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

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  • Publish Date: August 29, 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 the morning of August 29, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1Foundations of Burden
by Pallbearer
88Amazon Spotify
2LP1
by FKA Twigs
87Amazon Spotify
3Angels & Devils
by The Bug
84Amazon Spotify
4Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
by James Yorkston
82Amazon  
5They Want My Soul
by Spoon
81Amazon Spotify
6Manipulator
by Ty Segall
81Amazon  
7When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
by Mirel Wagner
80Amazon Spotify
8Bahamas Is Afie
by Bahamas
79Amazon Spotify
9Benjamin Booker
by Benjamin Booker
79Amazon Spotify
10Long in the Tooth
by Billy Joe Shaver
79Amazon Spotify

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
1Guardians of the Galaxy Action/Sci-fi76+Netflix
2Get On Up Drama71+Netflix
3What If Drama 59+Netflix
4The Hundred-Foot Journey Drama 55+Netflix
5The Giver Sci-Fi/Drama 46+Netflix
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1Love Is StrangeDrama84+Netflix
2Starred UpDrama83+Netflix
3The Strange Little Cat Foreign/Drama80+Netflix
4Abuse of Weakness Foreign/Drama80+Netflix
5Calvary Comedy/Drama77+Netflix
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy/Rent/Watch
1ManakamanaDocumentary86 Amazon +Netflix
2Locke Thriller81 Amazon +Netflix
3The Empty Hours Foreign/Drama 81 Amazon +Netflix
4Only Lovers Left Alive Drama/Horror77 Amazon +Netflix
5Dancing in Jaffa Foreign/Documentary75 Amazon +Netflix
6The Dance of Reality Foreign/Drama/Fantasy75 Amazon +Netflix
7The Double Drama68 Amazon +Netflix
8OculusHorror61 Amazon +Netflix
9Muppets Most Wanted Family/Comedy61 Amazon +Netflix
10Breathe In Drama60 Amazon +Netflix

Highest-scoring TV premieres this month

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

Best new shows (including movies/miniseries)
Show Score Network Stream It
1Happy Valley80Netflix Add to Netflix Queue
2Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words76HBO 
3The Knick75Cinemax 
4Garfunkel & Oates73IFC iTunes Amazon
5Black Jesus73Adult Swim iTunes Amazon
  Outlander73Starz 
Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Stream It
1Doctor Who Season 880 BBC America iTunes Amazon
2The Killing Season 453NetflixAdd to Netflix Queue


* 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 can be found here. (All "Buy" links below go to Amazon.com.)

Best PS4 Games Best Xbox One Games
1Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition90Buy
2The Swapper84 
3Madden NFL 1582Buy
4Metro Redux81Buy
5Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare78Buy
1Metro Redux86Buy
2Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition85Buy
3Madden NFL 1580Buy
4The Golf Club68 
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1Ultra Street Fighter IV84Buy
2Tales of Xillia 273Buy
3Sacred 360Buy
4Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed60Buy
1Ultra Street Fighter IV84Buy
2World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition77Buy
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1Metro Redux84 
2The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 5 - No Going Back80 
3MIND: Path to Thalamus75 
4Road Not Taken74 
5Shadowgate69 
(nothing this month)
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney80Buy
1Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited83Buy
2Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth172Buy
3Metrico68 
4Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment68 
5Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed66Buy

What did you like?

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