Sight and Sound critics name ‘The Master’ Best Film of 2012


Tis the season for critics groups to begin announcing their “Best of 2012” lists and one of the earliest announcements come from the Sight and Sound critics. Comprised of about 100 international critics, it’s one of the more influential voting bodies, and this year their top spot went to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Other Oscar contenders such as Amour (#3), Beasts of the Southern Wild (#5, tie) and Moonrise Kingdom (#7) made the list as well. Check out the full list after the jump!

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)
2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany/France)
3. Amour (Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria)
4. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, France/Germany)
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, USA)
5. Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, UK/Germany)
7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, USA)
8. Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium)
8. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, Canada/France/Portugal/Italy)
8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/Bosnia & Herzegovina)
8. This is Not A Film (Jafar Pahani & Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb, Iran)

  • Eric M.

    Critics are not Oscar voters – it doesn’t really change the race at all, and “Cosmopolis” is really of a shock to see it there.

  • JamDenTel

    The Master, Holy Motors, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, and Cosmopolis are all excellent choices–The Master is my #2 film and Holy Motors my #9 (and could go much higher on a second viewing).

  • Robert Hamer

    It looks like this year’s critical darling is going to be a film that I just can’t fully warm up to, though it’s encouraging to see that people haven’t forgotten about Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  • Joey Magidson

    Glad to see Holy Motors mentioned…