Adepero Oduye in Pariah, by Dee Rees.

Lists: The best films of 2009–2011

For more detailed reviews of films from 2012–2018, see my lists for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Best Films of 2011
Incendies
Pariah
Weekend
Meeks Cutoff
Beginners
A Dangerous Method
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Better this World
Contagion
A Separation
We Need To Talk About Kevin
In Time
Bellflower
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Guard

2011 Runners Up
Another Earth
Melancholia
Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times
The Black Power Mixtape 1967 1975
The Time that Remains
Tree of Life
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Bridesmaids
Drive
Moneyball
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Skin I Live In
In the Land of the Free
Tomboy

Worst Films of 2011
Cedar Rapids
Super
Crazy Stupid Love
Rum Diary
Tower Heist
Potiche
Shame

Best Films of 2010
Winter’s Bone
Carlos
Inception
Outside the Law
Machete
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The Fighter
Green Zone 
Night Catches Us 
The Runaways 
The Town 
Micmacs
The Other Guys

2010 Runners Up
Youth in Revolt
I Love You Phillip Morris
The Social Network
Inside Job 
Fair Game
127 Hours
True Grit
Ghost Writer
Rare Exports
Race (Documentary by Katherine Cecil)

Worst Films of 2010
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Dinner for Schmucks

Best Films of 2009
Salt Of This Sea
Away We Go
In The Loop
The Road
Trouble the Water
Food Inc
Capitalism, A Love Story
Antichrist
Che
Up In The Air

2009 Runners Up
Amreeka
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Cadillac Records
District 9
Girlfriend Experience
Good Hair
Humpday
The Informant!
Precious
Wendy and Lucy
Where The Wild Things Are
American Violet
Next Day Air
Hunger
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Medicine for Melancholy
Duplicity
Star Trek
Drag Me To Hell
Collapse
Big Fan

Worst Films of 2009
Hurt Locker
Brothers Bloom
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Adventureland
Revolutionary Road