The Facebook Movie was the big man on campus this year, part of an all-American top-five with Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan’s respective mind-fornications, Debra Granik’s Ozarkodrama, and the Coens’ Old West tale of tween revenge. Readers bought into Banksy big-time (#11), embraced Southie accents for The Fighter (#18) and The Town (#22), and agreed with Oscar pundits that it’s good to be The King’s Speech (#9). Last issue’s critics’ poll winner, Carlos, was demoted to #6, but that’s still impressive for a five-and-a-half-hour epic—likewise for an ultra-late December steamy-depressive release Blue Valentine (#19). For each ballot, a first place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on. Click here for readers’ thoughts on their picks.
1. The Social Network David Fincher, U.S. 2. Winter’s Bone Debra Granik, U.S. 3. Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, U.S. 4. Inception Christopher Nolan, U.S. 5. True Grit Joel & Ethan Coen, U.S. 6. Carlos Olivier Assayas, France/Germany 7. TheGhost Writer Roman Polanski, France/Germany/U.K. 8. Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich, U.S. 9. The King’s Speech Tom Hooper, U.K. 10. Shutter Island Martin Scorsese, U.S. 11. Exit Through the Gift Shop Banksy, U.K. 12. A Prophet Jacques Audiard, France/Italy 13. White Material Claire Denis, France 14. The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko, U.S. 15. Greenberg Noah Baumbach, U.S. 16. Dogtooth Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece 17. Another Year Mike Leigh, U.K. 18. The Fighter David O. Russell, U.S. 19. Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, U.S. 20. I Am Love Luca Guadagnino, Italy 21. Wild Grass Alain Resnais, France/Italy 22. The Town Ben Affleck, U.S. 23. Everyone Else Maren Ade, Germany 24. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Edgar Wright, U.S. 25. 127 Hours Danny Boyle, U.S. 26. Animal Kingdom David Michôd, Australia 27. Enter the Void Gaspar Noé, France 28. Fish Tank Andrea Arnold, U.K. 29. Please Give Nicole Holofcener, U.S. 30. Mother Bong Joon-ho, South Korea 31. Somewhere Sofia Coppola, U.S. 32. The American Anton Corbijn, U.S. 33. Inside Job Charles Ferguson, U.S. 34. Vincere Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France 35. The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet, U.K./France 36. The Strange Case of Angelica Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil 37. Alamar Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico 38. Red Riding Trilogy Julian Jarrold, James Marsh & Anand Tucker, U.K. 39. Never Let Me Go Mark Romanek, U.K. 40. The Father of My Children Mia Hansen-Løve, France 41. Secret Sunshine Lee Chang-dong, South Korea 42. The Secret in Their Eyes Juan José Campanella, Spain/Argentina 43. Restrepo Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger, U.S. 44. Bluebeard Catherine Breillat, France 45. Trash Humpers Harmony Korine, U.S./U.K. 46. Let Me In Matt Reeves, U.S./U.K. 47. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, U.S. 48. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden 49. Cyrus Jay & Mark Duplass, U.S. 50. Sweetgrass Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash, U.S.