Best of 2018: Film Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 5, 2018
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best movies of 2018

Recent updates:
Added 12/14: Harper's Bazaar, RogerEbert.com (additional critics), San Jose Mercury News, Slant
Added 12/13: Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, London Evening Standard, The New Zealand Herald, Newsday, NOW, RogerEbert.com, Slate, Time Out London, TimeOut New York, Vice, TheWrap
Added 12/12: BuzzFeed, Den of Geek, Film Comment, Flood, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Vogue
Added 12/11: The Globe & Mail, IGN, Junkee, The Movie Minute, Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer, Scene360, Variety
Added 12/10: The Guardian (Bradshaw), The Irish Times, Mashable, Misc-Tobias, NPR, The Playlist, Uproxx, Vox
Added 12/7: Detroit News, People, The Ringer, Rolling Stone, ScreenCrush, Us Weekly
Added 12/6: Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair (Collins), Washington Post
Added 12/5: Scorecard launched with 17 lists.

Best of 2018Below is our updated running tally of the films most frequently mentioned by individual critics on the year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 films, we will not include films ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 titles, though each film gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each film will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer titles
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles
Films Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2018
Movie and Metascore # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Roma291028.5136
2 First Reformed1093381
3 Burning6428.555
The Favourite8618.555
5 If Beale Street Could Talk262645
6 Eighth Grade412540
7 Shoplifters222838
8 A Star Is Born3517.537
9 Hereditary2222.533
10 Leave No Trace1322.532
11 Zama421531
BlacKkKlansman012931
13 Black Panther212130
Can You Ever Forgive Me?1320.530
15 The Other Side of the Wind311728
You Were Never Really Here321528
17 Sorry to Bother You1121.527
The Rider2118.527
19 Paddington 2221626
20 Annihilation1315.525
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs121825
22 Minding the Gap151124
23 Support the Girls012022
24 Cold War111621
Blindspotting41721

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 120 individual top ten lists published by the film critics regularly included in Metacritic's score calculations, as well as a few extra lists from additional prominent film sources. Some critics merely list films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Melissa Anderson View full list
  1. Zama
  2. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day [theatrical release of 1973-73 TV miniseries]
  3. The Misandrists
  4. Personal Problems [1980]
  5. (tie) Let the Sunshine In
  6. (tie) High Life
  7. Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  8. Nico, 1988
  9. Support the Girls
  10. From the Collection of Pearl Bowser [exhibit]
  11. Diamantino
J Hoberman View full list
  1. Wormwood
  2. The Image Book
  3. Transit
  4. BlacKkKlansman
  5. The Kavanaugh hearing [breaking news event]
  6. The Americans [Season 6]
  7. The Death of Stalin
  8. The Waldheim Waltz
  9. Org
  10. Dialogue With Che
James Quandt View full list
  1. Dead Souls
  2. The Image Book
  3. Un homme marche dans la ville [rerelease of 1950 film]
  4. Thomas Bayrle [retrospective]
  5. La Flor [specifically: Manet and Ravel sequences]
  6. Elegant Beast [1962]
  7. Burning
  8. The Load
  9. Ayka
  10. The Black Book
Amy Taubin View full list
  1. Adrian Piper [exhibit]
  2. The Image Book
  3. Roma
  4. Sorry to Bother You
  5. Life & Nothing More
  6. Ash Is Purest White
  7. Burning
  8. Happy as Lazzaro
  9. At Eternity's Gate
  10. American Dharma
Artforum *
John Waters View full list
  1. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
  2. American Animals
  3. Nico, 1988
  4. Mom and Dad
  5. Blindspotting
  6. The Green Fog
  7. Custody
  8. Sollers Point
  9. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
  10. Permanent Green Light

* Note: Artforum critics include museum exhibits, retrospectives, and film-like releases in other media; only new 2018 movies listed here are included in our composite standings

BuzzFeed
Alison Willmore View full list
  1. The Rider
  2. The Favourite
  3. A Star Is Born
  4. Minding the Gap
  5. Madeline's Madeline
  6. The Death of Stalin
  7. You Were Never Really Here
  8. Burning
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  10. Support the Girls
Cahiers du cinéma
Staff consensus
  1. The Wild Boys
  2. Coincoin and the Extra-Humans
  3. Phantom Thread
  4. Burning
  5. Paul Sanchez est revenu!
  6. The Post
  7. On the Beach at Night Alone
  8. The House That Jack Built
  9. Leto
  10. Treasure Island
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips View full list
  1. The Rider
  2. Roma
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  4. The Favourite
  5. Minding the Gap
  6. Widows
  7. First Reformed
  8. Sorry to Bother You
  9. Zama
  10. Black Panther
David Crow View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Sorry to Bother You
  4. Free Solo
  5. Roma
  6. Annihilation
  7. Hereditary
  8. Three Identical Strangers
  9. BlacKkKlansman
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Den of Geek [USA]
Don Kaye View full list
  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. You Were Never Really Here
  3. Three Identical Strangers
  4. First Reformed
  5. Roma
  6. Leave No Trace
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  8. Hereditary
  9. Annihilation
  10. A Star Is Born
Detroit News
Adam Graham View full list
  1. Paddington 2
  2. First Reformed
  3. Eighth Grade
  4. Roma
  5. Lean on Pete
  6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  8. Blindspotting
  9. If Beale Street Could Talk
  10. Vice
Empire
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. Black Panther
  6. First Man
  7. Lady Bird
  8. A Star Is Born
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. BlacKkKlansman
Leah Greenblatt View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Roma
  3. Black Panther
  4. Annihilation
  5. Lean on Pete
  6. Green Book
  7. Burning
  8. Hereditary
  9. Free Solo
  10. The Guilty
Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Roma
  3. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  4. Eighth Grade
  5. Paddington 2
  6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  7. Sorry to Bother You
  8. First Man
  9. Green Book
  10. Mandy
Film Comment
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Zama
  2. Burning
  3. First Reformed
  4. Roma
  5. Western
  6. Shoplifters
  7. Let the Sunshine In
  8. The Other Side of the Wind
  9. Happy as Lazzaro
  10. Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Flood Magazine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. First Reformed
  2. Annihilation
  3. Mandy
  4. You Were Never Really Here
  5. Paddington 2
  6. Eighth Grade
  7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  8. Hereditary
  9. Three Identical Strangers
  10. Widows
GameSpot
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  • all others listed alphabetically:
  • Annihilation
  • Black Panther
  • Creed II
  • Hereditary
  • Paddington 2
  • A Quiet Place
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Suspiria
The Globe & Mail
Barry Hertz View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Widows
  3. You Were Never Really Here
  4. First Man
  5. Burning
  6. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  7. The Other Side of the Wind
  8. Shirkers
  9. Free Solo
  10. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  11. Maison du Bonheur
  12. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Staff consensus View full list
  • (coming week of December 17)
The Guardian
Peter Bradshaw View full list
  1. Roma
  2. A Star Is Born
  3. Cold War
  4. Leave No Trace
  5. Western
  6. Zama
  7. Hereditary
  8. Coco
  9. Widows
  10. Phantom Thread
Harper's Bazaar
Candice Frederick View full list
  1. Roma
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Widows
  4. Suspiria
  5. The Tale
  6. Black Panther
  7. Blindspotting
  8. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. What They Had
Stephen Farber View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Leave No Trace
  3. The Rider
  4. Three Identical Strangers
  5. If Beale Street Could Talk
  6. Boy Erased
  7. Free Solo
  8. Shoplifters
  9. The Hate U Give
  10. The Wife
Jon Frosch View full list
  1. Burning
  2. Minding the Gap
  3. Shoplifters
  4. Roma
  5. If Beale Street Could Talk
  6. Leave No Trace
  7. Private Life
  8. The Favourite
  9. First Man
  10. A Star Is Born
Caryn James View full list
  1. Roma
  2. The Favourite
  3. Cold War
  4. BlacKkKlansman
  5. The Death of Stalin
  6. At Eternity's Gate
  7. Shoplifters
  8. Leave No Trace
  9. Sorry to Bother You
  10. Happy as Lazzaro
Sheri Linden View full list
  1. Shoplifters
  2. Roma
  3. Burning
  4. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  5. Leave No Trace
  6. Three Identical Strangers
  7. Lean on Pete
  8. If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Cold War
  10. En el Septimo Dia
Todd McCarthy View full list
  1. Vice
  2. Roma
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  4. Cold War
  5. Free Solo
  6. Burning
  7. Eighth Grade
  8. The Rider
  9. Shoplifters
  10. The Other Side of the Wind
Michael Rechtshaffen View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Black Panther
  3. BlacKkKlansman
  4. Minding the Gap
  5. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  6. The Favourite
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  8. Burning
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  10. Paddington 2
David Rooney View full list
  1. Roma
  2. The Favourite
  3. Shoplifters
  4. If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. Burning
  6. Cold War
  7. First Man
  8. The Death of Stalin
  9. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  10. Isle of Dogs
The Hollywood Reporter
Frank Scheck View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. A Star Is Born
  3. Roma
  4. BlacKkKlansman
  5. Green Book
  6. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  7. The Death of Stalin
  8. Shoplifters
  9. Three Identical Strangers
  10. First Reformed
HuffPost
Matthew Jacobs View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  3. Widows
  4. Sorry to Bother You
  5. Suspiria
  6. A Star Is Born
  7. Eighth Grade
  8. Annihilation
  9. Roma
  10. The Old Man and the Gun
IGN
Staff View full list
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Game Night
  • Hereditary
  • A Quiet Place
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • A Star Is Born
David Ehrlich View video countdown
  1. First Reformed
  2. Paddington 2
  3. Madeline's Madeline
  4. Shoplifters
  5. The Tale
  6. Burning
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Wildlife
  10. Mandy
IndieWire
Eric Kohn View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Roma
  3. The Death of Stalin
  4. First Reformed
  5. Sorry to Bother You
  6. Private Life
  7. Burning
  8. Madeline's Madeline
  9. If Beale Street Could Talk
  10. Free Solo
Donald Clarke, Tara Brady View full list
  1. Loveless
  2. Cold War
  3. Mandy
  4. Hereditary
  5. Lady Bird
  6. Climax
  7. Sorry to Bother You
  8. The Rider
  9. Custody
  10. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
The Irish Times
Cameron Williams View full list
  1. Roma
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Hereditary
  4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  5. Private Life
  6. The Rider
  7. Black Panther
  8. Shirkers
  9. You Were Never Really Here
  10. First Man
Junkee
Bob Strauss View full list
  1. Roma
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Black Panther
  • Blaze
  • A Ciambra
  • Cold War
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Life and Nothing More
  • Mid90s
  • Searching
  • Shoplifters
  • Wildlife
  • Zama
Los Angeles Daily News
Justin Chang View full list
  1. Burning
  2. First Reformed
  3. Zama
  4. Black Panther
  5. Private Life
  6. If Beale Street Could Talk
  7. The Rider
  8. Western
  9. Shoplifters
  10. Happy as Lazzaro
Mark Olsen View full list
  1. If Beale Street Could Talk
  2. Zama
  3. Private Life
  4. Support the Girls
  5. Widows
  6. The Favourite
  7. Burning
  8. Madeline's Madeline
  9. BlacKkKlansman
  10. The Other Side of the Wind
Kenneth Turan View full list
  1. (tie) Black Panther
  2. (tie) Leave No Trace
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Cold War
  • Free Solo
  • Incredibles 2
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice
Los Angeles Times
Harry Fletcher View full list
  1. A Star Is Born
  2. Lady Bird
  3. Widows
  4. Roma
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  6. Leave No Trace
  7. Hereditary
  8. You Were Never Really Here
  9. BlacKkKlansman
  10. A Quiet Place
London Evening Standard
Angie Han View full list
  1. Eighth Grade
  2. The Favourite
  3. First Man
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  5. If Beale Street Could Talk
  6. Roma
  7. Black Panther
  8. Hereditary
  9. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  10. To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Mashable
Scott Tobias View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Annihilation
  3. First Reformed
  4. If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
  6. Support the Girls
  7. Burning
  8. The Rider
  9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  10. You Were Never Really Here
Miscellaneous critics
Joanna Langfield View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Minding the Gap
  3. Mary Poppins Returns
  4. Happy as Lazzaro
  5. BlacKkKlansman
  6. Shoplifters
  7. Paddington 2
  8. Leave No Trace
  9. Support the Girls
  10. Private Life
The Movie Minute
Manohla Dargis View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Burning
  3. Shoplifters
  4. Zama
  5. Happy as Lazzaro
  6. BlacKkKlansman
  7. First Reformed
  8. The Death of Stalin
  9. Monrovia, Indiana
  10. Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)
The New York Times
A.O. Scott View full list
  1. (tie) Bisbee '17
  2. (tie) Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  3. (tie) Minding the Gap
  4. (tie) Monrovia, Indiana
  5. Happy as Lazzaro
  6. First Reformed
  7. Private Life
  8. Roma
  9. Let the Sunshine In
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  11. BlacKkKlansman
  12. Capernaum
  13. The Favourite
The New Zealand Herald
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Black Panther
  2. A Star Is Born
  3. Annihilation
  4. Hereditary
  5. Incredibles 2
  6. BlacKkKlansman
  7. Lady Bird
  8. Crazy Rich Asians
  9. First Man
  10. You Were Never Really Here
Newsday
Rafer Guzmán View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Hereditary
  3. Sorry to Bother You
  4. The Favourite
  5. First Reformed
  6. Eighth Grade
  7. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  8. Black Panther
  9. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  10. Science Fair
NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Norman Wilner View full list
  1. Roma
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Burning
  4. You Were Never Really Here
  5. Sorry to Bother You
  6. Madeline's Madeline
  7. First Reformed
  8. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  9. Isle of Dogs
  10. Paddington 2
NPR
Staff consensus View full list
  • Black Panther
  • Burning
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Capernaum
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • Game Night
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Leave No Trace
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • The Rider
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Widows
  • Wildlife
People
Tom Gliatto View full list
  1. A Star Is Born
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  3. Crazy Rich Asians
  4. Green Book
  5. Three Identical Strangers
  6. The Favourite
  7. Black Panther
  8. Paddington 2
  9. BlacKkKlansman
  10. A Quiet Place
Philadelphia Daily News/Philadelphia Inquirer
Gary Thompson View full list
  • After Auschwitz
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • The Death of Stalin
  • First Reformed
  • Green Book
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Rider
  • Support the Girls
  • Tully
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?
The Playlist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. You Were Never Really Here
  2. First Reformed
  3. Hereditary
  4. Annihilation
  5. Burning
  6. Roma
  7. Eighth Grade
  8. The Favourite
  9. Leave No Trace
  10. Suspiria
The Ringer
Sean Fennessey and Adam Nayman View full list
  1. Burning
  2. Minding the Gap
  3. Roma
  4. Zama
  5. Black Panther
  6. First Reformed
  7. Let the Sunshine In
  8. Annihilation
  9. Support the Girls
  10. If Beale Street Could Talk
Simon Abrams View full list
  1. Bisbee '17
  2. Sorry to Bother You
  3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  4. Pow Wow
  5. 24 Frames
  6. Bodied
  7. Shoplifters
  8. The Guardians
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Nick Allen View full list
  1. Hereditary
  2. Shirkers
  3. Madeline's Madeline
  4. Leave No Trace
  5. Mandy
  6. Cold War
  7. Makala
  8. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  9. Searching
  10. Bird Box
Monica Castillo View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  3. Cold War
  4. Shirkers
  5. Shoplifters
  6. Private Life
  7. Sorry to Bother You
  8. Zama
  9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  10. Annihilation
Godfrey Cheshire View full list
  1. Roma
  2. The Rider
  3. Western
  4. First Reformed
  5. A Bread Factory: Parts One and Two
  6. 24 Frames
  7. Green Book
  8. Vice
  9. En el Septimo Dia
  10. Crime + Punishment
Seongyong Cho View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Shoplifters
  3. Leave No Trace
  4. First Reformed
  5. Private Life
  6. The Rider
  7. Cold War
  8. BlacKkKlansman
  9. Hereditary
  10. Annihilation
Mark Dujsik View full list
  1. Shoplifters
  2. The Death of Stalin
  3. First Man
  4. Paddington 2
  5. Eighth Grade
  6. You Were Never Really Here
  7. BlacKkKlansman
  8. First Reformed
  9. If Beale Street Could Talk
  10. Blindspotting
Matt Fagerholm View full list
  1. Eighth Grade
  2. Minding the Gap
  3. Roma
  4. First Reformed
  5. Muppet Guys Talking
  6. Leave No Trace
  7. Custody
  8. The Tale
  9. Life and Nothing More
  10. Mary Poppins Returns
Odie Henderson View full list
  1. Blindspotting
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. BlacKkKlansman
  4. Black Panther
  5. Amazing Grace
  6. Paddington 2
  7. Roma
  8. Leave No Trace
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  10. I Am Not a Witch
Quinn Hough View full list
  1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  2. Hereditary
  3. Mandy
  4. Leave No Trace
  5. BlacKkKlansman
  6. A Star Is Born
  7. You Were Never Really Here
  8. Cam
  9. Madeline's Madeline
  10. The Other Side of the Wind
Ben Kenigsberg View full list
  1. Roma
  2. The Other Side of the Wind
  3. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
  4. Support the Girls
  5. Classical Period
  6. You Were Never Really Here
  7. Thoroughbreds
  8. Western
  9. The Favourite
  10. Monrovia, Indiana
Glenn Kenny View full list
  1. Zama
  2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  3. The Other Side of the Wind
  4. Mandy
  5. Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  6. Shirkers
  7. Madeline's Madeline
  8. Skate Kitchen
  9. Support the Girls
  10. (tie) Sorry to Bother You
  11. (tie) Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Tomris Laffly View full list
  1. Roma
  2. You Were Never Really Here
  3. Burning
  4. Private Life
  5. First Man
  6. Cold War
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  8. Custody
  9. 1985
  10. Hereditary
Christy Lemire View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Roma
  3. Burning
  4. First Reformed
  5. Suspiria
  6. Sorry to Bother You
  7. Eighth Grade
  8. Hereditary
  9. Support the Girls
  10. A Star Is Born
Violet Levoit View full list
  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Shoplifters
  3. Wild Wild Country
  4. Mister Rogers: It's You I Like
  5. Tully
  6. BlacKkKlansman
  7. Avengers: Infinity War
  8. McQueen
  9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  10. Black Panther
Kristen Lopez View full list
  1. Blindspotting
  2. On the Basis of Sex
  3. Bad Times at the El Royale
  4. A Simple Favor
  5. The Favourite
  6. Widows
  7. Black Panther
  8. Hereditary
  9. A Quiet Place
  10. Sorry to Bother You
Nell Minow View full list
  1. If Beale Street Could Talk
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Blindspotting
  • Eighth Grade
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • A Star Is Born
  • Support the Girls
Omer Mozaffar View full list
  1. Blindspotting
  2. Searching
  3. BlacKkKlansman
  4. Annihilation
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. Black Panther
  7. A Quiet Place
  8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  9. Widows
  10. The Hate U Give
Vikram Murthi View full list
  1. First Reformed
  2. Support the Girls
  3. The Other Side of the Wind
  4. Burning
  5. Private Life
  6. Shirkers
  7. Amazing Grace
  8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  9. Cold War
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Max O'Connell View full list
  1. First Reformed
  2. Burning
  3. The Other Side of the Wind
  4. Madeline's Madeline
  5. Zama
  6. BlacKkKlansman
  7. You Were Never Really Here
  8. Support the Girls
  9. Roma
  10. Lean on Pete
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  8. The Rider
  9. Western
  10. Leave No Trace
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  8. First Reformed
  9. Happy as Lazzaro
  10. Roma
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  10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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  8. If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody
  10. Paddington 2
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  10. Lady Bird
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  5. Private Life
  6. Black Panther
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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  10. First Man
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  6. First Man
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  8. Widows
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody
  10. A Quiet Place
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  7. Minding the Gap
  8. Zama
  9. First Man
  10. Sollers Point
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  8. A Star Is Born
  9. Happy as Lazzaro
  10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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  5. Eighth Grade
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  9. Burning
  10. In Syria
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  1. A Star Is Born
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  3. The Rider
  4. Green Book
  5. Chappaquiddick
  6. Red Sparrow
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  8. First Man
  9. Wild Wild Country
  10. Eighth Grade
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  • A Quiet Place
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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  4. Zama
  5. Happy as Lazzaro
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  7. The Favourite
  8. Lean on Pete
  9. Leave No Trace
  10. Blindspotting
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  5. Amazing Grace
  6. Leave No Trace
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  9. Eighth Grade
  10. Burning
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  1. Roma
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  4. The Rider
  5. Sorry to Bother You
  6. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  8. Private Life
  9. Fahrenheit 11/9
  10. Leave No Trace
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  1. Roma
  2. First Reformed
  3. Shirkers
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  5. The Rider
  6. Eighth Grade
  7. Shoplifters
  8. Sorry to Bother You
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. A Star Is Born
Ann Hornaday View full list
  1. Roma
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. The Rider
  4. First Reformed
  5. BlacKkKlansman
  6. Green Book
  7. Eighth Grade
  8. Tully
  9. Blindspotting
  10. A Quiet Place
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Alonso Duralde View full list
  1. Paddington 2
  2. Roma
  3. Leave No Trace
  4. Lean on Pete
  5. The Sisters Brothers
  6. The Other Side of the Wind
  7. The Hate U Give
  8. If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Happy as Lazzaro
  10. Support the Girls
  11. Eighth Grade
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Comments (12)

  • FelicityFenwick  

    I can see why Roma is at the top of the list. Two incredibly heart-breaking moments. But for my money, it's Green Book for Best Picture. beautiful film.

  • DreamScreen  

    What the bleep is The Movie Minute? Looks like some random nobody's blog. I thought this site only included major critics?

  • Shiira  

    I like the contrarians who put "Suspiria" on their top ten lists. The film never made it to Hawaii. Polarizing films are sometimes the most interesting films. Like Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible" or Lars Von Trier's, well, entire ouevre. But in particular, "Dancer in the Dark" because the audience booed the film when it took home the Palm d'or. 152 minutes? Hell, yeah. You should always reward ambition. I hate how ambition is almost categorically looked down as pretentiousness.

  • MovieJay  

    BlacKkKlansman was NOT the best Spike Lee movie of the year; that'd be Blindspotting, which has only made 3 of these first 27 top ten lists so far. That Green Book is on 6 of these lists tells you something. People don't like being truly engaged or challenged on race-related issues. Much better to laugh a bunch w/Green Book and pat ourselves on the backs for "how far we've come" than to immerse ourselves in the world of Blindspotting, which has its finger on the pulse of today's issues. It's a great movie and Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs should be the Damon & Affleck of this awards season with what they created w/their screenplay. I hate that everyone's sleeping on it.

  • xChrRome  

    Casper has some of the worst hot takes I've seen in a while.

  • Casper  

    There was nothing exceptional whatsoever about Black Panther. It is cerainly the best of the MCU films, but that's not saying much. I'd say it's a good movie, but in the same ballpark as the other Coogler films. They're watchable but have next to nothing to say and nothing extraordinary about them. Plus, the last third of Black Panther is literally just a remake of The Phantom Menace with the divided attention across multiple action sequences not working in 1999 or 2018.

    Black Panther will inevitably make lists but be on virtually zero lists of critics who are into film as ART rather than popcorn munching.

    As for Avengers, it topped two "voted for" lists merely because those publications are just fanboy magazines that favor comic book films and other genre stuff. It will continue to fall as it's hard to imagine how any actual film critic can make a case for it being in their Top 10.

  • israeldorneles  

    Am I seeing this with my own eyes? One of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, the most critically acclaimed superhero movie EVER a.k.a. Black Panther, is nowhere to be found on this list??? Meanwhile, Infinity War is Top 5(ish)??? Speechless.

  • invein  

    Climax should be on there imo...most intense movie of the year.

  • mrm949  

    vv La La Land has a 93, First Man an 84 on Metacritic..."Universal Acclaim." You're in the minority there calling those films mediocrity.

    It's nice to see First Reformed getting so much recognition.

  • Casper  

    You mean yet another Damien Chazelle mediocrity? The guy got lucky with Whiplash, everything else was garbage.

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