Some people love reading critics' reviews of movies, while other people hate them, but I think we can all unanimously agree that Rotten Tomatoes' aggregation of certified critics' reviews is one of the best movie resources on the web. The site's just listed the top 20 best-reviewed movies of 2010 (with a minimum of 60 reviews required), and the majority of them shouldn't be too surprising.
"Toy Story 3" took the top spot with 99 percent of the film's 247 reviews being positive. It's fitting, for once, that the top reviewed film of the year is also the highest grossing film of the year, and one of two movies in 2010 to gross over one billion dollars worldwide (the other is "Alice in Wonderland"). But what might surprise some people (especially those who didn't see it) is that another animated film, "How To Train Your Dragon," placed second on the list with 98 percent of its 156 reviews being positive. "How To Train Your Dragon" was the ninth highest grossing film of the year.
While some of the other films on the list also reached a wide audience ("The Social Network" at #4, "True Grit" at #10 and "The Town" at #11), the majority of the films embraced by critics were limited releases. At #3 was "Exit Through The Gift Show," #5 was "Restrepo," #6 "Inside Job," #7 "A Prophet" (Une Prophete) and #9 "Animal Kingdom."
Likely Oscar contender "The King's Speech" placed at #8, while "The Kids Are All Right" placed at #12, "Winter's Bone" at #13, "Blue Valentine" at #14 and "127 Hours" at #15. The only other film anticipated to snag one of the Academy Awards' 10 best picture nominations is "Inception," which didn't make the cut (it scored 87 percent fresh).
The last five films on the list are "The Tillman Story" at #16, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" at #17, "The Father of My Children" (Le Pere De Mes Enfants) at #18, "Fish Tank" at #19 and "Casino Jack And The United States Of Money" at #20.