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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I know that /Film isn’t a gossip site, and we rarely report on lawsuits (especially more personal cases like this). But anyone who has seen the new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work will probably be interested in this late breaking update. If you haven’t yet seen this documentary, you should seek it out. And if you have the time, rent the documentary Comedian, as it makes a powerful double feature.

In the documentary, comedian Joan Rivers has a fall out with her long time manager William “Billy” Sammeth, and is forced to let him go after he stops returning her calls. Sammeth is now suing River for more than $2 million, claiming that she defamed him in the documentary and failed to pay him $200,000 in earned commissions. Billy claims that he worked for Rivers during the filming of the documentary before being fired solely to give the movie “a fictional controversy.”
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Gulliver's Travels

It’s been a little while since our last movie poster round-up, so now is the time to check out all the new one-sheets that have hit your local multiplex and the interwebs. Posters include: the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D video game sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife, a banner for The Expendables, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the UK quad poster for Todd SolondzLife During Wartime, the Seventh Season of HBO’s Entourage, a Russian poster for Splice and an Italian poster for Joe Dante’s The Hole. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to acclaim.

JOAN RIVERS – A PIECE OF WORK takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT) expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.

IFC Films picked up the doc at the festival following the buzz from early screenings. A trailer is now online, and embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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UPDATE: IndieWire reports that The Weinstein Company picked up The Tillman Story today. The company has been the frontrunner to buy the film for the past week. Original article follows.

Purchases at Sundance didn’t come fast and furious this year — do they ever anymore? — but in the wake of the festival a few high-profile films have been fairly swift to land distribution deals. The docs Catfish and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work have both secured distribution in the US. A few other films will probably be picked up soon: The Tillman Story, Animal Kingdom and Welcome to the Rileys are all close to having deals, but for now we’ll focus on the two docs. Read More »

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Today on Dave’s random Sundance encounters: I talk with the director of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, about why she chose Joan Rivers as a documentary subject. I also bumped into /Film fan and Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers about why /Film ruins the moviegoing experience.

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