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

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  • Publish Date: June 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 June 29, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1Platinum
by Miranda Lambert
86AmazoniTunes Spotify
2Heal
by Strand of Oaks
84AmazoniTunes Spotify
3Emma Jean
by Lee Fields & The Expressions
84AmazoniTunes Spotify
4Why Do the Heathen Rage?
by The Soft Pink Truth
83AmazoniTunes Spotify
5Familiars
by The Antlers
82AmazoniTunes Spotify
6Deep Fantasy
by White Lung
81AmazoniTunes Spotify
7Reality Testing
by Lone
80AmazoniTunes Spotify
8Distant Satellites
by Anathema
80AmazoniTunes Spotify
9Once More 'Round the Sun
by Mastodon
80AmazoniTunes Spotify
10Sunbathing Animal
by Parquet Courts
80AmazoniTunes 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
1How to Train Your Dragon 2 Animation/Family77+Netflix
222 Jump Street Action/Comedy71+Netflix
3Edge of Tomorrow Action/Sci-fi71+Netflix
4The Fault in Our Stars Drama69+Netflix
5The Rover Thriller64+Netflix
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1Snowpiercer Action/Sci-fi 84+Netflix
2Manuscripts Don't Burn Foreign/Drama84+Netflix
3Burning Bush Foreign/Drama83+Netflix
4ArchipelagoDrama82 
5Norte, the End of HistoryForeign/Drama81+Netflix
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy, Rent, or Stream
1The Grand Budapest HotelDramedy88 Amazon +Netflix
2The Missing PictureForeign/Documentary87 Amazon +Netflix
3Ernest & CélestineAnimation86 Amazon +Netflix
4The LEGO MovieAnimation82 Amazon +Netflix
5Cousin JulesForeign/Documentary81 Amazon +Netflix
6Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le ClercqDocumentary76 Amazon +Netflix
7Tim's VermeerDocumentary76 Amazon +Netflix
8Harry Dean Stanton: Partly FictionDocumentary75 Amazon +Netflix
9OmarForeign/Drama75 Amazon +Netflix
10Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton
as Himself
Documentary74 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 Day/Time Stream It
1Almost Royal 71 BBC America Saturdays, 10p Amazon iTunes
2The Escape Artist 71 PBS (miniseries) Amazon iTunes
3The Musketeers 70 BBC America Sundays, 9p Amazon iTunes
4Halt and Catch Fire 69 AMC Sundays, 10p Amazon iTunes AMC
5Murder in the First 68 TNT Mondays, 10p Amazon iTunes TNT
Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Day/Time Stream It
1 Rectify Season 2 91 Sundance Thursdays, 9p Amazon iTunes
2 Orange is the New Black Season 2 89 Netflix n/a Add to Netflix Queue
3 NY Med Season 2 69 ABC Thursdays, 10p iTunes ABC


* 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 will be covered in a separate article (tomorrow). (All "Buy" links below go to Amazon.com.)

Best PS4 Games Best Xbox One Games
1Valiant Hearts: The Great War79 
2War Thunder76 
3EA Sports UFC69Buy
4Worms Battlegrounds65 
5Murdered: Soul Suspect60Buy
1Valiant Hearts: The Great War83 
2Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha74 
3EA Sports UFC71Buy
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1GRID Autosport79Buy
2Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland78Buy
3Battle Princess of Arcadias73 
1GRID Autosport77Buy
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1Shovel Knight85 
2WildStar84Buy
3Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies79 
4Valiant Hearts: The Great War78 
5Sniper Elite III78 
1Shovel Knight87 
2Pushmo World79 
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Inazuma Eleven Go: Shadow77 
2Inazuma Eleven Go: Light76 
3Tomodachi Life72Buy
1PlayStation Vita Pets63 
2Hyperdimension Neptunia PP: Producing Perfection53Buy

What did you like?

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

Comments (3)

  • RickFlairbombed  

    Agree Clayton. Same thing happens with a lot of metal albums though, only a few metal magazines rate it who are already fond on the genre, and inflate the score. The 2 100 ratings for that album? Country weekly which will have obvious bias, and EW, a publication that notoriously gives higher scores to media darlings.

  • Clayton333  

    The music rankings are so misleading, because most of the Top 10 weren't even reviewed by twenty critics. Heck, Miranda Lambert only had eleven. Open her album up to a wider swath of critics, and I guarantee that number sinks like a stone.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Talk about high expectations quashed? Almost Royal - that sucker is a stinker. Tries to the Borat thing, but it's simply not funny at all. It's been done. Move on. Would have been much funnier as a scripted comedy. On the other hand, BBC America's The Musketeers is excellent, and I wasn't expecting it to be at all. So you win some, you lose some.

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