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What’s the most underappreciated movie of 2011? (Part 1)

December 29, 2011 |  9:36 am


Jessica Chastain in "The Debt"

Last year it was “Never Let Me Go” and “Let Me In.” This year we’re asking the question again — what movie just didn’t get the proper respect, from audiences or critics, over the past 12 months?

We took an informal poll around the office and among some contacts to get a fix on what people felt were some of the least recognized gems of the past year. The list they returned was an eclectic one:

Among the titles that came up: “The Debt,” the long-delayed Nazi-hunting thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington that finally came out this summer; “Rio,”  the Brazil-set animated film that didn’t get the same buzz as some of its CG counterparts; “Fright Night,” Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 horror-comedy that might have gotten buried a little upon its late-summer release; "Win Win," Tom McCarthy's dramedy about a high-school wrestler; and “Warrior,” the Nick Nolte drama about the world of mixed-martial arts.

A pair of Sundance acquisitions also made the list: “Margin Call,” the drama about the financial crisis that unfolds over one nerve-racking night; and “Like Crazy,” the emo love story that was mostly improvised by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin.

Please vote in our poll below, and use Twitter, Facebook and otherwise comment on any movie we didn’t suggest ("A Better Life"?). We’ll let you know the results in the next few days.




What's the most under-appreciated movie of 2010 (Part 1)

What's the most under-appreciated movie of 2010? (Part 2)

— Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Jessica Chastain in "The Debt." Credit: Focus Features

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