The best movies of 2012

Team Film chooses its best movies of 2012, as well as the next ten that would have made their personal lists—plus, the worst films of the year.



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Goodbye First Love

Goodbye First Love

Ten more of Keith Uhlich's best movies of 2012

Goodbye First Love

Goodbye First Love

Mia Hansen-Løve’s lyrical tale of doomed adolescent romance, and its lingering aftereffects, feels heartbreakingly true in every detail.

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Jiro Ono, left, and Yoshikazu Ono in Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Debuting doc filmmaker David Gelb profiles a highly regarded sushi chef—and the delicious dishes he prepares—with choice-cut precision.

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Neil Young Journeys

The third feature in Jonathan Demme’s wondrous Neil Young concert chronicles is a stunningly intimate, spittle-on-the-lens affair.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Bruce Willis in Looper


Your brain will hurt (in a good way) after watching this endlessly inventive, uniquely emotional time-travel thriller—a big step up for writer-director Rian Johnson.

Melissa Leo and Keith Leonard in Francine


The great Melissa Leo anchors this superb indie, about an introverted ex-con who prefers the company of animals to people.

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Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln


Charting our 16th President’s combative and collaborative fight to abolish slavery, this is one of Steven Spielberg’s headiest, most affecting history lessons.

Jake Williams, one of the subjects of Two Years at Sea

Two Years at Sea

You’ve never seen a documentary quite like Ben Rivers’s gorgeous black-and-white ode to a Scottish mountain man—levitating mobile home and all.


Moonrise Kingdom

Master of cinematic quirk Wes Anderson tackles a ’60s tale of young love with bracingly clear-eyed melancholy.

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Karl Urban in Dredd

Dredd 3D

Pete Travis’s hard-R adaptation of the popular dystopian comic previously desecrated by Sly Stallone is a refreshing B-movie blast.

Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy

The Paperboy

With this swamp-slick Southern gothic, Lee Daniels claims his place as the rightful heir to Ken Russell’s campy-excessive throne.

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