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

  • Publish Date: May 30, 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 May 30, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1To Be Kind
by Swans
88AmazonSpotify
2Are We There
by Sharon Van Etten
87AmazonSpotify
3In Conflict
by Owen Pallett
84AmazonSpotify
4A U R O R A
by Ben Frost
84AmazonSpotify
5Nikki Nack
by tUnE-yArDs
83AmazonSpotify
6Wine Dark Sea
by Jolie Holland
83AmazonSpotify
7Whelm
by Douglas Dare
83AmazonSpotify
8Seven Dials
by Roddy Frame
82Amazon 
9The Serpent & the Sphere
by Agalloch
81AmazonSpotify
10Easy Pain
by Young Widows
81Amazon 

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
1X-Men: Days of Future Past Action/Sci-fi74+Netflix Queue
2NeighborsComedy68+Netflix Queue
3Godzilla Action/Sci-fi62+Netflix Queue
4Maleficent Fantasy/Family56+Netflix Queue
5Million Dollar Arm Drama/Sports56+Netflix Queue
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1IdaForeign/Drama89+Netflix Queue
2We Are the Best! Foreign/Drama88+Netflix Queue
3Stand Clear of the Closing DoorsDrama86+Netflix Queue
4ElenaDocumentary85+Netflix Queue
5The Dance of Reality Foreign/Drama/Fantasy77+Netflix Queue
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy, Rent, or Stream
1Her Drama/Sci-fi90 Amazon +Netflix
2Stranger by the Lake Foreign/Drama82 Amazon +Netflix
3Child's PoseForeign/Drama77 Amazon +Netflix
4The Great Flood Documentary77 Amazon +Netflix
5God Loves UgandaDocumentary77 Amazon +Netflix
6Like Someone in Love Foreign/Drama76 Amazon +Netflix
7Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?Documentary76 Amazon +Netflix
8After TillerDocumentary75 Amazon +Netflix
9Still MineDrama72 Amazon +Netflix
10Run & JumpDrama72 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 Network Timeslot Score
1The Normal HeartHBO (movie)85
2Penny DreadfulShowtime Sundays, 10p71
3Petals on the WindLifetime (movie)64
4Riot Fox Tuesdays, 8p63
5The World Wars History Channel (miniseries)62
Best returning shows *
Show Network Timeslot Score
1LouieFX Mondays, 10p/10:30p93
2In The FleshBBC America Saturdays, 11p87
324: Live Another Day Fox Mondays, 9p70
4Maron IFC Thursdays, 10p70


* 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. (All "Buy" links below go to Amazon.com.)

Best PS4 Games Best Xbox One Games
1Transistor84 
2MLB 14: The Show83Buy
3Sportsfriends82 
4Watch Dogs82Buy
5Wolfenstein: The New Order78Buy
1Super Time Force80 
2Wolfenstein: The New Order79Buy
3Watch Dogs78Buy
4Titanfall: Expedition72 
5The Amazing Spider-Man 252Buy
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition86 
2Drakengard 361Buy
3Mugen Souls Z60Buy
1The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way82 
2Super Time Force81 
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1BattleBlock Theater85 
2Wolfenstein: The New Order83Buy
3Transistor83 
4The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way83 
5Kero Blaster82 
1Mario Kart 888Buy
2Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails80 
3Stick it to the Man!80 
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Kirby: Triple Deluxe80Buy
2Mario Golf: World Tour78Buy
1Soul Sacrifice Delta82 
2The Sly Collection80Buy
3God of War Collection75Buy
4Borderlands 265Buy

What did you like?

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

Comments (1)

  • JaScTz  

    This is a great compilation that I count on each month. Very glad you guys do these. Thanks!

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