The Best Movies of 2011

A Listmania! list by wannabemoviecritic "wannabemoviecritic" (California)
 
The Tree of Life (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
1.  The Tree of Life (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) DVD ~ Brad Pitt
The list author says:
  "Because I haven't seen a movie this ambitious since the first time I saw Kubrick's 2001 - A Space Odyssey (a film I wager is as equally loved and derided as Malick's Tree)."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (715 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Margaret: Theatrical and Extended Cut (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)
2.  Margaret: Theatrical and Extended Cut (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo) DVD ~ Anna Paquin
The list author says:
  "Because it suddenly revealed itself as a balanced and complete masterpiece after waiting in the wings for 5 years. It has already proven that it can stand the test of time, and I am sure we will be hearing about this magnum opus for years to come."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Certified Copy (Criterion Collection)
3.  Certified Copy (Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Juliette Binoche
The list author says:
  "Because it challenges you without sacrificing emotional depth."
$20.49   Used & New from: $9.48
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Melancholia [Blu-ray]
4.  Melancholia [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Kirsten Dunst
The list author says:
  "Because something this visually stunning can't be as nihilistic as it seems. Perhaps we are alone in the universe, but has the end of the world ever looked this ravishing?"
$12.48   Used & New from: $8.25
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (759 customer reviews)

A Separation
5.  A Separation DVD Peyman Moaadi
$9.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Sleeping Beauty
6.  Sleeping Beauty DVD Emily Browning
The list author says:
  "Because its hypnotism is so firmly based in a forward-thinking formalism."
$3.99
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My Joy
7.  My Joy DVD ~ Vladimir Golovin
The list author says:
  "Because the director escorts you through the cultural consciousness of a small corner of Eastern European society via the journey of a trucker who falls victim to the realities of the world around him. The end result is powerful, subtle, harsh, graceful, and fascinating."
$19.39   Used & New from: $13.75
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Beginners [Blu-ray]
8.  Beginners [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
The list author says:
  "Because it was the loveliest, most quietly truthful series of moments I saw all year."
$6.49   Used & New from: $1.08
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
9.  Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Ryan Gosling
The list author says:
  "Because it's the most realistic super hero story I've ever seen, complete with romance and an infectious soundtrack that enhances every last frame."
$11.26   Used & New from: $2.77
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (922 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [Blu-ray]
10.  Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Thanapat Saisaymar
The list author says:
  "Because of the way it unites Buddhist philosophy with its formal elements, and because of the surrealism that almost seems like realism by the end."
$20.19   Used & New from: $14.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Weekend [BLU-RAY]
11.  Weekend [BLU-RAY] 
The list author says:
  "Because depicting gay relationships on screen as they are in real life is important. The raw intimacy is shocking and revelatory. If the film focused on a heterosexual couple, it would barely ruffle a feather."
$14.58   Used & New from: $9.66
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

Nostalgia for the Light
12.  Nostalgia for the Light DVD ~ Gaspar Galaz
The list author says:
  "Because, even when its central thesis seemed shaky or forced, all the details managed to coalesce within a moving conclusion. Who knew astronomy and Chilean social history would fuse into an even more fascinating and emotionally potent subject?"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Poetry [Blu-ray]
13.  Poetry [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Yoon Jeong-hee
The list author says:
  "Because it doesn't seem "wow" at first, but then it leaves you thinking, well, "wow." A beautiful, thorough, subtly passionate exploration of a woman's character and the way she transforms under the constraints of two extremely different obstacles."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Take Shelter [Blu-ray]
14.  Take Shelter [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Michael Shannon
The list author says:
  "Because of the tautness of its central metaphor, which is echoed in the pacing and lensing. Michael Shannon's performance is an achievement. If anything, see this for him. It's the role of a life time for an actor who only seems to get better and better."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Meek's Cutoff [Blu-ray]
15.  Meek's Cutoff [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Michelle Williams
The list author says:
  "Because it's feminism in the Oregon desert, and because Kelly Reichardt continues to demonstrate that she's one of the most interesting film makers in American cinema."
$21.45   Used & New from: $13.72
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

A Dangerous Method [Blu-ray]
16.  A Dangerous Method [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Keira Knightley
The list author says:
  "Because the muted tones of the cinematography coupled with the quiet oppression of Jung and Freud's Europe are broken so beautifully by the sensuality of intellect and the grotesqueness of Knightley's physicality."
$14.49   Used & New from: $6.94
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
17.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) DVD ~ Daniel Craig
$9.99   Used & New from: $5.67
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,074 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

War Horse (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging)
18.  War Horse (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging) DVD ~ Jeremy Irvine
The list author says:
  "Because, as far as 2011 big-budget family-friendly films go, War Horse > Hugo. It's a little overwrought at moments, but its conviction and gravitas ring true, and there are plenty of excellent performances that ground what could have registered as cheesy or empty."
$14.00   Used & New from: $2.10
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,160 customer reviews)

We Need to Talk About Kevin [Blu-ray]
19.  We Need to Talk About Kevin [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Tilda Swinton
The list author says:
  "Because, even though it's not Morvern Callar, it's a thrill to finally see the great Lynne Ramsay working again, and in a way that I did not expect. The formal strength is still there, and Tilda's performance is something to behold (quel surprise). Ramsay is a master at visual storytelling."
$20.18   Used & New from: $13.94
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (763 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digtial Copy + UltraViolet)
20.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digtial Copy + UltraViolet) DVD ~ Gary Oldman
$12.99   Used & New from: $3.95
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (659 customer reviews)

Shame (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)
21.  Shame (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) DVD ~ Michael Fassbender
$13.39   Used & New from: $9.38
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Martha Marcy May Marlene [Blu-ray]
22.  Martha Marcy May Marlene [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Elizabeth Olsen
$7.69   Used & New from: $4.00
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Moneyball (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
23.  Moneyball (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) DVD ~ Brad Pitt
$24.98   Used & New from: $2.18
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (787 customer reviews)

Jane Eyre
24.  Jane Eyre DVD ~ Mia Wasikowska
$12.66   Used & New from: $6.09
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Hanna [Blu-ray]
25.  Hanna [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Saoirse Ronan
$7.88   Used & New from: $2.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Bill Cunningham New York
26.  Bill Cunningham New York DVD ~ Anna Wintour
$17.96   Used & New from: $13.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

Bridesmaids (Blu-ray + DVD)
27.  Bridesmaids (Blu-ray + DVD) DVD ~ Kristen Wiig
$9.96   Used & New from: $5.94
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,310 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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ultra violet 1 Jul 20, 2014
The Tree of Life release date? 12 Aug 2, 2013
Please tell me that is not the final cover art!? 18 Jul 21, 2013
Seriously, Amazon, lower the price already. 5 Jul 11, 2013
Im going to wait for the complete trilogy set. 10 May 31, 2013
New Tattoo Blu Ray discs won't play 31 May 27, 2013
Terrible edition, we need a new one (Bluray) 0 Apr 15, 2013
Spanish subs? 1 Apr 15, 2013
19.99 Best Buy 18 Dec 30, 2012
DVD-R disc found in the case 22 Dec 11, 2012
Blu Ray packaging ? 1 Nov 4, 2012
Director's cut 6 Oct 20, 2012
 
   

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