Roger Ebert's Top 20 Films of 2011

Movie by Joey Paur

I have very different taste in films than Roger Ebert. I know he is a big shot movie reviewer, but I tend not to agree with him most of the time. For example only two of the films in his Top 10 are in my Top 10. I won't say which ones because that will ruin the surprise! Another example is that he put The Tree of Life in his number 3 slot, and I hated that movie. We all have different tastes, but it's really interesting to see everyone's list of favorite films at the end of the year. It makes for good conversation.

Each movie on his list comes with a little thought from Ebert's article. To read his thoughts in full, go to his blog and check it out!

Go throught the list and tell us your thoughts! Do you agree with his choices? Do you disagree? 

1. A Separation — “‘A Separation’ will become one of those enduring masterpieces watched decades from now.”

2. Shame — “Michael Fassbender’s brave, uncompromising performance is at the center of Steve McQueen’s merciless film about sex addiction.”

3. The Tree of Life — “A film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives.”

4. Hugo — “Could anyone but Scorsese have made this subject so magical and enchanting?”

5. Take Shelter — “Director Jeff Nichols builds his suspense carefully.”

6. Kinyarwanda — “[A]n independent film of great emotional impact.”

7. Drive — “‘Drive’ looks like one kind of thriller in the ads, and it is that kind of thriller, but also another and a rebuke to most of the movies it looks like.”

8. Midnight in Paris — “A fabulous daydream for American lit majors.”

9. Le Havre — “Aki Kaurismaki is a Finnish director who makes dour, deadpan comedies about people who shrug their way through misfortune. They have a hypnotic fascination for me.”

10. The Artist — “What audacity to make a silent film in black and white in 2011, and what a film Michel Hazanavicius has made!”

11. Melancholia — “The details matter less than the grand overarching mood.”

12. Terri — “He may be a kid who is fat and weird, but he’s much more than fat and weird.”

13. The Descendants — “George Clooney in one of his best performances.”

14. Margaret — “[W]hat’s important is the conflict between the young woman’s perfectionism and things as they are.”

15. Martha Marcy May Marlene — “[B]uilds on the strong Elizabeth Olsen to show how easily groups can control their members.”

16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 — “[A] solid and satisfying conclusion.”

17. Trust — “The bravest thing about David Schwimmer’s ‘Trust’ is that it doesn’t try to simplify.”

18. Life, Above All — “The seriousness and solemnity with which she performs this task is heart-rending and heart-warming.”

19. The Mill and the Cross — “Any description would be an injustice… It is a film before which words fall silent.”

20. Another Earth — “This one doesn’t presage the end of the world, but represents perhaps our very same Earth, in another universe that has now become visible.”

Ebert then goes ont to list some more of his favorite movies that didn’t end up on his list:

  • 13 Assassins
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Beginners
  • Blue Valentine
  • Boy Wonder
  • Certified Copy
  • The Future
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Guard
  • The Help
  • Higher Ground
  • I Will Follow
  • J. Edgar
  • The Last Rites of Joe May
  • Le Quattro Volte
  • Margin Call
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Moneyball
  • Mysteries of Lisbon
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Poetry
  • The Princess of Montpensier
  • Rango
  • A Screaming Man
  • Silent Souls
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Queen to Play
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • The Whistleblower
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