The 50 best films of 2022, according to 165 critics

‘TÁR’, ‘Aftersun’ and ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ lead IndieWire’s annual Critics’ Poll of the Best Movies of the Year.

The calendar year may be coming to an end, but the top films of 2022 are still in full swing in the Oscar race for the best picture.

With 165 critics and journalists from around the world voting on the best films and performances in IndieWire’s annual critics’ poll, Todd Field’s “TÁR” topped the podium as definitely the best film of the year: an accolade that Jane Campion’s ” The Power of the Dog” in 2021. As Christian Blauvelt further elaborated in IndieWire’s first report of 2022: “The film topped the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performance and Best Screenplay categories. It appeared on over 45% of all ballots, with 26 first places for best picture.”

The poll consensus ranked Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” second. Tracks alternated on IndieWire’s staff list, with “Aftersun” first and “TÁR” second. That happened again with Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Insisherin, which ranked third in the critics’ poll but fourth on IndieWire’s staff list. “Banshees” swapped places with the Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and came in fourth in the poll. Joining them is Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, which rounds out dozens of critics’ top five picks.

Contributors from IndieWire, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly, as well as freelance and staff writers for newspapers, websites, radio and television from across Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia voted – in addition to the entire United States and Canada. All participants were only required to vote for films that received theatrical, streaming, or VOD releases in the United States in the past calendar year.

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The Golden Globes have already nominated “TÁR”, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “The Fabelmans” for top honors, but not “Aftersun”. Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio’s film remains a long shot for best picture, according to Marcus Jones and Anne Thompson’s predictions for IndieWire.

Check out the complete list of the 50 best movies of 2022 from the IndieWire Critics Poll below. Please note that not all awards and nominations are listed, but for each title you will find a selection of some of its awards. The cast of selected films may also be incomplete.

With editorial contributions by Christian Zilko and Samantha Bergeson.

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