2012’s films ranked

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2012. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2012 unless otherwise noted.


other yearly rankings:
2022 | 2021 | 2020
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

Django Unchained (12.07/12.25/01.18.13)
Argo (10.17/10.12/11.07)
Cloud Atlas (10.15/10.26/02.22.13)
The Cabin in the Woods (02.16/04.13/04.13)
Moonrise Kingdom (05.21/05.25/05.25)
End of Watch (09.03/09.21/11.23)
Holy Motors (09.17/10.17/09.28)
Promised Land (11.20/12.28/04.19.13)
Lincoln (11.17/11.09/01.25.13)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (10.12/06.27/10.19)
Anna Karenina (08.20/11.16/09.07)
Compliance (10.18/08.17/03.01.13)
The Master (10.01/09.14/11.02)
Skyfall (10.22/11.09/10.26)
Les Misérables (12.11/12.25/01.11.13)
The Dark Knight Rises (07.16/07.20/07.20)
Searching for Sugar Man (07.18/07.27/07.26)
Life of Pi (12.04/11.21/12.20)
Silver Linings Playbook (11.20/11.16/11.21)
Lawless (07.09/08.29/08.31)
The Angels’ Share (06.07/04.12.12/06.01)
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (12.12/12.07/TBA)
Zero Dark Thirty (12.03/12.19/01.25.13)
The Imposter (08.31/07.13/08.24)
Seven Psychopaths (10.18/10.12/12.05)
The House I Live In (12.16/10.05/11.23)
Amour (10.29/12.19/11.16)
Looper (09.28/09.28/09.28)
Great Expectations (08.22/11.08.13/11.30)
Mirror Mirror (03.29/03.30/04.02)
Untouchable (aka Intouchables) (09.03/05.25/09.21)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (09.02/06.08/10.19)
Dreams of a Life (12.12.11/08.03/12.16.11)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (06.19/06.22/07.13)
The Hunger Games (03.19/03.23/03.23)
The Snowtown Murders (aka Snowtown) (11.01.11/03.02/11.18.11)
ParaNorman (08.19/08.17/09.14)
The Impossible (12.05/12.21/01.01.13)
Red Dog (01.24/direct to DVD/02.24)
Avengers Assemble (aka Marvel’s The Avengers) (04.13/05.04/04.26)
Wreck-It Ralph (11.04/11.02/02.13.13)
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (10.14/11.16/02.15.13)
The Sapphires (10.14/03.22.13/11.07)
The Queen of Versailles (08.31/07.06/09.07)
Brave (07.06/06.22/08.13)
The Sessions (10.10/10.19/01.18.13)
The Invisible War (12.16/06.22/03.11.14)
The Campaign (09.21/08.10/09.28)
Safe (03.31/04.27/05.04)
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!/Band of Misfits (03.05/04.27/03.28)
The Grey (01.23/01.27/01.27)
Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (03.13/04.27/04.06)
Butter (12.03/10.05/TBA)
Savages (09.12/07.06/09.21)
Chasing Ice (12.06/11.09/12.14)
Killing Them Softly (09.18/11.30/09.21)
My Brother the Devil (09.24/03.22.13/11.09)
Smashed (12.11/10.12/12.14)
The Hunt (Jagten) (09.25/07.12.13/11.30)
Rise of the Guardians (11.19/11.21/11.30)
5 Broken Cameras (02.19.13/05.30/10.19)
The Bourne Legacy (08.13/08.10/08.13)
Men in Black III (05.21/05.25/05.25)
Robot & Frank (10.03/08.17/03.18.13)
Call Me Kuchu (06.02/06.14.13/11.02)
Up There (11.14/TBA/11.16)
Chronicle (01.30/02.03/02.01)
21 Jump Street (03.01/03.16/03.16)
Into the Abyss (10.22/11.11/03.30.12)
Petit Nicholas (07.03/TBA/07.13)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (06.19/06.22/06.20)
Ted (07.02/06.29/08.01)
Room 237 (09.24/12.07/10.26)
The Assault (04.13/04.06/04.23)
We Have a Pope (11.03.11/04.06/12.02.11)
The Central Park Five (12.19/11.23/TBA)
West of Memphis (09.28/12.25/12.21)
How to Survive a Plague (02.19.13/09.21/11.08.13)
Tatsumi (01.06/04.04/01.13)
This Is Not a Film (03.19/02.29/03.30)
Sightseers (09.04/05.10.13/11.30)
Ginger and Rosa (10.12/03.15.13/10.19)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (04.17/03.09/04.20)
Hope Springs (09.02/08.08/09.14)
Flight (11.09/11.02/01.25.13)
A Royal Affair (11.16/11.09/06.15)
Fast Girls (05.01/TBA/06.15)
Frankenweenie (09.04/10.05/10.17)
Your Sister’s Sister (06.25/06.15/06.29)
Trishna (03.07/07.13/03.09)
Natural Selection (10.06.11/03.16/TBA)
Return (03.30/02.10/04.06)
Celeste and Jesse Forever (09.24/08.03/12.07)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (02.23/03.16/04.20)
Monsieur Lazhar (05.15/04.13/05.04)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (06.01/made for TV/06.08)
The Forgiveness of Blood (03.07/02.24/08.10)
Undefeated (08.09/02.17/08.03)
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (aka Get the Gringo) (05.02/direct to VOD/05.11)
360 (10.12.11/08.03/08.10)
Casa de Mi Padre (04.18/03.16/06.08)
In Darkness (03.13/02.10/03.16)
Grassroots (10.03/07.20/11.09)
Hunky Dory (10.26.11/03.22.13/03.02)
Seeking Justice (aka Justice) (11.18.11/03.16/11.18.11)
Wanderlust (02.27/02.24/03.02)
Big Miracle (02.07/02.03/02.10)
Rock of Ages (06.08/06.15/06.13)
Premium Rush (09.10/08.24/09.14)
Liar’s Autobiography (10.16/11.02/02.08.13)
The Awakening (10.03/08.10.12/11.11)
2 Days in New York (04.23/08.10/05.18)
Hysteria (08.30/05.18/09.21)
African Cats (03.26/04.22.11/04.27)
Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX (09.14/09.07/09.21)
Titanic 3D (03.21/04.04/04.06)
Beauty and the Beast 3D (04.30/01.13/05.04)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (02.08/02.10/02.09)

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

Safety Not Guaranteed (12.12/06.08/12.26)
Margin Call (02.21/10.21.11/01.13)
Dredd (09.03/09.21/09.07)
Berberian Sound Studio (09.13/06.14.13/08.31)
Citadel (10.19/11.09/07.12.13)
Shadow Dancer (07.25/05.31.13/08.24)
Cosmopolis (06.18/08.17/06.15)
The Woman in Black (02.06/02.03/02.10)
Total Recall (08.30/08.03/08.29)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (06.01/07.27/08.10)
Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os) (09.03/11.16/11.02)
Barbara (08.07/12.21/09.28)
Haywire (01.05/01.20/01.18)
Hyde Park on Hudson (10.13/12.07/02.01.13)
Jackpot (Arme Riddere) (07.24/06.27.14/08.10)
Kill List (08.30.11/02.03/09.02.11)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (02.20/05.04/02.24)
Damsels in Distress (05.21/04.06/04.27)
A Dangerous Method (10.24.11/11.23.11/02.10)
Snow White and the Huntsman (05.29/06.01/05.30)
Jack Reacher (12.13/12.21/12.28)
Fury (aka The Samaritan) (04.11/05.18/04.20)
Sound of My Voice (07.30/04.27/08.03)
Turn Me On, Dammit! (Få meg på, for faen) (06.26/03.30/TBA)
Arbitrage (12.12/09.14/03.01.13)
Sister (09.28/10.05/10.26)
Pitch Perfect (11.26/09.28/12.21)
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (10.17/08.15/04.05.13)
The Secret World of Arrietty (aka Arrietty) (07.26.11/02.17/07.29.11)
Miss Bala (10.28.11/01.20/10.28.11)
Sinister (10.01/10.12/10.05)
False Trail (Jägarna 2) (02.18.13/TBA/12.14)
Hitchcock (11.14/11.23/02.08.13)
Free Men (Les hommes libres) (05.24/03.16/05.25)
Intruders (01.23/03.30/01.27)
Polisse (06.12/05.18/06.15)
The Deep Blue Sea (11.14.11/03.23/11.25.11)
Ruby Sparks (10.02/07.25/10.12)
The Raven (02.22/04.27/03.09)
The Amazing Spider-Man (06.25/07.03/07.03)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12.09/12.14/12.13)
For a Good Time, Call… (10.29/08.31/11.02)
Prometheus (05.30/06.08/06.01)
Contraband (03.06/01.13/03.16)
Gambit (11.08/04.25.14/11.21)
Black Gold (02.06/03.01.13/02.24)
Trouble with the Curve (11.26/09.21/11.30)
A Monster in Paris (01.29/TBA/01.27)
Wuthering Heights (11.07/10.05.12/11.11)
A Cat in Paris (03.30/06.01/04.06)

red for no
give it a miss

Lay the Favorite (06.22/12.07/06.22)
Playing for Keeps (01.09.13/12.07/01.01.13)
The Details (10.31/11.02/TBA)
Starbuck (11.20/03.29.13/11.23)
Now Is Good (09.04/direct to DVD/09.19)
Step Up 4: Miami Heat (aka Step Up Revolution) (07.31/07.27/08.10)
Hotel Transylvania (11.14/09.28/10.12)
God Bless America (07.04/05.11/07.04)
Magic Mike (06.11/06.29/07.11)
The Cold Light of Day (04.06/09.07/04.06)
Elfie Hopkins (04.13/direct to DVD/04.20)
I, Anna (11.22/TBA/12.08)
The Possession (08.31/08.31/08.31)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (07.22/08.03/08.03)
The Five-Year Engagement (06.11/04.27/06.22)
She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (05.15/TBA/05.18)
The Raid (aka The Raid: Redemption) (05.14/03.23/05.18)
Twenty8K (08.31/TBA/09.10)
Taken 2 (09.18/10.05/10.04)
Fun Size (10.29/10.26/10.29)
The Dictator (05.16/05.16/05.16)
Lockout (04.17/04.13/04.20)
John Carter (03.05/03.09/03.09)
One for the Money (02.28/01.27/02.24)
Safe House (01.25/02.10/02.24)
Alex Cross (12.09/10.19/11.30)
Strawberry Fields (05.23/TBA/07.06)
Tales of the Night (05.21/TBA/05.25)
Storage 24 (06.25/01.11.13/06.29)
Laurence Anyways (08.16/06.28.13/11.30)
Juan of the Dead (04.30/03.16/05.04)
The Lucky One (04.18/04.20/05.02)
Man on a Ledge (01.31/01.27/02.03)
The Woman in the Fifth (01.30/06.15/02.17)
Babycall (01.26/TBA/03.30)
The Vow (02.06/02.10/02.10)
The Monk (03.20/03.08.13/04.27)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (01.29/02.10/02.03)
Bel Ami (03.05/06.08/03.09)
The Sweeney (01.21.13/09.12/03.01.13)
The Oranges (12.04/10.05/12.07)
Midnight’s Children (10.14/10.26/12.26)
American Reunion (aka American Pie: Reunion) (04.12/04.06/05.02)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (06.29/07.13/07.13)
Underworld: Awakening (01.20/01.20/01.20)
House at the End of the Street (09.21/09.21/9.21)
Goon (01.03/03.30/01.06)
Transit (04.11/05.11/04.20)
Gone (04.21/04.20/02.24)
Lola Versus (07.17/06.08/07.20)
Friends with Kids (11.12/03.09/06.29)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (05.14/05.18/05.25)
Chernobyl Diaries (06.18/05.25/06.22)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (11.17/11.16/11.16)
On the Road (11.06/12.21/10.12)
The Watch (08.02/07.27/08.24)
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (07.10/03.02/07.27)
Piranha 3DD (05.11/06.01/05.11)
Silent House (04.17/03.09/05.04)
Delhi Safari (12.12/12.07/TBA)
A Thousand Kisses Deep (06.07/direct to dvd/06.15)
This Means War (02.09/02.17/03.02)
Act of Valor (02.21/02.24/03.23)
Battleship (04.10/05.18/04.11)
The Divide (04.12/01.13/04.20)
V/H/S (12.03/10.05/01.18.13)
Dark Horse (07.24/06.08/06.29)
Heleno (12.06/12.07/TBA)
Here Comes the Boom (11.14/10.12/11.09)
A Little Bit of Heaven (02.04.11/05.04/02.04.11)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (02.17/02.17/02.17)
Mercenaries (01.09/TBA/01.27)
Red Lights (06.07/07.13/06.15)
The Expendables 2 (08.06/08.17/08.16)
Paranormal Activity 4 (10.04/10.19/10.17)
The Man with the Iron Fists (12.07/11.02/12.07)
A Few Best Men (07.12/TBA/08.31)
The Three Stooges (08.23/04.13/08.22)
Himizu (05.14/TBA/06.01)
Project X (02.28/03.02/03.02)
Wrath of the Titans (03.27/03.30/03.30)
Parental Guidance (12.18/12.25/12.26)
This Is 40 (11.15/12.21/02.14.13)
Dark Shadows (05.08/05.11/05.11)
To Rome With Love (09.18/06.22/09.14)
Bachelorette (08.28/09.07/08.16.13)
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (05.31/02.07.14/06.08)
Killer Joe (06.29/07.27/06.29)
That’s My Boy (01.23.13/06.15/09.07)

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Sun, May 05, 2013 7:44am

Just saw The Angels’ Share tonight, here in the USA. Would really love to see a review from you, MaryAnn! I don’t always agree with your opinions, but you’ve often shed some light on aspects of various pictures that, without having read your review after seeing it, I probably would have missed. I don’t read reviews to decide what pictures to see; I read reviews afterwards to gain insights on what I’ve just seen from those who have a keen eye for story, character, and metaphor. My interpretation frequently differs from yours, but I may not have recognized an aspect of a film without you enlightening that part of it for meJust saw The Angels’ Share tonight, here in the USA. Would really love to see a review from you, MaryAnn! I don’t always agree with your opinions, but you’ve often shed some light on aspects of various pictures that, without having read your review after seeing it, I probably would have missed. I don’t read reviews to decide what pictures to see; I read reviews afterwards to gain insights on what I’ve just seen from those who have a keen eye for story, character, and metaphor. My interpretation frequently differs from yours, but I may not have recognized an aspect of a film without you enlightening that part of it

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Sun, May 05, 2013 7:48am

Ah, my favorite… my post became a jumble mess after I saved it. Most of the idea is there, even if it’s just the partial thought stated twice. I would just add that I appreciate the differing perspectives you offer, and I sometimes DO change my interpretations of certain things after reading your review. Thanks!