By David Poland

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun Times

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Dark Knight
3 The Wrestler
4 In Bruges
5 I’ve Loved You So Long
6 Gran Torino
7 Milk
8 The Visitor
9 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
10 Frozen River
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

1 The Visitor
2 The Wrestler
3 Frozen River
4 Let the Right One In
5 I’ve Loved You So Long
6 Tell No One
7 A Christmas Tale
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 Doubt
10 Man on Wire
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1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2 The Dark Knight
3 Frost/Nixon
4 Frozen River
5 Gran Torino
6 Iron Man
7 Milk
8 Wall-E
9 Wendy & Lucy
10 The Wrestler
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SoEastern Film Critics

1 Milk
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Wall-E
4 The Dark Knight
5 The Wrestler
6 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 The Reader
8 The Visitor
9 Frost/Nixon
10 Revolutionary Road
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Milan Paurich
Cleveland Scene

1 A Christmas Tale
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Wall-E
4 Revolutionary Road
5 Changeling
6 Synechdoche, NY
7 Milk
8 Che
9 Gran Torino
10 Ashes of Time Redux/As Tears Go By/My Blueberry Nights
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Philip French
The Observer

1 Appaloosa
2 Changeling
3 Couscous
4 Diving Bell & the Butterfly
5 The Edge of Heaven
6 Gomorrah
7 In Bruges
8 Man on Wire
9 No Country for Old Men
10 Waltz with Bashir
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Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Reader
3 Doubt
4 The Wrestler
5 Milk
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
8 Wall-E
9 Frost/Nixon
10 I’ve Loved You So Long
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Stephen King
Entertainment Weekly

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Wall-E
4 Tropic Thunder
5 Funny Games
6 The Bank Job
7 Lakeview Terrace
8 The Ruins
9 Redbelt
10 Death Race
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Rebecca Murray

1 The Dark Knight
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Wall-E
5 The Reader
6 Frost/Nixon
7 In Bruges
8 Milk
9 The Visitor
10 Defiance
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The Guardian Staff

1 No Country for Old Men
2 Man on Wire
3 There Will Be Blood
4 Gomorrah
5 Waltz with Bashir
6 In Bruges
7 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
8 Diving Bell & The Butterfly
9 Hunger
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?

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