
  8. The Comedy
  9. Sister
  10. Magic Mike
Village Voice Karina Longworth View article
  1. The Master
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Attenberg
  5. The Loneliest Planet
  6. Rust and Bone
  7. This Is Not a Film
  8. Anna Karenina
  9. Chronicle
  10. Django Unchained
Village Voice Michelle Orange View list
  1. The Master
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. 5 Broken Cameras
  5. Silver Linings Playbook
  6. Rust and Bone
  7. The Queen of Versailles
  8. Lincoln
  9. This Is Not a Film
  10. Promised Land
Village Voice Nick Pinkerton View list
  • Alps
  • Bernie
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • The Grey
  • Haywire
  • Magic Mike
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Tabu
  • Wanderlust
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl View list
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Django Unchained
  4. The Loneliest Planet
  5. Lincoln
  6. Middle of Nowhere
  7. This Is Not a Film
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. The Master
  10. Tchoupitoulas
Village Voice Chuck Wilson View list
  1. Lincoln
  2. Bernie
  3. The Master
  4. The Grey
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. Wreck-It Ralph
  8. Middle of Nowhere
  9. Keep the Lights On
  10. The Kill List
Vulture David Edelstein View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Amour
  4. The Gatekeepers
  5. The Deep Blue Sea
  6. Life of Pi
  7. (tie) How to Survive a Plague
  8. (tie) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  9. Pitch Perfect
  10. Oslo, August 31st
  11. Friends With Kids
The Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern View article
  1. Silver Linings Playbook
  • All other films alphabetically:
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Gatekeepers
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Washington Post Ann Hornaday View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Waiting Room
  4. Monsieur Lazhar
  5. Middle of Nowhere
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. Argo
  8. Margaret
  9. Anna Karenina
  10. Amour

Comments (21)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Love this feature - but the fact that any critic is naming Holy Motors his or her movie of the year is a sad commentary on the quality of movies in 2012. Silver Linings Playbook is far and away the best movie of the year (without having seen Zero Dark Thirty yet). If you haven't seen it - do so asap.

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