Friday, January 26, 2007

Film Comment's Critics Poll

Listed in the latest issue of Film Comment is their 7th annual critics poll, which lists the top 50 films of the year according to their contributors:

BEST FILMS OF 2006 (Released theatrically in the U.S.)
1. The Departed Martin Scorsese, U.S. 779 points
2. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Cristi Puiu, Romania 740
3. Army of Shadows Jean-Pierre Melville, France/Italy 657
4. L’Enfant Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France 611
5. The Queen Stephen Frears, U.K./France/Italy 587
6. Borat Larry Charles, U.S. 455
7. Half Nelson Ryan Fleck, U.S. 454
8. United 93 Paul Greengrass, France/U.K./U.S. 432
9. Volver Pedro Almodóvar, Spain 429
10. Inland Empire David Lynch, U.S./France/Poland 414
11. Three Times Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan 379
12. A Scanner Darkly Richard Linklater, U.S. 363
13. Old Joy Kelly Reichardt, U.S. 352 (tie)
Flags of Our Fathers Clint Eastwood, U.S. 352
14. Tristram Shandy Michael Winterbottom, U.K. 333
15. Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro, Mexico/Spain/U.S. 322
16. Letters from Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood, U.S. 318
17. Mutual Appreciation Andrew Bujalski, U.S. 248
18. A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman, U.S. 246
19. Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón, U.K./U.S. 244
20. Casino Royale Martin Campbell, U.K./U.S. 228
22. Climates Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France 223
23. Inside Man Spike Lee, U.S. 202
24. The Descent Neil Marshall, U.K. 199
25. Clean Olivier Assayas, Canada/France/U.K. 189
26. Our Daily Bread Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Germany/Austria 188
27. Iraq in Fragments James Longley, U.S./Iraq 186
28. Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, U.S. 171
29. Miami Vice Michael Mann, U.S. 162
30. Gabrielle Patrice Leconte, France 161
31. The Proposition John Hillcoat, Australia/U.K. 155
32. Fast Food Nation Richard Linklater, U.S. 148
33. An Inconvenient Truth Davis Guggenheim, U.S. 147
34. Woman Is the Future of Man Hong Sang-soo, Taiwan 145
35. Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Michel Gondry, U.S. 144
36. Battle in Heaven Carlos Reygadas, Mexico 141
37. Brick Rian Johnson, U.S. 138
38. 49 Up Michael Apted, U.K. 134
39. When the Levees Broke Spike Lee, U.S. 123
40. The Science of Sleep Michel Gondry, France/U.S. 122
41. Lady Vengeance Park Chan-wook, South Korea 115
42. Little Children Todd Field, U.S. 108
43. The Case of the Grinning Cat Chris Marker, France 107
44. Thank You for Smoking Jason Reitman, U.S. 104
45. Shortbus John Cameron Mitchell, U.S. 102
46. 4 Ilya Khrjanovsky, Russia 98
47. The Ister David Barison/Daniel Ross, Australia 94
48. Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola, U.S. 92
49. The War Tapes Deborah Scranton, U.S. 89
50. The Prestige Christopher Nolan, U.S. 87

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