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Top 10 Lists 2014: Richard Brody, Film Comment, NY Times and Many More

Top 10 Lists 2014: Richard Brody, Film Comment, NY Times and Many More

UPDATE: The ten best lists are rolling in fast and furious. We’ve rounded up highlights below, including lists from Film Comment, NY Times, David Edelstein, Vanity Fair, TIME and more. Tastemaker Richard Brody’s as-always eclectic mix of indie, arthouse and studio favorites has also landed. Also check out J. Hoberman’s predictably pretentious list here, and AFI’s rather by-the-numbers top 11 here.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
3. Goodbye to Language
4. The Last of the Unjust
5. The Immigrant
6. American Sniper
7. Listen Up Philip
8. Actress
9. Memphis
10. Butter on the Latch

Film Comment’s Top 10 Films Released in 2014 
1.  Boyhood Richard Linklater, U.S.
2.  Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard, France
3.  The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, U.S.
4.  Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland
5.  Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, U.K.
6.  Stranger by the Lake Alain Guiraudie, France
7.  CITIZENFOUR Laura Poitras, U.S.
8.  Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance Alejandro G. Iñárritu, U.S.
9.  Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S.
10. The Immigrant James Gray, U.S.

A.O. Scott:

1. “Boyhood” 
2. “Ida” 
3. “Citizenfour” 
4. “Leviathan” 
5. “Selma” 
6. “Love Is Strange” 
7. “We Are the Best!” 
8. “Mr. Turner” 
9. “Dear White People” 
10. “The Babadook”

Manohla Dargis:

“American Sniper” “Beyond the Lights” “Birdman” “Boyhood” “The Dog” “Edge of Tomorrow” “Gloria” “Goodbye to Language” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “Inherent Vice” “Interstellar” “Listen Up Philip” “Manakamana” “Manila in the Claws of Light” “The Missing Picture” “National Gallery” “Selma” “Snowpiercer” “Violette” “Top Five”

Stephen Holden:

“Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Force Majeure,” “Citizenfour,” “Mr. Turner,” “Two Days, One Night,” “The Salt of the Earth,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “Ida,” “Only Lovers Left Alive”

David Edelstein, Vulture:

1. “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater)
2. “Selma” (Ava DuVernay)
3. “The Babadook” (Jennifer Kent)
4. “Whiplash” (Damien Chazelle)
5. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” (Nick Broomfield)
6. “Only Lovers Left Alive” (Jim Jarmusch)
7. “Citizenfour” (Laura Poitras)
8. “Mr. Turner” (Mike Leigh)
9. “Two Days, One Night” (Jean-Pierre/Luc Dardenne)
10. “The Immigrant” (James Gray)
11. “The Overnighters” (Jesse Moss)

Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair:

1. Love Is Strange
2. “Mommy”
3. “Force Majeure”
4. “Citizenfour”
5. “Boyhood”
6. “Selma”
7. “Snowpiercer”
8. “Mr. Turner”
9. “Pride”
10. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

1. Boyhood
2. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
3. “Foxcatcher”
4. “Selma”
5. “Gone Girl”
6. “Whiplash”
7. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
8. “Unbroken”
9. “Under the Skin”
10. “Interstellar”

Richard Corliss, TIME:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Boyhood
3. The LEGO Movie
4. Lucy
5. Goodbye to Language
6. Jodorowsky’s Dune
7. Nightcrawler
8. Citizenfour
9. Wild Tales
10. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

EARLIER: Here are ten best lists from the usual suspects: Cahiers, Sight and Sound, John Waters and more. The Cahiers list holds a few surprises, including the bittersweet late summer entry “Love Is Strange,” while Cronenberg’s overlooked “Maps to the Stars,” set for 2015 domestic release, pops up on a couple of lists. “I love this film more than my own mustache,” writes John Waters, who places the grand guignol Hollywood freakshow starring Julianne Moore at number one.

Also, below, are the top ten films from Empire, which lists a full 50 titles here. This list includes 2013 US releases that didn’t land across the pond until this year, e.g. “Wolf of Wall Street.”


1. “Boyhood”
2. “Nightcrawler”
3. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
4. “Inside Llewyn Davis”
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy”
6. “Edge of Tomorrow”
7. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
8. “What We Do in the Shadows”
9. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
10. “Her”

Edgar Wright:

“Edge of Tomorrow”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The LEGO Movie”
“Under the Skin”

More of Edgar Wright’s Best of 2014 here.

Cahiers du Cinema:

1. Bruno Dumont “Li’l Quinquin”
2. Jean-Luc Godard “Goodbye to Language”
3. Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin”
4. David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars”
5. Hayao Miyazaki “The Wind Rises”
6. Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”
7. Xavier Dolan‘s “Mommy”
8. Ira Sachs‘s “Love Is Strange”
9. Alain Cavalier‘s “Le Paradis”
10. Hong Sang-soo‘s “Our Sunhi”

John Waters:

1. “Maps To The Stars”
2. “Charlie Victor Romeo”
3. “The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq”
4. “The Smell Of Us”
5. “Gloria”
6. “Who Took Johnny”7. “L’il Quinquin”
8. “Nymphomaniac”
9. “Violette”
10. The Films Of Joanna Hogg (“Unrelated,” “Archipelago,” “Exhibition”)

More John Waters here.

Sight & Sound:

1. “Boyhood”
2. “Goodbye to Language 3D”
3. “Leviathan,” “Horse Money”
5. “Under the Skin”
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
7. “Winter Sleep”
8. “The Tribe”
9. “Ida,” “Jauja”

More Sight & Sound here.

The Washington Post:
(via Criticwire)

1. “Boyhood”
2. “Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
3. “Citizenfour”
4. “Force Majeure”
5. “Foxcatcher”
6. “Under the Skin”
7. “Selma”
8. “Edge of Tomorrow”
9. “Beyond the Lights”
10. “Locke”

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