‘Holy Motors’ Tops Criticwire’s Fantastic Fest Critics Poll

'Holy Motors' Tops Criticwire's Fantastic Fest Critics Poll

Holy motors, was it a great year at Fantastic Fest, America's finest celebration of genre cinema and binge drinking. Fantastic Fest 2012 boasted a typically stellar lineup of weird and wonderful movies from around the world, and there were a lot of popular titles, as evidenced by the results of our critics poll and its five-way tie for fifth place. What an incredible variety in those five films too, with documentary, comedy, music, and horror all represented. This year's festival had something for everyone.

That's not to say that there wasn't some consensus as well. Our poll had a clear runaway winner — picked by more than half of the 25 critics surveyed — and a very strong second place finish by a film that only played once (and not even officially) but clearly dazzled the crowd with its ambition and scope. The Audience Award winner at the festival was a hit with critics as well; as was an acclaimed movie from the Toronto Film Festival — which may have placed even higher if so many critics at Fantastic Fest hadn't already seen it there.

My own list of top films surprised me. Traditionally, my favorite movies at Fantastic Fest are the discoveries; the oddballs I've never heard of before and never would have seen anywhere else. This year, I was generally more satisfied by and more impressed with the bigger titles. There's hope for Hollywood yet, apparently.

Here's the top five from our Fantastic Fest critics poll, along with a full list of contributing critics. You can find each of their individual ballots on the next page.

Criticwire's Fantastic Fest Critics Poll

1. "Holy Motors" (14 votes)
2. "Cloud Atlas" (10 votes)
3. "I Declare War" (7 votes)
4. "Looper" (6 votes)
5. 5-way tie — "The American Scream," "The Conspiracy," "The History of Future Folk," "Sightseers," and "Sinister" — (4 votes each)

Poll Contributors
John AryAin't It Cool News
Jeff BayerThe Scorecard Review
Tim BuelFirst Showing
Alan CernyAin't It Cool News
Erik DavisMovies.com
Devin FaraciBadass Digest
Russ Fischer/Film
John GholsonMovies.com
William GossThe Playlist
Bill GrahamThe Film Stage
Jacob Hall, Movies.com
Peter Hall, Movies.com
Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush
Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
Jette Kernion, Slackerwood
Jeremy Kirk, First Showing
Tyler Mager, CollegeMovieReview.com
Peter MartinTwitch
Brad McHargue, Dread Central
Corey Mitchell, Bloody Disgusting
Luke Mullen, Film School Rejects
Rob Paddock, Slackerwood
Brian Salisbury, Film School Rejects
Matt Singer, Criticwire
Eric D. Snider, Film.com

FOR THE CRITICS' FULL BALLOTS, CLICK TO PAGE 2.

The Critics' Ballots For Criticwire's Fantastic Fest 2012 Poll

John AryAin't It Cool News

"Cloud Atlas"
"Holy Motors"
"I Declare War"

Jeff BayerThe Scorecard Review

"I Declare War"
"Looper"
"The American Scream"

Tim BuelFirst Showing

"Sightseers"
"Cloud Atlas"
"The Conspiracy"

Alan CernyAin't It Cool News

"Cloud Atlas"
"I Declare War"
"Holy Motors"

Erik DavisMovies.com

"I Declare War"
"Holy Motors"
"Sinister"

Devin FaraciBadass Digest

"I Declare War"
"Holy Motors"
"The Mafu Cage"

Russ Fischer/Film

"Holy Motors"
"Vanishing Waves"
"Cloud Atlas"

John GholsonMovies.com

"Antiviral"
"My Amityville Horror"
"Dredd"

William GossThe Playlist

"Holy Motors"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Looper"

Bill GrahamThe Film Stage

"The American Scream"
"New Kids Nitro"
"Fuck Up"

Jacob HallMovies.com

"Sightseers"
"Looper"
"Holy Motors"

Peter HallMovies.com

"Dredd"
"Cloud Atlas"
"The ABCs of Death"

Britt HayesScreenCrush

"Antiviral"
"Holy Motors"
"The History of Future Folk"

Jordan HoffmanScreenCrush

"Lee's Adventure"
"Holy Motors" 
"Bendito Machine IV"

Rob HunterFilm School Rejects

"Black Out"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Lee's Adventure"

Jette KernionSlackerwood

"Cloud Atlas"
"Looper"
"Flicker"

Jeremy KirkFirst Showing

"Cloud Atlas"
"The Conspiracy"
"The American Scream"

Tyler MagerCollegeMovieReview.com

"Holy Motors"
"Sightseers"
"I Declare War"

Peter MartinTwitch

"Holy Motors"
"Black Out"
"The Conspiracy"

Brad McHargueDread Central

"The Conspiracy"
"I Declare War"
"Sinister"

Corey MitchellBloody Disgusting

"Room 237"
"Sinister"
"Crave"

Luke MullenFilm School Rejects

"The History of Future Folk"
"Holy Motors"
"Vanishing Waves"

Rob PaddockSlackerwood

"The History of Future Folk"
"The American Scream"
"Combat Girls"

Brian SalisburyFilm School Rejects

"Sightseers"
"The History of Future Folk"
"Looper"

Matt SingerCriticwire

"Holy Motors"
"Everybody In Our Family"
"Cloud Atlas"

Eric D. SniderFilm.com

"Holy Motors"
"Looper"
"Sinister"

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