2010’s films ranked

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2010. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date; year is 2010 unless otherwise noted.


other yearly rankings:
2022 | 2021 | 2020
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

Never Let Me Go (09.10/09.15)
Black Swan (11.28/12.03)
The King’s Speech (11.02/11.24)
Despicable Me (06.02/07.09)
Agora (04.29/05.28)
Inception (07.13/07.16)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Man som hatar kvinnor) (03.03/03.19)
Catfish (08.26/09.17)
Four Lions (11.02/11.05)
Another Year (11.17/12.17)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (11.12/12.03)
Fish Tank (03.08/01.15)
Winter’s Bone (10.13/06.11)
Animal Kingdom (02.22.11/08.13/02.25.11)
Rabbit Hole (12.01/12.17)
The Illusionist (01.04.10/12.24)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (02.24.11/04.16/04.05.11)
The Town (09.13/09.17)
Fair Game (10.26/11.05)
Inside Job (02.23.11/10.08/02.18.11)
The Social Network (09.28/10.01)
Toy Story 3 (06.18/06.18)
127 Hours (10.28/11.05)
Waste Land (02.22.11/10.29/02.25.11)
Waiting for “Superman” (09.16/09.24)
City Island (04.22/03.19)
The Kids Are All Right (06.16/07.09)
The Extra Man (07.15/07.30)
Howl (09.07/09.24)
Restrepo (02.24.11/06.25/10.08)
Easy A (09.01/09.17)
Biutiful (01.05.10/12.29)
Megamind (10.30/11.05)
The Company Men (10.27/12.10)
The Ghost Writer (aka The Ghost) (02.17/02.19)
Conviction (10.06/10.15)
Flipped (08.17/08.27)
The Concert (07.26/07.30)
Brooklyn’s Finest (02.23/03.05)
A Prophet (Un prophète) (02.23/02.26)
How to Train Your Dragon (03.20/03.26)
Buried (09.16/09.24)
The Tempest (02.22.11/12.10/03.04.11)
The Runaways (03.03/03.19)
Tamara Drewe (09.24/10.08)
Tangled (11.20/11.24)
The Secret in Their Eyes (04.08/04.16)
Micmacs (04.06/05.28)
Gasland (02.25.11/09.15/01.17.11)
Made in Dagenham (10.26/11.19)
Ramona and Beezus (07.15/07.23)
The Secret of Kells (02.25/03.05)
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (04.29/05.07)
Monsters (09.08/10.29)
Blood Done Sign My Name (02.03/02.19)
Red (10.07/10.15)
The Next Three Days (11.10/11.19)
Smash His Camera (07.15/07.30)
Nowhere Boy (11.04/10.08)
Wild Target (10.20/10.29)
Secretariat (10.02/10.08)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (09.20/09.24)
When You’re Strange (04.09/04.28)
Harry Brown (04.13/04.30)
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (08.03/09.03)
Daybreakers (01.05/01.08)
Red Riding Trilogy (12.29.09/02.05)
Mesrine: Killer Instinct (08.03/08.27)
Babies (04.20/05.07)
Machete (08.26/09.03)
Get Low (08.17/07.30)
Salt (07.19/07.23)
I Spit on Your Grave (10.04/10.08)
Takers (08.25/08.27)
The Other Guys (08.03/08.06)
Nanny McPhee Returns (aka Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang) (08.14/08.20)
Holy Rollers (08.09/05.21)
From Paris with Love (01.28/02.05)
Let Me In (09.27/10.01)
The Last Exorcism (08.24/08.27)
For Colored Girls (10.15/11.05)
The Losers (04.19/04.23)
Creation (10.29.09/01.22)
Mother (Madeo) (02.17/03.12)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (09.13/09.22)
The Greatest (03.22/04.02)
Bran Nue Dae (08.19/09.10)
I Love You Phillip Morris (12.18/12.03)
Countdown to Zero (07.20/07.23)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (12.28/06.11)
Remember Me (03.09/03.12)
Country Strong (01.03.10/01.07.10)
Iron Man 2 (05.04/05.07)
The Perfect Game (07.??.08/04.16)
The A-Team (06.09/06.11)
Eat Pray Love (08.11/08.13)
Hubble 3D (03.09/03.19)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

True Grit (12.20/12.22)
Somewhere (11.18/12.22)
The Fighter (12.03/12.10)
The Way Back (12.06/12.29)
The Dry Land (07.26/07.30)
Mother and Child (04.08/05.07)
[REC] 2 (05.24/07.09)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes) (10.07/10.29)
Valhalla Rising (06.22/07.16)
Letters to Juliet (05.12/05.14)
Charlie St. Cloud (07.22/07.30)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (09.15/10.08)
The Joneses (03.24/04.16)
Welcome to the Rileys (10.14/10.29)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (07.15/07.09)
The Crazies (02.24/02.26)
Casino Jack: The United States of Money (05.03/05.07)
Shutter Island (02.16/02.19)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (02.09/02.12)
Oceans (04.26/04.22)
The Expendables (08.04/08.13)
Chloe (03.04/03.26)
Jack Goes Boating (09.01/09.17)
Date Night (04.07/04.09)
Shrek Forever After (05.15/05.21)
Get Him to the Greek (05.26/06.04)
Ondine (04.20/06.04)
Just Wright (05.11/05.14)
Predators (07.07/07.09)
Middle Men (08.02/08.06)
Morning Glory (11.08/11.12)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (11.15/11.19)
Burlesque (11.22/11.24)
Going the Distance (08.31/09.03)
Heartbreaker (L’arnacoeur) (09.23/09.10)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (12.02/12.10)
Freakonomics (09.28/10.01)
The Wolfman (02.08/02.12)
Greenberg (03.15/03.19)
Blue Valentine (10.20/12.31)
Stone (10.04/10.08)
Princess Kaiulani (04.21/05.14)
Green Zone (03.08/03.12)
Survival of the Dead (04.19/05.28)

red for no
give it a miss

The American (08.30/09.01)
Barney’s Version (11.17/12.03)
Unstoppable (11.09/11.12)
Solitary Man (06.20/05.21)
Knight and Day (06.17/06.23)
Cyrus (06.10/06.18)
Edge of Darkness (01.19/01.29)
Casino Jack (11.22/12.17)
Step Up 3D (08.06/08.06)
Splice (05.25/06.04)
After.Life (03.24/04.09)
Robin Hood (05.10/05.14)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (05.28/05.28)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (03.16/03.19)
The Book of Eli (01.13/01.15)
Legion (01.22/01.22)
Extraordinary Measures (01.20/01.22)
Dear John (02.03/02.05)
Love and Other Drugs (11.18/11.24)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (09.19/09.24)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (06.28/06.30)
Devil (09.17/09.17)
Youth in Revolt (12.28.09/01.08)
Valentine’s Day (02.09/02.12)
She’s Out of My League (03.10/03.12)
The Last Song (03.31/03.31)
How Do You Know (12.14/12.17)
The Bounty Hunter (03.22/03.19)
Repo Men (03.16/03.19)
The Karate Kid (06.07/06.11)
Marmaduke (06.02/06.04)
Kick-Ass (03.31/04.16)
The Back-up Plan (04.23/04.23)
The Spy Next Door (01.07/01.15)
Leap Year (01.04/01.08)
When in Rome (01.29/01.29)
Our Family Wedding (03.04/03.12)
Alice in Wonderland (03.05/03.05)
Dinner for Schmucks (07.27/07.30)
Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (09.10/09.10)
Case 39 (10.03/10.01)
Paranormal Activity 2 (10.26/10.22)
Hatchet II (09.22/10.01)
Due Date (11.02/11.05)
Little Fockers (12.13/12.22)
The Virginity Hit (09.08/09.24)
Alpha and Omega (09.15/09.17)
The Switch (08.20/08.20)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (07.29/08.13)
Killers (06.04/06.04)
The Tourist (12.13/12.10)
Death at a Funeral (04.17/04.16)
Cop Out (02.22/02.26)
Gulliver’s Travels (12.20/12.25)
Tooth Fairy (01.20/01.22)
Lottery Ticket (08.09/08.20)
Hot Tub Time Machine (03.23/03.26)
Yogi Bear (01.30.11/12.17)
Clash of the Titans (03.30/04.02)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (07.14/07.14)
Jonah Hex (06.16/06.18)
Life as We Know It (10.04/10.08)
MacGruber (05.20/05.21)
Love Ranch (01.17.11/07.02)
Grown Ups (06.21/06.25)

And the very worst movies of 2010 [more]:

10. I Am Love (06.03/06.18)
9. Tron: Legacy (12.07/12.17)
8. I’m Still Here (01.17.11/09.10)
7. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (05.20/04.30)
6. Hereafter (10.12/10.15)
5. The Killer Inside Me (01.16.11/06.18)
4. Sex and the City 2 (05.25/05.27)
3. The Last Airbender (06.29/07.01)
2. The Nutcracker in 3D (11.04/11.24)
1. Skyline (11.12/11.12)

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LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 11:26am

So, how does this compare to other years? Do we usually have over 80% of the films by this time be duds?

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 11:36am

This feels like a pretty typical January.

Sarah
Sarah
Mon, Mar 08, 2010 12:30am

Maryann, I cannot help but notice that you’ve reviewed all but one of the movies you’ve given a red light to, but less than half of your green light choices.

Are you just less inspired to write about movies you enjoy?

Knightgee
Knightgee
Mon, Mar 08, 2010 2:48am

The Runaways was actually good? That’s nice to here. The casting decisions had me wary. I eagerly await the review.

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Tue, Mar 09, 2010 4:22pm

Are you just less inspired to write about movies you enjoy?

No, it’s mostly a matter of whether I can sell a review to a newspaper: they have to come first. And all of the red-light movies so far have opened wide. Some of the green-light ones haven’t opened at all yet, or haven’t opened wide yet. (The wide releases are the ones the papers usually want.)

Newbia
Newbia
Fri, Jun 04, 2010 9:58pm

Yes, I was also wondering why you didn’t review your favorite movie of the year. If a review is sold to a newspaper, then can you post a link to the article?

Bill
Bill
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 8:35pm

The Human Centipede was that bad, eh? Huh. Who’da thunk it?

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 8:54pm

Yes, I was also wondering why you didn’t review your favorite movie of the year. If a review is sold to a newspaper, then can you post a link to the article?

I will review *Girl with the Dragon Tattoo* (and *Agora*) very soon. And none of the newspapers I supply reviews to takes exclusive rights: Those reviews get posted here too.