By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Critics Top Ten List 2012: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, SF Bay Guardian

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

1. Cosmopolis
2. In the Family
3. The Master
4. The Comedy
5. Florentina Hubaldo CTE
6. Shanghai
7. Holy Motors
8. The Grey
9a. Your Sister’s Sister
9b. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
10. Lotus Community Workshop
11. ParaNorman
12-14 [tie]. A Simple Life, Amour, The Turin Horse
15. Compliance
16. The Kid With a Bike
17. Beasts of the Southern Wild
18. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
19. John Carter
20. The Dark Knight Rises

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