'Social Network,' 'Inception' Lead THR Critics Best of 2010 Lists

8:30 AM PST 12/24/2010 by THR staff
The Social Network, left, and Inception.

Seven Hollywood Reporter critics chose the 10 best films of the year, with David Fincher's movie appearing on six of seven lists.

Film critics by definition are contrarians, so naturally, if you gather seven in a room, there will be few points of agreement. So it is with Top 10 Films of 2010 as drawn up by seven film critics for The Hollywood Reporter, six U.S.-based and an overseas reviewer who keeps up with domestic releases.

No film made everyone’s list. There was only limited agreement over the No. 1 film. Three fingered Christopher Nolan’s strikingly original Inception. Two others picked David Fincher’s Facebook tale, The Social Network. The remaining votes were divided between Olivier AssayasCarlos, about the infamous terrorist known by that moniker, and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, a film many pundits see as an Oscar frontrunner.

The closest area of agreement came with The Social Network. It made six out of seven Best 10 lists.

Inception and Jacques Audiard’s prison picture A Prophet from France wound up on four lists. Carlos and Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are All Right, a rare comedy, made three lists. So did Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.

Animation and documentaries are making real in-roads into Best 10 lists over, say, 10 years ago. But, once again, agreement eludes the critics. Lee Unkrich’s Toy Story 3, which Disney is billing in its Oscar campaign as the best reviewed film of the year, hit only three lists while Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist and Dean DeBlois and Chris SandersHow to Train Your Dragon from DreamWorks appeared on two lists as well.

No less than five docs were honored, but in each case, only a single list. Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Sweetgrass, Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym, Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea Annonier’s Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno and Banksy’s genre-bending Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Meanwhile there are several titles that appear on only a single list. But if those screeners are rapidly stacking up and you don’t know where to begin, these lists do contain a few hints.

BEST 10 FILMS OF 2010

Todd McCarthy

Carlos
The Social Network
Wild Grass
A Prophet
Sweetgrass
Inside Job
Toy Story 3
Animal Kingdom
The Kids Are All Right
Unstoppable



Kirk Honeycutt

Inception
The Social Network
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
True Grit
Carlos
A Prophet
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone
The Way Back

 

Stephen Farber

The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Get Low
Rabbit Hole
Another Year
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
The Secret in Their Eyes
The Fighter

 

Michael Rechtshaffen

The Social Network
The King’s Speech
The Ghost Writer
Black Swan
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The Town
Winter’s Bone
Let Me In


Sheri Linden

The Social Network
Boxing Gym
Father of My Children
The Illusionist
Mother
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno
Please Give
The Ghost Writer
Toy Story 3
A Prophet



Justin Lowe

Inception
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Town
Greenberg
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Let Me In
127 Hours
The Social Network
Tiny Furniture



Ray Bennett

Inception
The Secret In Their Eyes
A Prophet
Carlos
The Ghost Writer
Black Swan
Shutter Island
True Grit
Get Low
Blue Valentine

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