The coming-of-age drama, shot over 12 years with key scenes in Houston and Austin, swept the group's 8th annual awards. Austin native Richard Linklater was named Best Director and Patricia Arquette was cited as Best Supporting Actress for her role as the divorced mother of two children who embarks on her own journey of self-discovery.
The film also took home awards for best screenplay, technical achievement and the Texas Independent Film Award, given to the top independent film made in the state.
Birdman, which led the HFCS nominations in 10 categories, won one award for Best Cinematography.
J.K. Simmons was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a harrowing music instructor in Whiplash.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Houston native Wes Anderson, took home awards for Best Score and Best Movie Poster.
The LEGO Movie also was won two awards, for Best Animated Film and Best Song, "Everything is Awesome."
The critics, who are working film journalists on television, radio, online and in traditional print in the Houston area, named The Identical as Worst Film of the year.
Iconic novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Rick Ferguson and the Houston Film Commission were awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award and Joe Hall of Ghetto Film School received the Humanitarian Award.