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The Best Indie Movies of 2012 So Far, According to Criticwire

By Steve Greene and Eric Kohn | Indiewire June 28, 2012 at 12:26PM

With nearly six months of 2012 already gone, Criticwire takes a look back at the films with the highest averages of the year. Some are new favorites and some are holdovers from 2011 festivals, but there a number of 2012 movies that might become more well-known in the months (and years) to come.
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Top Foreigh-Language Features of 2012:

1. Sleepless Night (Film Page), directed by Frederic Jardin (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire rating: A- (10.125 out of 12.0, 16 reviews)

2. Graceland (Film Page), directed by Ron Morales (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.0 out of 12.0, 6 reviews)

3. Holy Motors (Film Page), directed by Leos Carax (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.92 out of 12.0, 25 reviews)

4. Amour (Film Page), directed by Michael Haneke (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.8 out of 12.0, 30 reviews)

5. No (Film Page), directed by Pablo Larrain (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.786 out of 12.0, 14 reviews)

6. The Turin Horse (Film Page), directed by Bela Tarr (2011 Berlin - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire rating: A- (9.714 out of 12.0, 20 reviews)

7. The Raid: Redemption (Film Page), directed by Gareth Evans (2011 TIFF - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.349 out of 12.0, 43 reviews)

8. I Wish (Film Page), directed by Hirozaku Kore-Eda (2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.25 out of 12.0, 16 reviews)

9. The Kid with a Bike (Film Page), directed by Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2011 Cannes - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.2 out of 12.0, 54 reviews)

10. Yossi (Film Page), directed by Eytan Fox (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.167 out of 12.0, 6 reviews)

Runners-up: "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Oslo, August 31st," "Attenberg"

Top Festival Premieres of 2012:

1. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (Film Page), directed by Raymond De Felitta (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.286 out of 12.0, 7 reviews)

2. High Tech, Low Life (Film Page), directed by Stephen T. Maing (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.125 out of 12.0, 8 reviews)

3. Journey to Planet X (Film Page), directed by Myles Kane and Josh Koury (2012 Festival Premiere - Tribeca)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (10.0 out of 12.0, 7 reviews)

4. Holy Motors (Film Page), directed by Leos Carax (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.92 out of 12.0, 25 reviews)

5. The Invisible War (Film Page), directed by Kirby Dick (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire rating: A- (9.9 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

6. Tchoupitoulas (Film Page), directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross (2012 Festival Premiere - SXSW)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.833 out of 12.0, 6 reviews)

7. Amour (Film Page), directed by Michael Haneke (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.8 out of 12.0, 30 reviews)

8. No (Film Page), directed by Pablo Larrain (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.786 out of 12.0, 14 reviews)

9. Side by Side (Film Page), directed by Chris Kenneally (2012 Festival Premiere - Berlin)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.583 out of 12.0, 12 reviews)

10. West of Memphis (Film Page), directed by Amy Berg (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingA- (9.5 out of 12.0, 10 reviews)

Runners-up: "Under African Skies," "Searching for Sugar Man," "Sleepwalk with Me"

Top English-Language Features of 2012:

1. Sleepwalk with Me (Film Page), directed by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire rating: B+ (9.364 out of 12.0, 11 reviews)

2. Sightseers (Film Page), directed by Ben Wheatley (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.083 out of 12.0, 12 reviews)

3. Compliance (Film Page), directed by Craig Zobel (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (9.0 out of 12.0, 27 reviews)

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Film Page), directed by Benh Zeitlin (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (8.962 out of 12.0, 53 reviews)

5. Sound of My Voice (Film Page), directed by Zal Batmanglij (2011 Sundance - 2012 Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire rating: B+ (8.875 out of 12.0, 16 reviews)

6. The Surrogate (Film Page), directed by Ben Lewin (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire rating: B+ (8.857 out of 12.0, 21 reviews)

7. Moonrise Kingdom (Film Page), directed by Wes Anderson (2012 Festival Premiere - Cannes, Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (8.842 out of 12.0, 57 reviews)

8. The Cabin in the Woods (Film Page), directed by Drew Goddard (2012 Festival Premiere - SXSW, Theatrical Release)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (8.821 out of 12.0, 5 reviews)

9. Liberal Arts (Film Page), directed by Josh Radnor (2012 Festival Premiere - Sundance)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (8.818 out of 12.0, 11 reviews)

10. Somebody Up There Likes Me (Film Page), directed by Bob Byington (2012 Festival Premiere - SXSW)
Average Criticwire ratingB+ (8.8 out of 12.0, 11 reviews)

Runners-up: "You Are Here," "Your Sister's Sister," "Bernie"

This article is related to: Sleepless Night, This is Not a Film (In Film Nist), The Turin Horse, The Island President, Under African Skies, The Raid: Redemption, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I Wish, The Kid With a Bike, 5 Broken Cameras, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, High Tech, Low Life, Journey to Planet X, The Invisible War, Tchoupitoulas, Side by Side, West of Memphis, Graceland, Holy Motors , Amour, No, Yossi, Sleepwalk With Me, Sightseers, Compliance, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sound of My Voice, The Sessions, Moonrise Kingdom, The Cabin in The Woods, Liberal Arts, Somebody Up There Likes Me