Yet again, The Social Network is proving itself to be a consensus title among critics. It tops indieWIRE’s critics poll. Many also loved Winter’s Bone or Black Swan, but they all love The Social Network. It may not be number one on every critic’s list, but it’s in just about every top five. 71 of the 124 voters in the poll mentioned it on their list. The next most popular film among IW’s polled critics was Olivier Assayas’ biopic mini-series Carlos–Assayas led the 2009 list with Summer Hours.
To those who say that The Social Networks’ huge success with critics presages an Academy Award Best Picture win–including Gold Derby’s Oscar experts–remember that critics are not Academy members. All this success is helping the movie, no question, but it doesn’t change the fact that The King’s Speech remains a soft lob down the middle for Oscar voters. They love this movie. So don’t count it out just yet.