2010 Ranked

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1.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The sharpest film of the year. It moves furiously, with an unmatched wit and power. The combination of Sorkin's dialog driven script and Fincher's anthropological direction results in a spellbinding piece of entertainment. ” - Jake Bart
 
2.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ A candy-colored, go-go marvel of pure entertainment. Fast, furious, and kick-ass awesome. This won't be everyone's bag, but I just fell for its comic book meets video game meets pinball machine visual style. Probably the most time I've spent smiling in a movie theater this year. ” - Jake Bart
 
3.
Somewhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ In many ways a fitting companion to Coppola's masterful "Lost in Translation", although it will certainly test the paitence of most of its viewers. I thought it featured stunning performances and built to a hugely satisfying conclusion, but I can't say that everyone will agree. ” - Jake Bart
 
4.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ The height of commercial movie making. Crafty and complex, yet emotional and involving. It thrills and haunts, and packs the weighty wallop of bravura craftsmanship. For 2.5 hours I became immersed in Nolan's vision, and it was an experience to remember. A movie-movie of the highest sort. A heady trip with a surprising emotional current. ” - Jake Bart
 
5.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ A wonderful documentary detailing the street art movement. Raises some thoughtful question regarding the nature of art, yet never becomes overly ponderous or pretentious. One of the most surprisingly entertaining films of the year. ” - Jake Bart
 
6.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ The finest leg of the trilogy, with real suspense, grace, and humor. One of the most emotionally resonant films I saw this year, and it was all about toys. ” - Jake Bart
 
7.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ Hardly a message film, it is actually a sly, lovable satire filled with crackling dialog and perfectly pitched performances. There isn't a weak link in the cast, but top honors go to Benning who has never been better. ” - Jake Bart
 
8.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ A film so well crafted, you almost cannot see the seams holding it together. Another film of grace and humor, along with a streak of melancholy and anguish. Truly beautiful, and all the more so with repeat viewings. Beautiful to regard, with stunning dialog and performances to match. A study of controlled tone with an ending that I found powerful and moving. For the Coens, a change of pace and a continuation of high quality. ” - Jake Bart
 
9.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Endlessly watchable political thriller from an old master back at the top of his directorial game. Filled with pitch-black humor and tingling suspense. I've seen it three times and it loses nothing each time. Seek it out on DVD. ” - Jake Bart
 
10.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a reckless, glorious fever-dream of a movie. It is striking, intoxicating, blackly humorous, melodramatic, and beautiful. In short, it is unlike anything else the movies have to offer. It is a movie to provoke discussion, a dark, seductive fairy tale to haunt your dreams. In a year of pale retreads and creative bankruptcy, it is a breath of fresh air. ” - Jake Bart
 
11.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
12.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Features the better of the two DiCaprio performances of the year, along with stunning production value. A fevered nightmare, a gut-wrenching tragedy, and a great piece of Gothic horror. Severely underestimated by critics. ” - Jake Bart
 
13.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
“ A riveting film without any discernible political message, Restrepo is the kind of documentary that makes all other films seem meaningless and slight in comparison. A truly emotional experience that captures the visceral fears, joys, and anxieties of men at war. ” - Jake Bart
 
14.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ A thrilling preamble to the final installment. Director David Yates has broken from the typical Potter tradition of stately, big budget directorial technique and has thrown in splashes of a more kinetic style with a few well-placed, subtle moments of hand-held photography that make Deathly Hallows seem fresher than a few of its predecessors. Another first: a completely animated sequence. It is an audacious move and it pays dividends. The sequence (detailing the story of the titular Deathly Hallows) is among the finest moments the series has to offer. It is a frightening and beautiful mixture of shadow-play and stop-motion. As it stands, Deathly Hallows is poised to become the crowning jewel of an already distinguished series of films. ” - Jake Bart
 
15.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ A throwback crime drama with the best action set pieces this side of "Inception". Affleck takes a decidedly low-fi approach in this, his second directorial effort. Although it lacks the moral weight of his debut, it contains a crack ensemble and a genuine sense of place. ” - Jake Bart
 
16.
Machete (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (105 mins.)
“ Its sense of humor and distinct tone separate from the more tiresome genre efforts of the year. ” - Jake Bart
 
17.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
18.
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style. (107 mins.)
“ A better than average look into the varied career of the original Canadian power trio. An interesting examination of the band and their history. ” - Jake Bart
 
19.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. (109 mins.)
“ Not the finest from the Apatow brand, unlike its predecesors it really falters on the emotional end. However, it is consistently uproarious with solid work from both of the leads and a notable cameo from P. Diddy. ” - Jake Bart
 
20.
Jackass 3D (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
 
21.
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
22.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
23.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
 
24.
Megamind (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
 
25.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
 
26.
Grown Ups (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. (102 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
 
27.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
 
28.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
29.
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)