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2016 IndieWire Critics Poll Results: Best Documentary

After over 200 individuals voted in IndieWire's annual Critics Poll, these are what they selected as the top 50 documentaries of 2016.

"OJ: Made in America"

“OJ: Made in America”

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We asked critics for their favorite films and performances of 2016. For each of the fifteen categories, respondents ranked their picks. Results were tallied using a reverse points system (e.g. ten points for 1st, nine points for 2nd, eight points for 3rd, etc.) – we’ve listed the top 50 below. A full list of participating critics can be found here.

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

1. OJ: Made in America – 955
2. Cameraperson – 765
3. I Am Not Your Negro – 677
4. 13th – 673
5. Weiner – 607
6. Fire at Sea – 410
7. Tower – 363
8. Kate Plays Christine – 353
9. De Palma – 324
10. No Home Movie – 243
11. Tickled – 207
12. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – 164
13. Gleason – 150
14. The Eagle Huntress – 133
14. Into the Inferno – 133
16. Author: The JT Leroy Story – 128
16. The Illinois Parables – 128
18. The Witness – 116
19. Life, Animated – 109
20. The Other Side – 107
21. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids – 104
22. Nuts! – 84
23. Under the Sun – 83
24. Do Not Resist – 82
25. City of Gold – 80
26. Zero Days – 74
27. Gimme Danger – 73
27. Miss Sharon Jones! – 73
29. Newtown – 69
30. Presenting Princess Shaw – 66
31. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years – 56
31. Til Madness Do Us Part – 56
33. Homo Sapiens – 55
33. Hooligan Sparrow – 55
35. Francofonia – 54
36. Amanda Knox – 51
37. Pervert Park – 48
38. Peter and the Farm – 45
39. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – 40
40. Homeland: Iraq Year Zero – 38
40. The Music of Strangers – 38
42. The Lovers and the Despot – 37
43. The Thoughts That We Once Had – 36
44. Holy Hell – 35
45. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened – 32
45. Eat That Question – 32
45. Mapplethorpe: Look At the Pictures – 32
48. Notes on Blindness – 31
49. Command and Control – 30
49. Notfilm – 30
51. Off the Rails – 29

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

*Note: At the time of initial publication, an error omitted “Tower” from these results. This category has been updated to reflect the accurate final standings. 

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