2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

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

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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 15 7 31 90
2 The Master 14 3 28 76
3 Moonrise Kingdom 6 2 32 54
4 Lincoln 5 9 17 50
5 Holy Motors 6 6 17 47
6 Amour 5 3 25 46
7 Argo 1 4 22 33
8 Beasts of the Southern Wild 0 2 27 31
9 This Is Not a Film 3 1 12 23
Silver Linings Playbook 0 1 21 23
11 Django Unchained 0 4 14 22
12 Looper 1 0 13 16
13 Life of Pi 1 1 9 14
14 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 0 0 13 13
The Deep Blue Sea 0 0 13 13
16 The Dark Knight Rises 1 0 9 12
The Avengers 2 0 6 12
18 The Loneliest Planet 0 2 7 11
Magic Mike 0 1 9 11
20 The Grey 1 0 7 10
Bernie 1 1 5 10
Skyfall 0 0 10 10

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 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.

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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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