By David Poland

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

1 Wall-E
2 Milk
3 The Dark Knight
4 Waltz with Bashir
5 Gomorrah
6 Wendy & Lucy
7 Trouble the Watter
8 Happy Go Lucky
9 Man on Wire
10 Tropic Thunder
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David Ansen

1 Let the Right One In
2 Encounters at End of the World
3 Wendy & Lucy
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Man on Wire
6 Silent Light
7 The Wrestler
8 Tropic Thunder
9 Wall-E
9 Waltz with Bashir
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

1 The Wrestler
2 The Dark Knight
3 Rachel Getting Married
4 Wall-E
5 Momma’s Man
6 The Edge of Heaven
7 Burn After Reading
8 The Class
9 Milk
10 Tell No One
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

1 Wall-E
2 The Class
3 A Christmas Tale
4 Let the Right One In
5 The Flight of the Red Balloon
6 Alexandra
7 Man On Wire
8 Snow Angels
9 Still Life
10 The Dark Knight
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Jennifer Merin

1 The Class
2 The Fall
3 Happy Go Lucky
4 Milk
5 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
6 The Reader
7 Slumdog Millionaire
8 Standard Operating Procedure
9 The Visitor
10 Wendy & Lucy
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Glenn Kenny

1 The Duchess of Langeaise
2 The Last Mistress
3 Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World
4 Romance of Astree & Celedon
5 Synechdoche, NY
6 A Christmas Tale
7 Flight of the Red Ballon
8 Gran Torino
9 The Wrestler
10 Che
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Brian Tallerico

1 Wall-E
2 The Dark Knight
3 Milk
4 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Rachel Getting Married
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 The Wrestler
8 The Visitor
9 Let the Right One In
10 Hunger
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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

1 Milk
2 Hunger
3 Che
4 Dear Zachary
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 Wall-E
7 The Order of Myths
8 The Dark Knight
9 Let the Right One In
10 The Witnesses
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African American
Film Critics

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 Secret Life of Bees
4 Cadillac Records
6 Miracle at St. Anna
7 Milk
8 Seven Pounds
9 Doubt
10 Iron Man
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Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine

1 Che
2 Synecdoche, NY
3 Speed Racer
4 Wall-E
5 Milk
6 Reprise
7 The Class
8 Up the Yangtze
9 The Edge of Heaven
10 Burn After Reading

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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