Top Ten Films of 2012: Staff Picks

Greetings all.

Here it is, then: Front Row Reviews’ best-of-2012 list, as voted for by its contributors. As with last year’s ballot, eligibility was restricted to those films with a UK theatrical release – our winner, for instance, appeared on many lists last year, but it didn’t hit cinemas until January this year. Its standing here is testament to its critical endurance among our rank.

Our scoring system remained: between 10 and 2 points were given to those ranked 1-5 in each ballot, with the five other films receiving a point each. One added scoring feature was to give an extra 2 points for every nomination beyond the first – this means our final list favours overall popularity over individual favourites.

There were, for instance, as many different films voted number one as there were ballots: the two favourites that didn’t make the list were Searching for Sugar Man and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Of the 53 films that received a nomination, five were voted for twice without making the final ten: Elena, The Raid, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ted and The Master.

Without further ado, then, the list follows…

1. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011 UK)
Reviewed by Alex Rowland and Alice Bishop

2. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012 UK / USA)
Reviewed by Michael Pattison

=3. Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012 UK)
Reviewed by Nat Smith and Ollie Charles

=3. The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2011 USA)
Reviewed by Katherine Naylor

5. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012 Austria / France / Germany)
Reviewed by Michael Pattison

6. Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2012 USA)
Reviewed by Jonathan Glen and Ollie Charles

=7. Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012 USA)
Reviewed by Michael Pattison and Ollie Charles

=7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012 USA)
Reviewed by Jonathan Glen and Ollie Charles

=7. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012 UK)

10. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012 Denmark)
Reviewed by Michael Pattison and Jonathan Glen

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Individual ballots

Alice Bishop Ollie Charles Liam Cumber Jonathan Glen
1 Argo Berberian Sound Studio Skyfall Shame
2 Skyfall Killer Joe Shame Amour
3 Amour Simon Killer [festival] The Raid The Hunt
4 The Cabin in the Woods Holy Motors The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Imposter
5 Shame The Perks of Being Wallflower The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Rust and Bone
6 A Royal Affair Argo War Horse Four Horsemen
7 Killer Joe Skyfall Coriolanus Sightseers
8 The Master Keep the Lights On Ted Monsieur Lazhar
9 The Hunger Games Ginger & Rosa Avengers Assemble ParaNorman
10 The Raid The Cabin in the Woods The Amazing Spider-man The Kid with the Bike
Rob Munday Katherine Naylor Michael Pattison Nat Smith
1 Sightseers Searching for Sugar Man Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Moonrise Kingdom
2 Le Havre The Cabin in the Woods Elena Beasts of the Southern Wild
3 Shame Skyfall Aurora Brave
4 Two Years at Sea Prometheus The Hunt Anna Karenina
5 Electrick Children Ted Even the Rain Berberian Sound Studio
6 Killer Joe Killing Them Softly Grabbers
7 London: The Modern Babylon Moonrise Kingdom Elena
8 Berberian Sound Studio The Angels’ Share Life of Pi
9 The Master You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet The Muppets
10 Nostalgia for the Light Magic Mike Shadow Dancer

About The Author

Michael Pattison is a film critic from Gateshead.

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