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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Michael Joshua Rowin

This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE's 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year's best -- and, in many cases, most overlooked -- films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

Michael Joshua Rowin
The L Magazine, Reverse Shot, Stop Smiling

Best Film
1 - Synecdoche, New York
2 - Silent Light
3 - Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World
4 - The Man From London
5 - Burn After Reading
6 - Mary
7 - You Don't Mess With the Zohan
8 - Elegy
9 - My Winnipeg
10 - The Flight of the Red Balloon

Best Performance
1 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York
2 - Ben Kingsley, Elegy
3 - Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
4 - Adam Sandler, You Don't Mess With the Zohan
5 - Forest Whitaker, Mary

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Dennis Hopper, Elegy
2 - Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York
3 - Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading
4 - Matthew Modine, Mary
5 - Miriam Toews, Silent Light

Best Director
Carlos Reygadas, Silent Light

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best First Feature
Synecdoche, New York

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths

Best Undistributed Film
1 - Night and Day

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