Here's how I'd rate them with some very technical headings.
I Would Pay Real Money to See These Again.
· Hugo (I want to show this one to my kids when they’re a bit older. What a sweet movie.)
· The Artist (My favorite of the bunch. I can't begin to describe how delighted I am that a black and white silent film is going to win Best Picture of the year.)
· The Descendants
This One Broke My Heart So I Don’t Want To See it Again But I Did Like It Very Much.
· Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (The critics have eaten this one alive. I think that’s part of why I enjoyed it – my expectations were VERY low going in.)
These Ones Really Didn't Stay With Me Much. They’re Okay But Not Great.
· The Help
· Midnight in Paris
Meh. Or In Other Words, Oscar-Worthy? I Don’t Think So.
· War Horse
Somebody Please Let The Critics* Know That The Emperor is Buck Nekkid.
· The Tree of Life
* Seriously! It's on soooooo many Top of 2011 lists. All I can figure is that critics are scared to be honest about it for fear of being called out by their much more artistic much more evolved critic friends.