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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Cameron McAllister, Reel Georgia

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Rust and Bone
4. Amour
5. Lincoln
6. Restoration
7. Zero Dark Thirty
8. Killing Them Softly
9. Moonrise Kingdom
10. Sound of My Voice

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Edward Douglas, Coming Soon

1. Life of Pi
2. Searching for Sugar Man
3. The Intouchables
4. The Impossible
5. Chico and Rita
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Skyfall
8. Samsara
9. Les Miserables
10. The Cabin in the Woods
1. Life of Pi
2. Searching for Sugar Man
3. The Intouchables
4. The Impossible
5. Chico and Rita
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Skyfall
8. Samsara
9. Les Miserables
10. The Cabin in the Woods

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

1. Silver Linings Playbook/Zero Dark Thirty
3. Anna Karenina
4. Holy Motors
5. The Master
6. Amour
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Argo
9. Arbitrage
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Peter Suderman

Peter Suderman The Washington Times Zero Dark Thirty The Avengers Django Unchained The Master The Cabin in the Woods The Grey Magic Mike Killing Me Softly Beasts of the Southern Wild Skyfall  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter KUTV Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild The Dark Knight Rises Frankenweenie Holy Motors Lincoln Looper The Perks of Being a Wallflower Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom JC Online Zero Dark Thirty Safety Not Guaranteed Les Miserables The Dark Knight Rises Argo Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Searching for Sugar Man Django Unchained Skyfall  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Randy Myers

Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News Zero Dark Thirty Argo The Master Amour Beasts of the Southern Wild Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Looper The Grey In the Family  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Duane Dudek

Duane Dudek JS Online Lincoln Argo Zero Dark Thirty Moonrise Kingdom Life of Pi Beasts of the Southern Wild Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of GOd The Imposter Searching for Sugar Man Amour

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Mack Rawden

Mack Rawden Cinema Blend Argo Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Skyfall Lincoln Pitch Perfect Looper Beasts of the Southern Wild 21 Jump Street Life of Pi

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bill Wine

Bill Wine CBS Argo Silver Linings Playbook Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty Les Miserables The Dark Knight Rises The Sessions The Other Son Looper Bully      

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Joe Williams

Joe Williams St. Louis Today Argo Django Unchained The Impossible Life of Pi The Master Moonrise Kingdom On the Road Samsara Searching for Sugar Man Silver Linings Playbook  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Mike Scott

Mike Scott Nola.com Beasts of the Southern Wild Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Moonrise Kingdom The Sessions Django Unchained Argo Killer Joe Silver Linings Playbook Life of Pi  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Tom Charity

Tom Charity CNN Django Unchained The Master Zero Dark Thirty Silver Linings Playbook Beasts of the Southern WIld Life of Pi Killing Them Softly Bernie Skyfall Frankenweenie      

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bob Grimm

Bob Grimm Anchorage Press Les Miserables The Impossible Zero Dark Thirty Moonrise Kingdom Looper Safety Not Guaranteed Ruby Sparks Seven Psychopaths Beasts of the Southern Wild The Grey

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: David Poland, Movie City News

David Poland 1. (tie) Zero Dark Thirty 1. (tie) Amour 3. Rust & Bone 4. The Master 5. The Grey 6. Lincoln 7. The Gatekeepers 8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower 9. Ted 10. Cloud Atlas

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Ray Pride, Movie City News

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. Oslo, August 31
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. Rust & Bone
5. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
6. Looper
7. Life Without Principle
8. Amour
9. The Turin Horse
10. Miss Bala

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Brad Brevet, Rope Of Silicon

1. Django Unchained
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. End of Watch
5. Magic Mike
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. Killing Them Softly
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
9. Rust and Bone
10. Lincoln

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Richard Crouse

The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
The Impossible
Looper
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
The Sessions
Skyfall
Stories We Tell
Zero Dark Thirty

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Brad Schreiber

Polisse
Generation P
The Sessions
Flight
Perfect Sense
Arbitrage
Monsieur Lazhar
A Royal Affair
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Turn Me On, Dammit

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Robert Horton

Margaret
Once Upon a Time In Anatolia
Silver Linings Playbook
This is Not A Film
Lincoln
The Turin Horse
The Master
Bernie
Searching for Sugar Man
To Rome With Love

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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