Film critics' top 10 lists all over the map

'Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Milk' among THR favorites

When it comes to crafting our annual Top 10 Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter's movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. The picks here display an ample range of films, so much so that no single film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list. And each critic has a different best film.

The "winning" film, appearing on five of six lists, is "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's Mumbai medley of magic realism and breathtaking romanticism, which is shaping up as one of the most lionized films of 2008.

Three other films occur on four lists. These are Christopher Nolan's marvelous crime melodrama "The Dark Knight," Gus Van Sant's political biopic "Milk" and James Marsh's documentary "Man on Wire."

After that, it's wonderfully wild, ranging from that head-scratcher (for some of us at least) "Synecdoche, New York" to the oldsters-as-songsters doc "Young@Heart." Gus Van Sant's other 2008 release, "Paranoid Park," turns up on one list. Such little-seen films as Fatih Akin's German-Turkish drama "The Edge of Heaven" and Werner Herzog's documented travels to Antarctica, "Encounters at the End of the World," make appearances.

Surprisingly -- since four of us are members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., which shocked the town by choosing "WALL-E" as its best film -- that Pixar/Disney pic turns up on only three lists and on no top spots. We must be the renegades in the group.

The top 10 lists for each critic are on the next page.



Kirk Honeycutt
Slumdog Millionaire
The Dark Knight (click here for Honeycutt's review)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frozen River
WALL-E
Milk
Man on Wire
The Visitor
Iron Man
The Edge of Heaven

Sheri Linden
Man on Wire
Ballast
The Dark Knight
The Pool (click here for Linden's review)
Paranoid Park
Still Life
Che
Waltz With Bashir
The Last Mistress
Encounters at the End of the World

Stephen Farber
Waltz With Bashir
Boy A
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader
Milk
Frozen River
The Visitor
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Edge of Heaven
In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Ray Bennett
Synecdoche, New York
Happy-Go-Lucky (click here for Bennett's review)
Slumdog Millionaire
Good
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
I've Loved You So Long
The Wrestler
Appaloosa
Brideshead Revisited
Frost/Nixon

Frank Scheck
The Dark Knight
Milk
WALL-E
Frost/Nixon
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Man on Wire (click here for Scheck's review)
The Visitor
Slumdog Millionaire
Waltz With Bashir
Young@Heart

Michael Rechtshaffen
Milk
WALL-E
The Dark Knight
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire
A Secret (click here for Rechtshaffen's review)
Frost/Nixon
Frozen River
Encounters at the End of the World
Doubt
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