‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Tops Film Comment’s Survey of Critics

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CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” topped Film Comment’s annual survey of 120 critics, journalists, film-section editors and the magazine’s staff and contributors, followed by Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Before Midnight.”

The group’s list, in order: Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”; Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”; Joshua Oppenheimer’s docu “The Act of Killing”; Jia Zhang-ke’s “A Touch of Sin”; Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan”; Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”; Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess”; Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”; and Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color.”

In making the announcement, the org also mentioned such titles and rankings as Spike Jonze’s “Her” (#17), Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” (#18), David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” (#19) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (#37).

The poll also scored films seen at festivals or special screenings that don’t yet have a U.S. distrib, with that roster led by Philippe Garrel’s “Jealousy,” Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs”; Joaquim Pinto’s “What Now? Remind Me” Hong Sang-soo’s “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon”; Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness”; Hong Sang-soo’s “Our Sunhi”; Ramon Zurcher’s “The Strange Little Cat”; Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s “A Spell to Ward off the Darkness”; Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death”; and Fernando Eimbcke’s “Club Sandwich.”

The complete list of films:

1. Inside Llewyn Davis, Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen

2. 12 Years a Slave, Director: Steve McQueen

3. Before Midnight, Director: Richard Linklater

4. The Act of Killing, Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

5. A Touch of Sin, Director: Jia Zhang-ke

6. Leviathan, Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

7. Gravity, Director: Alfonso Cuarón

8. Computer Chess, Director: Andrew Bujalski

9. Frances Ha, Director: Noah Baumbach

10. Upstream Color, Director: Shane Carruth

11. Museum Hours, Director: Jem Cohen

12. Blue Is the Warmest Color, Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

13. Bastards, Director: Claire Denis

14. Spring Breakers, Director: Harmony Korine

15. Like Someone in Love, Director: Abbas Kiarostami

16. Stories We Tell, Director: Sarah Polley

17. Her, Director: Spike Jonze

18. Nebraska, Director: Alexander Payne

19. American Hustle, Director: David O. Russell

20. The Grandmaster, Director: Wong Kar Wai

21. At Berkeley, Director: Frederick Wiseman

22. Beyond the Hills, Director: Cristian Mungiu

23. No, Director: Pablo Larrain

24. The Great Beauty, Director: Paolo Sorrentino

25. Blue Jasmine, Director: Woody Allen

26. All Is Lost, Director: J.C. Chandor

27. Post Tenebras Lux, Director: Carlos Reygadas

28. Something in the Air, Director: Olivier Assayas

29. Viola, Director: Matías Piñeiro

30. Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler

31. To the Wonder, Director: Terrence Malick

32. Night Across the Street, Director: Raúl Ruiz

33. Room 237, Director: Rodney Ascher

34. Faust, Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

35. Let the Fire Burn, Director: Jason Osder

36. Le Pont du Nord, Director: Jacques Rivette

37. The Wolf of Wall Street, Director: Martin Scorsese

38. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Director: Alain Resnais

39. The Last Time I Saw Macao, Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

40. The Past, Director: Asghar Farhadi

41. The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim

42. The Wind Rises, Director: Hayao Miyazaki

43. Drug War, Director: Johnnie To

44. Cousin Jules, Director: Dominique Benicheti

45. Much Ado About Nothing, Director: Joss Whedon

46. Passion, Director: Brian De Palma

47. Short Term 12, Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

48. Dallas Buyers Club, Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

49. Berberian Sound Studio, Director: Peter Strickland

50. Captain Phillips, Director: Paul Greengrass


1. Jealousy, Director: Philippe Garrel

2. Stray Dogs, Director: Tsai Ming-liang

3. What Now? Remind Me, Director: Joaquim Pinto

4. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Director: Hong Sang-soo

5. Abuse of Weakness, Director: Catherine Breillat

6. Our Sunhi, Director: Hong Sang-soo

7. The Strange Little Cat, Director: Ramon Zurcher

8. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Directors: Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

9. Story of My Death, Director: Albert Serra

10. Club Sandwich, Director: Fernando Eimbcke

11. Closed Curtain, Director: Jafar Panahi

12. Til Madness Do Us Part, Director: Wang Bing

13. Three Interpretation Exercises, Director: Cristi Puiu

14. Stemple Pass, Director: James Benning

15. People’s Park, Directors: Libbie D. Cohn & J. P. Sniadecki

16. The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, Directors: Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani

17. La Ultima Película, Directors: Raya Martin & Mark Peranson

18. Butter on the Latch, Director: Josephine Decker

19. Blind Detective, Director: Johnnie To

20. Coast of Death, Director: Lois Patino

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