The best of 2012: film

The Time Out film team reflect on the movies of the past 12 months

As 2012 draws to a close, Time Out’s film critics offer up their five favourite films of the year, plus their least favourite movie, a film hero, a favourite scene and a quick look ahead to 2013.

It’s been a very strong year for international cinema, and our critics’ lists reflect that, with the French-Austrian co-production ‘Amour’, Turkish cop drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’, American indie ‘The Master’, Portuguese oddity ‘Tabu’ and homegrown Olympic tie-in documentary ‘London: The Modern Babylon’ proving the most popular overall.

Click on the thumbnails below to see each critic’s top five films – and one stinker.

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Ben Walters's best films of 2012

Ben Walters's worst film of 2012

  • Room 237

    Despite being a fan of both 'The Shining' and outré exegesis, I found this gumbo of pet theories about Kubrick's movie a frustrating bore.

Ben Walters's film hero of 2012

  • That murderous Engineer in 'Prometheus'. At least someone in that movie seemed to know what his motivation was.

Ben Walters's favourite scene of 2012

  • Suzanne Clément telling off a waitress in 'Laurence Anyways' - compelling, gratifying, disturbing.

Ben Walters's hope for 2013

  • Wonderful as the current documentary boom is, it would be good to see more work that doesn't ape the fictive model of characters on a journey - less story, more argument, please.

More highlights from the past 12 months in London

  • What a year that was! Brilliant festivals, amazing restaurants, sensational bars, unbelievable gigs, mind-altering exhibitions, gob-smacking shows… if it happened in London, Time Out was there. So who better than our unrivalled team of critics to come up with the definitive list of the best of 2012?