It’s impossible for me to limit my favorite films of 2012 to just 10 of the year’s 1,000 or so releases After all, it feels unfair even to compare most of them to each other, since they represent so many different genres, countries and cultures, and enjoyed such a range in budgets.

Therefore, as per usual, this critic’s annual list features 100 entries in order to honor as many of the best offerings as possible. And despite the cloud of controversy swirling around Kathryn’s Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty for its depiction of torture and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained for its violence and use of the N-word, both of these movies are nevertheless deserving of high accolades in my humble opinion.

 

10 Best Big Budget Films

  1. 1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. 2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. 3. Django Unchained
  4. 4. Looper
  5. 5. Argo
  6. 6. Life Of Pi
  7. 7. 21 Jump Street
  8. 8. Cabin In The Woods
  9. 9. Flight
  10. 10. Magic Mike

 

Big Budgets Honorable Mention

  1. 11. The Hunger Games
  2. 12. Skyfall
  3. 13. The Amazing Spider-Man
  4. 14. Safe House
  5. 15. The Sessions
  6. 16. Savages
  7. 17. The Avengers
  8. 18. Think Like A Man
  9. 19. Hitchcock
  10. 20. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  11. 21. Mirror Mirror
  12. 22. Anna Karenina
  13. 23. Lincoln
  14. 24. Sparkle
  15. 25. Promised Land

 

10 Best Foreign Films

  1. 1. Amour (France)
  2. 2. Turn Me On, Dammit! (Norway)
  3. 3. Nobody Else But You (France)
  4. 4. Let The Bullets Fly (China)
  5. 5. The Other Son (Israel)
  6. 6. Putin’s Kiss (Russia)
  7. 7. Sound Of Noise (Germany)
  8. 8. Attenberg (Greece)
  9. 9. I Wish (Japan)
  10. 10. The Fairy (Belgium)

 

Foreign Films Honorable Mention

  1. 11. The Well Digger’s Daughter (France)
  2. 12. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (Japan)
  3. 13. Ikland (Uganda)
  4. 14. Elles (France)
  5. 15. Simon And The Oaks (Sweden)
  6. 16. The Intouchables (France)
  7. 17. Unforgivable (Italy)
  8. 18. Dolphin Boy (Israel)
  9. 19. Oslo, August 31st (Norway)
  10. 20. A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  11. 21. Busong (Philippines)
  12. 22. Gerhard Richter Painting (Germany)
  13. 23. Somewhere Between (China)
  14. 24. Crazy Horse (France)
  15. 25. 360 (Brazil)

 

10 Best Independent Films

  1. 1. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
  2. 2. The Deep Blue Sea
  3. 3. Quartet
  4. 4. Take This Waltz
  5. 5. Middle Of Nowhere
  6. 6. Safety Not Guaranteed
  7. 7. Compliance
  8. 8. Restless City
  9. 9. Goon
  10. 10. Changing The Game

 

Independent Films Honorable Mention

  1. 11. God Bless America
  2. 12. Ginger & Rosa
  3. 13. Yelling To The Sky
  4. 14. Nobody Walks
  5. 15. V/H/S
  6. 16. Tim & Eric’s Billion-Dollar Movie
  7. 17. Model Minority
  8. 18. The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best
  9. 19. 28 Hotel Rooms
  10. 20. Velvet Elvis
  11. 21. Deadfall
  12. 22. Mosquita Y Mari
  13. 23. Happy New Year
  14. 24. 96 Minutes
  15. 25. Jack & Diane

 

10 Best Documentaries

  1. 1. The Central Park Five
  2. 2. Head Games
  3. 3. Chasing Ice
  4. 4. Bully
  5. 5. The Loving Story
  6. 6. The Queen Of Versailles
  7. 7. Hoodwinked
  8. 8. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
  9. 9. 65_RedRoses
  10. 10. Heist

 

Documentaries Honorable Mention

  1. 11. Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story
  2. 12. The Revisionaries
  3. 13. Six Million And One
  4. 14. Marley
  5. 15. High Ground
  6. 16. Bonsai People
  7. 17. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
  8. 18. Soul Food Junkies
  9. 19. Brooklyn Castle
  10. 20. Chimpanzee
  11. 21. Detropia
  12. 22. Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment
  13. 23. Never Stand Still
  14. 24. 5 Broken Cameras
  15. 25. Samsara

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