Critics' takes on the top 10 films of 2011

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Once again, it’s time for The San Francisco Examiner’s unscientific roundup of critics’ best films of the year. In 2011, consensus is clearly divided, with Martin Scorsese’s love letter to film, “Hugo,” the selection most common among those surveyed here. Other favorites include the spy classic “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” based on the John le Carre book; “Drive,” the brainy yet violent thriller about a part-time stunt driver; “Moneyball,” the story of the Oakland A’s and beleaguered general manager Billy Beane taking on baseball’s free-spending powerhouses; and “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick’s experimental drama that explores the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man’s childhood memories of his family life in the 1950s.

Jeffrey M. Anderson, The SF Examiner
1. “The Tree of Life”
2. “Certified Copy”
3. “Rango”
4. “Hugo”
5. “Meek’s Cutoff”
6. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
7. “Road to Nowhere”
8. “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
9. “Mysteries of Lisbon”
10. “Moneyball”

Rossiter Drake, The SF Examiner
1. “War Horse”
2. “Jane Eyre”
3. “Project Nim”
4. “Hugo”
5. “Into the Abyss”
6. “Drive”
7. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
8. “Win Win”
9. “The Descendants”
10. “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Janos Gereben, The SF Examiner
1. “A Separation”
2. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
3. “The Flowers of War”
4. “Midnight in Paris”
5. “Carnage”
6. “The Mill and the Cross”
7. “Beginners”
8. “We Have a Pope”
9. “Hugo”
10. “The Adventures of Tintin”

Anita Katz, The SF Examiner
1. “City of Life and Death”
2. “Hugo”
3. “Nostalgia for the Light”
4. “Bill Cunningham New York”
5. “Into the Abyss”
6. “The Tree of Life”
7. “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
8. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
9. “The Guard”
10. “Drive”

David Germain, The Associated Press
1. “The Artist”
2. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
3. “Hugo”
4. “Le Havre”
5. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
6. “50/50”
7. “Submarine”
8. “The Help”
9. “Troll Hunter”
10. “The Muppets”

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press
1. “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
2. “50/50”
3. “The Myth of the American Sleepover”
4. “The Tree of Life”
5. “Bellflower”
6. “Melancholia”
7. “Take Shelter”
8. “Hell and Back Again”
9. “Beginners”
10. “Bridesmaids”

Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
1. “Meek’s Cutoff”
2. “The Descendants”
3. “Moneyball”
4. “Buck”
5. “Beginners”
6. “Take Shelter”
7. “Nostalgia for the Light”
8. “The Trip”
9. “Drive”
10. “Win Win”

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