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The Top 10 Best Films of 2010

  • Dec 27, 2010
Blue Valentine
A remarkably real story with remarkably real characters, "Blue Valentine" is about the ways in which people fall into and out of love.
See the full review, "What Happened to Us?".
Rabbit Hole
A resonant and honest film that examines grief and how it's individually processed. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play.
See the full review, "The Reality of Grief".
Four Lions
A comedy about modern jihadism sounds like a recipe for disaster, but director Chris Morris pulled it off splendidly.
See the full review, "Looking for Comedy in the Jihad World".
The Social Network
One of the year's best written films is a wise and witty portrayal of corporate relations and today's internet culture.
Winter's Bone (2010)
A stark, raw, gritty, unflinching societal drama set against the backdrop of the Ozarks. Jennifer Lawrence gives one of the year's best performances.
See the full review, "A Girl Searches for Her Father".
Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky's bizarre masterpiece, a film that skillfully combines the spectacle of ballet with the melodrama of insanity.
See the full review, "Perfection Has a Price".
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An engaging piece of cerebral science fiction and a masterpiece of craftmanship, it shows Christopher Nolan in top form.
See the full review, "Life is a Dream Within a Dream".
The King's Speech
The absorbing, touching, inspirational true story of King George VI, who had to overcome a stammer to lead his country through World War II.
See the full review, "A Man in Need of His Voice, a Country in Need of a Leader".
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
One of the smartest and most honest films about family, relationships, and the institution of marriage.
See the full review, "Marriage and Family are Universal Challenges".
Sofia Coppola's quiet, somber examination of a bad boy movie star who must make changes for the sake of his daughter.
See the full review, "He Has Everything, and Yet He Has Nothing".

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February 26, 2012
AMAZING list. Just to see Somewhere on her is enthralling; I'm glad somebody admired that slow, but observant work of art as much as I did.
February 26, 2012
I'm actually surprised that I responded so well to Somewhere, seeing as I hated Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. I have not yet seen The Virgin Suicides.
January 07, 2011
Great list, Chris! I still have to check out 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10, but I've heard nothing but great things about them, so I'm definitely looking forward to them. 2010 was certainly a good year! Thanks! ^_^
December 30, 2010
Now you seem like a full-stature critic. I mean you always had fluid reviews with great point-by-point deliberations, but this list is authoratative. I've been so out-of-the-loop this year. If I did a list, I'd have to cop-out and do only a DVD release ten best, and I'd be revising it throughout 2011 no doubt. I look forward to seeing all these movies. I am kicking myself that I sent 'Winter's Bone' back for time constraints. I lot of indie fans loved it. I love Aaron Eckhart as an actor, and I think 'Rabbit's Hole' will be a real find. I find it affirming that you chose it at or near the top of your list. 2011 will be a catch-up year for me, but your guide is very valuable for at least prioritizing my way back into the game. Congratulations on the list and your year at the movies, Chris. JP ;>)
December 31, 2010
Thanks, JP. Oh, I wish I were a full-stature critic. In spite of what this list suggests, you'd be surprised by the number of movies I missed this year. I know that there are literally hundreds released in any given year, and that it would be impossible to see them all, but still, I wonder what I've overlooked. Incidentally, "Easy A" was originally on this list at number ten, whereas "Rabbit Hole" was at number one. But then I saw "Blue Valentine," and I knew I had to make a change (although I still love "Easy A"). Also, yes, you should be kicking yourself for sending back "Winter's Bone." :)
December 28, 2010
I haven't seen most of these but, some I'm adding them to my Netflix! I LOVED both Inception and Black Swan and enjoyed Social Network. Great list :)
December 27, 2010
Now that's what we're talking about! Saw your # 1 today and it was an excellent movie! I need to see 2, 7, 9 and 8 still. I am surprised Easy A is making a lot of "best" lists! Thanks!
December 31, 2010
As you can see, a change was made in the list. But don't let that give you the impression that I no longer like "Easy A."
December 31, 2010
No problem. I got your bulletin; I really want to see Blue Valentine but it is on limited release right now. I am actually waiting on the 2nd week of January to post my final list since I am running out of time to see the movies I need to.
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