Top Scores 2012: Critic’s Choice

This list will be updated every month and is based on the following soundtrack review websites: Soundtrack Geek, Filmmusicsite, Filmmuziek, Musique De Film, MusicadefilmScorenotes, Filmtracks, Moviemusic UKScoretrack, Tracksounds, Movie Wave, Main Titles, Empire Online, BSO Spirit, Colonne SonoreSoundtracks.pl, FSM, Examiner, Filmmusic.pl, Music Muse, Film, Music & Media, Soundtrack Nerd, Ben’s Film-Music ReviewsScore Cues, Soundtrack Addict, Astur Score, Score Magacine, MuzykaFilmowa.pl, Lost In The Multiplex, Hi-Score, Golden Score, Film Music Journal, Movie Music Musings and Soundtrack Beat.

If your site isn’t here it could be that there hasn’t been a 2012 review yet, no final ratings in the reviews or I just forgot. If you think your site should be included here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Each score must have at least 3 reviews to be counted and this list doesn’t include game scores since reviews are pretty much non-existent.

LAST UPDATED: January 21 2012

Rank
Soundtrack
Composer
Status
SGRating
1Metsan TarinaPanu Aaltio86.6
2Rise Of The GuardiansAlexandre Desplat90
3Lo ImposibleFernando Velazquez84.4
4Hobbit, The: An Unexpected JourneyHoward Shore93.7
5Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesFrederik Wiedmann98.3
6Jack ReacherJoe Kraemer67.6
7John CarterMichael Giacchino91.5
8FrankenweenieDanny Elfman90
9W.E.Abel Korzeniowski81.8
10Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandAndrew Lockington88.8
11For Greater Glory: The True Story of CristiadaJames Horner88.5
12LincolnJohn Williams83.7
13Life Of PiMychael Danna72.4
14There Be DragonsRobert Folk84.2
15Hatfields & McCoysJohn Debney & Tony Morales87.5
16A Royal AffairGabriel Yared & Cyrille Aufort84
17Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TheThomas Newman90.4
18IntrudersRoque Banos80
19Odd Life Of Timothy Green, TheGeoff Zanelli78.3
20Days Of GraceVarious Artists58.4
21PusherOrbital65.8
22TedWalter Murphy86.1
23Amazing Spider-Man, TheJames Horner90
24Dawn Of The DragonslayerPanu Aaltio90.6
25Bless Me, UltimaMark Kilian72.3
26BravePatrick Doyle88
27Zero Dark ThirtyAlexandre Desplat70
28Wreck-It RalphHenry Jackman83.1
29Master, TheJonny Greenwood50.9
30Cloud AtlasReinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer82.6
31Anna KareninaDario Marianelli68.1
32CosmopolisHoward Shore68.5
33Beasts of the Southern WildDan Romer & Benh Zeitlin82.8
34Transformers PrimeBrian Tyler86.4
35Terra NovaBrian Tyler79.5
36Game Of Thrones Season 2Ramin Djawadi87
37Moonrise KingdomAlexandre Desplat55
39Once Upon A TimeMark Isham88
39Hemingway & GellhornJavier Navarrete68.8
40LooperNathan Johnson78.9
41Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn Part 2Carter Burwell80
42Tall Man, TheTodd Bryanton, Joel Douek & Christopher Young89.5
43HitchcockDanny Elfman81.4
44Pact, TheRonen Landa88.5
45Woman Thou Art Loosed...Mark Kilian69.2
46ArgoAlexandre Desplat74.2
47SkyfallThomas Newman78
48Cockneys Vs ZombiesJody Jenkins78.5
49Salmon Fishing In The YemenDario Marianelli69.3
50Dr. Seuss The LoraxJohn Powell81.5
52De Rouille et d'OsAlexandre Desplat58.8
52Expendables 2, TheBrian Tyler84.2
53Won't Back DownMarcelo Zarvos71.4
54La Nouvelle Guerre des BoutonsPhilippe Rombi76.1
55Words, TheMarcelo Zarvos70.5
56Bel AmiRachel Portman & Lakshman Joseph De Saram65.2
57Black GoldJames Horner80
58Right To Love, The: An American FamilyEdwin Wendler80
59Silent Hill: Revelation 3DJeff Danna & Akira Yamaoko70
60ParanormanJon Brion71.2
61Red LightsVictor Reyes71.4
62Dark ShadowsDanny Elfman86.6
63Trouble With The CurveMarco Beltrami82.1
64ArbitrageCliff Martinez78
65Brother's KeeperBill Brown84
66Sweeney, TheLorne Balfe78.7
67HysteriaGalt Waltzing & Christian Henson68.4
68People Like UsA.R. Rahman77.5
69Snow White & The HuntsmanJames Newton Howard91.7
70Last BreathVincent Gillioz73
71Dark Knight Rises, TheHans Zimmer90.6
72Natural SelectioniZLER & Curt Schneider63.3
73TouchbackWilliam Ross70.3
74Sherlock Series TwoDavid Arnold & Michael Price65.2
75On The RoadGustavo Santaolalla60
76HomefrontMiguel d'Oliveira70
77Phase 7Guillermo Guareschi60
78Bait 3DJoe Ng & Alex Oh79
79Tad: The Lost ExplorerZacarias M. De La Riva79
80Day I Saw Your Heart, TheNathan Johnson61.4
81Columbus CircleBrian Tyler65.5
8241Mark Kilian61.4
83Big MiracleCliff Eidelman75
84Casa De Mi PadreAndrew Feltenstein & John Nau62.2
85Vow, TheRachel Portman & Michael Brook83.7
86Mirror MirrorAlan Menken78.6
87Fringe Season 3Chris Tilton73.5
88PrometheusMarc Streitenfeld81.6
89Woman In Black, TheMarco Beltrami79
90Ice Age: Continental DriftJohn Powell82.8
91Wrath Of The TitansJavier Navarrete85
92Femme FatalesJoe Kraemer66.9
93Crazy EyesBobby Johnston61.8
94Cabin In The Woods, TheDavid Julyan70.4
95Innkeepers, TheJeff Grace45.7
96Sherlock Series OneDavid Arnold & Michael Price65.2
97Hostel Part IIIFrederik Wiedmann84.2
98Hunger Games, TheJames Newton Howard72.9
99Act Of ValorNathan Hurst70
100Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedHans Zimmer84
101RubiconPeter Nashel58
102Men In Black 3Danny Elfman79
103Avengers, TheAlan Silvestri71.1
104Queen Of Versailles, TheJeff Beal70
105Sessions, TheMarco Beltrami63
106SinisterChristopher Young58.4
107Bay, TheMarcelo Zarvos66.6
108BrakeBrian Tyler70.5
109Pirates!, The: Band of MisfitsTheodore Shapiro73
110Being FlynnBadly Drawn Boy67.5
111Safe HouseRamin Djawadi63.3
112Silver Linings PlaybookDanny Elfman78
113Get The GringoAntonio Pinto73.3
114HaywireDavid Holmes46.6
115Seven PsychopathsCarter Burwell58
116Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterHenry Jackman82.7
117Piranha 3DDElia Cmiral76.6
118One For The MoneyDeborah Lurie52.3
119Grey, TheMarc Streitenfeld47.5
120GoneDavid Buckley66.6
121Lola VersusFall On Your Sword75.3
122Odyssey, TheAntonio Pinto & Dudu Aram71.6
123DreddPaul Leonard-Morgan69
124Underworld: AwakeningPaul Haslinger65.4
125Total RecallHarry Gregson-Williams85
126Apparition, TheTomandandy70.5
127Red DawnRamin Djawadi84
128CoriolanusIlan Eshkeri41
129BereavementStevan Mena86.6
130ButterMatteo Messina65
131Man On A LedgeHenry Jackman68.5
132Mother's DayBobby Johnston53.3
133Red TailsTerence Blanchard62.9
134Bourne Legacy, TheJames Newton Howard73.6
135Breaking BadDave Porter45
136For A Good Time Call...John Swihart48.2
137BattleshipSteve Jablonsky78.3
138Ghost Rider: Spirit Of VengeanceDavid Sardy53.1
N/ARites Of SpringHolly Amber Church70.9
N/AResident Evil: RetributionTomandandy85.5
N/AYokoMark Anthony Yaeger81.8
N/ARaid, The: RedemptionMike Shinoda & Joseph Trapanese66.6
N/APhilly KidIan Honeyman81
N/ARaven, TheLucas Vidal68.1
N/ARealityAlexandre Desplat62
N/ARec 3: GenesisMikel Salas78.5
N/ARed Hook SummerBruce Hornsby68.3
N/ATaken 2Nathaniel Mechaly72.2
N/AThundercatsKevin Kliesch75.2
N/AThaleRaymond Enoksen & Geirmund Simonsen86.6
N/ATexas Killing FieldsDickon Hinchliffe68
N/ATales Of The WariaGil Talmi84.6
N/ATimescapesJohn Stanford85.4
N/ATrouble With Bliss, TheDaniel Alcheh62.2
N/APerson Of InterestRamin Djawadi69.5
N/AWe Are LegionJohn Dragonetti68
N/AWatermen, TheBryce Jacobs72.5
N/ATruth Or DareRichard Pryn66
N/ASur La Piste Du MarsupilamiBruno Coulais69
N/AStrippers Vs. WerewolvesNeil Chaney60
N/ASexykillerFernando Velazquez71
N/ASeeking JusticeJ. Peter Robinson62.2
N/ASeeking A Friend For The End Of The WorldRob Simonsen & Jonathan Sadoff69.2
N/ASafeMark Mothersbaugh58.1
N/AShanghai CallingKlaus Badelt & Christopher Carmichael64.6
N/AShock Head SoulRoger Goula61.3
N/ASpiders 3DJoseph Conlan45
N/ASpartacus: VengeanceJoseph LoDuca76.1
N/ASpartacus: Gods Of The ArenaJoseph LoDuca71.5
N/ASmashedAndy Cabic & Eric D. Johnson63.3
N/ARuby SparksNick Urata74.6
N/ABerserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the KingShiro Sagisu78
N/AChernobyl DiariesDiego Stocco46
N/ACleanskinSimon Lambros57.6
N/ACe Que Le Jour Doit a La NuitArmand Amar74.1
N/ABunkerRobert Feigenblatt48.4
N/ABossBrian Reitzell65.4
N/ACold Light Of Day, TheLucas Vidal70.5
N/AComplianceHeather McIntosh40
N/ADead SoulsMatthew Llewelyn & Jonathan Bartz71.5
N/ADans La MaisonPhilippe Rombi82.1
N/AContrabandClinton Shorter46.1
N/AConquest 1453Benjamin Wallfisch82.5
N/ABig MiracleCliff Eidelman75
N/ABerserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle For DoldreyShiro Sagisu75.4
N/AAlex CrossJohn Debney70
N/A96 MinutesKurt Farquhar70.9
N/A90 MinutesHenrik Skram70.6
N/A30 CouleurKlaus Badelt80
N/AAnita GaribaldiAmedeo Minghi78.7
N/AAny Day NowJoey Newman80
N/A28 Hotel RoomsFall On Your Sword75
N/ABernieGraham Reynolds62
N/AA Very Eureka ChristmasBear McCreary74
N/AA Thousand WordsJohn Debney68.8
N/ADeath And The Civil WarBrian Keane78.4
N/ADetachmentThe Newton Brothers80
N/AKiller JoeTyler Bates61.4
N/AInvaderLucas Vidal67
N/AIndie Game: The MovieJim Guthrie60
N/AImaginaerumNightwish85
N/AKilling, TheFrans Bak74.2
N/ALast Call At The OasisJeff Beal67.2
N/ANobody WalksFall On Your Sword77.1
N/AMientras DuermesLucas Vidal58.2
N/AMerlin Series ThreeRob Lane & Rohan Stevenson77.7
N/AMerlin Series FourRob Lane & Rohan Stevenson86.3
N/AHot Potato, TheGuy Farley64.4
N/AHigh SchoolThe Newton Brothers67.1
N/AEnd Of WatchDavid Sardy66.6
N/ADivide, TheJean Pierre Taieb66.9
N/ADirk GentlyDaniel Pemberton68.3
N/ADexter Season 6Daniel Licht84.4
N/AEscapeEdwin Wendler73.3
N/AFlightAlan Silvestri57.1
N/AHell On Wheels Season OneKevin Kiner68.8
N/AGood Doctor, TheBrian Byrne80
N/AGirl In ProgressChristopher Lennertz68
N/AFringe Season 4Chris Tilton80.6
N/AOn The IceiZLER73.3
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