Best of April 2014: Top Albums, Games, Movies & TV

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  • Publish Date: April 30, 2014

Highest-scoring albums this month

Includes albums with 7 or more reviews from critics. Reissues, live albums, EPs, and compilations are excluded. All scores on this page are from April 30, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1Under Color of Official Right
by Protomartyr
85AmazonSpotify
2Carter Girl
by Carlene Carter
85AmazonSpotify
3Salad Days
by Mac DeMarco
83AmazonSpotify
4Loom
by Fear of Men
83AmazonSpotify
5Most Messed Up
by Old 97's
82AmazonSpotify
6Here Be Monsters
by Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
82AmazonSpotify
7Honest
by Future
81AmazonSpotify
8Hendra
by Ben Watt
81AmazonSpotify
9Tarpaper Sky
by Rodney Crowell
81AmazonSpotify
10A Dotted Line
by Nickel Creek
80Amazon 

Highest-scoring movies this month

Includes films with 7 or more reviews from critics. Theatrical re-releases are excluded.

Best Wide Releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier Action70+Netflix Queue
2BearsDocumentary68+Netflix Queue
3OculusHorror61+Netflix Queue
4Draft Day Drama54+Netflix Queue
5Rio 2 Animation/Family49+Netflix Queue
Best Limited Releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1Ilo Ilo Foreign/Drama 88+Netflix Queue
2Manakamana Foreign/Documentary 87 
3Locke Drama/Thriller 80+Netflix Queue
4Under the Skin Drama/Sci-Fi 78+Netflix Queue
5Only Lovers Left Alive Drama/Horror 76+Netflix Queue
Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases
Movie Genre Score Buy or Stream
1GloriaForeign/Drama83Amazon+Netflix Queue
2The Selfish GiantDrama83Amazon+Netflix Queue
3A Touch of SinForeign/Drama76Amazon+Netflix Queue
4PhilomenaDrama76Amazon+Netflix Queue
5The Invisible WomanDrama75+Netflix Queue
6A Field in England Thriller 73Amazon+Netflix Queue
7The Rocket Foreign/Drama 72Amazon+Netflix Queue
8I Am Divine Documentary 71Amazon+Netflix Queue
9Bastards Drama 70Amazon+Netflix Queue
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugFantasy66Amazon+Netflix Queue

Highest-scoring TV premieres this month

All shows debuting this month with reviews from at least 4 critics are eligible.

Best New Shows
Show Network Timeslot Score
1FargoFX Tuesdays, 10p 87
2Silicon ValleyHBO Sundays, 10p84
3Years of Living DangerouslyShowtime Sundays, 10p 81
4Last Week Tonight with John OliverHBO Sundays, 11p75
5Faking ItMTV Tuesdays, 10:30p 71
Best Returning Shows *
Show Network Timeslot Score
1Game of ThronesHBO Sundays, 9p 94
2VeepHBO Sundays, 10:30p 87
3Mad MenAMC Sundays, 10p 85
4Orphan BlackBBC America Saturdays, 9p 79
5The Bletchley Circle PBS Sundays, 10p 78


* Among shows with reviews. Generally, only certain noteworthy shows are reviewed by critics after season 1.

Highest-scoring video games this month (by platform)

Includes games with 7 or more reviews from critics. Note that this month's best iOS games are covered in a separate article, which will be posted tomorrow. (All "Buy" links below go to Amazon.com.)

Best PS4 Games Best Xbox One Games
1Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn86Buy
2Child of Light81 Buy
3Trials Fusion80Buy
4LEGO The Hobbit72Buy
5Mercenary Kings70 
1Child of Light82 
2Trials Fusion80Buy
3LEGO The Hobbit69Buy
4Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation69 
5Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut65 
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1MLB 14: The Show81Buy
22014 FIFA World Cup Brazil76Buy
3JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle73Buy
4Ragnarok Odyssey ACE62Buy
5Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition60 
1Titanfall85Buy
2The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile78 
32014 FIFA World Cup Brazil73Buy
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1Dark Souls II91Buy
2The Blackwell Epiphany87 
3The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile83 
4Trials Fusion80 
5FRACT OSC78 
1NES Remix 274 
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Disney Magical World75Buy
2Nintendo Pocket Football Club67 
1Demon Gaze73Buy
2Dead Nation68 
3Football Manager Classic 201467 
4Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars60Buy

What did you like?

Do you have any recommendations from the past month? Let us know in the comments section below.

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