Film Critic Top 10 Lists – Best Movies of 2018


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 12/7: 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

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 27 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
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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




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




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




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




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





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





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




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




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




Rolling Stone
Peter Travers View full list
  1. Roma
  2. A Star Is Born
  3. Black Panther
  4. The Favourite
  5. BlacKkKlansman
  6. If Beale Street Could Talk
  7. First Man
  8. First Reformed
  9. Eighth Grade
  10. Green Book




ScreenCrush
Matt Singer View full list
  1. The Favourite
  2. Private Life
  3. Annihilation
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. The Rider
  6. Roma
  7. First Man
  8. Eighth Grade
  9. Minding the Gap
  10. Widows




Time
Stephanie Zacharek View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  3. First Reformed
  4. Eighth Grade
  5. The Favourite
  6. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  7. A Star Is Born
  8. If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody
  10. Paddington 2




Us Weekly
Mara Reinstein View full list
  1. Eighth Grade
  2. Green Book
  3. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  4. The Favourite
  5. Roma
  6. First Man
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  8. Widows
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody
  10. A Quiet Place





K. Austin Collins View full list
  1. First Reformed
  2. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
  3. You Were Never Really Here
  4. If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  6. The Other Side of the Wind
  7. Minding the Gap
  8. Zama
  9. First Man
  10. Sollers Point

Vanity Fair
Richard Lawson View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Leave No Trace
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  4. Free Solo
  5. Shoplifters
  6. The Favourite
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. A Star Is Born
  9. Happy as Lazzaro
  10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again





David Edelstein View full list
  1. Roma
  2. Eighth Grade
  3. First Reformed
  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

Vulture
Emily Yoshida View full list
  1. Roma
  2. First Reformed
  3. Shirkers
  4. Suspiria
  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

Washington Post

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