Don’t think your vote counts? Check out this year’s photo finish between two very different forays into a bygone America. Our voracious readers saluted most of the same 20 films as in last issue’s survey of critics, but overruled them to boost Django Unchained (#6), Argo (#11), and Looper (#14). Note: Numbers in parentheses refer to the film’s ranking in the Critics’ Poll (Jan/Feb 2013). For each ballot, a first-place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on. Congratulations to the winners selected randomly from this year’s poll participants to receive Criterion Collection DVDs of their choice: Mitch Anderson of Rumley, MI (First Prize); Louise Jaubert of Arundel, ME (Second Prize); and Tim Streb of San Francisco, CA, and Joaquin Villalobos of Denver, CO (Third and Fourth Prizes). And many thanks to Criterion for its generous donation of prizes.

For readers’ thoughts on their picks, click here.

The Master Paul Thomas Anderson

1.The Master Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S. (2)

Moonrise Kingdom

2. Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson, U.S. (3)

Holy Motors

3. Holy Motors Leos Carax, France (1)

Zero Dark Thirty Katherine Bigelow

4. Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow, U.S. (10)

Beasts of the Southern Wild Behn Zeitlin

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin, U.S. (14)

Django Unchained

6. Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino, U.S. (21)


7. Lincoln Steven Spielberg, U.S. (9)

Amour Michael Haneke

8. Amour Michael Haneke, France (5)

The Kid with a Bike

9. The Kid with a Bike Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium (7)

Silver Linings Playbook

10. Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell, U.S. (18)

Argo Ben Affleck

11. Argo Ben Affleck, U.S. (24)

Cosmopolis David Cronenberg

12. Cosmopolis David Cronenberg, Canada (15)


13. Bernie Richard Linklater, U.S. (13)

Looper Joseph Gordon Levitt

14. Looper Rian Johnson, U.S. (29)

Turin Horse

15. The Turin Horse Béla Tarr, Hungary (6)

Deep Blue Sea Terence Davies

16. The Deep Blue Sea Terence Davies, U.K. (12)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

17. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey (8)

This is Not a Film

18. This Is Not a Film Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran (4)


19. Skyfall Sam Mendes, U.S. (32)

Tabu Miguel Gomes

20. Tabu Miguel Gomes, Portugal (11)