Indiewire 2018 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances According to Over 200 Critics From Around the World


Подаємо результати підсумкового опитування Indiewire, покликаного визначити найкращі кінодосягнення 2018 року на думку кінокритиків.

В опитуванні взяли участь 232 кінокритики з 32 країн, у тому числі – український кінокритик Дарія Бадьйор.

Найкращим фільмом вони назвали «Рому» Альфонсо Куарона.

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2018 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances According to Over 200 Critics From Around the World

232 critics from 32 different countries voted in IndieWire’s annual survey of the year’s cinematic highlights.

Christian Blauvelt, Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Year-end buzz is often hijacked by noisy awards campaigns, but sometimes, it syncs up with critical consensus. That seems to be the case with “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s nuanced ode to the domestic worker in his Mexican household in the 1970s. After winning multiple prizes from critics groups and topping numerous top 10 lists, “Roma” has received the most definitive endorsement from critics yet, by topping IndieWire’s year-end critics poll in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Foreign Film, and Best Cinematography categories.

The thirteenth edition of the survey presents an exhaustive overview of critical favorites, with a record-high of 232 critics voting from 32 countries, making it the largest survey of its kind. The outcome illustrates the sheer range of films celebrated by critics in 2018. While Cuarón dominated the film and director categories, Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” received significant support that landed it in the second-place slot, while Lee Chang-dong scored second place as Best Director for his Korean Oscar submission “Burning,” which critics have been championing since its Cannes debut.

Both movies managed to top major categories for their performances, with “First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke winning Best Actor for his performance as an ideologically conflicted priest, and Steven Yeun winning Best Supporting Actor for his surprising turn as a confident man of mystery in “Burning.”

Critics didn’t forget about Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark regal comedy “The Favourite,” either. The twisted British crowdpleaser marked the first time that the Greek auteur worked with another screenwriter, and the result won the Best Screenplay category in IndieWire’s survey. (Originally written by Deborah Davis and reworked by Tony McNamara, the script for “The Favourite” landed just a few points ahead of “First Reformed.”) “The Favourite” also scored a Best Actress win for queen Olivia Colman (just ahead of “Roma” breakout Yalitza Aparicio), as well as a Best Supporting Actress win for Rachel Weisz, as the scheming assistant chasing Colman’s affection.

The Sundance Film Festival was a launchpad for several winners in the critics poll. Boots Riley’s wacky anti-capitalist satire “Sorry to Bother You” won the Best First Feature category, nearly a year after it became a Sundance sensation, and it squeaked ahead of Bo Burnham’s own Sundance debut, coming-of-age dramedy “Eighth Grade,” which came in second place. Sundance also launched “Minding the Gap,” newcomer Bing Liu’s touching look at his troubled family and his skateboarding community, to rave reviews. It won the survey’s Best Documentary prize.

While “Roma” continued its winning streak in the Best Foreign Language category, critics showed strong support for “Burning,” which came in second place. And while Cuarón received over 40% of the vote for Best Cinematography, second place went to another black-and-white period drama, “Cold War.”

Throughout the poll, many of the most beloved movies of 2018 managed to win in major categories, but the survey also urged critics to single out some underdogs with the Best Undistributed Films category. To qualify for this category, a movie must have screened for the first time in 2018 (at a festival or otherwise) but to date not have a U.S. distribution deal. Khalik Allah’s complex meditation on Jamaican identity, “Black Mother,” topped the list after it premiered at the True/False documentary film festival and received further acclaim at New Directors/New Films. Other undistributed highlights of the year singled out in this category include Sergei Loznitza’s “Donbass,” which premiered at Cannes, and Jodie Mack’s avant garde “The Grand Bizarre.”

Critics were also invited to share their enthusiasm for the year ahead by voting on the best 2019 release they had already seen. Claire Denis’ heady space odyssey “High Life,” which stars an incarcerated Robert Pattinson, topped the list following its successful fall season launch, when it landed distribution with A24.

As usual with this survey, the movies that won the most support in any given category only tell part of the story. Readers are encouraged to explore each list to experience the story of the movies in 2018, and treat it as a viewing guide over the holidays.

Some readers are partial to perusing individual critics’ ballots. Unfortunately, the current poll design does not allow us to display these results. However, the full list of participating critics is available, and we’re encouraging participants to share their ballots on Twitter using the hashtag #IWCriticsPoll.


  • “Roma” (1,086 points, 26% of first-place votes)
  • “First Reformed” (599, 6.7%)
  • “Burning” (548, 7.1%)
  • “The Favourite” (520, 2.9%)
  • “Cold War” (493, 2.9%)
  • “Shoplifters” (401, 1%)
  • “BlacKkKlansman” (391, 2.9%)
  • “Zama” (333, 4.2%)
  • “You Were Never Really Here” (329, 2.5%)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (316, 1.7%%)

Note: “First Reformed” ultimately placed higher in this ranking, even though it received fewer first place votes than “Burning,” because it had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes. The same math applies to why “Zama” received more first-place votes than “The Favourite,” “Cold War,” “Shoplifters” and “BlacKkKlansman.”


  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (35.04%)
  • Lee Chang-Dong, “Burning” (5.13%)
  • Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here” (4.27%)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” (4.27%)
  • Paul Schrader, “First Rerformed” (5.13%)

Note: Lynne Ramsay and Yorgos Lanthimos ultimately placed higher in this ranking, even though they received fewer first place votes than Paul Schrader, because they had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (16.58%)
  • Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” (11.52%)
  • Toni Collette, “Hereditary” (7.37%)
  • Joanna Kulig, “Cold War” (6.91%)
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (5.06%)


  • Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (33.95%)
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here” (10.23%)
  • Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (6.98%)
  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (6.05%)
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” (6.51%)

Note: Rami Malek placed above Viggo Mortensen in the ranking despite Mortensen receiving more first place votes because Malek received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (13.13%)
  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (14.14%)
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (10.6%)
  • Elizabeth Debicki, “Widows” (9.09%)
  • Thomasin McKenzie, “Leave No Trace” (6.06%)

Note: Rachel Weisz placed above Regina King in the ranking despite King receiving more first place votes because Weisz received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • Steven Yeun, “Burning” (20.09%)
  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (15.69%)
  • Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2” (6.37%)
  • Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman” (7.35%)
  • Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” (5.88%)

Note: Hugh Grant placed above Adam Driver in the ranking despite Driver receiving more first place votes because Grant received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • “Minding the Gap” (15.82%)
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (8.67%)
  • “Three Identical Strangers” (6.63%)
  • “Free Solo” (7.65%)
  • “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” (7.14%)

Note: “Three Identical Strangers” placed above “Free Solo” and “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” in the ranking despite the other two films receiving more #1 votes, because “Three Identical Strangers” had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

  • “Sorry to Bother You” (43 votes)
  • “Eighth Grade” (42 votes)
  • “Hereditary” (30 votes)
  • “A Star Is Born” (20 votes)
  • “Minding the Gap” (17 votes)


  • “The Favourite” (13.52%)
  • “First Reformed” (13.04%)
  • “Roma” (7.73%)
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (8.21%)
  • “Burning” (5.31%)

Note: “Roma” placed higher than “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” even though “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” received more first place votes because “Roma” ultimately received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • “Roma” (42.65%)
  • “Burning” (15.67%)
  • “Shoplifters” (6.37%)
  • “Cold War” (8.33%)
  • “Capernaum” (1.47%)

Note: “Shoplifters” placed higher than “Cold War” in the ranking, even though “Cold War” received more first place votes, because “Shoplifters” received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


  • “Roma” (40.98%)
  • “Cold War” (8.78%)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (4.88%)
  • “First Man” (2.93%)
  • “The Favourite” (5.37%)

Note: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “First Man” ultimately received a higher ranking than “The Favourite,” even though “The Favourite” had more first place votes, because “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “First Man” received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.


NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

  • “High Life”
  • “Transit”
  • “Birds of Passage”
  • “Her Smell/”Everybody Knows”/”In Fabric” (this is a three-way tie for fourth place)


NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

  • “Black Mother”
  • “Donbass”
  • “The Grand Bizarre”
  • “American Dharma”
  • “La Flor”

The full list of critics who participated

  1. A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
  2. Adam Chitwood, Collider
  3. Adam Cook, Toronto Film Festival
  4. Adam Kempenaar, Filmspotting
  5. Adrian Danks, RMIT University
  6. Adriana Fernandez, Reforma
  7. Ahmed Shawky, Freelance
  8. Akemi Nakamura, Cut
  9. Alan Cerny, ComingSoon.Net
  10. Alan Scherstuhl, Voice Media Group
  11. Alejandra Musi Arcelus, El Universal
  12. Alex Billington, Firstshowing.Net
  13. Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News
  14. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
  15. Amy Taubin, Film Comment
  16. Ana Josefa Silva, Bio Bio Radio
  17. Andreas Kilb, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  18. Andrew Lapin, NPR
  19. Andrew Parker, Freelance
  20. Andy Crump, Freelance
  21. Angie Han, Mashable
  22. Anke Leweke, radioeins, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
  23. Anne Thompson, IndieWire
  24. Annlee Ellingson, L.A. Biz
  25. Antoine Guillot, France Culture
  26. Arturo Aguilar, Fullscreen Studio / W Radio
  27. Asli Ildir, Altyazi Monthly Cinema Magazine
  28. Avner Shavit, Walla
  29. Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East
  30. Aysha Iqbal, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  31. Beatriz Martínez, El Periódico / Fotogramas
  32. Ben Nicholson, Freelance
  33. Blake Williams, CinemaScope Magazine
  34. Boris Sollazzo, Ischia Film Festival director
  35. Brian Tallerico,
  36. Cameron Williams, Freelance
  37. Carlos Aguilar, Freelance
  38. Carlos Helí de Almeida, O Globo
  39. Carmen Gray, Freelance
  40. Caryn James, BBC Culture
  41. Chanil Jeon, AsiaN
  42. Chris Broodryk, University of Pretoria
  43. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm
  44. Chris Knight, National Post
  45. Chris Knipp, Filmleaf
  46. Chris Wisniewski, Reverse Shot
  47. Christopher Bourne, Screen Anarchy
  48. Christopher Campbell,
  49. Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail
  50. Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage, The Buffalo News
  51. Christy Lemire, the Flick?
  52. Corey Craft, Freelance
  53. Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
  54. Dan Kois, Slate
  55. Daniel Barnes, Sacramento News & Review
  56. Danielle Solzman, Freelance
  57. Daria Badior,
  58. Daryl Chin, Documents on Art & Cinema
  59. David Ansen, Palm Springs Film Festival
  60. David Edelstein, New York Magazine
  61. David Ehrenstein, Los Angeles Blade
  62. David Ehrlich, IndieWire
  63. David Fear, Rolling Stone
  64. David Sterritt, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
  65. David Walsh, World Socialist Website
  66. Diana Drumm, Freelance
  67. Diana Ospina, Society of Bogota Film Critics
  68. Diego Batlle, / La Nación newspaper
  69. Diego Lerer, Micropsia
  70. Dita Rietuma, Diena
  71. Djia Mambu, Awotele
  72. Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
  73. Drew Taylor, Moviefone
  74. Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire/
  75. E. Nina Rothe, Freelance
  76. Ed Gibbs, Freelance
  77. Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
  78. Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior
  79. Edwin Arnaudin, Asheville Movies
  80. Elcin Yahsi, Ekranella
  81. Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap
  82. Emmet Sweeney, Freelance
  83. Eric Hynes, Film Comment
  84. Eric Kohn, IndieWire
  85. Erik Childress, WGN Radio / eFilmCritic
  86. Ernesto Diezmartinez, Letras Libres
  87. Ernesto Garratt, El Mercurio
  88. Ethan Alter, Yahoo Entertainment
  89. Eugene Hernandez, Film Society of Lincoln Center
  90. Francisco J. Cangiano, CineExpress Puerto Rico, El Vocero, Fidelity 95.7 FM
  91. Gary M. Kramer, Salon
  92. Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse
  93. Glenn Heath Jr., Freelance
  94. Godfrey Cheshire,
  95. Greg Cwik, Freelance
  96. Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post
  97. Hannah Pilarczyk, Spiegel Online
  98. Hans Morgenstern,
  99. Herb Stratford, NBC – KVOA-TV4 Tucson, Arizona
  100. Hubert Vigilla, Flixist/Destructoid
  101. James Rush, Tastic Film Magazine
  102. Jana J. Monji,
  103. Janka Pozsonyi, Filmhu
  104. Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
  105. Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
  106. Jason Shawhan, The Nashville Scene
  107. Javier Porta Fouz, Bafici Artistic Director / Film Critic at La Nación
  108. Jean-Philippe Guerand, L’Avant-Scène Cinéma
  109. Jeff Berg, Las Cruces Bulletin
  110. Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
  111. Jim Fouratt, Westview News
  112. Joanna Langfield, The Movie Minute
  113. Joey Magidson, The Awards Circuit/Hollywood News
  114. John DeCarli,
  115. John Gholson, OneOfUs.Net
  116. John Keefer,
  117. John Maguire, Sunday Business Post
  118. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter
  119. Jonathan Rosenbaum,
  120. Jordan M. Smith,
  121. Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
  122. Jordan Ruimy, World of Reel
  123. Joseph Fahim, Middle East Eye
  124. Josh Larsen, Filmspotting
  125. Josh Spiegel, Freelance
  126. Joshua Brunsting, The CriterionCast
  127. Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
  128. Juan Barquin, Miami New Times / Dim the House Lights
  129. Juan Carlos González, El Tiempo
  130. Kaleem Aftab, The I
  131. Kameron Collins, Vanity Fair
  132. Katarina Hedrén, Freelance
  133. Kate Erbland, IndieWire
  134. Katey Rich, Vanity Fair
  135. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter
  136. Keith Simanton, IMDb
  137. Kenneth R. Morefield, Arts & Faith
  138. Kent Turner,
  139. Kevin B. Lee, Sight & Sound
  140. Kimber Myers, Freelance
  141. Kristian Lin, Forth Worth Weekly
  142. Kristy Puchko, Freelance
  143. Laura Clifford, Reelng: the Movie Review Show / Reeling Reviews
  144. Laura Kern, Film Comment
  145. Leo Goldsmith, Freelance
  146. Liliana Zapata, Kinetoscopio and Cero en Conducta Magazines
  147. Luísa Pécora, Mulher no Cinema
  148. Luke Y. Thompson, Forbes
  149. Mante Valiunaite, Magazine Kinas
  150. Maria Ulfsak, Eesti Ekspress
  151. Marina Richter, Freelance
  152. Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
  153. Mark Keizer,
  154. Martin Botha, University of Cape Town
  155. Matt Donato, Freelance
  156. Matt Goldberg, Collider
  157. Matt Zoller Seitz,
  158. Matthew Wilder, Simian Cinema
  159. Max O’Connell,
  160. Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine
  161. Meena Karnik, Akshar
  162. Michael J. Anderson, Oklahoma City Museum of Art/Museum Films Blog
  163. Michael Koresky, Film Comment/Reverse Shot
  164. Michael Nordine, IndieWire
  165. Michael Sicinski,
  166. Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail
  167. Mike D’Angelo, The A.V. Club
  168. Monica Castillo, Freelance
  169. Myron Meisel, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  170. Naama Rak, Time Out Tel Aviv
  171. Namrata Joshi, The Hindu, Mumbai
  172. Nathaniel Rogers, The Film Experience
  173. Neta Alexander, Haaretz
  174. Nicholas Bell, Ioncinema
  175. Nick Schager, Freelance
  176. Noah Gittell, Freelance
  177. Noel Murray, Freelance
  178. Norm Wilner, Now Toronto
  179. Nour el Safoury, Freelance
  180. Ola Salwa,
  181. Orr Sigoli,
  182. Pamela Biénzobas, Freelance
  183. Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
  184. Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture
  185. Patrick Gamble, Freelance
  186. Patrick Heidmann, Freelance
  187. Peter Debruge, Variety
  188. Peter Knegt, CBC
  189. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  190. Prairie Miller, Arts Express, WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Station
  191. R. Kurt Osenlund, Freelance
  192. Rania Richardson, Freelance
  193. Ray Pride, Newcity
  194. Raymond Zhout, Freelance
  195. Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  196. Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
  197. Richard Porton, Cineaste
  198. Rob Thomas, Capital Times
  199. Robert Horton, Seattle Weekly
  200. Robert Levin, amNewYork
  201. Rodrigo Fonseca, Jornal do Brasil/ TV Globo
  202. Russell Hainline, Letterboxd
  203. Ryland Walker Knight, Freelance
  204. Sam Adams, Slate
  205. Saul Austerlitz, Freelance
  206. Scott Nye,Battleship Pretension, CriterionCast
  207. Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly
  208. Sean Burns, WBUR’s The ARTery
  209. Stephen Farber, Freelance
  210. Stephen Whitty, Freelance
  211. Steve Dollar, Freelance
  212. Steve Erickson, Gay City News
  213. Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register
  214. Susan Vahabzadeh, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  215. Taraj Judah, Freelance
  216. Tary Brady, Irish Times
  217. Thomas Sotinel, Le Monde
  218. Tien-Hsiang Wen, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  219. Tim Grierson, Screen International
  220. Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
  221. Tom Brueggemann, IndieWire
  222. Tom Meek, Cambridge Day/WBUR
  223. Tomris Laffly, Freelance
  224. Tony Dayoub,
  225. Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
  226. Verena Lueken, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  227. Wendy Ide, The Observer/Screen International
  228. Will Leitch, Freelance
  229. Yael Shuv, Time Out Tel Aviv
  230. Yair Raveh,
  231. Yoana Pavlova , Festivalists
  232. Zac Oldenburg, Middle of the Row

Christian Blauvelt, Eric Kohn, Indiewire, 17 грудня 2018 року