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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    2012 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2012 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 10  FantasyFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Her father's ill, ice caps are melting and aurochs are invading six-year-old Hushpuppy's bayou. Love.
  2. Movie DetailsIt's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 10  AnimationComedyObscure/RareI own on DVD
    Don Hertzfeldt's feature-film version of his animated philosophical trilogy about Bill and his shattered psyche.
  3. Movie DetailsMoonrise Kingdom (2012) 10  Comedy
    Wes Anderson's charming story of two 12-year-old lovers who flee their 1960s New England town.
  4. Movie DetailsPerks of Being a Wallflower, The (2012) 10  
    A coming-of-age story about a shy freshman who meets his first love. Surprisingly deep, moving.
  5. Movie DetailsSearching for Sugar Man (2012) 10  Musical/MusicDocumentary/True
    The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest 1970s rock icon who never was. Heartwarming.

  6. EXCELLENT
  7. Movie DetailsAi Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about the life of celebrated Chinese artist and outspoken dissident Ai Weiwei. Compelling humanity.
  8. Movie DetailsArgo (2012) 9  Documentary/TrueAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Amazing CIA-Canadian secret operation, via Hollywood, to return six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis.
  9. Movie DetailsDjango Unchained (2012) 9  With Sex/Nudity
    Tarantino's story of a freed slave, German bounty hunter and brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Nuts.
  10. Movie DetailsHoly Motors (2012) 9  FantasyWith Sex/Nudity
    Limousine-traveling man assumes nine diverse identities. Dreamlike metaphor for acting/life, the masks of each genre.
  11. Movie DetailsJiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) 9  Documentary/True
    Documentary on 85-year-old Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono. Inspiring example of dedication to a craft.
  12. Movie DetailsKid with a Bike, The (2012) 9  
    The Dardenne Brothers' affecting story of a young boy abandoned to a state-run youth farm.
  13. Movie DetailsLife of Pi (2012) 9  Fantasy
    A shipwrecked Indian boy survives on a lifeboat, with zoo animals for company. Magical fable.
  14. Movie DetailsLooper (2012) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    In 2042, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired assassin who kills people sent from the future.
  15. Movie DetailsRuby Sparks (2012) 9  ComedyFantasy
    Ingenious dissection of a man falling in love with his own idea of a woman.
  16. Movie DetailsSafety Not Guaranteed (2012) 9  ComedySci-Fi
    A man places a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. Genuinely touching, sweet.
  17. Movie DetailsSilver Linings Playbook (2012) 9  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Warm, quirky film about dealing with mental illness (through football, dance). Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful.
  18. Movie DetailsZero Dark Thirty (2012) 9  Documentary/True
    Riveting story of the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Finale balances catharsis with despair.

  19. VERY GOOD
  20. Movie Details5 Broken Cameras (2012) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Intimate study of a small West Bank village's protests against Israeli soldiers. Injustice, violence, resolve.
  21. Movie DetailsAvengers, The (2012) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Nick Fury brings together Marvel superheroes to save the Earth from Loki. Very balanced effort.
  22. Movie DetailsChronicle (2012) 8  Sci-Fi
    Don't abuse your children or they might grow up to destroy Seattle with powerful telekinesis.
  23. Movie DetailsCity Dark, The (2012) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about the human and global consequences of modern light pollution and the disappearing stars.
  24. Movie DetailsCloud Atlas (2012) 8  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    An ambitious, sprawling epic from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Complex, spectacular, gimmicky and disjointed.
  25. Movie DetailsDark Knight Rises, The (2012) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Very emotionally dark film that rises to an impressive, satisfying finale for Nolan's Batman trilogy.
  26. Movie DetailsEverything is a Remix (2012) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Four-part video series by Kirby Ferguson about the culture of copying, transforming and combining media.
  27. Movie DetailsIndie Game: The Movie (2012) 8  Documentary/True
    Follows the emotional journeys of independent game development, featuring Super Meat Boy, Fez and Braid.
  28. Movie DetailsInvisible War, The (2012) 8  Documentary/True
    Investigation of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military and its profound consequences. Tragic, appalling.
  29. Movie DetailsLincoln (2012) 8  Documentary/True
    Spielberg's portrait of a deeply conflicted Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Incredibly well-written dialogue.
  30. Movie DetailsMaster, The (2012) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Directionless WWII Navy veteran meets the charismatic leader of The Cause. Draws from Scientology's origins.
  31. Movie DetailsMoon Man (2012) 8  AnimationFantasyObscure/Rare
    Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a comet and discovers children need him.
  32. Movie DetailsParaNorman (2012) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyHorror
    Norman survives stop-motion ghosts, zombies and grownups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
  33. Movie DetailsPrometheus (2012) 8  HorrorSci-Fi
    Waxes philosophical and connects the Aliens franchise with Chariots of the Gods and Jesus Christ.
  34. Movie DetailsRoom on the Broom (2012) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareTV Shows
    A gentle witch offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom.
  35. Movie DetailsWreck-It Ralph (2012) 8  AnimationComedy
    Charming pixel-art story of an arcade video game villain who wants to be a hero.

  36. GOOD
  37. Movie Details2 Days in New York (2012) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Artist Julie Delpy's neurotic French family visits New York for the weekend. A likable farce.
  38. Movie DetailsCabin in the Woods, The (2012) 7  ConspiracyFantasyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Turns the horror genre on its head, but crammed with excessive wink-wink cleverness and CGI.
  39. Movie DetailsCat in Paris, A (2012) 7  AnimationObscure/Rare
    Charming, attractive animated feature centered on cat burgling. Made with traditional ink and paint cartooning.
  40. Movie DetailsFrankenweenie (2012) 7  AnimationComedyHorrorSci-Fi
    Tim Burton's stop-motion love story between a boy and his (undead) dog. Classic horror homage.
  41. Movie DetailsHunger Games, The (2012) 7  ConspiracySci-Fi
    Jennifer Lawrence's soulfulness carries this televised survival competition in which teenagers fight to the death.
  42. Movie DetailsJesus Henry Christ (2012) 7  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Measured quirkiness that evokes Wes Anderson's style about a 10-year-old prodigy. Toni Collette is great.
  43. Movie DetailsJust Like Being There (2012) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Celebrates gig posters by contemporary artists nearly 50 years after the first iconic concert posters.
  44. Movie DetailsKeyhole (2012) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Guy Maddin's surreal take on Homer's Odyssey. A mysterious, dreamlike journey of Ulysses and ghosts.
  45. Movie DetailsLawless (2012) 7  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    The bootlegging Bondurant gang were outlaw heroes during Prohibition. Brutal violence. Tom Hardy is indestructible.
  46. Movie DetailsLoneliest Planet, The (2012) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A pivotal, instinctive reaction divides a couple's hiking trek in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains. Slow, stunning.
  47. Movie DetailsMonster in Paris, A (2012) 7  AnimationComedyFantasy
    In 1910 Paris, a monster from an eccentric scientist's greenhouse meets a beautiful cabaret singer.
  48. Movie DetailsPerfect Sense (2012) 7  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Follows Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as an epidemic robs people of their sensory perceptions.
  49. Movie DetailsRobot & Frank (2012) 7  ComedySci-Fi
    An aging ex-jewel thief bonds with a robot butler programmed to look after him. Predictable.
  50. Movie DetailsSeeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) 7  ComedySci-Fi
    As a deadly asteroid approaches, neighbors Steve Carell and Keira Knightley end up traveling together.
  51. Movie DetailsStarlet (2012) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    The unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old actress and a lonely elderly woman in Los Angeles.
  52. Movie DetailsThird Contact (2012) 7  ConspiracyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.

  53. FAIR
  54. Movie DetailsAwakening, The (2012) 6  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    In 1921 England, a boarding school reports sightings of a child ghost. Unresolved, muddled plot.
  55. Movie DetailsBeat Hotel, The (2012) 6  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Collects fragments of 1950s-era Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs and Gysin living in a rundown Paris hotel.
  56. Movie DetailsCasa de mi Padre (2012) 6  Comedy
    Anti-comedy Mexican Western, starring Spanish-speaking cowboy Will Ferrell and drug lord Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal.
  57. Movie DetailsGiant Mechanical Man, The (2012) 6  Comedy
    Jenna Fischer is charming in this offbeat celebration of confused, aimless adults. Annoying supporting characters.
  58. Movie DetailsHyde Park on Hudson (2012) 6  ComedyDocumentary/True
    On the eve of WWII, Bill Murray is FDR and Laura Linney is his mistress.
  59. Movie DetailsJohn Carter (2012) 6  FantasySci-Fi
    Hectic, violent CGI epic about Mars. Sort of fun, but I was never emotionally invested.
  60. Movie DetailsDr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) 6  AnimationComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    Hyperactive disservice to Seuss. Teaches how to blindly consume and toss marshmallows to adorable bears.
  61. Movie DetailsLove (2012) 6  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Lonely astronaut stranded aboard the ISS develops cabin fever, becomes one with the universe. Posthumanism.
  62. Movie DetailsMan with the Iron Fists, The (2012) 6  
    RZA's martial arts thriller combines kung-fu action and hip-hop style. Saga of a Chinese blacksmith.
  63. Movie DetailsMirror Mirror (2012) 6  AnimationComedyFantasy
    Visually stunning like all Tarsem movies, and Julia Roberts was cast appropriately, but jarringly jokey/dopey.
  64. Movie DetailsOn the Road (2012) 6  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    I struggled to get into this disappointing yet interesting-enough adaptation of the 1957 Kerouac novel.
  65. Movie DetailsSilent House (2012) 6  Horror
    Thrilling performance from Elizabeth Olsen. Shot to mimic one continuous real-time take. Letdown by ending.

  66. ADEQUATE
  67. Movie DetailsFDR: American Badass! (2012) 5  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    As expected, the two-minute trailer was funnier than the movie. Crude/dumb humor, with Nazi werewolves.


  68. Statistical ratings distribution of these 62 films (3.9% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 62 films: 7.7.

    10:8.1%

    9:19.4%

    8:25.8%

    7:25.8%

    6:19.4%

    5:1.6%

    CRAP:0%



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