Best of July 2015: Top Albums, Games, Movies & TV

  • Publish Date: July 31, 2015
  • Comments: ↓ 2 user comments

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 afternoon of July 31, 2015.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1The Blade
by Ashley Monroe
87Amazon iTunesSpotify
2Something More Than Free
by Jason Isbell
87Amazon iTunesSpotify
3Infinite Dissolution
by Locrian
85Amazon iTunesSpotify
4Star Wars
by Wilco
85Amazon iTunesSpotify
5Currents
by Tame Impala
84Amazon iTunesSpotify
6DS2
by Future
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
7Key Markets
by Sleaford Mods
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
8Works for Tomorrow
by Eleventh Dream Day
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
9Perpetual Motion People
by Ezra Furman
80Amazon iTunesSpotify
10Knockin' Boots
by Julio Bashmore
80  

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
1TrainwreckComedy75
2Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Action-Adventure/Thriller75
3Mr. Holmes Drama67
4Ant-Man Action-Adventure/Sci-fi/Comedy64
5Magic Mike XXL Comedy/Drama60
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score
1Phoenix Foreign/Drama93
2The Look of SilenceDocumentary92
3Listen to Me Marlon Documentary87
4TangerineDrama/Comedy86
5CourtForeign/Drama85
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy
1The Salt of the Earth Documentary83Amazon
2'71 Drama/Thriller83Amazon
3It FollowsHorror83Amazon
4White God Foreign/Drama80Amazon
5Clouds of Sils MariaDrama78Amazon
6Ex Machina Sci-fi/Thriller 78Amazon
7Revenge of the Mekons Documentary/Music77Amazon
8Jauja Foreign/Drama76Amazon
9What We Do in the Shadows Comedy/Horror75Amazon
10Tangerines Foreign/Drama73Amazon

Highest-scoring TV premieres this month

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

Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Stream It
1 BoJack Horseman Season 2 90 Netflix Netflix
2 Rectify Season 3 89 Sundance iTunes Amazon
3 Key & Peele Season 5 84 Comedy Central iTunes Comedy Central
4 Review Season 2 83 Comedy Central iTunes Amazon Comedy Central
5 Masters of Sex Season 3 72 Showtime  
Best new shows (including movies/miniseries)
Show Score Network Stream It
1 Tig TV Movie89HBO 
2Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp74NetflixNetflix
3The Jim Gaffigan Show69TV LAND iTunes Amazon Hulu+
4I Am Cait67E! iTunes Amazon
5Dates67The CW 


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

PlayStation 4
1Journey93 
2Rocket League85 
3N++83 
4God of War III Remastered81Buy
5The Vanishing of Ethan Carter79 
Xbox One
1King's Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember78 
2Tachyon Project75 
3Game of Thrones: Episode Five - A Nest of Vipers74 
4TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT74 
5Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room72 
PC
1Rocket League85 
2The Magic Circle82 
3The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna82 
4Victor Vran76 
5Anna's Quest74 
Wii U
1Roving Rogue57 
Nintendo 3DS
No releases with 7+ reviews this month
PlayStation Vita
1Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star76 
2Lost Dimension72Buy

What did you like?

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

Comments (2)

  • jayman69  

    I agree. Wilco by far the best surprise of the month/summer....but all movies released were C+ at best. Glad I still held off purchasing a PS4....catching up on my old PS3 titles and nothing much to play on next gen. When are the games coming to make it worth it?

  • LamontRaymond  

    It's mid-July, people are sitting home all across America doing nothing but waiting for the next crappy blockbuster movie to come out. Hey, what about that new AAA videogame?? There are none, stupid! Games industry for some reason ignores most of summer. I mean, Journey? Rocket League? good games, but hell - nothing that makes a splash.

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