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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Nicolas Rapold

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 22, 2008 at 9:49AM

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.
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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.

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment, The L Magazine, Village Voice

Best Film
1 - Hunger
2 - Flight of the Red Balloon
3 - Still Life
4 - The Last Mistress
5 - State Legislature
6 - Happy-Go-Lucky
7 - Che
8 - Redbelt
9 - Burn After Reading
10 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Undistributed Film
1 - RR
2 - The Headless Woman
3 - Casting a Glance
4 - Summer Hours
Note: NOT RANKED

This article is related to: Critics' Poll