The Best Reviewed Movies of 2010

As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we’d compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic.

Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic’s review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews.

For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. But on Metacritic, Dragon has a 74% average with 33 reviews. Honestly, I like how Metacritic calculates the numbers, but their refusal to incorporate a larger sample of film critics puts them behind Rotten Tomatoes in my mind.

Hit the jump to find out what films ranked in the best reviewed films of the year.
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Lebanon

Sony Pictures Classics have released the trailer for Samuel Maoz‘s Lebanon, the contained tank Israeli war film which won the Golden Lion, the top prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. The whole movie takes place inside a tank, from the perspective of the soliders inside the cramped quarters, as they attempt to rescue and free a paratrooper squad that is besieged by Syrian troops. Maoz wrote the film based on his own experience in the 1982 war with Lebanon.

Judging by the trailer, this film looks intense. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from other journalists who screened it on the festival tour. As a fan of minimalism, I’m always interested to see more self contained films (ie like Hard Candy, Buried…etc) — and this looks like one not to miss. Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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UPDATE: Sony Classics is on a roll today. The company also picked up the Robert Duvall movie Get Low, about which I wrote last week. Original article follows.

I’ve been meaning to write about Lebanon since it recently won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. The Israeli war film, directed by Samuel Maoz, takes place inside a tank and is an account of a rescue attempt that hopes to free a paratrooper squad that is besieged by Syrian troops. Maoz wrote the film based on his own experience in the 1982 war with Lebanon. Now Sony Classics has picked up the feature for distribution. Read More »

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