By David Poland

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David Germain
Associated Press

1 Happy Go Lucky
2 Wall-E
3 Encounter at End of World
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Frozen River
6 The Visitor
7 The Wrestler
8 Frost/Nixon
9 The Dark Knight
10 Wendy & Lucy
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

1 The Wrestler
2 Frost/Nixon
3 Man on Wire
4 Waltz with Bashir
5 Wall-E
6 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 Frozen River
8 Milk
9 Paranoid Park
10 Iron Man
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James Rocchi

1 Che
2 The Wrestler
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Milk
5 Reprise
6 Ballast
7 The Dark Knight
8 Man on Wire
9 Funny Games
10 Waltz with Bashir
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Noel Murray
Onion AV Club

1 Wall-E
2 Burn After Reading
3 Synechdoche, NY
4 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
5 The Dark Knight
6 Surfwise
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 Paranoid Park
9 Milk
10 My Winnipeg
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Austin Film Critics

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Milk
4 Synechdoche, NY
5 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6 The Wrestler
7 Wall-E
8 Frost/Nixon
9 Let the Right One In
10 Gran Torino
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Dallas – Ft. Worth
Film Critics

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Milk
3 The Dark Knight
4 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5 The Wrestler
6 The Visitor
7 Frost/Nixon
8 Doubt
9 Wall-E
10 Happy Go Lucky
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Kris Tapley
In Contention

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Bolt
3 Synechdoche, NY
4 Pineapple Express
5 The Dark Knight
6 Hunger
7 The Wrestler
8 Dear Zachary
9 Gomorrah
10 Let the Right One In
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Nathan Lee

1 Une Catastrope
2 The Headless Woman
3 I No Longer Hear the Guitar
4 Before I Forget
5 Inside
6 Wall-E
7 Che
8 Mother of Tears
9 Flight of the Red Balloon
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

1 Rachel Getting Married
2 In the City of Sylvia
3 The Witnesses
4 Standard Operating Procedure
5 Summer Palace
6 Encounters at End of World
7 Mukhsin
8 My Father My Lord
9 Let the Right One In
10 Happy Go Lucky
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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

1 Synechdoche, NY
2 Flight of the Red Balloon
3 Boarding Gate
4 Reprise
5 The Dark Knight
6 Dear Zachary
7 Chris & Don
8 Encounters at End of World
9 The Strangers
10 August Evening

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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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