Note: While all grades are accurate at the time of this article's publishing, they remain subject to change as always.

Top Theatrical Releases of 2012:

1. Sleepless Night (Film Page), directed by Frederic Jardin (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.125 out of 12.0, 16 reviews)

2. This is Not a Film (Film Page), directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmas (2011 Cannes - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.75 out of 12.0, 28 reviews)

3. The Turin Horse (Film Page), directed by Bela Tarr (2011 Berlin - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire rating: A- (9.714 out of 12.0, 20 reviews)

4. The Island President (Film Page), directed by Jon Shenk (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.5 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

5. Under African Skies (Film Page), directed by Joe Berlinger (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.375 out of 12.0, 8 reviews)

6. The Raid: Redemption (Film Page), directed by Gareth Evans (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.349 out of 12.0, 43 reviews)

T7. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Film Page), directed by David Gelb (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire rating: B+ (9.25 out of 12.0, 11 reviews)

T7. I Wish (Film Page), directed by Hirozaku Kore-Eda (2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.25 out of 12.0, 16 reviews)

9. The Kid with a Bike (Film Page), directed by Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2011 Cannes - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.2 out of 12.0, 54 reviews)

10. 5 Broken Cameras (Film Page), directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.143 out of 12.0, 14 reviews)

Runners-up: "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Oslo, August 31st," "Attenberg"

Top Documentaries of 2012:

1. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (Film Page), directed by Raymond De Felitta (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.286 out of 12.0, 7 reviews)

2. High Tech, Low Life (Film Page), directed by Stephen Maing (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.125 out of 12.0, 8 reviews)

3. Journey to Planet X (Film Page), directed by Myles Kane and Josh Koury (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.0 out of 12.0, 7 reviews)

4. The Invisible War (Film Page), directed by Kirby Dick (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.9 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

5. Tchoupitoulas (Film Page), directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross (2012 Festival Premiere - SXSW)
Average Criticwire rating: A- (9.833 out of 12.0, 6 reviews)

6. This is Not a Film (Film Page), directed by Jafar Panahi and Majtaba Mirtahmas (2011 Cannes - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.75 out of 12.0, 28 reviews)

7. Side by Side (Film Page), directed by Chris Kenneally (2012 Festival Premiere - Berlin) 
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.583 out of 12.0, 12 reviews)

T8. The Island President (Film Page), directed by Jon Shenk (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.5 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

T8. West of Memphis (Film Page), directed by Amy Berg (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.5 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

10. Under African Skies (Film Page), directed by Joe Berlinger (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.375 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

Runners-up: "Searching for Sugar Man," "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," "How to Survive a Plague"

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