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by Steve Greene
April 30, 2013 1:26 PM
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Critics Rank the Best Movies and Performances at the Tribeca Film Festival

Tomasz Wasilewski's "Floating Skyscrapers."

As we've seen so far with other 2013 end-of-festival wrap-up polls, critics tend to single out one or two top-notch films that rise above all others. Maybe it's the nature of the Tribeca Film Festival's program, but the ballot responses from the members of our Criticwire Network who chose to participate this time praised a wide variety of films and performances from this year's lineup. The results didn't single out any clear winners but nevertheless demonstrated several of the highlights from the recently-concluded festival.

Still, there were some films that garnered several mentions by critics in multiple categories. A pair of dramas about discovery, Tomasz Wasilewski's "Floating Skyscrapers" and Daniel Patrick Carbone's "Hide Your Smiling Faces," topped the overall Best Narrative Feature tally. Haifaa Al-Mansour's "Wadjda," a tale of a young girl growing up in Saudi Arabia, was singled out as a favorite by a few critics who also praised Waad Mohammed's performance in the title role. 

'Before Midnight'

And it wouldn't be a 2013 film festival if "Before Midnight" didn't pop up once or twice. Richard Linklater's film placed on both the Best Narrative and Best Director columns. Also, Jake Johnson's impressive 2013 run continues (after the success of "Drinking Buddies" at SXSW) with a top-vote-getting supporting turn in Jenee LeMarque's "The Pretty One."

READ MORE: Why the Good Narratives at the Tribeca Film Festival Are Away From the Spotlight

On the documentary side, Dan Krauss can add earning the top slot in this poll to a growing list of acclaim for "The Kill Team," his portrait of American soldiers facing sanctions for their actions in Afghanistan. The festival's winner for Best Documentary Feature was joined on multiple ballots by Sean Dunne's "Oxyana," a look at Oxycontin abuse in rural West Virginia. Both films also won prizes from the documentary jury at the festival this year.

READ MORE: What This Year's Tribeca Winners Tell Us About the Value of the Festival

We also asked critics to provide their picks in two less groupable categories: Best Scene and Biggest Surprise. To sample some of those more elaborate selections, be sure to check out all the reprinted ballots on the next page.


  • Ronnie D. | May 13, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    Not even close to enough love for What Richard Did - excellent coming out party for both the director and the kid who plays Richard. And TOO much love for bluebird - my least favorite at the festival.

  • shelly | April 30, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    Barely any love for Bluebird and Teenage my two favorites.