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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2010 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Lisa Chodolenko: The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Holofcener: Please Give
Floria Sigismondi: The Runaways
Michael Winterbottom: The Killer Inside Me


Berlin (feb):
Florin Serban: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Semih Kaplanoglu: Bal/ Honey
Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Wang Quan'an: Tuan Yuan/ Apart Together
Hirokazu Kore-eda: Still Walking
Benjamin Heisenberg: The Robber
Alexei Popogrebsky: How I Ended This Summer
Cannes (may):
Sergei Loznitsa: My Joy
Cristi Puiu: Aurora
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Mike Leigh: Another Year
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: The Screaming Man
Abbas Kiarostami: Certified Copy
Xavier Beauvois: Of Gods and Men
Alejandro Inarritu: Biutiful
Lee Chang-dong: Poetry
Olivier Assayas: Carlos
Im Sang-soo: The Housemaid
Venezia (aug):
Sofia Coppola: Somewhere
Alex de la Iglesia: Balada Triste/ The Last Circus
Jerzy Skolimowski: Essential Killing
New York (oct):
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Cristi Puiu: Aurora
Manoel de Oliveira: The Strange Case of Angelica
Patrick Keiller: Robinson in Ruins
Aleksei Fedorchenko: Silent Souls
Michelangelo Frammartino: Le Quattro Volte
Radu Muntean: Tuesday After Christmas
Lee Chang-dong: Poetry
Xavier Beauvois: Of Gods and Men
JeanLuc Godard: Film Socialisme
Hong Sang-soo: Oki's Movie

Toronto (sep):
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Jerzy Skolimowski: Essential Killing Miral
Julian Schnabel: Miral
Mika Kaurismaki: The House Of Branching Love
John Cameron Mitchell: Rabbit Hole
Kelly Reichart: Meek's Cutoff

Ratings for the 2010 season

MUST SEE...:

7.8 Sergei Loznitsa: Schastye Moe/ My Joy


7.5 Lee Chang-dong: Poetry
7.4 Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
7.3 Raul Ruiz: Misterios de Lisboa/ Mysteries of Lisbon
7.2 Sofia Coppola: Somewhere
7.2 Michelangelo Frammartino: Le Quattro Volte
7.2 Edgar Wright: Scott Pilgrim vs the World
7.2 Alex de la Iglesia: Last Circus
7.2 Manoel de Oliveira: The Strange Case of Angelica
7.1 Hong Sang-soo: Oki's Movie
7.1 Joanna Hogg: Archipelago
7.1 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: The Screaming Man
7.1 Darren Aronofsky: Black Swan
7.1 Mike Mills: Beginners
7.0 Jerzy Skolimowski: Essential Killing
7.0 Matias Pineiro: Rosalinda
7.0 Liu Jian: Piercing I
7.0 Yorgos Lanthimos: Dogtooth
7.0 Tsui Hark: Di Renjie - Tong Tian di Guo/ Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
7.0 Andre Ovredal: Trolljegeren/ Trollhunter (2010)
7.0 Alexei Popogrebsky: How I Ended This Summer
7.0 Fred Cavaye: Point Blank
7.0 Jan Svankmajer: Surviving Life
7.0 Rafi Pitts: The Hunter
7.0 Abbas Kiarostami: Certified Copy
7.0 Hong-jin Na: The Yellow Sea
7.0 Eric Mendelsohn: 3 Backyards
7.0 Paolo Sorrentino: This Must Be the Place
7.0 Kelly Reichardt: Meek's Cutoff
7.0 Clio Barnard: The Arbor
7.0 Marc Meyers: Harvest
7.0 Mike Goldbach: Daydream Nation
7.0 Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer: R
7.0 Im Sang-soo: The Housemaid
7.0 Feng Xiaogang: Aftershock
7.0 Larysa Kondracki: The Whistleblower
7.0 Julie Bertuccelli: The Tree
7.0 Cristi Puiu: Aurora
7.0 Denis Villeneuve: Incendies
7.0 Quentin Dupieux: Rubber
7.0 Conor Horgan: One Hundred Mornings
7.0 Xavier Dolan: Heartbeats
7.0 Xavier Beauvois: Of Gods and Men
7.0 Mike Leigh: Another Year
7.0 Debra Granik: Winter's Bone
7.0 Lisa Cholodenko: The Kids are All Right
7.0 Baltasar Kormakur: Inhale
7.0 Gareth Edwards: Monsters
7.0 Silvio Soldini: Come Undone
7.0 Radu Muntean: Tuesday After Christmas
7.0 Chris Weitz: A Better Life
7.0 Michael Rowe: Leap Year
7.0 Ed Gass-Donnelly: Small Town Murder Songs
7.0 Miguel Gomes: Our Beloved Month of August
7.0 Yorgos Lanthimos: Dogtooth
SO SO...:

6.9 Sylvain Chomet: The Illusionist
6.9 Zhang Chi: Dixia de Tiankong/ The Shaft
6.9 Kornel Mundruczo: Delta
6.9 Noah Baumbach: Greenberg
6.9 Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois: How to Train Your Dragon
6.9 Victor Nunez: Spoken Word
6.9 Nicolo Donato: Brotherhood
6.9 Rachid Bouchareb: Outside the Law
6.9 Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani: Amer
6.9 Lena Dunham: Tiny Furniture
6.9 Jean-Luc Godard: Film Socialisme
6.8 Manoel de Oliveira: Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl
6.8 Oren Moverman: Rampart
6.8 Michael Winterbottom: The Trip
6.8 Christian Carion: Farewell
6.8 Antoine Fuqua: Brooklyn's Finest
6.8 Danny Boyle: 127 Hours
6.8 Marco Bellocchio: Vincere
6.8 Miguel Sapochnik: Repo Men
6.8 Maren Ade: Everyone Else
6.8 Felix van Groeningen: The Misfortunates
6.8 Bette Gordon: Handsome Harry
6.8 Patrick Hoelck: Mercy
6.8 Ralph Ziman: Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema
6.8 Daniel Stamm: The Last Exorcism
6.8 Fredrik Edfeldt: The Girl
6.8 Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman: Howl
6.8 Doug Liman: Fair Game
6.8 Tom McGrath: Megamind
6.8 Damien Chazelle: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
6.8 Nigel Cole: Made in Dagenham
6.8 Urszula Antoniak: Nothing Personal
6.8 Andrei Konchalovsky: Nutcracker in 3D
6.8 Andrew Jarecki: All Good Things
6.7 Deagol Brothers: Make-Out With Violence
6.7 Jeb Stuart: Blood Done Sign My Name
6.7 Jake Scott: Welcome to the Rileys
6.7 Peter Liechti: The Sound of Insects
6.7 Hong Sang-soo: The Day He Arrives
6.6 Roman Polanski: The Ghost Writer
6.6 Nicole Holofcener: Please Give
6.6 Jacques Rivette: Around a Small Mountain
6.6 Olivier Assayas: Carlos
6.6 Warwick Thornton: Samson & Delilah
6.6 Tyler Perry: For Colored Girls
6.5 Chris Morris: Four Lions
6.5 Panos Cosmatos: Beyond The Black Rainbow
6.5 Hossein Keshavarz: Dog Sweat
6.5 Sion Sono: Cold Fish
6.5 Amos Gitai: Carmel
6.5 Andre Technie: The Girl on the Train
6.5 Andrey Khrzhanovsky: A Room and a Half
6.5 Paul Greengrass: Green Zone
6.5 Conor McPherson: The Eclipse
6.5 Tim Blake Nelson: Leaves of Grass
6.5 Robert Saitzyk: Godspeed
6.5 Michel Gondry: The Thorn in the Heart
6.5 Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men
6.5 David Levien: Solitary Man
6.5 Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Micmacs
6.5 Jan Kounen: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
6.5 Aaron Schneider: Get Low
6.5 Samuel Moaz: Lebanon
6.5 Rob Reiner: Flipped
6.5 Daniele Thompson: Change of Plans
6.5 Jeff Mizushima: Etienne
6.5 Paul Fierlinger: My Dog Tulip
6.5 Zhang Yimou: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
6.5 Gaspar Noe: Enter the Void
6.5 Matt Reeves: Let Me In
6.5 Eugene Green: The Portuguese Nun
6.5 Ned Farr: A Marine Story
6.5 Philip Ridley: Heartless
6.5 Nathan Greno and Byron Howard: Tangled
6.5 Jalmari Helander: Rare Exports
6.5 Geoff Marslett: Mars
6.5 Tanya Hamilton: Night Catches Us
6.5 John Requa and Glenn Ficarra: I Love You Phillip Morris
6.5 Edward Zwick: Love & Other Drugs
6.5 John Wells: The Company Men
6.5 Nicolas Philibert: Nenette
6.5 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Biutiful
6.5 Christopher Nolan: Inception
Passable...:

6.4 Steven Soderbergh: And Everything Is Going Fine
6.4 Joel Schumacher: Twelve
6.4 Philipp Stolzl: North Face
6.4 James Hausler: Kalamity
6.3 Lasse Hallstrom: Dear John
6.3 Harvey Wang: The Last New Yorker
6.3 Lee Unkrich: Toy Story 3
6.2 Tomm Moore: The Secret of Kells
6.2 Michel Leclerc: The Names of Love
6.2 Monte Hellman: Road to Nowhere
6.2 Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman: The Extra Man
6.2 Zack Snyder: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
6.2 Clint Eastwood : Hereafter
6.1 Julio DelPietro: The Good Guy
6.0 Takashi Miike: Jusannin no Shikaku/ 13 Assassins (2010)
6.0 Miguel Arteta: Youth In Revolt
6.0 Eduardo Sanchez: "Lovely Molly"
6.0 Henry Jaglom: Queen of the Lot
6.0 Doug Langway: BearCity
6.0 Jeff Malmberg: Marwencol
6.0 Randall Wallace: Secretariat
6.0 Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden: It's Kind of a Funny Story
6.0 Tze Chun: Children of Invention
6.0 Dave Boyle: White on Rice
6.0 Adam Green: Frozen
6.0 Pierre Morel: From Paris With Love
6.0 Haim Tabakman: Eyes Wide Open
6.0 Peter and Michael Spierig: Daybreakers
6.0 Dror Zahavi: For My Father
6.0 Hue Rhodes: Saint John of Las Vegas
6.0 Josh Goldin: Wonderful World
6.0 Allen and Albert Hughes: The Book of Eli
6.0 Anne Aghion: My Neighbor My Killer
6.0 Tom Vaughan: Extraordinary Measures
6.0 David Oliveras: Watercolors
6.0 Ben Waller: Murder in Fashion
6.0 Kyle Patrick Alvarez: Easier With Practice
6.0 Adam Kane: Formosa Betrayed
6.0 Udayan Prasad: The Yellow Handkerchief
6.0 Niels Arden Oplev: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
6.0 Raymond De Felitta: City Island
6.0 Minos Papas: "Shutterbug
6.0 Daryl Wein: Breaking Upwards
6.0 Matthew Vaughn: Kick-Ass
6.0 Neil LaBute: Death at a Funeral
6.0 Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney: Paper Man
6.0 Kim Jee-won: The Good, the Bad, the Weird
6.0 Daniel Barber: Harry Brown
6.0 Dover Kosashvili: The Duel
6.0 Philippe Loiret: Welcome
6.0 Brooks Branch: Multiple Sarcasms
6.0 Gary Winick: Letters to Juliet
6.0 Mike Mitchell: Shrek Forever After
6.0 Nicholas Stoller: Get Him to the Greek
6.0 Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass: Cyrus
6.0 Taylor Hackford: Love Ranch
6.0 Lance Daly: Kisses
6.0 Jay Roach: Dinner for Schmucks
6.0 Radu Mihaileanu: The Concert
6.0 George Gallo: Middle Men
6.0 Ruba Nadda: Cairo Time
6.0 Abhishek Sharma: Tere Bin Laden
6.0 Ryan Murphy: Eat Pray Love
6,0 David Michod: Animal Kingdom
6.0 Susanna White: Nanny McPhee Returns
6.0 Nanette Burstein: Going the Distance
6.0 Robert Rodriguez: Machete
6.0 Jann Turner: White Wedding
6.0 Elizabeth Lucas: Clear Blue Tuesday
6.0 Mark Romanek: Never Let Me Go
6.0 Pascal Chaumeil: Heartbreaker
6.0 Galt Niederhoffer: The Romantics
6.0 Francois Ozon: Le Refuge/ Hideaway
6.0 Francois Ozon: Potiche/ Trophy Wife
6.0 Philip Seymour Hoffman: Jack Goes Boating
6.0 Katie Aselton: The Freebie
6.0 Atom Egoyan: Chloe
6.0 David Fincher: Social Network
6.0 Joseph Graham: Strapped
6.0 Jon Gunn: Like Dandelion Dust
6.0 Oliver Stone: Money Never Sleeps
6.0 Rodrigo Cortes: Buried
6.0 Todd Phillips: Due Date
6.0 Steven Antin: Burlesque
6.0 Richard Lewis: Barney's Version
6.0 John Irvin: Hemingway's Garden of Eden
6.0 John Cameron Mitchell: Rabbit Hole
6.0 George Hickenlooper: Casino Jack
6.0 Sam Taylor-Wood: Nowhere Boy
YUCK!...:

5.9 Martin Scorsese: Shutter Island
5.9 Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo: After Life
5.8 Night Shyamalan: The Last Airbender
5.8 Olivier Masset-Depasse: Illegal
5.8 Tom Hooper: The King's Speech
5.8 Daniel Alfredson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
5.7 Tim Burton: Alice in Wonderland
5.7 J Blakeson: Disappearance of Alice Creed
5.7 Stephen Frears: Tamara Drewe
5.5 Gabriel Medina: The Paranoids
5.5 Ananth Narayan Mahadevan: Red Alert - The War Within
5.5 Andy Tennant: The Bounty Hunter
5.5 Shawn Levy: Date Night
5.5 David Kittredge: Pornography: A Thriller
5.5 Neil Marshall: Centurion
5.5 Claudia Llosa: The Milk of Sorrow
5.5 Mel Damski: Legendary
5.5 Ben Wheatley: Down Terrace
5.5 Claude Chabrol: Inspector Bellamy
5.5 Roger Mitchell: Morning Glory
5.5 David Yates: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
5.2 Paul Haggis: The Next Three Days
5.0 Jon Amiel: Creation
5.0 Raul Ruiz: A Closed Book/ Blind Revenge
5.0 Ry Russo-Young: You Wont Miss Me
5.0 Julie Taymor: The Tempest
5.0 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: The Tourist
5.0 David Russell: The Fighter
5.0 Greg Berlanti: Life as We Know It
5.0 John Curran: Stone
5.0 Jonathan Lynn: Wild Target
5.0 Margarethe von Trotta: Vision
5.0 Tony Goldwyn: Conviction
5.0 Agustin: Falling Awake
5.0 Michael Lembeck: Tooth Fairy
5.0 Patrick Alessandrin: District 13: Ultimatum
5.0 Mitchell Lichtenstein: Happy Tears
5.0 Kevin Smith: Cop Out
5.0 Bradley Rust Gray: The Exploding Girl
5.0 Allen Coulter: Remember Me
5.0 Rick Famuyiwa: Our Family Wedding
5.0 Leena Yadav: Teen Patti
5.0 Floria Sigismondi: The Runaways
5.0 Steve Pink: Hot Tub Time Machine
5.0 Julie Anne Robinson: The Last Song
5.0 Jerry Zaks: Who Do You Love
5.0 Derrick Borte: The Joneses
5.0 Sylvain White: The Losers
5.0 Duncan Ward: Boogie Woogie
5.0 Allen Wolf: In My Sleep
5.0 Tom Six: The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
5.0 Adam Sherman: Happiness Runs
5.0 Ridley Scott: Robin Hood
5.0 Woody Allen: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
5.0 Sanaa Hamri: Just Wright
5.0 Ian FitzGibbon: Perrier's Bounty
5.0 Mike Newell: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
5.0 David Slade: Twilight Saga - Eclipse
5.0 Nicolas Winding Refn: Valhalla Rising
5.0 Fouad Mikati: Operation Endgame
5.0 Burr Steers: Charlie St. Cloud
5.0 Adam McKay: The Other Guys
5.0 Jon Chu: Step Up 3D
5.0 Sylvester Stallone: The Expendables
5.0 Goro Miyazaki: Tales From Earthsea
5.0 Bruce Beresford: Mao's Last Dancer
5.0 Anton Corbijn: The American
5.0 James Strouse: The Winning Season
5.0 Casey Affleck: I'm Still Here
5.0 Ben Affleck: The Town
5.0 Will Gluck: Easy A
5.0 Woody Allen: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
5.0 Catherine Corsini: Leaving
5.0 Casper Andreas: Violet Tendencies
5.0 Kyle Gallner: Cherry
5.0 Roger Spottiswoode: Shake Hands With the Devil
5.0 Tony Scott: Unstoppable
5.0 George Tillman: Faster
5.0 Joseph Kosinski,: Tron - Legacy
5.0 James Felix McKenney: Satan Hates You
5.0 Anton Bormatov: Alien Girl
5.0 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen: True Grit
5.0 Rob Letterman: Gulliver's Travels
5.0 Derek Cianfrance: Blue Valentine
GASP!...:

4.9 Malcolm Venville: 44 Inch Chest
4.6 William Jennings: Harlem Aria
4.5 Garry Marshall: Valentine's Day
4.5 Joe Johnston: The Wolfman
4.5 Chris Columbus: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
4.5 Lee Toland Krieger: The Vicious Kind
4.5 Martin Campbell: Edge of Darkness
4.5 Shana Feste: The Greatest
4.5 Alan Poul: The Back-up Plan
4.5 Marc Forby: Princess Kaiulani
4.5 James Mangold: Knight and Day
4.5 Daniel Alfredson: The Girl Who Played With Fire
4.5 Jon Turteltaub: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
4.5 Rachel Perkins: Bran Nue Dae
4.5 Andy Fickman: You Again
4.5 Robert Schwentke: Red
4.5 Paul Weitz: Little Fockers
4.3 Drake Doremus: Douchebag
4.0 Dennis Dugan: Grown-ups
4.0 Brad Peyton: Cats and Dogs
4.0 Brian Levant: The Spy Next Door
4.0 Anand Tucker: Leap Year
4.0 Mark Steven Johnson: When in Rome
4.0 Breck Eisner: The Crazies
4.0 Jim Field Smith: She's Out of My League
4.0 Thor Freudenthal: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
4.0 Mark Young: The Killing Jar
4.0 James Bolton: Dream Boy
4.0 Bill Humphreys: Just Say Love
4.0 Louis Leterrier: Clash of the Titans
4.0 Jake Goldberger: Don McKay
4.0 William Dear: The Perfect Game
4.0 Samuel Bayer: Nightmare on Elm Street
4.0 Roger Kumble: Furry Vengeance
4.0 Jon Favreau: Iron Man 2
4.0 Harald Zwart: The Karate Kid
4.0 Joe Carnahan: The A-Team
4.0 George Romero: Survival of the Dead
4.0 Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin: Despicable Me
4.0 Nimrod Antal: Predators
4.0 Philip Noyce: Salt
4.0 Will Speck and Josh Gordon: The Switch
4.0 Alexandre Aja: Piranha 3D
4.0 John Luessenhop: Takers
4.0 James Brooks: How Do You Know
4.0 Eric Brevig: Yogi Bear
3.5 Ron Satlof: Misconceptions
3.5 Michael Patrick King: Sex and the City 2
3.5 Jeff Tremaine: Jackass 3D

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