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

  • Publish Date: July 31, 2014
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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 July 31, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1Futurology
by Manic Street Preachers
82Amazon  
2Shattered
by Reigning Sound
82 Amazon iTunes Spotify
3Never Hungover Again
by Joyce Manor
82 Amazon iTunes Spotify
4Lese Majesty
by Shabazz Palaces
82 Amazon iTunes Spotify
5From Scotland with Love
by King Creosote
81 Amazon iTunes Spotify
6Remedy
by Old Crow Medicine Show
79 Amazon iTunes Spotify
7 Strange Friend
by The Phantom Band
78 Amazon iTunes Spotify
8 The Voyager
by Jenny Lewis
78 Amazon iTunes Spotify
9 Alvvays
by Alvvays
78 Amazon iTunes Spotify
10 Terms of My Surrender
by John Hiatt
78 Amazon iTunes 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
1Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Action/Sci-fi79+Netflix
2 A Most Wanted Man Expands nationwide 8/1 Thriller 74+Netflix
3 Lucy Action/Sci-fi 61 +Netflix
4 Earth to Echo Sci-fi/Family 53 +Netflix
5 The Purge: Anarchy Action/Thriller 49 +Netflix
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1BoyhoodDrama100+Netflix
2Life ItselfDocumentary87+Netflix
3WrinklesForeign/Animation81+Netflix
4The Empty Hours Drama 81+Netflix
5Closed Curtain Foreign/Drama 80+Netflix
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy/Rent/Watch
1Wrinkles Foreign/Animation81 Amazon +Netflix
2Jodorowsky's DuneDocumentary79Amazon+Netflix
3Under the Skin Sci-fi/Thriller78 Amazon +Netflix
4Blue RuinThriller77Amazon+Netflix
5It Felt Like Love Foreign/Drama76Amazon+Netflix
6The LunchboxForeign/Drama76Amazon+Netflix
7Finding Vivian MaierDocumentary75 Amazon+Netflix
8Le Week-End Dramedy73Amazon+Netflix
9The Raid 2 Action/Thriller71Amazon+Netflix
10MaidentripDocumentary70Amazon+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 Day/Time Stream It
1The Honorable Woman 82 Sundance Thursday, 10p iTunes Amazon
2Manhattan78 WGN Sunday, 10p iTunes Amazon Hulu
3Welcome to Sweden72NBC Thursday, 9p iTunes Amazon Hulu NBC
4The Divide72 WE Wednesday, 9p iTunes Amazon
5The Strain72FX Sunday, 10p iTunes Amazon
Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Day/Time Stream It
1Masters of Sex Season 289Showtime Sunday, 10p  
2Ray Donovan Season 273Showtime Sunday, 9p  
3 The Bridge Season 2 68FX Wednesday, 10p iTunes Amazon


* 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
1The Last of Us Remastered94Buy
2Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition88 
3Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty85 
4MouseCraft70 
5Sniper Elite III67Buy
1Sniper Elite III65Buy
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King81 
2One Piece: Unlimited World Red71Buy
3Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn65 
4WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship63 
1The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 - Cry Wolf85 
2The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - Amid the Ruins75 
3Le Tour de France 2013 - 100th Edition51 
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 - Cry Wolf85 
2Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King82 
3The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - Amid the Ruins79 
4The Lost Chronicles of Zerzura76 
5MouseCraft73 
1Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition90 
2Armillo73 
3Wii Sports Club68Buy
4One Piece: Unlimited World Red65 
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Siesta Fiesta82 
1Child of Light82 
2Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland82 
3Ratchet & Clank Collection75 

What did you like?

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

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Enjoying the wackiness of The Strain. Good summer stuff.

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