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Our Favorite Crazy Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll

Our Favorite Crazy Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll

Sight & Sound Magazine finally put the complete results of their 2012 Greatest Films Poll online, allowing us the opportunity to pour over every single ballot and then loudly and obnoxiously judge them. For instance: “Die Hard” didn’t get a single vote out of 800 critics but Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” got two? C’mon folks. I know movies are subjective, I know opinions are subjective, but some things are clear-cut: “Die Hard” is better than “Sweeney Todd.” 

Kidding aside, I’m not really upset about any of the results, but I do love studying them. And I love seeing the crazy movies (*coughSweeneyToddcough*) that wind up on people’s lists. Just yesterday I wrote about Maria Montez and Arnold Schwarzenegger and perfect filmic appositeness, so while I call these votes “crazy” I say that with love: I think it’s fantastic when critics throw caution, consensus, taste, and reputation to the wind to pick a movie they admire regardless of what others thinks. If these ten critics are nuts, then I salute their insanity.

To repeat: all of these movies received votes as one of the ten greatest films ever made. I swear I’m not kidding. And, seriously: “Die Hard” didn’t get one vote. Neither did “Ghostbusters.” We may need to start a petition before the 2022 poll.

Movies That (Shockingly) Received At Least One Vote in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films Poll

Anvil! The Story of Anvil” – Diane Negra, Head of Film Studies, University College Dublin

Dead or Alive 2: Birds” – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Film Critic, MUBI

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” – Li Hongyu, Journalist and Editor

Hitman” – Slavoj Zizek, Philosopher and Cultural Critic

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” – Diane Negra, Head of Film Studies, University College Dublin

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” – Mark Sinker, Writer/Editor

The Rainmaker” – Martial Pisani, Critic, Independencia

Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – Rob White, Editor, Film Quarterly

A Serbian Film” – Karen Oughton, Visiting Lecturer, Freelance Film Journalist

Zoolander” – Fernando E. Juan Lima, Film Critic, El Amante; Charles Whitehouse, Film Critic

Read more from Sight & Sound’s 2012 Poll.

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idk…Sweeney Todd was a pretty great movie I thought.


Zoolander is amazing, it should not be a shock that it received one vote. And it is the only film you listed with two votes.

Mark Rabinowitz

The only excuse for these votes is some sort of mass insanity.

I seriously hope you guys ross douthat

Lack of 'Die Hard' is baffling. But 'Zoolander' deserves more votes, if anything. ('Anchorman' got one vote.)


A SERBIAN FILM is a pretty inspired pick. Besides being stylish as hell, it's also a veiled attack on modern Eastern European cinema. (Meaty AND flavorful!)

Michael Nordine

It's worth noting re: Zoolander that, had Terrence Malick participated, he likely would have included it, too:

Jeff H.

I have no issues with Anvil being on someone's list either.

Matt Cohen

And yet, here I was chastised for proposing "Jurassic Park":


Todd S.

I would never begrudge anybody calling Zoolander one of the greatest films of all time.

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