40 Pretty Good Movies from 2012

As tradition dictates (2009, 2010, 2011), I’ve once again tried to arrange my favorite movies from last year in order of ”greatness”, i.e. how much I liked them. However, I thought 2012 was a mediocre film year, so the post title is even more accurate than usual – many of these are only pretty good (especially towards the bottom of the list). I did thoroughly enjoy the top five or so, but even the year’s best movie – Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master – didn’t really improve on There Will Be Blood, did it?

Anyway, you can either click on the image gallery or scroll down for a list in text form.


1. The Master (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 86)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 84)
3. The Cabin in the Woods (Rotten Tomatoes: 90% / Metacritic: 72)
4. Zero Dark Thirty (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 95)
5. Lincoln (Rotten Tomatoes: 89% / Metacritic: 86)
6. Django Unchained (Rotten Tomatoes: 89% / Metacritic: 81)
7. La piel que habito/The Skin I Live In (Rotten Tomatoes: 81% / Metacritic: 70)
8. The Avengers (Rotten Tomatoes: 93% / Metacritic: 69)
9. 21 Jump Street (Rotten Tomatoes: 85% / Metacritic: 69)
10. The Bourne Legacy (Rotten Tomatoes: 56% / Metacritic: 61)
11. Excision (Rotten Tomatoes: 81%)
12. Beyond The Black Rainbow (Rotten Tomatoes: 42% / Metacritic: 49)
13. Amour (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 94)
14. Sound of My Voice (Rotten Tomatoes: 74% / Metacritic: 67)
15. Chronicle (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 69)
16. Serbuan Maut/The Raid: Redemption (Rotten Tomatoes: 84% / Metacritic: 73)
17. Prometheus (Rotten Tomatoes: 82% / Metacritic: 62)
18. The Dark Knight Rises (Rotten Tomatoes: 87% / Metacritic: 78)
19. Skyfall (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 81)
20. Damsels in Distress (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 67)
21. Killer Joe (Rotten Tomatoes: 77% / Metacritic: 62)
22. The Queen of Versailles (Rotten Tomatoes: 95% / Metacritic: 80)
23. Killing Them Softly (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 64)
24. Seven Psychopaths (Rotten Tomatoes: 82% / Metacritic: 66)
25. Haywire (Rotten Tomatoes: 80% / Metacritic: 67)
26. Les Misérables (Rotten Tomatoes: 69% / Metacritic: 62)
27. The Loneliest Planet (Rotten Tomatoes: 70% / Metacritic: 76)
28. Bernie (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 75)
29. Äta sova dö/Eat Sleep Die
30. Looper (Rotten Tomatoes: 93% / Metacritic: 84)
31. The Hunger Games (Rotten Tomatoes: 85% / Metacritic: 67)
32. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Rotten Tomatoes: 65% / Metacritic: 58)
33. Flight (Rotten Tomatoes: 78% / Metacritic: 76)
34. Arbitrage (Rotten Tomatoes: 84% / Metacritic: 73)
35. Wreck-it Ralph (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 72)
36. Silver Linings Playbook (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 81)
37. Livide (Rotten Tomatoes: 88%)
38. Premium Rush (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 66)
39. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 86)
40. Argo (Rotten Tomatoes: 96% / Metacritic: 86)

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