Fifty-five films from 2010, listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses.
2. The Social Network (95)
Everybody liked this. Much more entertaining than it had any right to be.
3. Black Swan (79)
The Wrestler for ballet.
4. Inception (74)
Christopher Nolan may be the most consistently great action director currently working.
5. The Ghost Writer (77)
Political thriller by Roman Polanski. Pierce Brosnan plays Tony Blair, more or less.
6. Greenberg (76)
Fun, depressing character study by Noah Baumbach.
7. Winter’s Bone (90)
9. The Fighter (79)
Boxing biopic by David O. Russell.
10. Mother (79)
South Korean drama thriller.
13. A Prophet (90)
Absorbing French prison drama.
15. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (69)
The proper follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (ignore Paul).
16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (65)
Surprisingly indie-ish (read: mopey). I liked Part II as well.
18. Toy Story 3 (92)
The best one.
20. Blue Valentine (81)
Devastating look at a relationship in crisis.
24. Youth in Revolt (63)
Michael Cera is the Youth.
25. Animal Kingdom (83)
An Australian GoodFellas.
32. Mother and Child (64)
Written and directed by HBO veteran (and son of Gabriel García Márquez) Rodrigo García.
33. Shutter Island (63)
Not entirely successful. But it’s Scorsese.
34. Four Lions (68)
British Muslim suicide bombing comedy.
35. Tangled (71)
Disney’s 50th animated movie. Pixarian in feel and tone.
37. Super (50)
Much better than the similar Kick-Ass.
39. The Town (74)
Crime drama by/with/for Ben Affleck.
40. How to Train Your Dragon (74)
41. I Love You Phillip Morris (65)
A gay Catch Me If You Can.
42. The Kids Are All Right (86)
Overhyped but alright.
45. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths (-)
Not as good as the Morrison/Quitely graphic novel, but pretty fun anyway.
46. The Killer Inside Me (-)
47. Get Low (77)
Robert Duvall is ornery sumbitch and Bill Murray is his funeral director. Doesn’t quite live up to its promise.
49. Cemetery Junction (-)
Disappointingly conventional coming-of-age movie from Gervais/Merchant.
51. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (-)
Pretty faithful to the comics by Tardi.
52. Unthinkable (-)
Absurd but highly watchable torture porn with questionable morals.
53. Buried (65)
Ryan Reynolds in a box.
So. Did I miss anything?