Best to Worst Films of 2011

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1.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ From the performances to the morally gray script, from the camera framing to the involving dialogue, A Separation tells a wide variety of themes - from the war between reality and perception to conflict of human feelings and the legal system. It is one of the most realistic, layered, and suspenseful raw pieces of human drama ” - KleePongPictures
 
2.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A well-crafted magical film that bears a cinematic innocence that almost only foreign movies these days contain. Who knew that the man who brought us Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed can make something truly light-hearted. Brightly lit throughout, Hugo strives with its brilliant sets and costumes, both in the present world and in the world of film. Asa Butterfield has perfected his role as smart and big-hearted Hugo, and Ben Kingsley has triumphed once again after doing so many supporting roles in the past. Chloe Moretz, known previously for playing dark and violent roles, came along and performed something resourceful and charming. Hugo is captivating and extraordinary, a movie that is a tribute to cinema itself, a representation of Martin Scorsese himself, and a masterpiece ” - KleePongPictures
 
3.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Far more than just a gimmick-oriented presentation, The Artist strips all the complexities of filmmaking in the 21st Century down back into the core roots of storytelling with nothing but clever writing, joyful performances, a brilliant musical narrative -- this is the pure essence of cinematic magic ” - KleePongPictures
 
4.
The Tree of Life (2011)
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The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Though the film itself may seem experimental, slow, or overly impressionistic at times, The Tree of Life takes philosophical and mysterious themes of nature, puts it in our heads, and leaves us thinking about it even after viewing ” - KleePongPictures
 
5.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ So powerfully acted by Shannon and Chastain, well-directed, and ingeniously paced, Take Shelter is a magnificent combination of dread, drama, and patient organic filmmaking ” - KleePongPictures
 
6.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Led by unique music, beautiful cinematography, and an intense performance by Ryan Gosling, Drive is so meticulously put together with careful shots, dialogue, and practically every little detail that proves a crucial point in art filmmaking ” - KleePongPictures
 
7.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ This is the first as well as only Harry Potter movie that made me cry. It blends its beautiful visual effects with top-notch acting. Surprisingly, it handled every crucial scene in the book well, completely brought to life onto the screen. Memorable and epic, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a big finish ” - KleePongPictures
 
8.
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
9.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ It may be brutal and graphic, like most of David Fincher's works, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo drives with a mysterious magnetism that is powerful enough to let all the disturbing visuals slide by. With crisp lighting and provoking cinematography, the film comes forth as a great mystery and a great piece of cinematic work ” - KleePongPictures
 
10.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ With a finely written script and an engaging narrative throughout, Moneyball takes any non-baseball fans and captivates them from beginning to end ” - KleePongPictures
 
11.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Filled with clever humor, lovable characters, a great storyline, and realistic yet powerful performances that never become contrived, Win Win is a guaranteed winner ” - KleePongPictures
 
12.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
13.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
 
14.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ Very rare have I ever pitied an animalistic character. With an unbelievable performance from motion-capture-suit-wearing Andy Serkis, as well as a series of hair-raising scenes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes has wittingly risen again and successfully revived the franchise ” - KleePongPictures
 
15.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Source Code (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
17.
Attack the Block (2011)
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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
 
18.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (132 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
19.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
20.
Contagion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
 
21.
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
 
22.
Melancholia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
23.
Fright Night (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
 
24.
Fast Five (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. (131 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
 
25.
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
26.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
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Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. (129 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
27.
Real Steel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
28.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
29.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
 
30.
Rio (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
 
31.
Tower Heist (2011)
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When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
32.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
33.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (124 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
34.
A Monster in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. (90 mins.)
Director: Bibo Bergeron
“ Though it has an innocent taste of simplicity in its craft, and it borrows from many famous works, A Monster In Paris stumps on editing, characterization, and overall feels like a silent short film being stretched into a noisy feature length ” - KleePongPictures
 
35.
Cars 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. (106 mins.)
 
36.
Hanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
37.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
38.
Scream 4 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
39.
Grave Encounters (2011)
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For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true. (92 mins.)
 
40.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (136 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
41.
Unknown (2011)
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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
 
42.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
43.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. (154 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
44.
The Thing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. (103 mins.)
 
45.
Green Lantern (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
46.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
 
47.
I Am Number Four (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. (109 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
48.
Apollo 18 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. (86 mins.)
 
49.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks. (117 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
50.
The Green Hornet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. (119 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
51.
Sucker Punch (2011)
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A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape. (110 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
52.
Red State (2011)
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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
53.
Creature (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
In the back country of Louisiana, a group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of the swamp. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Andrews