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Welcome to RT’s 12th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, in which we honor the best-reviewed movies of 2010. From high-profile Hollywood hits to little movies that could, we’ve got the movies that won the critics? hearts — and probably inspired you as well.

There was plenty of interesting stuff in the multiplex in 2010: the mighty Pixar closed out its Toy Story trilogy, Christopher Nolan twisted minds (and city blocks) with Inception, and David Fincher told the fictional tale of Facebook’s early days with The Social Network. At the arthouse, provocative documentaries about China’s economy and unconventional artists wowed the pundits. Which films will take home the coveted Golden Tomato Awards? Where do your favorites rank? And which of these flicks took home the User Tomato award, decided by you, the RT faithful?


Best Wide Release

#1

Toy Story 3 (2010)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110907%
Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.
Synopsis: With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

Best Limited Release

#1

Last Train Home (2009)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101471%
Critics Consensus: Last Train Home is a haunting, vivid documentary exploring the human toll of China's economic boom in intimate, unforgettable detail.
Synopsis: Annually, an estimated 130 million factories workers in China migrate from their city of employment back to the village they... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Lixin Fan

Top UK

#1
Adjusted Score: 100170%
Critics Consensus: An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects.
Synopsis: The infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist Banksy has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world. He comes... [More]
Starring: Rhys Ifans
Directed By: Banksy

Top AU

#1

Animal Kingdom (2010)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100265%
Critics Consensus: With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.
Synopsis: In this gritty Australian crime drama, young Joshua "J" Cody (James Frecheville) is taken in by his extended family after... [More]
Directed By: David Michôd

User

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 106594%
Critics Consensus: Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.
Synopsis: England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

Best Action/Adventure

#1

True Grit (2010)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106480%
Critics Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.
Synopsis: After an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Best Animation

#1

Toy Story 3 (2010)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110907%
Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.
Synopsis: With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

Best Comedy

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 102118%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
Synopsis: Lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

Best Documentary

#1

Marwencol (2010)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99808%
Critics Consensus: Inspiring and fascinating, Marwencol depicts its subject with heartfelt tenderness, raising poignant questions about art and personal tragedy along the way.
Synopsis: After recovering from a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Mark Hogancamp builds a miniature World War II-era... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jeff Malmberg

Best Drama

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 109932%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.
Synopsis: In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

Best Foreign

#1

Last Train Home (2009)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101471%
Critics Consensus: Last Train Home is a haunting, vivid documentary exploring the human toll of China's economic boom in intimate, unforgettable detail.
Synopsis: Annually, an estimated 130 million factories workers in China migrate from their city of employment back to the village they... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Lixin Fan

Best Horror

#1

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97564%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: Bullied at school, neglected at home and incredibly lonely, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) spends his days plotting revenge on his... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

Best Kids/Family

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 80482%
Critics Consensus: Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.
Synopsis: Enigmatic Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives on the doorstep of a harried mother, Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

Best Musical

#1

The Runaways (2010)
69%

#1
Adjusted Score: 76603%
Critics Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the... [More]
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi

Best Romance

#1

Cairo Time (2009)
80%

#1
Adjusted Score: 82574%
Critics Consensus: Though potentially too slowly paced for some, Cairo Time lingers long after the closing credits, largely due to a wonderful performance by Patricia Clarkson.
Synopsis: With some time off from her job as a magazine editor, New Yorker Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) decides to share a... [More]
Directed By: Ruba Nadda

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

#1

Inception (2010)
87%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102670%
Critics Consensus: Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.
Synopsis: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Best Thriller

#1

Animal Kingdom (2010)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100265%
Critics Consensus: With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.
Synopsis: In this gritty Australian crime drama, young Joshua "J" Cody (James Frecheville) is taken in by his extended family after... [More]
Directed By: David Michôd