Top 10 Best Movies of 2011 (According to Rotten Tomatoes)

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Top 10 best movies of 2011 are The Muppets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Moneyball, Hugo, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Midnight in Paris, Drive, 50/50, Source Code, and The Descendants.

1. The Muppets

The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, and was directed by James Bobin. It is the seventh feature film to star the Muppets and the first theatrical release in 12 years.

The movie received universal acclaim from film critics and is the highest rated film in the Muppets series. The film received 97 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 149 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.9/10.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is an epic fantasy film in which the evil dragon is vanquished by Harry Potter, who is helped by Ron and Hermione. The grand finale of the Harry Potter film series opened to universal critical acclaim and is among the best reviewed films of 2011. The film received 96 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 266 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.4/10.

The final installment in the JK Rowling franchise is the first of the HP films to reach the billion-dollar mark. The film grossed $1.32 billion worldwide and is the ninth to enter the $1B club. The film is currently the third highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing film of 2011.

3. Moneyball

Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and is easily one of the best movies of the year with a great plot and a powerful performance by Brad Pitt. Pitts' character has been sketched beautifully by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay for Social Network, though here the credit for writing the screenplay also goes to Steven Zaillian.

The protagonist's outrage against major league baseball's systemic inequities closely mirrors the simmering acrimony between America's haves and have-nots; both problems have an equally simple and an equally improbable solution. The film received 95 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 189 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8/10.

4. Hugo

Hugo is a 2011 3D adventure drama film directed by movie maestro Martin Scorsese and was adapted from the novel written by Brian Selznick entitled 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The movie focuses on the story of an orphan who lives in a train station in Paris during the 1930s

The film received 94 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 171 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.3/10.

The film struggled at the box office despite the universal critical acclaim. Shot at a monumental cost of around $150 million, the film was just able to collect $52,618,914 at the last count.

5. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol is an action spy film starring Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt. The film is the fourth installment in the series and is director Brad Bird's first live-action film.

The movie is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry. The best one has Tom Cruise hanging more than 100 storeys up on the glass windows of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building.

The film scored 93 percent on film-critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 167 reviews, making it the best received of the series. Worldwide collections, as of Dec. 23, total $162 million, with collections from North America weighing in at approximately $58 million.

6. Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is a 2011 romantic comedy-fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers around a family that goes to Paris on business, and two young people, engaged to be married in the fall, have experiences there that change their lives.

The film received 93 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 188 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.8/10.

7. Drive

Drive is a 2011 American crime drama film, starring Ryan Gosling as the principal character, with Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. The film was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and is adapted from the 2005 James Sallis novel of the same name.

The plot centers on a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman and discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. The film received 92 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 211 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.2/10.

8. 50/50

50/50 is a 2011 comedy-drama film written by Will Reise and directed by Jonathan Levine. The plot centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

The film received 92 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 166 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.6/10.

9. Source Code

Source Code is a 2011 American science fiction-techno-thriller film directed by Duncan Jones. The mind-bending plot centers on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. The film received 92 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 226 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.5/10.

10. The Descendants

The Descendants is a 2011 American comedy-drama film based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film was directed by Alexander Payne and George Clooney plays the role of an impassive father set in Hawaii who is shocked with a severe family crisis.

The film received 89 percent fresh approval rating from critics based on 175 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.3/10.

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