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The Big Post of 2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

The Big Post of 2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

Numerous readers have asked for this post, and I've always been a firm believer that the customer is always right. If film critic top ten lists ye want, then film critic top ten lists ye shall have (along with unmotivated usage of Ye Olde English).

The real flood of top ten lists will hit early next week (that's when mine goes up too), so this post will be updated occasionally as more critics publish their favorites; if you see something (or write something) you'd like included, send me a link on Twitter. Also: I strongly encourage you to click over to every author's original piece, where you'll find expanded explanations for their choices, conversations about the year in film, and some damn good criticism. They worked hard on these lists, and their writing is worth your time and support.

And now: on with the meaningless yet highly entertaining ranking of the year in film! (If you're curious, you can find my own top ten list right here.)

Film Critics' 2012 Top Ten Lists:
(Last Update: Wednesday, January 1st, 6:45 PM)

Sam Adams, The A.V. Club:

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"

Ethan Anderton, First Showing:

1. "Skyfall"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Silver Linings Playbook"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "Sound of My Voice"
6. "The Avengers"
7. "Safety Not Guaranteed"
8. "Cloud Atlas"
9. "The Cabin in the Woods"
10. "Life of Pi"

The writers of The A.V. Club:

1. "The Master"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Moonrise Kingdom"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "The Deep Blue Sea"
6. "The Loneliest Planet"
7. "Amour"
8. "It's Such a Beautiful Day"
9. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
10. "Wuthering Heights"

Christopher Bell, The Playlist:

1. "This Is Not a Film"
2. "Elena"
3. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
4. "Tabu"
5. "Almayer's Folly"
6. "The Comedy"/"New Jerusalem"
7. "Snow On Tha Bluff"
8. "Oki's Movie"/"The Day He Arrives"
9. "The Turin Horse"
10. "Amour"

Meredith Borders, Badass Digest:

1. "Cloud Atlas"
2. "Django Unchained"
3. "The Cabin in the Woods"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "The Master"
6. "Looper"
7. "Lincoln"
8. "Zero Dark Thirty"
9. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
10. "The Raid: Redemption" / "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (tie)

Richard Brody, The New Yorker:

1. "Moonrise Kingdom"
2. "Holy Motors"
3. "The Master"
4. "This Is Not a Film"
5. "Oki's Movie"
6. "Tabu"
7. "Red Hook Summer"
8. "Damsels in Distress"
9. "This Is 40"
10. "The Color Wheel"

Jake Coyle, Associated Press:

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"

Mike D'Angelo, The A.V. Club:

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"

Manohla Dargis, New York Times:

-"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"

Dennis Dermody, Paper:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "The Imposter"
3. "The Master"
4. "Keep the Lights On"
5. "Beloved"
6. "The Deep Blue Sea"
7. "Cloud Atlas"
8. "The Cabin in the Woods"
9. "God Bless America"
10. "The Raid: Redemption"

Alonso Duralde, Linoleum Knife:

1. "How to Survive a Plague"
2. "This Is Not a Film"
3. "Holy Motors"
4. "Amour"
5. "Silver Linings Playbook"
6. "Bernie"
7. "Keep the Lights On"
8. "Lincoln"
9. "Goon"
10. "Skyfall"/"The Avengers" (tie)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

-"Arbitrage"
-"Argo"
-"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
-"End of Watch"
-"Flight"
-"Life of Pi"
-"Lincoln"
-"Oslo, August 31st"
-"The Sessions"
-"A Simple Life"

David Edelstein, New York Magazine:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Amour"
4. "The Gatekeepers"
5. "The Deep Blue Sea"
6. "Life of Pi"
7. "How to Survive a Plague"
8. "Pitch Perfect"
9. "Oslo, August 31st"
10. "Friends With Kids"

David Ehrlich, Movies.com:

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"

Devin Faraci, Badass Digest:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Django Unchained."
3. "Lincoln"
4. "The Cabin in the Woods"
5. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
6. "Cloud Atlas"
7. "The Master"
8. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
9. "Holy Motors"
10. "Moonrise Kingdom"

David Fear, Time Out New York:

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"

The writers of Film Comment:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "The Master"
3. "Moonrise Kingdom"
4. "This is Not a Film"
5. "Amour"
6. "The Turin Horse"
7. "The Kid With a Bike"
8. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
9. "Lincoln"
10. "Zero Dark Thirty"

Film Crit Hulk, Badass Digest:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Django Unchained"
3. "Looper"
4. "The Raid: Redemption"
5. "Moonrise Kingdom"
6. "The Cabin in the Woods"
7. "Zero Dark Thirty"
8. "Paul Williams: Still Alive"
9. "The Master"
10. "Cloud Atlas"/"Smashed" (tie)

Charlie Gates, Stuff:

-"Attack the Block"
-"The Artist"
-"The Descendants"
-"The Grey"
-"We Need to Talk About Kevin"
-"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
-"Margin Call"
-"Headhunters"
-"Skyfall" 
-"Moonrise Kingdom"

David Germain, Associated Press:

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"

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:

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"

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic:

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"

William Goss, Film.com:

1. "The Grey"
2. "Holy Motors"
3. "Looper"
4. "The Cabin in the Woods"
5. "Oslo, August 31st"
6. "Cloud Atlas"
7. "Shut Up and Play the Hits"
8. "The Raid: Redemption"
9. "ParaNorman"
10. "The Queen of Versailles"

Tim Grierson, Deadspin:

1. "The Turin Horse"
2. "Elena"
3. "The Master"
4. "Compliance"
5. "It's Such a Beautiful Day"
6. "Room 237"
7. "Zero Dark Thirty"
8. "Detropia"
9. "Amour"
10. "Holy Motors"

The writers of The Guardian:

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. "Alps"
10. "The Queen of Versailles"

The writers of Hey U Guys' bloggers poll:

1. "Skyfall"
2. "The Avengers"
3. "Moonrise Kingdom"
4. "The Dark Knight Rises" (tie)
4. "Argo" (tie)
6. "The Master"
7. "Looper"
8. "Amour"
9. "The Raid: Redemption"
10. "Holy Motors" 

Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush:

1. "Moonrise Kingdom"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Sound of My Voice"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "The Master"
6. "The Avengers"
7. "Holy Motors"
8. "5 Broken Cameras"
9. "Compliance"
10. "The Grey"

Stephen Holden, The New York Times:

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"

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:

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"

The writers of The Huffington Post:

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"

Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader:

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"

Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects:

-"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"

J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader:

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"

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago:

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"

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies:

1. "The Master"
2. "The Turin Horse"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "The Kid With a Bike"
6. "Cosmopolis"
7. "Lincoln"
8. "Looper"
9. "Holy Motors"
10. "Tabu"

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

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"

Joanna Langfield, The Movie Minute:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Lincoln"
3. "Django Unchained"
4. "Argo"
5. "Silver Linings Playbook"
6. "Skyfall"
7. "Life of Pi"
8. "The Master"
9. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
10. "The Gatekeepers"

Richard Lawson, The Atlantic Wire:

– "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"

Will Leitch, Deadspin:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Oslo, August 31st"
3. "Lincoln"
4. "The Avengers"
5. "Amour"
6. "Looper"
7. "Killer Joe"
8. "The Master"
9. "Moonrise Kingdom"
10. "Argo"

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:

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 writers of Little White Lies:

1. "Tabu"
2. "The Master"
3. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "The Kid With a Bike"
6. "The Raid: Redemption"
7. "Amour"
8. "Two Years at Sea"
9. "Life of Pi"
10. "Goodbye, First Love"

Guy Lodge, In Contention:

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"

Karina Longworth, LA Weekly:

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"

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:

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"

Olver Lyttelton, The Playlist:

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"

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:

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"

Drew McWeeny, HitFix:

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"

Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune:

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"

The writers of MTV News:

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"

Noel Murray, The A.V. Club:

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"

The writers of NextMovie:

1. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Argo"
4. "Silver Linings Playbook"
5. "Life of Pi"
6. "The Avengers"
7. "The Dark Knight Rises"
8. "Lincoln"
9. "Les Miserables"
10. "The Cabin in the Woods"

Amy Nicholson, Movieline:

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"

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon:

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"

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic:

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. "The Cabin in the Woods"/"Seven Psychopaths"
9. "Amour"
10. "Frankenweenie"

Peter Paras, E! Online:

1. "Skyfall"
2. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
3. "The Hunger Games"
4. "The Avengers"
5. "Life of Pi"
6. "Les Miserables"
7. "Moonrise Kingdom"
8. "21 Jump Street"
9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
10. "Wreck-It Ralph"

Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club:

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"

Katey Rich, Cinema Blend:

1. "The Master"
2. "Anna Karenina"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Bernie"
5. "Take This Waltz"
6. "Amour"
7. "Cloud Atlas"
8. "The Queen of Versailles"
9. "Holy Motors"
10. "ParaNorman"

Tasha Robinson, The A.V. Club:

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"

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Argo"
3. "The Grey"
4. "Life of Pi"
5. "The Dark Knight Rises"
6. "Django Unchained"
7. "Flight"
8. "The Sessions"
9. "Prometheus"
10. "Lincoln"

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York:

1. "Bernie"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "How to Survive a Plague"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "Keep the Lights On"
6. "Elena"
7. "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present"
8. "The Imposter"
9. "Silver Linings Playbook"
10. "Django Unchained"

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader:

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"

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:

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"

A.O. Scott, The New York Times:

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 writers of the Sight & Sound poll:

1. "The Master"
2. "Tabu"
3. "Amour"
4. "Holy Motors"
5. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (tie)
5. "Berberian Sound Studio" (tie)
7. "Moonrise Kingdom"
8. "Cosmopolis" (tie)
8. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (tie)
8. "This Is Not a Film" (tie)

The writers of Slant Magazine:

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"

Kyle Smith, New York Post:

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"

Dana Stevens, Slate:

-"Amour"
-"How to Survive a Plague"
-"Lincoln"
-"The Master"
-"Once Upon a Time in a Anatolia"
-"The Queen of Versailles"
-"Silver Linings Playbook"
-"Take This Waltz"
-"The Turin Horse"
-"Zero Dark Thirty"

Kristopher Tapley, In Contention:

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"

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood:

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"

Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club:

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"

Gabe Toro, The Playlist:

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 writers of Total Film:

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"

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

1. "The Master"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "Lincoln"
5. "Argo"
6. "Silver Linings Playbook"
7. "Life of Pi"
8. "Les Miserables
9. "Moonrise Kingdom"
10. "Django Unchained"

11. "The Dark Knight Rises"

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:

-"Amour"
-"Argo"
-"The Dark Knight Rises"
-"Footnote"
-"The Gatekeepers" and "The Law In These Parts"
-"Lincoln"
-"Rust and Bone"
-"Silver Linings Playbook"
-Sundance Dramas
-"Zero Dark Thirty"

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York:

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"

Katie Walsh, The Playlist:

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"

Scott Weinberg, Geek Nation:

1. "Django Unchained"
2. "Moonrise Kingdom"
3. "Les Miserables"
4. "The Cabin in the Woods"
5. "Looper"
6. "The Raid: Redemption"
7. "The Grey"
8. "Cloud Atlas"
9. "The Avengers"
10. "Kill List"

Alison Willmore, The A.V. Club/Movieline:

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"

Stephanie Zacharek, Film.com:

1. "Holy Motors"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Barbara"
-"Django Unchained"
-"Rust and Bone"
-"Skyfall"
-"This Is Not a Film"
-"Oslo, August 31st"
-"Premium Rush"
-"Hit and Run"/"Haywire"

 

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Comments

Raleigh

Are we going to get anything like this for 2013?

Wingman1969

http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/movie-reviews/richard-crouse-s-top-10-best-and-worst-movie-picks-of-2012-1.1096296

Here's another critics top 10

Sam Elsaadi

Matt what about Richard roeper's top 10?

@dvideostor

I don't see that dude, Matt Singer's list on here yet.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/matt-singers-top-ten-films-of-2012 In case you need it, Matt Singer.

@dvideostor

Do the Sight & Sound and AFI lists not count?

just me

Cosmopolis should be high in every each of these lists. what about The Odd Life of Timothy Green? imho it's a must see gem.. plus where are not so many intelligent movies for the whole family out there. i highly recommend this one. oh, and Avengers .. i almost threw up in my mouth watching it.

trentflix

No offense but are the critics at the New York Post only allowed to watch 11 or 12 films a year?

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