New York Times Critics Fail to Brake for La La Land

Three Top Ten lists; zero Top Ten mentions.

When we hit today’s compilation of the top films of 2016 as chosen by New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott and Stephen Holden, the advertisement at the top of the page was for La La Land, opening Friday. And on the L.A. coast, the fact that the critically acclaimed Damien Chazelle musical is nowhere to be found on any of the Top Ten lists is confounding awards pundits.

A separate recent tweet from Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Amy Kaufman, currently on leave to write a book, hinted at more potential trouble. She unpacked a screening copy of La La Land for her parents to watch here on the East Coast and it did not go well.

As always, each Times critic has keen observations about the year’s cinematic trends. And for the record, one of them does mention La La Land on the fringe of their Top Ten, under the heading “Other Loves.” La La Land was recently voted the best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and was the runner-up in that category over the weekend at the annual voting meeting of the the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
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