2010 - Inception

8.0 / 8.4 74 8.8 X4 9.02

Rotten Tomatoes gives the critical consensus as "smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually." In polls conducted by CinemaScore during the opening weekend cinemagoers gave Inception an average score of "B+". Other critics read Inception as Christian allegory and focus on the film's use of religious and water symbolism.

Whatever its meaning, the film has had excellent reviews in general. Perhaps playing off the film's game imagery, Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Travers called Inception a "wildly ingen�ious chess game," and concluded "the result is a knockout." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a full four stars and said that Inception "is all about process, about fighting our way through enveloping sheets of reality and dream, reality within dreams, dreams without reality. It's a breathtaking juggling act."

Inception appeared on over 273 critics' lists of the top ten films of 2010, being picked as No.1 on 55 of those lists. It was the second most mentioned film behind The Social Network and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2010. The film won many awards in technical categories, such as Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects, and the British Academy Film Awards for Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects and Best Sound.

Other sci-fi films of 2010: Iron Man 2 (7.52 SFMZ Final Score) won the following awards: People's Choice Favorite Action Movie; Hollywood Film Festival Best Visual Effects; and ASCAP Award Top Box Office Films. The film was also nominated for a number of awards including: The Oscars Best Visual Effects; Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, Best Actor, & Best Supporting Actress; MTV Awards Best Villain; multiple VES Awards; Satellite Awards Best Sound; and others.

TRON: Legacy (7.03 SFMZ Final Score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Actor & Best Production Design, and Austin FCA Best Score. The film also received nominations from other organizations including: The Oscars Best Sound Editing; Grammy Awards Best Score; multiple Saturn Awards; MTV Awards Best Breakout Star; and others. Unfortunately the rest of the year was filled with below average choices such as Repo Men, Predators, Skyline, and other forgetable sci-fi films.

2011 - X-Men: First Class

7.4 / 8.0 65 7.8 X1 8.27

X-Men: First Class has received positive reviews, Rotten Tomatoes' critic consensus, "with a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, XMFC is a welcome return to form for the franchise." Hollywood Reporter described the film as "audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy." Variety said the film "feels swift, sleek and remarkably coherent", and that "the visual effects designed by John Dykstra are smoothly and imaginatively integrated.

In consumer publications, Entertainment Weekly praised "the kind of youthful, Brit-knockabout pop energy Matthew Vaughn absorbed from his previous collaborations", and found McAvoy and Fassbender "a casting triumph. These two have real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work." Toronto Star called it "a blockbuster with brains" and said Vaughn "brings freshness to this comic creation . . . and manages to do so while hewing to the saga's serious dramatic intent."

The film won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Make-Up; Scream Awards Best Fantasy Movie & Best Cameo; NBR Spotlight Award; and LAFCA Best Actor. The film also received several nominations including: Scream Awards Best Film, Best Scream-Play, Best Director, Best Fantasy Actor, Best Fantasy Actress, Best Villain, Best Superhero, Breakout Female Performance, Breakout Male Performance, Best Ensemble, & Best Comic Book Movie Film; People's Choice Favorite Action Movie, Favorite Ensemble Cast, & Favorite Movie Superhero; multiple Teen Choice Awards; and Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film.

Other sci-fi films of 2011: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a strong runner up to best sci-fi film of 2011 with an 8.23 SFMZ Final Score, this film won a number of awards including: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film & Best Special Effects; Annie Awards Best Character Animation; BFCA Best Visual Effects; Genesis Awards Best Feature Film; BFCA Best Visual Effects; and others.

Super 8 (7.84 SFMZ Final Score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Director; Best Music, & Best Younger Actor; COA Awards Best Newcomer, Best Cinematography, & Special Soundtrack; Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Movie & Best Scream-Play; PFCSA Best Ensemble Acting; CAS Awards Best Screenplay; Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award; and others.

Melancholia (7.76 SFMZ Final Score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Actress; Bodil Awards Best Film & Best Cinematography; NSFCA Best Actress & Best Film; European Film Awards Best Cinematographer, Best Film, & Best Production Designer; KCFCC Award Best Actress; Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actress; Cannes Film Festival Best Actress; and others.

Source Code (7.70 SFMZ Final Score), this film's lone award win is the COFCA Awards Best Screenplay. The film also received nominations by: VES Awards Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects; SFFWA Bradbury Award; Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation; and others.

All in all, five films with respectable final ratings. That doesn't mean 2011 was without it's share fair of underwhelming sci-fi movies, such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Green Lantern, Cowboys and Aliens, Battle Los Angeles, I am Number Four, and a few others.

2012 - This project is now closed and will not be continued. It's very time consuming to analyze hundreds of movies to determine the best of each year. So I hope you enjoy the analysis I presented for the years 1920 to 2011.

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Resources: wikipedia.org, imdb.com, rottentomatoes.com, metacritic.com

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