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Critics Survey of Toronto International Film Festival 2009

Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2009 Survey Results


1. A Serious Man, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (63 points)
2. City of Life and Death, directed by Chuan Lu (20)
3. Up In The Air, directed by Jason Reitman (18)
3. A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard (18)
5. Dogtooth, directed by Giorgos Lanthimos (17)
6. Precious, directed by Lee Daniels (16)
7. I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino (11)
7. Hadewijch, directed by Bruno Dumont (11)
7. A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford (11)
7. Lebanon, directed by Samuel Maoz (11)


1. Videocracy, directed by Erik Gandini (24)
2. Collapse, directed by Chris Smith   (17)
3. The Art of the Steal, directed by Don Argott (16)
4. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, directed by Leanne Pooley (10)
5. How To Hold a Flag, directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (9)


1. Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (13)
2. Tilda Swinton in “I Am Love (12)
2. Michael Stuhlbarg in “A Serious Man” (12)
4. Tahar Rahim in “A Prophet” (10)
5. Anne Dorval in “I Killed My Mother” (9)
5. Nicolas Cage in “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (9)
5. Matt Damon in “The Informant!” (9)
5. Katie Jarvis in “Fish Tank” (9)


1. Mo’Nique in “Precious” (17)
1. Anna Kendrick in “Up In The Air” (17)
3. The supporting cast of “A Serious Man”** (11)
4. Vera Farmiga in “Up In The Air” (10)
5. Julianne Moore in “A Single Man” (6)
5. Michael Fassbender in “Fish Tank” (6)

** Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff and Benjy Portnoe received a combined total of 11, though individually no one got more than 3.


1. Jennifer’s Body, directed by Karyn Kusama (8)
2. Dorian Gray, directed by Oliver Parker (7)
2. Trash Humpers, directed by Harmony Korine (7)
4. Creation, directed by Jon Amiel (6)
5. Survival of the Dead, directed by George A. Romero (5)


Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper, L.A. Times, A.V. Club | Yaseen Ali | Brian Brooks, indieWIRE |  Gregory Ellwood, HitFix | David Fear,  Time Out New York | Howard Feinstein |  Eugene Hernandez, indieWIRE  |  Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago  |  Peter Knegt, indieWIRE  |  Eric Kohn, indieWIRE |  Michael Koresky, Reverse Shot  | Eric Lavallee, Ion Cinema  | Joe Leydon, Variety | Karina Longworth, Spout | Sean Means, The Salt Lake Tribune  | Noel Murray, A.V. Club | Mark Olsen, LA Times |  David Poland, Movie City News | Steve Ramos |  B. Ruby Rich, SF360  |  Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York | Anne Thompson,  Thompson on Hollywood  | Scott Tobias, A.V. Club | Michael Tully, Hammer To Nail | Scott Weinberg, Cinematical | Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today



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