Always one of the more interesting critics’ lists and needless to say I’m delighted by their #1 choice. Does it bode well for further critical love down the line? I hope so!

1. The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick
2. A Separation, Asghar Farhadi
3. The Kid With a Bike, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
4. Melancholia, Lars von Trier
5. The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
T6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
T6. The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr
8. We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay
9. Le Quattro Volte, Michelangelo Frammartino
T10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson
T10. This Is Not a Film, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmash

The full list of 100 will be available online next week.

via: In Contention

2 Responses to “The Tree of Life tops Sight and Sound’s 2011 Top 10 (of 100)”

  1. I am also most pleased to see THE TREE OF LIFE as the #1 choice, since in all likelihood it will be placing at poll position on my list as well.

    Rumors are running wild that Malick’s masterpiece may also be the choice later today from the New York Film Critics Circle, though purportedly it’s in a tight race with Scorsese’s HUGO (the latter another superb choice!)

    In any case, I can’t wait to see A SEPARATION, the Dradennes’ film, and A TURIN HORSE, and I have been told by my site colleague Allan Fish that both TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN are among the year’s most elite accomplishment.. I have seen Framartino’s LE QUATTRO VOLTE and think it a great film as well and MELANCHOLIA is also near the top of my own list. THE ARTIST too is a contender for my own list.

    I look forward to the full list of 100.

  2. I fell asleep during Tinker Tailor, though it had more to do with my state of mind than the film. Still, from what I saw I don’t think the 2 hour format served the story and characters very well, but then I’m already attached to the book and the Alec Guinness miniseries. I will revisit it when I’m less tired before I pass judgment.

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