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‘Carol,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘The Big Short’ Sweep the New York Times Best Movies of 2015

'Carol,' 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' 'The Big Short' Sweep the New York Times Best Movies of 2015

The New York Times has published the Top 10 lists of its three movie critics — or rather, one Top 18, one Top 20, and one Top 36, because the paper of record doesn’t play by your rules. There are plenty of familiar names — “Mad Max: Fury Road,” check; “Spotlight,” check — but plenty of as-yet-unseen ones, too, from Paul Weitz’s “Grandma” to a retrospective by experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. (Which Guru of Gold had that one in the pool?) 

There are three points of convergence that appear on all three critics’ lists, counting Scott’s Top 15 (which is really a Top 20), but not Manohla Dargis’ or Stephen Holden’s honorable mentions. “Carol” finishes in all three Top Fives, which is no surprise, but it’s a little bit of one to see Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” as the sole other point of agreement. (You can add “Inside Out,” “Tangerine,” and “Timbuktu” if you’re counting every mention.)  As always, the explanations are more valuable and interesting than the lists themselves, especially Dargis’, who extends her Top 10 to include a list of bullet points about Hollywood’s ongoing struggles with diversity.

A.O. Scott’s Best Movies of 2015

1. “Timbuktu”
2. “Inside Out”
3. “Spotlight”/”The Big Short”
4. “Heart of a Dog”
5. “Carol”/”Anomalisa”
6. “Taxi”
7. “Out 1: Noli Me Tangere”
8. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
9. “Creed”
10. “Results”/”Welcome to Me”
11. “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”/”What Happened, Miss Simone?”
12. “The Kindergarten Teacher”
13. “Girlhood”/”The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
14. “Grandma”/”Tangerine”
15. “The End of the Tour”

Manohla Dargis’ Best Movies of 2015

1. “The Assassin”/”Mad Max: Fury Road”
2. Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler
3. “Bridge of Spies”
4. “Carol”
5. “In Jackson Heights”
6. “The Martian”
7. “The Kindergarten Teacher”
8. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
9. “The Big Short”
10. “Sixty Six”

Stephen Holden Best Movies of 2015

1. “Carol”
2. “The Big Short”
3. “Spotlight”
4. “The Fool”
5. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
6. “The Look of Silence”
7. “Truth”
8. “45 Years”
9. “Tangerine”
10. “Brooklyn”

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