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

  • Publish Date: October 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 afternoon of October 31, 2014.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1RTJ2
by Run the Jewels
91Amazon iTunesSpotify
2You're Dead!
by Flying Lotus
88Amazon iTunesSpotify
3Ruins
by Grouper
87Amazon iTunesSpotify
4A World Lit Only by Fire
by Godflesh
85Amazon iTunesSpotify
5Our Love
by Caribou
84Amazon iTunesSpotify
6Rips
by Ex Hex
84Amazon iTunesSpotify
7Soused
by Scott Walker + Sunn 0)))
84Amazon iTunesSpotify
8Under Pressure
by Logic
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
9Way Out Weather
by Steve Gunn
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
10Heartleap
by Vashti Bunyan
81Amazon iTunesSpotify

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
1Gone Girl Drama/Thriller79+Netflix
2NightcrawlerDrama/Thriller 76 +Netflix
3John WickAction/Thriller67+Netflix
4The Book of Life Animation/Family67+Netflix
5The Good LieDrama65+Netflix
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score Save
1The Tale of Princess Kaguya Animation/Fantasy89 
2The OvernightersDocumentary89+Netflix
3 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Comedy/Drama 89 +Netflix
4 CitizenfourDocumentary 88 +Netflix
5WhiplashDrama87+Netflix
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy/Rent/Watch
1Los Angeles Plays ItselfDocumentary86 Amazon +Netflix
2Snowpiercer Action/Sci-fi 84 Amazon +Netflix
3Norte, the End of History Foreign/Drama81 Amazon +Netflix
4Obvious ChildComedy, Romance75 Amazon +Netflix
5X-Men: Days of Future Past Action/Sci-fi 74 Amazon +Netflix
6Whitey: United States of America v.
James J. Bulger
Documentary 74 Amazon +Netflix
7Violette Foreign/Drama 72 Amazon +Netflix
8Dormant BeautyForeign/Drama72 Amazon +Netflix
9Edge of TomorrowAction/Sci-fi71 Amazon +Netflix
10Venus in FurDrama69 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 Stream It
1 A Poet In New York TV movie86BBC AmericaiTunes
2The Affair85ShowtimeShowtime
3How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson82PBSAmazon
4Survivor's Remorse80Starz 
5Jane the Virgin80The CW Amazon iTunes
Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Stream It
1Mom Season 281CBS 
2The Walking Dead Season 580AMC Amazon iTunes
3Homeland Season 474ShowtimeShowtime
4 American Horror Story Season 4 69FX Amazon iTunes FX


* 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
1Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition89Buy
2ZEN Pinball 2: South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball84 
3Pix the Cat84 
4NBA 2K1583Buy
5Skylanders Trap Team80Buy
1Sunset Overdrive82Buy
2Skylanders Trap Team81Buy
3Shadow Warrior81Buy
4The Evil Within80Buy
5Fantasia: Music Evolved80Buy
Best PlayStation 3 Games Best Xbox 360 Games
1Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel77Buy
2F1 201464Buy
3Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 257Buy
1Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel76Buy
2F1 201466Buy
Best PC Games Best Wii U Games
1Legend of Grimrock II86 
2Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth81Buy
3Alien: Isolation80 
4Dungeon of the Endless79 
5DeadCore78 
1Bayonetta 291Buy
2Bayonetta85 
3Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones82 
Best 3DS Games Best Vita Games
1Shantae and the Pirate's Curse85 
2Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS85Buy
3Pokemon Art Academy76Buy
4Fantasy Life73Buy
5Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle27Buy
1Freedom Wars73Buy
2Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus68Buy

What did you like?

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

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