2 December 2012 6:20 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

How would you grade the culture in your own genre this year compared with other years? David Edelstein: Movies were better than average, although I only used the M-word (“a masterpiece!”) once re Kenneth Lonergan’s extended cut of Margaret, which was shot in 2005. This year’s triumphs were varied, from the slow and meditative (Life of Pi) to the poppy and bantamweight (Pitch Perfect). Zero Dark Thirty was a terrific film, and any year in which the populist Steven Spielberg does Lincoln proud and the pointy-headed Sam Mendes hits a triple with James Bond is, at very least, middlebrow heaven. Some reviewed The Master on their knees, and while I respected its distinctive discordancy—can a movie be at once feverish and glacial?—I was unmoved.Jerry Saltz: It’s easy to say “This year in art sucked.” After all, about 85 percent of all shows of contemporary art are bad. »

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