By Laura Rooney laura@moviecitynews.com

Critics Top Ten List 2010: Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

  1. Blue Valentine
  2. The Ghost Writer
  3. Mademoiselle Chambon
  4. The King’s Speech
  5. Hereafter
  6. Toy Story 3
  7. The Social Network
  8. Black Swan
  9. The Kids Are All Right
  10. The Runaways

San Francisco Chronicle

  1. Blue Valentine
  2. The Ghost Writer
  3. Mademoiselle Chambon
  4. The King’s Speech
  5. Hereafter
  6. Toy Story 3
  7. The Social Network
  8. Black Swan
  9. The Kids Are All Right
  10. The Runaways

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