That closest competitor was "Upstream Color," Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to his cult sci-fi film "Primer." After a somewhat muted reception at the Sundance Film Festival, "Upstream Color" has picked up significant critical acclaim as it's headed, uh, downstream, I guess, through a theatrical release, VOD, and now Netflix Instant streaming -- its Criticwire average is currently an A- and it received 44 votes in our poll to "Before Midnight"'s 58. The rest of the top 5 was rounded out by Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," and Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
The entire top ten was dominated by independents (hey, the site's called Indiewire for a reason). The best mainstream Hollywood movie of 2013 to date according our critics is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's apocalyptic comedy "This Is the End," which came in 15th place -- two spots ahead of Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" in 17th place.
Here's the full top ten list:
The Criticwire Network's Top 10 Movies of 2013 (So Far)
I wasn't able to contribute to the poll, so you'll be able to find my own picks for the best of 2013 so far later this week here on Criticwire. For the rest of the poll results, click the link below.
Read the full results of Criticwire's Best of 2013 So Far Critics Poll.