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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Gerald Peary

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Gerald Peary

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.

Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Best Film
1 – The Pool
2 – Let the Right One In
3 – Milk
4 – Waltz with Bashir
5 – My Father My Lord
6 – Hunger
7 – W.
8 – Reprise
9 – In Bruges
10 – My Winnepeg

Best Performance
1 – Josh Brolin, W.
2 – Sean Penn, Milk
3 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – Penelope Cruz, Elegy
5 – Mathieu Almaric, A Christmas Tale

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
2 – Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
3 – Viggo Mortensen, Appaloosa
4 – Lena Olin, The Reader
5 – Patricia Clarkson, Elegy

Best Director
Gus Van Sant

Best Screenplay
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

Best First Feature
The Pool

Best Documentary
Chris & Don

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Goliath
2 – Axe in the Attic
3 – Today the Hawk Took One Chick
4 – Shadow of the House

Does Hollywood today suck? 50 Years ago, 1958: Vertigo, Touch of Evil, Tarnished Angels, Bonjour Tristesse, Party Girl, The Last Hurrah, Buchanan Rides Alone, The Line-Up, Man of the West, Gigi, I Want to Live, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Left-Handed Gun, Thunder Road, Terror in a Texas Town. And that’s only a start…

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