55 Pretty Good Movies from 2010

Fifty-five films from 2010, listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses. 1. Dogtooth (73) Greek drama horror sf thriller. 16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (65) Surprisingly indie-ish (read: mopey). I li…

Fifty-five films from 2010, listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses.

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1. Dogtooth (73)
Greek drama horror sf thriller.

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2. The Social Network (95)
Everybody liked this. Much more entertaining than it had any right to be. 

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3. Black Swan (79)
The Wrestler for ballet. 

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4. Inception (74)
Christopher Nolan may be the most consistently great action director currently working. 

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5. The Ghost Writer (77)
Political thriller by Roman Polanski. Pierce Brosnan plays Tony Blair, more or less. 

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6. Greenberg (76)
Fun, depressing character study by Noah Baumbach. 

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7. Winter’s Bone (90)
Country noir. 

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8. True Grit (80)
Apparently the Coen Brothers’ greatest commercial success ever.

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9. The Fighter (79)
Boxing biopic by David O. Russell. 

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10. Mother (79)
South Korean drama thriller. 

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11. Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film (85)
A Banksy film! 

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12. Carlos (94)
5½ hours on the life and work of Carlos the Jackal

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13. A Prophet (90)
Absorbing French prison drama. 

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14. The King’s Speech (88)
The least adventurous and most conventional of the year’s ten Oscar nominees for Best Picture, and thus the obvious winner. But it is good. 

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15. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (69)
The proper follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (ignore Paul). 

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16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (65)
Surprisingly indie-ish (read: mopey). I liked Part II as well.

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17. Let Me In (79)
Very well-made (albeit entirely unnecessary) US remake of Let the Right One In

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18. Toy Story 3 (92)
The best one. 

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19. The Illusionist (82)
Nice-looking follow-up to The Triplets of Belleville, based on an unproduced script by Tati

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20. Blue Valentine (81)
Devastating look at a relationship in crisis. 

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21. Splice (66)
Trashy science fiction fun. Vincenzo Natali’s first artistically successful movie since Cube

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22. The Special Relationship (67)
Michael Sheen’s third outing as Tony Blair (one, two). 

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23. Tamara Drewe (64)
Stephen Frears’ likable adaptation of the Posy Simmonds comic strip.  

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24. Youth in Revolt (63)
Michael Cera is the Youth. 

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25. Animal Kingdom (83)
An Australian GoodFellas

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26. The American (61)
Minimalistic George Clooney hitman drama, similar to The Passenger

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27. Heartless (58)
Satanic UK thriller, somewhat reminiscent of Angel Heart (although not as good). 

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28. Machete (60)
Based on the Grindhouse trailer. Popcorn fun with a (very blunt) political edge. 

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29. The Trotsky (59)
High school student thinks he’s Leon Trotsky reincarnated. 

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30. 127 Hours (82)
Based on Aron Ralston‘s experiences. Begins and ends well. 

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31. Get Him to the Greek (65)
Spun off from 2008’s excellent Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Some great songs. 

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32. Mother and Child (64)
Written and directed by HBO veteran (and son of Gabriel García Márquez) Rodrigo García. 

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33. Shutter Island (63)
Not entirely successful. But it’s Scorsese. 

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34. Four Lions (68)
British Muslim suicide bombing comedy. 

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35. Tangled (71)
Disney’s 50th animated movie. Pixarian in feel and tone. 

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36. Iron Man 2 (57)
Sam Rockwell (AKA Moon Rockyfeller) steals the show. Incidentally, I watched it in an entirely empty theatre.   

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37. Super (50)
Much better than the similar Kick-Ass

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38. Cyrus (74)
Mumblecore with a budget.  

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39. The Town (74)
Crime drama by/with/for Ben Affleck. 

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40. How to Train Your Dragon (74)
Computer-animated vikings. 

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41. I Love You Phillip Morris (65)
A gay Catch Me If You Can

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42. The Kids Are All Right (86)
Overhyped but alright. 

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43. Somewhere (67)
Lost in Translation redux – though Stephen Dorff is no Bill Murray.  

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44. Fair Game (69)
Inspired by the CIA leak scandal. 

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45. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths (-)
Not as good as the Morrison/Quitely graphic novel, but pretty fun anyway. 

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46. The Killer Inside Me (-)
Stylish, uninvolving. 

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47. Get Low (77)
Robert Duvall is ornery sumbitch and Bill Murray is his funeral director. Doesn’t quite live up to its promise. 

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48. Temple Grandin (84)
Biopic on the autistic superstar.  

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49. Cemetery Junction (-)
Disappointingly conventional coming-of-age movie from Gervais/Merchant.

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50. Easy A (72)
Utterly cliched teen version of The Scarlet Letter, saved by Emma Stone’s charismatic performance. 

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51. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (-)
Pretty faithful to the comics by Tardi

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52. Unthinkable (-)
Absurd but highly watchable torture porn with questionable morals. 

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53. Buried (65)
Ryan Reynolds in a box. 

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54. Megamind (63)
Slightly better than the similarly themed Despicable Me. Worth it for the Brando references, probably inexplicable to the movie’s target audience. 

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55. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (51)
Woody Allen’s latest. Critically panned, but I enjoyed it enough to include here. Just.

 

So. Did I miss anything?

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