By David Poland

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

1 Milk
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 The Dark Knight
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Wall-E
6 Revolutionary Road
7 The Visitor
8 Doubt
9 Rachel Getting Married
10 Man on Wire
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Wall-E
3 Milk
4 A Christmas Tale
5 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6 Iron Man
7 Revolutionary Road
8 The Visitor
9 Synecdoche, NY
10 Waltz With Bashir
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National Board
of Review

1 Burn After Reading
2 Changeling
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 The Dark Knight
5 Defiance
6 Frost/Nixon
7 Gran Torino
8 Milk
9 Wall-E
10 The Wrestler
* Slumdog Millionaire
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Marshall Fine
Hollywood and Fine

1 Revolutionary Road
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Wall-E
4 Frost/Nixon
5 The Visitor
6 Doubt
7 Milk
8 The Wrestler
9 Elegy
10 Happy-Go-Lucky
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Kyle Smith
New York Post

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Man on Wire
3 Seven Pounds
4 The Dark Knight
5 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
6 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8 Doubt
9 Rachel Getting Married
10 Funny Games
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Shawn Edwards

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 The Visitor
4 Iron Man
5 Miracle at St. Anna
6 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 The Express
8 Twilight
9 Secret Life of Bees
10 Fling
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David Edelstein
NY Magazine

1 Rachel Getting Married
2 Wall-E
3 Happy -Go-Lucky
4 Cadillac Records
5 The Class
6 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
7 Waltz with Bashir
8 Shotgun Stories
9 Doubt
10 Trouble the Water
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David Denby
New Yorker

1 Defiance
2 Rachel Getting Married
3 The Class
4 The Wrestler
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 Wall-E
7 Milk
8 Trouble the Water
9 Revolutionary Road
10 I’ve Loved You So Long
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Richard Corliss
Time Magazine

1 Wall-E
2 Synecdoche, NY
3 My Winnipeg
4 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
5 Milk
6 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 Slumdog Millionaire
8 Iron Man
9 Speed Racer
10 Encounters at End of World
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

1 The Orphanage
2 The Edge of Heaven
3 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
4 I’ve Loved You So Long
5 We Own the Night
6 Quantum of Solace
7 Iron Man
8 The Wrestler
9 Changeling
10 Wall-E

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

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~ David Simon