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'The Master' Reigns Supreme in the Village Voice's Film Critics' Poll

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 19, 2012 at 2:13AM

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" came in #2.
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"The Master."
"The Master."

The Village Voice Film Critics' Poll -- the alternative weekly alternative to our own Indiewire Critics Poll -- announced its 2012 winners today. 86 critics (including yours truly) voted and declared Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" the Best Film of the year. Indiewire's 204 critics preferred "Holy Motors," but only slightly -- "The Master" was our poll's #2 film of the year. Voice critics ranked "Holy Motors" #3 behind "Zero Dark Thirty," Indiewire critics' #2. In other words: though they disagree about the order, both major nationwide film critic polls agree on the top three movies of 2012.

In fact, while the rankings vary, the two polls' actually agree on nine out of the top ten movies of 2012. The only top tenner from Indiewire missing from the Voice's best-of list: Benh Zeitlin's somewhat divisive "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which ranked seventh on Indiewire's list but just thirteenth on the Voice's. Its spot in the Voice top ten was filled by Miguel Gomes' "Tabu." At Indiewire, Gomes' film came in eleventh, so we're not talking about a huge disparity here. Surprisingly, it appears we have reached something like a consensus.

Here's the Voice poll's top ten:

1. "The Master"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Holy Motors"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "This is Not a Film"
6. "Amour"
7. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
8. "The Turin Horse"
9. "Lincoln"
10. "Tabu"

The full results and critics' ballots don't appear to be on VillageVoice.com yet, but you can already read Scott Foundas' analysis of the results, along with his application of former Voice critic J. Hoberman's legendary Passiondex™ formula to the winners (click over for the full explanation). Recently departed Voice critic Karina Longworth has a best films list of her own as well; her number one? What else? "The Master."

UPDATE: The full poll is now online. You can find my ballot here.

Read more of "The 2012 Voice Film Critics' Poll."

This article is related to: 2012 Critics Polls, Top Ten Lists, The Master


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