"Social Network," "Inception" top THR film list

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Film critics by definition are contrarians, so naturally, if you gather seven in a room, there will be few points of agreement. So it is with Top 10 Films of 2010 as drawn up by seven film critics for "The Hollywood Reporter," six U.S.-based and one overseas reviewer who keeps up with domestic releases.

No film made everyone's list. There was only limited agreement over the No. 1 film. Three fingered Christopher Nolan's strikingly original "Inception." Two others picked David Fincher's Facebook tale, "The Social Network."

The remaining votes were divided between Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," about the infamous terrorist known by that moniker, and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," a film many pundits see as an Oscar frontrunner.

The closest area of agreement came with "The Social Network." It made six out of seven Best 10 lists.

"Inception" and Jacques Audiard's prison picture "A Prophet" from France wound up on four lists. "Carlos" and Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids are All Right," a rare comedy, made three lists. So did Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer."

Animation and documentaries are making real in-roads into Best 10 lists compared to, say, 10 years ago. But, once again, agreement eludes the critics. Lee Unkrich's "Toy Story 3," which Disney is billing in its Oscar campaign as the best reviewed film of the year, hit only three lists while Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" and Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders' "How to Train Your Dragon" from DreamWorks appeared on two lists as well.

No less than five documentaries were honored, but in each case, only a single list. Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's "Sweetgrass," Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job," Frederick Wiseman's "Boxing Gym," Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea Annonier's "Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno" and Banksy's genre-bending "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

Meanwhile there are several titles that appear on only a single list. But if film choices are rapidly stacking up on your must-see list, and you don't know where to begin, these choices below do contain a few hints.

BEST 10 FILMS OF 2010   Continued...

<p>Actor Jesse Eisenberg poses during a photocall to promote the movie "The Social Network" in Berlin, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>