The top ten blockbusters of the year, as drawn up by film critics for 'The Hollywood Reporter'
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 Ten Films of 2010 as drawn up by seven film critics for "The Hollywood Reporter," six US-based and one overseas reviewer who keeps up with domestic releases.
No film made everyone's list. There was only limited agreement over the number one 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 Assayas' "Carlos," 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 Ten 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 Ten lists compared to, say, ten 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 Sanders' "How to Train Your Dragon" from DreamWorks appeared on two lists as well.
No less than five documentaries 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 film choices are rapidly stacking up on your must-see list, and you don't know where to begin, these choices below do contain a few hints.
BEST TEN FILMS OF 2010
1) Todd McCarthy: Carlos The Social Network Wild Grass A Prophet Sweetgrass Inside Job Toy Story 3 Animal Kingdom The Kids Are All Right Unstoppable
2) 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
3) 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
4) 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
5) 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
6) 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
7) Ray Bennett: Inception The Secret In Their Eyes A Prophet Carlos The Ghost Writer Black Swan Shutter Island True Grit Get Low Blue Valentine