Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2014

  • Publish Date: January 7, 2015
  • Comments: ↓ 15 user comments

The results of our fifth annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the fifth straight year, we invited our users to list their favorite movies, games, TV shows, albums, and songs of the past calendar year. Nearly 1,600 people participated in the survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Note that participants ranked their five favorite titles of 2014 in each category, and we assigned a value of 5 points to each first-place vote, 4 points for second place, and so on down to 1 point for each fifth-place vote. We also asked our users to name the single most "overrated" release of the year in each category, and those "winners"—determined solely by the number of votes received, rather than points—are also listed below in each section.


Even our users couldn't resist the charms of Boyhood. The highest-scoring new film in Metacritic's history has been cleaning up on the awards circuit and dominating professional film critics' year-end top 10 lists, so it comes as little surprise that it was also included on more users' best-of-2014 lists than any other movie.

That doesn't mean that our users completely agreed with the critics. Films that cracked the top 20 with our users but not with the professionals included Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar (Metacritic users' second-favorite film of 2014), action-filled event films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, plus Australian horror hit The Babadook.

On the other hand, our users were less fond of some of the critics' favorite films of 2014, including arthouse fare Only Lovers Left Alive, Force Majeure, Mr. Turner, Two Days, One Night, Goodbye to Language and The Immigrant. And the new drama Selma is currently slotted 6th overall with critics but failed to crack the users top-20, though that is likely because the film has only screened in a few Los Angeles and New York theaters so far. (It opens nationwide this Friday.)

Best Movie of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Movie Points
1 100 Boyhood 2,827 bar
2 74 Interstellar 1,754 bar
3 88 The Grand Budapest Hotel 1,742 bar
4 89 Birdman 1,478 bar
5 79 Gone Girl 1,453 bar
6 76 Guardians of the Galaxy 1,401 bar
7 88 Whiplash 801 bar
8 76 Nightcrawler 793 bar
9 83 The LEGO Movie 776 bar
10 78 Under the Skin 563 bar
11 79 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 470 bar
12 84 Snowpiercer 465 bar
13 70 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 379 bar
14 74 X-Men: Days of Future Past 375 bar
15 71 Edge of Tomorrow 305 bar
16 81 Inherent Vice 219 bar
17 90 Ida 191 bar
18 81 Foxcatcher 173 bar
19 87 The Babadook 166 bar
20 64 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt. 1 165 bar
Most Overrated Movie of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Movie Mentions
1 74 Interstellar 109 bar
2 100 Boyhood 96 bar
3 76 Guardians of the Galaxy 73 bar
4 64 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt. 1 36 bar
5 89 Birdman 33 bar


Metacritic's official game of the year for 2014 was Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and that game (combined with its 3DS cousin, since user voting was not platform-specific) also topped our users' lists as 2014's best game. The Wii U console actually accounted for three of our users' top five games, which speaks to both the improving quality of Nintendo's offerings and a lack of significant releases for the PS4 and Xbox One in 2014.

This was also the second year in a row that the annual Call of Duty entry failed to crack our users' top 10 (after doing so in each of the first three years of our survey). That franchise at least fared better than Assassin's Creed. Despite two releases in 2014, the highest it landed with users is 30th overall (for Assassin's Creed Unity). The previous year's AC title, by comparison, placed 5th in our user poll in 2013.

Sadly, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood received just one lousy fifth-place vote.

Best Video Game of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Points
1 Super Smash Bros. (for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS)
Wii U: 92 / 3DS: 85
791 bar
2 Dragon Age: Inquisition
PC: 85 / PS4: 89 / XB1: 85
593 bar
3 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
PC: 84 / PS4: 84 / XB1: 87
488 bar
4 Mario Kart 8
Wii U: 88
401 bar
5 Bayonetta 2
Wii U: 91
380 bar
6 Far Cry 4
PC:80 / PS4: 84 / XB1: 82
361 bar
7 Grand Theft Auto V [next-gen]
PS4: 97 / XB1: 97
332 bar
8 Dark Souls II
PC: 91 / PS3: 91 / X360: 91
315 bar
9 The Last Of Us Remastered
PS4: 95
287 bar
10 The Wolf Among Us
(episodic; multiple platforms)
206 bar
11 South Park: The Stick of Truth
PC: 85 / PS3: 85 / X360: 82
203 bar
12 The Walking Dead - Season Two
(episodic; multiple platforms)
199 bar
13 Destiny
PS4: 76 / XB1:75
185 bar
14 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
PC: 78 / PS4: 83 / XB1: 81
172 bar
15 Alien: Isolation
PC: 81 / PS4: 79 / XB1: 78
158 bar
16 Shovel Knight
PC: 85 / Wii U: 88 / 3DS: 90
142 bar
17 FIFA 15
PC: 82 / PS4: 82 / XB1: 82
134 bar
18 Wolfenstein: The New Order
PC: 81 / PS4: 79 / XB1: 79
128 bar
19 inFamous: Second Son
PS4: 80
117 bar
20 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby
3DS: 83
113 bar
Most Overrated Game of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Mentions
1 Destiny 124 bar
2 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 56 bar
3 Grand Theft Auto V 46 bar
4 Dragon Age: Inquisition 33 bar
5 Watch Dogs 28 bar

TV shows

With Breaking Bad departed from the airwaves, the field was wide open for 2014's best TV show. While professional critics seem to have settled on Fargo as the year's top title, our users preferred the fourth season of HBO hit Game of Thrones, though just by a hair: fellow HBO series True Detective was just behind it in voting. The latter show also placed second with the professionals, though critics' next three favorites—FX's The Americans, Amazon's Transparent, and CBS drama The Good Wife—scored lower with our users.

Instead, our users' voted more frequently for NBC's second-year drama Hannibal (#9 with critics), Netflix's Orange Is the New Black (#8 with critics), and AMC hit The Walking Dead #14 with critics). In all, seven of our users' top 10 shows were also in the critics' top 10.

Best Television Show of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Show Points
1 Game of Thrones (HBO) 1,776 bar
2 True Detective (HBO) 1,694 bar
3 Fargo (FX) 1,205 bar
4 Hannibal (NBC)    835 bar
5 Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)    539 bar
6 The Walking Dead (AMC)    521 bar
7 Mad Men (AMC)    455 bar
8 House of Cards (Netflix)    377 bar
9 The Americans (FX)    361 bar
10 Louie (FX)    321 bar
11 Transparent (Amazon)    318 bar
12 Homeland (Showtime)    287 bar
13 The Good Wife (CBS)    249 bar
14 Arrow (CW)    224 bar
15 Sherlock (PBS)    215 bar
16 Rectify (Sundance)    200 bar
17 The Flash (CW)    177 bar
18 Parks and Recreation (NBC)    171 bar
19 Veep (HBO)    169 bar
20 The Leftovers (HBO)    168 bar
Most Overrated TV Show of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Show Mentions
1 The Walking Dead (AMC) 72 bar
2 Game of Thrones (HBO) 65 bar
3 True Detective (HBO) 50 bar
4 The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 42 bar
5 Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) 34 bar


In an incredibly tight race for 2014's best album, our users gave Annie Clark's eponymous St. Vincent album a slight edge over Run the Jewels' second LP and The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream. These same three albums appear at the top of our music critic top 10 list compilation, though with a slightly different order (the professionals rate Lost in the Dream ahead of the other two albums).

In fact, our users' top 20 list is remarkably similar to the critics' list. Albums in the professionals' top 20 that don't appear below include Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!, Miranda Lambert's Platinum, and Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Another album in the critics' top 20 but not the users' is Future Islands' Singles, though that album did include our users' pick for #1 song of 2014: "Seasons (Waiting on You)."

Best Album of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Listen Points
1 89 St. Vincent
by St. Vincent
Spotify 969 bar
2 89 Run the Jewels 2
by Run the Jewels
Spotify 901 bar
3 86 Lost in the Dream
by The War on Drugs
Spotify 863 bar
4 86 LP1
by FKA twigs
Spotify 553 bar
5 85 Benji
by Sun Kil Moon
Spotify 397 bar
6 76 1989
by Taylor Swift
  395 bar
7 88 To Be Kind
by Swans
Spotify 379 bar
8 74 Ultraviolence
by Lana Del Rey
Spotify 378 bar
9 96 Black Messiah
by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Spotify 299 bar
10 88 You're Dead!
by Flying Lotus
Spotify 269 bar
11 81 They Want My Soul
by Spoon
Spotify 229 bar
12 81 Morning Phase
by Beck
Spotify 203 bar
13 87 Too Bright
by Perfume Genius
Spotify 199 bar
14 86 Are We There
by Sharon Van Etten
Spotify 185 bar
15 86 Syro
by Aphex Twin
Spotify 172 bar
16 84 Burn Your Fire for No Witness
by Angel Olsen
Spotify 153 bar
17 80 Lazaretto
by Jack White
Spotify 146 bar
18 84 Our Love
by Caribou
Spotify 142 bar
19 82 Salad Days
by Mac DeMarco
Spotify 130 bar
20 67 X
by Ed Sheeran
Spotify 129 bar
Most Overrated Album of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Mentions
1 76 1989 by Taylor Swift 153 bar
2 86 Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs 53 bar
3 86 LP1 by FKA twigs 27 bar
4 89 St. Vincent by St. Vincent 25 bar
5 85 Beyoncé By Beyoncé 22 bar
Best Song of 2014 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Song/Artist Listen Points
1 "Seasons (Waiting on You)" by Future Islands
from the album Singles
Spotify 313 bar
2 "Two Weeks" by FKA twigs
from the album LP1
Spotify 217 bar
3 "Chandelier" by Sia
from the album 1000 Forms of Fear
Spotify 212 bar
4 "Red Eyes" by The War on Drugs
from the album Lost in the Dream
Spotify 201 bar
5 "Digital Witness" by St. Vincent
from the album St. Vincent
Spotify 193 bar
6 "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
from the album 1989
  164 bar
7 "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" by Run The Jewels
from the album Run the Jewels 2
Spotify 136 bar
8 "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar
from the album You're Dead!
Spotify 131 bar
9 "Take Me To Church" by Hozier
from the album Hozier
Spotify 118 bar
10 "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
from the album 1989
  116 bar

How did you do?

What do you think of the picks made by your fellow users? Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to check out our Best of 2014 section for all of our end-of-the-year coverage.

Comments (15)

  • Dal_ReviewedDat  

    Boyhood is a well crafted film, and should of been celebrated for that and the acting. But 100, no way. As a story it is pretty uneventful and doesn't actually go anywhere. By the end I felt the plot was based on the gimmick of the cast being filmed over such a long period, and half the story was written as it went along.
    I still feel Inbetweeners 2 was my movie of 2014, never laughed so much

  • FleshWorld  

    Bella Novella's "Telemetry" was clearly one of the year's best albums...

  • Jrrmn13  

    IMO, Big Bang Theory is the #1 overrated TV Show of 2014. I've given it multiple viewings to try to find the appeal, but the canned laughter might be why some of us get duped to laugh because of that "cue" (i.e., the canned laughter). I'm sure I might be missing something, but I can't understand the appeal at this point. I wouldn't rate Parson's acting as great. I've seen him in interviews and it seems to me like he speaks and behaves that way in real life and I ask myself, How is he acting? I've seen him in The Normal Heart and his "acting ability" seems to remain in that level of the Big Bang Theory character and his actual real-life personality.

    American Horror Story is another show I think is overrated, and I'm a devoted horror fan. I get the dark humor behind it and everything and I know it's supposed to be twisted fun. The Dandy character is my favorite of this season, so I am a fan of the show. Objectively, however, I wouldn't rate it highly, since there's nothing there that wasn't done numerous times already.

    I must've mistaken the word "overrated", because I thought movies like Unbroken or any film related with Brad Pitt (World War Z, Fury) or Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) were so shoved into our lives that, sadly, it made a lot of us think it just must've been a "great" film. I would opine that the conceptions were great, but the movies failed in execution (i.e., the writing/unoriginal story ideas/cliche directing to merely pander the general audience).

    I'm pleased with the Movies ratings. Glad Boyhood is #1. Very happy to see Babadook barely made it.

    I'm slightly neutral about the TV Shows: I don't understand Hannibal ranking so highly. I watch every episode and enjoy them, but I think it could rank between #15 and #20, at least. I don't agree with The Flash or Arrow ranking in the top 20. Those two need to be replaced with The Missing and The Affair, which I expected would've been in the top seven!

  • StreetSpirit16  

    Glad to see "Boyhood" at #1. I really don't get the appeal of "Guardians of the Galaxy". It was just like every other Marvel superhero movie, except it was in space.
    "Hannibal" was my favorite. Really surprised that "House of Cards" wasn't higher. I also think True Detective and Game of Thrones are very overrated (I still like them though).
    I like St. Vincent but even I wouldn't but her album at #1. Her previous album "Strange Mercy" was better. Also, thought "Take Me to Church would be much higher.

  • easybreezy248  

    boyhood hell yeah!! but the best TV show was Hannibal by far...

  • cristane  

    You know there's something wrong in the way you calculate these things when the best 2 movies of the year are also the most 2 overrated movies of the year.
    If you're dealing with critic reviews, you do averages, but if all you do here for these user tops is count total votes, it's not entirely accurate.

  • shavenwookie  

    In what world is true detective better then season two of Hannibal?

  • bobbybean  

    i'm not saying boyhood is bad, but it was hella overrated. i liked it and all, but i definitely does not deserve 100.

  • bobbybean  

    interstellar is considered overrated? do they even know what overrated means?

  • clare1  

    I saw "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" three times each. I saw "Ida" three times. They all brought joy to my heart. 2014 was a very good year indeed.

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