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iW CRITICS POLL '08 | The Ballots (Final Update: 12.23.08)

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indieWIRE's 2008 Critics Poll is underway, 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. Ballots from all 105 film critics that participated have been published, and the final tabulated results will be announced this afternoon.

[Overview | Results | Comments | Undistributed | Critics]

The voters:

Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper/Los Angeles Times

Jason Anderson
Eye Weekly Toronto

John Anderson
Variety, Newsday, Washington Post

Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York

Mark Asch
The L Magazine

Michael Atkinson
IFC.com, The Boston Phoenix, Moving Image Source

Saul Austerlitz
Freelance, Boston Globe

Donna Bowman
The A.V. Club

Richard Brody
The New Yorker

Peter Brunette
The Hollywood Reporter

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times, Reverse Shot, Las Vegas CityLife

Tom Charity
CNN.com

Daryl Chin

James Crawford

Travis Crawford
Filmmaker, Film Comment, MovieMaker

Mike D'Angelo
Las Vegas Weekly

David D'Arcy
Screen

Robert Davis
Paste Magazine, Daily Plastic

Peter DeBruge
Variety

Marcy Dermansky
About.com

Aaron Dobbs
Out of Focus

Bilge Ebiri
New York magazine, Bookforum

Cheryl Eddy
San Francisco Bay Guardian

Steve Erickson
Gay City News, Film and Video, Artforum.com

Jurgen Fauth
About.com

David Fear
Time Out New York

Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters.com, NPR.org, Philadelphia Citypaper

Graham Fuller
Freelance

Susan Gerhard
SF360.org

Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You, Reverse Shot, indieWIRE

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine, Village Voice

Andrew Grant
Like Anna Karina's Sweater, The Auteurs

Tom Hall
The Back Row Manifesto

Brandon Harris
Spout, Filmmaker Magazine, Hammer to Nail

Liz Helfgott
The Criterion Collection

Grady Hendrix
Variety Asia

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice, LA Weekly, IFC

J Hoberman
Village Voice

Robert Horton

Eric Hynes
Reverse Shot, indieWIRE

Mark Jenkins
NPR.com; Reeldc.com

J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment, Frieze

Glenn Kenny
Some Came Running, The Auteurs, indieWIRE

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

Laura Kern
Film Comment

Robert Koehler
Variety/Cinema Scope/Cineaste/Christian Science Monitor

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Eric Kohn
New York Press/indieWIRE

Michael Koresky
Reverse Shot, indieWIRE, The Criterion Collection

Gary Kramer
Freelance; Gay City News (NY); Philadelphia Gay News; San Francisco Bay Times

Jay Kuehner
Cinema Scope, Senses of Cinema, Green Cine Daily, Testpattern

Joshua Land
Freelance

Kevin Lee
Shooting Down Pictures

Nathan Lee
New York Times, Film Comment, WNYC

Dennis Lim
Moving Image Source

Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

Phillip Lopate
Freelance Writer

Patrick McGavin
Stop Smiling

Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly

Kristi Mitsuda
Reverse Shot, indieWIRE, Village Voice

Amy Monaghan
Freelance; pullquote.typepad.com

Noel Murray
The A.V. Club

Adam Naymanh
Eye Weekly, Cinema Scope

Rob Nelson
Freelance

Geoffrey O'Brien

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Mark Olsen
Freelance/Los Angeles Times/Film Comment

Michelle Orange
Village Voice/IFC News

Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Andrea Picard
Cinematheque Ontario & Cinema Scope

Nick Pinkerton
Reverse Shot, Village Voice

David Poland
Movie City News

Richard Porton
Cineaste

Ray Pride
Movie City News/Newcity/Movie City Indie/Filmmaker

Nathan Rabin
The Onion

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment, The L Magazine, Village Voice

Berenice Reynaud
Senses of Cinema, Cahiers du Cinema, REDCAT

Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene

Vadim Rizov
Freelance

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Freelance; jonathanrosenbaum.com

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Michael Joshua RowinThe L Magazine, Reverse Shot, Stop Smiling

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine, Cinematical

Michael Sicinski
Cinema Scope, Cineaste, The Academic Hack

Matt Singer
IFC News

Chuck Stephens
Film Comment

David Sterritt
davidsterritt.com

Benjamin Strong
Freelance, L magazine

R. Emmet Sweeney
Freelance, IFC

Amy Taubin
Film Comment

Charles Taylor
Daily Planet

Scott Tobias
The A.V. Club

Michael Tully
Hammer to Nail

Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net, Variety, indieWIRE, Cineuropa

Elbert Ventura
Reverse Shot

Kim Voynar
Movie City News

David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site

Matthew Wilder
Collider.com

Armond White
New York Press

Alison Willmore
IFC.com

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly/Village Voice

Chris Wisniewski
Reverse Shot

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

NOTE: 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 tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

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