Best of 2014: Film Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 6, 2014
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best movies of 2014

Added in final update (1/26): CineVue, TheWrap

Below is our updated running tally of the films most frequently mentioned by individual critics on the year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 films, we will not include films ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each film will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
Films Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2014
Movie and Metascore # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 . Boyhood 722752322
2 . The Grand Budapest Hotel 91889152
3 . Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 121855127
4 . Under the Skin 20748122
5 . Whiplash 585788
6 . Selma 655886
7 . Ida 454971
8 . Nightcrawler 165065
9 . Gone Girl 225464
10 . Inherent Vice 493262
11 . Only Lovers Left Alive 2103056
12 . Force Majeure 224050
13 . Snowpiercer 213846
14 . Mr. Turner 323144
15 . The LEGO Movie 303443
16 . Two Days, One Night 213442
17 . Goodbye to Language 741140
18 . The Immigrant 222939
19. Guardians of the Galaxy033036
20 . The Babadook 1 1 30 35
. Citizenfour 122835
  . Foxcatcher 1 5 22 35
23. We Are the Best!112530
24. Interstellar131827
25 . Leviathan 1 3 16 25
  . The Theory of Everything 311425
27 . Calvary 221424
28 . Edge of Tomorrow 0 0 23 23
  . Love Is Strange 111823
30 . Locke012022
. Wild121522

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 201 individual top ten lists published by the film critics regularly included in Metacritic's score calculations, as well as a few extra lists from additional prominent film sources. Some critics merely list ten films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Jake Coyle View article
  1. Ida
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) AND Mr. Turner
  5. Interstellar
  6. Inherent Vice
  7. The Immigrant
  8. Under the Skin
  9. Leviathan
  10. Starred Up
AP
Jocelyn Noveck View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Selma
  4. Ida
  5. Mr. Turner
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Whiplash
  8. The Imitation Game AND The Theory of Everything
  9. Foxcatcher
  10. Get on Up AND Still Alice
Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Whiplash
  6. The LEGO Movie
  7. Ida
  8. Under the Skin
  9. A Most Violent Year
  10. Frank
J. Hoberman
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Ida
  4. The Americans [TV series]
  5. Under the Skin
  6. The Marx Brothers TV Collection [DVD box set]
  7. Farbe
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. The Congress
  10. Maps to the Stars
James Quandt
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. Amour Fou
  3. Horse Money
  4. Das Spektrum Europas
  5. Hill of Freedom
  6. Jauja
  7. The Tribe
  8. Timbuktu
  9. Above and Below the Minhocão
  10. August Winds
Amy Taubin
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. Boyhood
  3. Whiplash
  4. Dreams Are Colder Than Death
  5. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  6. Timbuktu
  7. Level Five
  8. White God
  9. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  10. The Knick [TV series]
Artforum
AskMen
Radheyan Simonpillai View article
  1. Inherent Vice
  • Remaining films listed in alphabetical order:
  • Boyhood
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Enemy
  • Force Majeure
  • Gone Girl
  • Ida
  • The Immigrant
  • Selma
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Atlantic
Christopher Orr View article
  1. A Most Violent Year
  2. Selma
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Boyhood
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Ida
  9. Locke
  10. Noah
Austin Chronicle
Marjorie Baumgarten View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Ida
  4. Citizenfour
  5. Locke
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. The Babadook
  8. Force Majeure
  9. We Are the Best!
  10. Snowpiercer
Steve Davis View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The LEGO Movie
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Jodorowsky's Dune
  8. The Babadook
  9. Begin Again
  10. The Trip to Italy
William Goss View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Blue Ruin
  3. The Babadook
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Selma
  6. The LEGO Movie
  7. Citizenfour
  8. Under the Skin
  9. Force Majeure
  10. Whiplash
Kimberley Jones View article
  1. Force Majeure
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Snowpiercer
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Mr. Turner
  7. A Most Violent Year
  8. We Are the Best!
  9. The Immigrant
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Josh Kupecki View article
  1. Force Majeure
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Borgman
  6. Under the Skin
  7. Locke
  8. We Are the Best!
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Maps to the Stars
Marc Savlov View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  4. Citizenfour
  5. The Babadook
  6. Snowpiercer
  7. The Imitation Game
  8. Jodorowsky's Dune
  9. We Are the Best!
  10. Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Mike D'Angelo View article
  1. Two Days, One Night
  2. Coherence
  3. Bird People
  4. Under the Skin
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Boyhood
  7. Last Days in Vietnam
  8. Proxy
  9. The Missing Picture
  10. Snowpiercer
A.A. Dowd View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The Strange Little Cat
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Stray Dogs
  6. Under the Skin
  7. Force Majeure
  8. Blue Ruin
  9. Gone Girl
  10. The Missing Picture
Jesse Hassenger View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. God Help the Girl
  3. Muppets Most Wanted
  4. We Are the Best!
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Boyhood
  7. Whiplash
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. Interstellar
  10. Joe
Ben Kenigsberg View article
  1. Inherent Vice
  2. Boyhood
  3. Two Days, One Night
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Strange Little Cat
  6. Goodbye to Language
  7. The Last of the Unjust
  8. Whiplash
  9. The Immigrant
  10. Interstellar
Nick Schager View article
  1. Mr. Turner
  2. National Gallery
  3. Winter Sleep
  4. Gone Girl
  5. A Field in England
  6. Two Days, One Night
  7. Under the Skin
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive
  9. Force Majeure
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A.V. Club
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky View article
  1. The Immigrant
  2. Listen Up Philip
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Whiplash
  5. Beloved Sisters
  6. Starred Up
  7. Goodbye to Language
  8. Stranger by the Lake
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Boyhood
Awards Daily
Sasha Stone View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Gone Girl
  3. Selma
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Maps to the Stars
  6. Mommy
  7. Under the Skin
  8. Foxcatcher
  9. Mr. Turner
  10. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Tom Brook View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Boyhood
  3. Wild Tales
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Ida
  6. Citizenfour
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. The Immigrant
  9. Mr. Turner
  10. Selma
BBC
Owen Gleiberman View article
  1. Get on Up
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Selma
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. A Most Wanted Man
  7. Boyhood
  8. The LEGO Movie
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. Whiplash
Boston Globe
Ty Burr View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Immigrant
  3. American Sniper
  4. Citizenfour
  5. Whiplash
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Mr. Turner
  8. Inherent Vice
  9. Manakamana
  10. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boston Herald
James Verniere View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Ida
  3. A Most Wanted Man
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Wild
  6. American Sniper
  7. The Homesman
  8. Two Days, One Night
  9. The Boxtrolls
  10. Mr. Turner
BuzzFeed
Alison Willmore View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Two Days, One Night
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  6. Inherent Vice
  7. Whiplash
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy
  9. Ida
  10. Selma
Cahiers du cinéma
Staff
  1. Li’l Quinquin
  2. Goodbye to Language
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Maps to the Stars
  5. The Wind Rises
  6. Nymphomaniac
  7. Mommy
  8. Love Is Strange
  9. Le Paradis
  10. Our Sunhi
CarrieRickey.com
Carrie Rickey View article
  • Belle
  • Beyond the Lights
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Citizenfour
  • Ida
  • Kids for Cash
  • Laggies
  • Selma
  • Top Five
  • Whiplash
Drew Hunt View article
  1. Buzzard
  2. Citizenfour
  3. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
  4. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
  5. See You Next Tuesday
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Jealousy
  8. Memphis
  9. What Now? Remind Me
  10. Closed Curtain
J.R. Jones View article
  1. Ida
  2. Calvary
  3. Norte, The End of History
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Night Moves
  6. Last Days in Vietnam
  7. Joe
  8. The Kill Team
  9. Everyday
  10. Cheap Thrills
Chicago Reader
Ben Sachs View article
  1. The Wind Rises
  2. Rambleras
  3. Mood Indigo
  4. Starred Up
  5. Boyhood
  6. What Now? Remind Me
  7. Breakfast With Curtis
  8. Jimmy P.
  9. Thy Womb
  10. Gone Girl
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Interstellar
  3. Locke
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. The Drop
  6. Whiplash
  7. A Most Wanted Man
  8. Foxcatcher
  9. A Most Violent Year
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Winter Sleep
  4. Whiplash
  5. The LEGO Movie
  6. Listen Up Philip
  7. Force Majeure
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Dear White People
  10. Heaven Knows What
The Christian Science Monitor
Peter Rainer View article
  1. Foxcatcher
  2. Winter Sleep
  3. Leviathan
  4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  5. The Immigrant
  6. We Are the Best!
  7. Boyhood
  8. Child's Pose
  9. National Gallery
  10. The LEGO Movie
CinemaDope
Glenn Lovell View article
  1. Snowpiercer
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. Whiplash
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. Flamenco Flamenco
  6. Boyhood
  7. The Homesman
  8. The Skeleton Twins
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. Life Itself
Cinephiled
Danny Miller View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Life Itself
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Selma
  6. Dear White People
  7. The Skeleton Twins
  8. The Imitation Game
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy
  10. Obvious Child
CineVue
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Leviathan
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Whiplash
  5. Stray Dogs
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Winter Sleep
  9. Goodbye to Language
  10. The Tribe
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Clint O'Connor View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Selma
  4. Whiplash
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Locke
  7. Boyhood
  8. The Fault in Our Stars
  9. American Sniper
  10. The LEGO Movie
Adam Chitwood View article
  1. Selma
  2. Boyhood
  3. Locke
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. The LEGO Movie
  10. Wild
Haleigh Foutch View article
  1. Whiplash
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Cheap Thrills
  8. Blue Ruin
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. The Babadook
Matt Goldberg View article
  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. The Double
  5. Jodorowsky's Dune
  6. Boyhood
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. Selma
  9. Locke
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Collider
Perri Nemiroff View article
  1. Wild
  2. The Babadook
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Whiplash
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1
  8. The Boxtrolls
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. Cheap Thrills
ComingSoon
Edward Douglas View article
  1. Life Itself AND Whiplash
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. Boyhood
  7. The Imitation Game
  8. Chef
  9. The Gambler
  10. Edge of Tomorrow
Consequence of Sound
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. Boyhood
  4. Whiplash
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Ida
  7. The Raid 2
  8. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  9. Obvious Child
  10. Life Itself
Crave Online
William Bibbiani View article
  1. Whiplash
  2. The Dance of Reality
  3. Selma
  4. The Guest
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Fury
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Inherent Vice
  10. Snowpiercer
The Daily Beast
Marlow Stern View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Ida
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Selma
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. The Babadook
  10. Leviathan
The Dallas Morning News
Chris Vognar View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Wild
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Winter Sleep
  6. Night Moves
  7. The Great Invisible
  8. Love Is Strange
  9. Dear White People
  10. Force Majeure
Deadspin
Tim Grierson View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Overnighters
  3. Under the Skin
  4. The Unknown Known
  5. Mr. Turner
  6. Foxcatcher
  7. Night Moves
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  10. Manuscripts Don't Burn
Will Leitch View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. A Most Wanted Man
  3. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  6. Whiplash
  7. American Sniper
  8. The Raid 2
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Only Lovers Left Alive
Den of Geek [UK]
Staff consensus View article
  1. Nightcrawler
  2. Boyhood
  3. Pride
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The LEGO Movie
  6. The Babadook
  7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  8. Her
  9. Under the Skin
  10. The Raid 2
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Selma
  3. Ida
  4. Calvary
  5. Interstellar
  6. Locke
  7. The Theory of Everything
  8. Keep On Keepin’ On
  9. Love Is Strange
  10. Boyhood
Digital Spy
Simon Reynolds View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Frank
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Dissolve
Genevieve Koski View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Life Itself
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Whiplash
  6. Wild
  7. The LEGO Movie
  8. Force Majeure
  9. Obvious Child
  10. The Guest
Noel Murray View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Nymphomaniac
  6. The Babadook
  7. Whiplash
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Edge of Tomorrow
  10. Force Majeure
Keith Phipps View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Selma
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Whiplash
  9. Mr. Turner
  10. Life Itself
Nathan Rabin View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. Life Itself
  6. Obvious Child
  7. They Came Together
  8. The LEGO Movie
  9. Whiplash
  10. Blue Ruin
Tasha Robinson View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Whiplash
  4. Song of the Sea
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Starred Up
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Selma
  9. Jodorowsky's Dune
  10. Ernest & Celestine
Scott Tobias View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Under the Skin
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Stray Dogs
  6. Winter Sleep
  7. The Immigrant
  8. Listen Up Philip
  9. Force Majeure
  10. The Missing Picture
Empire
Staff View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Edge of Tomorrow
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. What We Do in the Shadows
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  10. Her
Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty View article
  1. Whiplash
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Life Itself
  5. Selma
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. Jodorowsky's Dune
Evening Standard (London)
David Sexton View article
  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Boyhood
  3. Leviathan
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Nightcrawler
  6. Mr. Turner
  7. Under the Skin
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. 22 Jump Street
  10. Paddington
Film Comment
Jonathan Romney View article
  1. The Tribe
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. Leviathan
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Goodbye to Language
  6. Li’l Quinquin
  7. Whiplash
  8. Calvary
  9. Journey to the West
  10. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
Film School Rejects
Rob Hunter View article
  1. Calvary
  2. Under the Skin
  3. Whiplash
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. We Are the Best!
  6. Listen Up Philip
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  8. Force Majeure
  9. Boyhood
  10. Locke
Eugene Hernandez View article
  1. Citizenfour
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Stranger by the Lake
  5. Love Is Strange
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  8. Listen Up Philip
  9. Manakamana
  10. Selma
Lesli Klainberg View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Case Against 8
  • Citizenfour
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Love Is Strange
  • Manakamana
  • Snowpiercer
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Dennis Lim View article
  1. Horse Money
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Jauja
  4. Goodbye to Language
  5. Saint Laurent
  6. The Kindergarten Teacher
  7. Li’l Quinquin
  8. The Princess of France
  9. Maidan
  10. Phoenix
The Film Stage
Peter Labuza View article
  1. Jealousy
  2. Goodbye to Language
  3. Two Days, One Night
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Listen Up Philip
  6. John Wick
  7. Manakamana
  8. Boyhood
  9. Jersey Boys AND The Immigrant AND Inherent Vice
  10. Abuse of Weakness
Flavorwire
Jason Bailey View article
  1. Selma
  2. The Immigrant
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Boyhood
  5. Cold in July
  6. Mistaken for Strangers
  7. Dear White People
  8. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  9. Inherent Vice
  10. Snowpiercer
The Fresno Bee
Rick Bentley View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. The Theory of Everything
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Wild
  6. Boyhood
  7. The LEGO Movie
  8. Big Hero 6
  9. Life Itself
  10. Nightcrawler
The Globe and Mail [Toronto/Canada]
Liam Lacey View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Winter Sleep
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Leviathan
  6. Mr. Turner
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive
  9. Ida
  10. Force Majeure
Grantland
Wesley Morris View article
  1. Norte, The End of History
  2. Selma
  3. Citizenfour
  4. Land Ho!
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Edge of Tomorrow
  7. Whiplash
  8. The Babadook
  9. Nymphomaniac
  10. Stranger by the Lake
Peter Bradshaw View article
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Boyhood
  • Exhibition
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Maps to the Stars
  • Mr. Turner
  • Norte, The End of History
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Under the Skin
The Guardian
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Whiplash
  5. Leviathan
  6. Two Days, One Night
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Ida
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. The LEGO Movie
Gregory Ellwood View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Selma
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Leviathan
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. A Most Violent Year
  9. Clouds of Sils Maria
  10. Top Five
Drew McWeeny View article
  1. Inherent Vice
  2. Boyhood
  3. Wild Tales
  4. Selma
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Force Majeure
  7. The Tribe
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Snowpiercer
  10. The Raid 2
HitFix
Kristopher Tapley View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Boyhood
  5. The Overnighters
  6. A Most Violent Year
  7. Godzilla
  8. Whiplash
  9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  10. Beyond the Lights
Scott Feinberg (The Race) View article
  1. Begin Again
  2. Whiplash
  3. Two Days, One Night
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Nightcrawler
  6. Keep On Keepin’ On
  7. Red Army
  8. Wild Tales
  9. American Sniper
  10. Magic in the Moonlight
Borys Kit (Heat Vision) View article
  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. The LEGO Movie
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  6. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  7. The Raid 2
  8. Edge of Tomorrow AND X-Men: Days of Future Past
  9. The Guest
  10. Jodorowsky's Dune
The Hollywood Reporter
Todd McCarthy View article
  1. Leviathan
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Ida
  5. Boyhood
  6. Foxcatcher
  7. Wild Tales
  8. A Most Violent Year
  9. Selma
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Huffington Post
Matthew Jacobs & Christopher Rosen View article
  1. Selma
  2. Love Is Strange
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. Boyhood
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Whiplash
  9. Wild
  10. The One I Love
In These Times
Michael Atkinson View article
  1. Maidan
  2. Manakamana
  3. Goodbye to Language
  4. Closed Curtain
  5. Heli
  6. Winter Sleep
  7. Manuscripts Don't Burn
  8. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  9. Citizenfour
  10. Under the Skin
Indiewire
Eric Kohn View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  3. Manakamana
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Leviathan
  6. Ida
  7. Starred Up
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive
  9. The Double
  10. Inherent Vice
Ioncinema
Nicholas Bell View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Selma
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Stranger by the Lake
  5. Enemy
  6. Listen Up Philip
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Leviathan
  9. Venus in Fur
  10. Tip Top
Keyframe (Fandor)
Kevin B. Lee View article
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. The Strange Little Cat
  3. What Now? Remind Me
  4. The Missing Picture
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Dear White People
  7. Policeman
  8. The Dance of Reality
  9. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
  10. Bad Hair
The L Magazine
Jesse Hassenger View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. God Help the Girl
  3. We Are the Best!
  4. Muppets Most Wanted
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Boyhood
  7. Whiplash
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. Interstellar
  10. Joe
Las Vegas Weekly
Josh Bell View article
  1. Blue Ruin
  2. We Are the Best!
  3. Boyhood
  4. Ida
  5. The Rover
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. A Most Violent Year
  8. Nymphomaniac
  9. Wild
  10. Noah
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Under the Skin
  6. The Wind Rises
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Her
  9. Stranger by the Lake
  10. Norte, The End of History
Little White Lies
David Ehrlich View video countdown
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Nymphomaniac
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. The Double
  8. God Help the Girl
  9. Force Majeure
  10. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Mark Olsen View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Selma
  4. Listen Up Philip
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. We Are the Best!
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. Dear White People
  9. The Immigrant
  10. Citizenfour
Betsy Sharkey View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Calvary AND >Ida
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) AND The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game AND Selma
  5. Foxcatcher AND Whiplash
  6. The Babadook AND A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  7. Tracks AND Wild
  8. Locke
  9. Inherent Vice AND A Most Violent Year
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy AND The LEGO Movie AND Top Five
Los Angeles Times
Kenneth Turan View article
  1. Mr. Turner
  • Remaining films listed alphabetically:
  • American Sniper AND A Most Violent Year
  • Edge of Tomorrow AND Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Foreign films: Child's Pose AND Force Majeure AND Ida AND Like Father, Like Son AND The Lunchbox
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game AND The Theory of Everything
  • Interstellar
  • Locke
  • Docs: Happy Valley AND The Internet's Own Boy AND Last Days in Vietnam AND Life Itself AND We Come As Friends
Maclean's
Brian D. Johnson View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Winter Sleep
  5. Ida
  6. Foxcatcher
  7. Citizenfour
  8. Locke
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Mommy
Metacritic
Marc Doyle (Editor-in-Chief)
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Whiplash
  3. Selma
  4. The Guest
  5. Blue Ruin
  6. A Most Violent Year
  7. Force Majeure
  8. Ida
  9. American Sniper
  10. Particle Fever
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Selma
  5. Ida
  6. Under the Skin
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. The Raid 2 AND Snowpiercer
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
David Poland View article
  • Big Eyes
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Book of Life
  • Boyhood
  • Calvary
  • Frank
  • Fury
  • The Gambler
  • Inherent Vice
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Nightcrawler
Movie City News
Ray Pride View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Gone Girl
  3. The Immigrant
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Love Is Strange
  6. We Are the Best!
  7. Ida
  8. Calvary
  9. Winter Sleep
  10. Actress
Movie Mezzanine
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Two Days, One Night
  6. The Immigrant
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Listen Up Philip
  9. Only Lovers Left Alive
  10. The Babadook
Movie Nation
Roger Moore View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Belle
  6. Wild
  7. Big Eyes
  8. Calvary
  9. The Drop
  10. Interstellar
Movies.com
Erik Davis View article
  1. Whiplash
  2. Boyhood
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. The LEGO Movie
  6. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  7. Selma
  8. Wild
  9. Top Five
  10. Edge of Tomorrow
MTV
MTV News staff View article
  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. Boyhood
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. The Fault in Our Stars
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  6. Obvious Child
  7. Gone Girl
  8. 22 Jump Street
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1
  10. Interstellar
National Post [Canada]
Chris Knight View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Interstellar
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Mr. Turner
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. Keep On Keepin’ On
  9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Mike Scott View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Citizenfour
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Wild
  6. Life Itself
  7. Chef
  8. Whiplash
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Joe Neumaier View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Unbroken
  3. Selma
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. A Most Violent Year
  6. Whiplash
  7. Locke
  8. Top Five
  9. Gone Girl
  10. The Battered Bastards of Baseball
New York Daily News
Elizabeth Weitzman View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Selma
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. Love Is Strange
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. American Sniper
  10. Beyond the Lights
New York Observer
Rex Reed View article
  1. The Theory of Everything
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Boyhood
  4. Unbroken
  5. Still Alice
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Whiplash
  8. The Two Faces of January
  9. Foxcatcher
  10. Love Is Strange
Lou Lumenick View article
  1. The Theory of Everything
  2. Interstellar
  3. Selma
  4. We Are the Best!
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  7. American Sniper
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Boyhood
  10. Into the Woods
New York Post
Kyle Smith View article
  1. American Sniper
  2. Boyhood
  3. Calvary
  4. Whiplash
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. Edge of Tomorrow
  7. Last Days in Vietnam
  8. Interstellar
  9. Captain American: The Winter Soldier
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephen Holden View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Citizenfour
  • Remaining films listed alphabetically:
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  • Two Days, One Night
The New York Times
A.O. Scott View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Ida
  3. Citizenfour
  4. Leviathan
  5. Selma
  6. Love Is Strange
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Dear White People
  10. The Babadook
Richard Brody View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
  3. (tie) Goodbye to Language
  4. (tie) The Last of the Unjust
  5. The Immigrant
  6. American Sniper
  7. Listen Up Philip
  8. Actress
  9. Memphis
  10. Butter on the Latch
The New Yorker
David Denby View article
  1. Ida
  • Remaining films in alphabetical order:
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Get on Up
  • Mr. Turner
  • A Most Violent Year
  • National Gallery
  • Selma
  • Snowpiercer
Newsday
Rafer Guzman View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The LEGO Movie
  4. Listen Up Philip
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Big Eyes
  7. Selma
  8. Whiplash
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Dear White People
Susan G. Cole View article
  1. Mr. Turner
  2. Boyhood
  3. Mommy
  4. Ida
  5. We Are the Best!
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Inherent Vice
  8. Björk: Biophilia Live
  9. Love Is Strange
  10. The Secret Trial 5
Glenn Sumi View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Under the Skin
  3. Ida
  4. The Overnighters
  5. Jodorowsky's Dune
  6. Mr. Turner
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Winter Sleep
  9. Wild
  10. Citizenfour
NOW [Toronto]
Norman Wilner View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Leviathan
  3. Under the Skin
  4. The Selfish Giant
  5. Godzilla
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Life Itself
  8. Enemy
  9. Snowpiercer
  10. Listen Up Philip
NPR
Bob Mondello View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Selma
  7. Leviathan
  8. Two Days, One Night
  9. Force Majeure
  10. Love Is Strange
Omaha World-Herald
Bob Fischbach View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Boyhood
  3. Whiplash
  4. Ida
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Belle
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Unbroken
  9. The Imitation Game
  10. Calvary
Orange County [Calif.] Register
Michael Hewitt View article
  1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Vikings (History)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. The Affair (Showtime)
  10. The Missing (Starz)
Jeff Baker View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Citizenfour
  4. The Homesman
  5. Nightcrawler
  6. Listen Up Philip
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. Gone Girl
  9. Last Days in Vietnam
  10. Wild
The Oregonian
Marc Mohan View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. We Are the Best!
  4. Calvary
  5. Force Majeure
  6. Edge of Tomorrow
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. Love Is Strange
  9. The LEGO Movie
  10. Ida
  11. The Lunchbox
Dennis Dermody View article
  1. Only Lovers Left Alive
  2. Mommy
  3. Lesson of the Evil
  4. Maps to the Stars
  5. Violette
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Love Is Strange
  8. Cold in July
  9. Boyhood
  10. Witching and Bitching
Paper
Parallax View
Sean Axmaker View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. Ida
  8. Manuscripts Don't Burn
  9. The Babadook
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Sheila Benson View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. Mr. Turner
  4. The Immigrant
  5. Two Days, One Night
  6. Leviathan
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Force Majeure
  9. Get on Up
  10. Winter Sleep
Jim Emerson View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Ida
  4. Calvary
  5. The Homesman
  6. The Babadook
  7. Happy Valley
  8. Gone Girl
  9. The Immigrant
  10. A Summer's Tale
Richard T. Jameson View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Homesman
  5. Two Days, One Night
  6. American Sniper
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Ida
  10. The Better Angels
Jay Kuehner View article
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
  3. Jealousy
  4. The Strange Little Cat
  5. Boyhood
  6. Ida
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Winter Sleep
  9. Story of My Death
  10. Stranger by the Lake
Kathleen Murphy View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Homesman
  5. Ida
  6. Mr. Turner
  7. American Sniper
  8. Two Days, One Night
  9. A Most Violent Year
  10. Force Majeure
Andrew Wright View article
  1. Snowpiercer
  2. Under the Skin
  3. The Babadook
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  6. Boyhood
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Ida
  9. Whiplash
  10. Cold in July
Paste
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Miss Julie
  4. Under the Skin
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. The Overnighters
  7. Enemy
  8. Inherent Vice
  9. National Gallery
  10. Two Days, One Night
People
(Uncredited) View article
  1. The Theory of Everything
  2. Wild
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Into the Woods
  7. Selma
  8. Boyhood
  9. The Imitation Game
  10. American Sniper
Philadelphia Daily News
Gary Thompson View article
  • The Babadook
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Blue Ruin
  • Boyhood
  • Fury
  • Inherent Vice
  • Kids for Cash
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Remaining films listed alphabetically:
  • Boyhood
  • Calvary
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Locke
  • The Lunchbox
  • Mr. Turner
  • Nightcrawler
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Barbara Vancheri View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Selma
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy AND The LEGO Movie
  8. Whiplash
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. Locke
The Playlist
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  6. Boyhood
  7. Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Leviathan
  10. Inherent Vice
Reelviews
James Berardinelli View article
  1. Interstellar
  2. Like Father, Like Son
  3. Life Itself
  4. Boyhood
  5. Whiplash
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. American Sniper
  8. Gone Girl
  9. The Wind Rises
  10. Fury
Reverse Shot
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Stranger by the Lake
  3. Stray Dogs
  4. Goodbye to Language
  5. The Immigrant
  6. Manakamana
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. What Now? Remind Me
  9. The Strange Little Cat AND Two Days, One Night
  10. Maidan
RogerEbert.com
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Boyhood
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Ida
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. The Immigrant
  9. Selma
  10. Two Days, One Night
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. Selma
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Whiplash
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Unbroken
  9. Under the Skin
  10. Interstellar
Rope of Silicon
Brad Brevet View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Whiplash
  3. Locke
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Mommy
  6. Boyhood
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Edge of Tomorrow
  10. The Guest
Salon
Andrew O'Hehir View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Leviathan
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Winter Sleep
  5. The Homesman
  6. Under the Skin
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. The Immigrant
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Salt Lake Tribune
Sean P. Means View article
  1. Selma
  2. Boyhood
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. The LEGO Movie
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Obvious Child
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. Gone Girl
  10. The Overnighters
San Antonio Current
Kiko Martinez View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Selma
  4. A Most Violent Year
  5. Ida
  6. WIld
  7. Citizenfour
  8. Two Days, One Night
  9. A Most Wanted Man
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Peter Hartlaub View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. Whiplash
  5. The LEGO Movie
  6. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  7. Selma
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Raid 2
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Leba Hertz View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. The LEGO Movie
  7. Diplomacy
  8. Selma
  9. Last Weekend
  10. Draft Day
San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. A Most Violent Year
  4. Third Person
  5. Calvary
  6. Fury
  7. Chef
  8. Big Eyes
  9. The Galapagos Affair
  10. Rob the Mob
San Jose Mercury News
Randy Myers View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Snowpiercer
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Wild
  7. The Imitation Game
  8. The LEGO Movie
  9. The Theory of Everything
  10. The Babadook
ScreenCrush
Matt Singer View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Whiplash
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Jodorowsky's Dune
  6. Force Majeure
  7. Selma
  8. The Trip to Italy
  9. We Are the Best!
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Seattle Times
Moira Macdonald View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Life Itself
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Love Is Strange
  • Mood Indigo
  • Selma
Robert Horton View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Boyhood
  6. (tie) Blue Ruin AND The Rover
  7. Force Majeure
  8. The Homesman
  9. Edge of Tomorrow
Seattle Weekly
Brian Miller View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Boyhood
  3. Ida
  4. Whiplash
  5. Frank
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Force Majeure AND Gone Girl
  8. National Gallery
  9. Snowpiercer
  10. The Homesman
Slant
Staff consensus View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Stranger by the Lake
  3. The Immigrant
  4. Boyhood
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Two Days, One Night
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive
  9. Stray Dogs
  10. Force Majeure
Slashfilm
Jeff Cannata View article/listen to podcast
  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Boyhood
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Whiplash
  7. The One I Love
  8. Obvious Child
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  10. Interstellar
David Chen View article/listen to podcast
  1. The Babadook
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. The Raid 2
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Under the Skin
  8. Blue Ruin
  9. Edge of Tomorrow
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Russ Fischer View article
  1. Only Lovers Left Alive
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Ida
  4. Selma
  5. The Duke of Burgundy
  6. The Babadook
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Blue Ruin
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. The LEGO Movie
Angie Han View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Under the Skin
  3. The Babadook
  4. The LEGO Movie
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Obvious Child
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. Selma
Devindra Hardawar View article/listen to podcast
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Whiplash
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. Interstellar
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. The Babadook
  10. Snowpiercer
Germain Lussier View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Whiplash
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Selma
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  10. The Raid 2
Slate
Dana Stevens View article
  • The Babadook
  • Boyhood
  • Force Majeure
  • Gone Girl
  • Ida
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Missing Picture
  • Selma
  • We Are the Best!
Some Came Running
Glenn Kenny View article
  1. Inherent Vice
  2. Last of the Unjust
  3. Boyhood
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Goodbye to Language
  6. Selma
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. Maps to the Stars
  9. The Immigrant
  10. Under the Skin
Joe Williams View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Citizenfour
  • Foxcatcher
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Life Itself
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Theory of Everything
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lucy
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Selma
  • Top Five
  • Whiplash
The Star-Ledger [Newark]
Stephen Whitty View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Ida
  • The Immigrant
  • Nightcrawler
  • Still Alice
  • Whiplash
Tampa Bay Times
Steve Persall View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. Whiplash
  4. Selma
  5. Under the Skin
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Jodorowsky's Dune AND Life Itself
  8. Gone Girl
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. The LEGO Movie
The Telegraph
Robbie Collin View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Wind Rises
  4. 12 Years a Slave
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street
Matt Brennan View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Ida
  5. The Immigrant
  6. Snowpiercer
  7. A Most Wanted Man
  8. Life Itself
  9. Obvious Child
  10. The One I Love
Tom Brueggemann View article
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. Ida
  3. Two Days, One Night
  4. Leviathan
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Locke
  7. Venus in Fur
  8. Winter Sleep
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Gone Girl
Beth Hanna View article
  1. Two Days, One Night
  2. Ida
  3. Starred Up
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Jimmy P.
  6. Red Army
  7. The Homesman
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Only Lovers Left Alive
  10. Godzilla
Ryan Lattanzio View article
  1. Gone Girl
  2. Force Majeure
  3. The Congress
  4. The Blue Room
  5. The Immigrant
  6. Inherent Vice
  7. Ida
  8. Boyhood
  9. Under the Skin
  10. Maps to the Stars
Justin Lowe View article
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Calvary
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dear White People
  • Inherent Vice
  • Interstellar
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Nightcrawler
  • Salt of the Earth
  • Two Days, One Night
Matt Mueller View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Force Majeure
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Whiplash
  5. Stranger by the Lake
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. The Two Faces of January
  8. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  9. The Babadook
  10. Mommy
Anne Thompson View article
  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Boyhood
  3. Mr. Turner
  4. Nymphomaniac
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Ida
  7. Selma
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Wild Tales
  10. Beyond the Lights
Thompson on Hollywood
Susan Wloszczyna View article
  1. Ida
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Boyhood
  5. Le Week-end
  6. Force Majeure
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. The Drop
  9. The Babadook
  10. Into the Woods
Time
Richard Corliss View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Boyhood
  3. The LEGO Movie
  4. Lucy
  5. Goodbye to Language
  6. Jodorowsky's Dune
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Citizenfour
  9. Wild Tales
  10. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Time Out London
Staff consensus View article
  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Boyhood
  3. Calvary
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Nightcrawler
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Ida
  10. Pride
Time Out New York
Joshua Rothkopf View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. The Babadook
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Love Is Strange
  7. We Are the Best!
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. Inherent Vice
Toronto Star
Linda Barnard View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Whiplash
  4. Selma
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Force Majeure
  8. Ida
  9. We Are the Best!
  10. Only Lovers Left Alive
Total Film
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. The Babadook
  6. The LEGO Movie
  7. 12 Years a Slave
  8. Interstellar
  9. Under the Skin
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
TV Guide
TV Guide staff View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Gone Girl
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Whiplash
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. The Imitation Game
  8. Obvious Child
  9. Interstellar
  10. The Theory of Everything
Twitch
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Under the Skin
  5. The Raid 2
  6. Force Majeure
  7. Jodorowsky's Dune
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive
  9. Whiplash
  10. Interstellar
Us Weekly
Mara Reinstein View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Foxcatcher
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. Wild
  8. American Sniper
  9. The Fault in Our Stars
  10. Edge of Tomorrow
USA Today
Claudia Puig View article
  1. Boyhood
  • Remaining films in alphabetical order:
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Dear White People
  • Force Majeure
  • Gone Girl
  • Locke
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma
  • Snowpiercer
  • Whiplash
Vanity Fair
Richard Lawson View article
  1. Love Is Strange
  2. Mommy
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Citizenfour
  5. Boyhood
  6. Selma
  7. Snowpiercer
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Pride
  10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Justin Chang View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Under the Skin
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Winter Sleep
  5. Foxcatcher
  6. Bird People
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Selma
  9. Mr. Turner
  10. Interstellar
Peter Debruge View article
  1. Calvary
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  4. Love Is Strange
  5. Le Week-end
  6. While We're Young
  7. Li’l Quinquin
  8. Force Majeure
  9. War of Lies
  10. Class Enemy
Variety
Scott Foundas View article
  1. Goodbye to Language
  2. Citizenfour
  3. Winter Sleep
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Foxcatcher
  6. The Immigrant
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Interstellar
  9. Selma
  10. American Sniper
Simon Abrams View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Abuse of Weakness
  4. The Raid 2
  5. 20,000 Days on Earth
  6. Calvary
  7. The Dance of Reality
  8. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  9. Venus in Fur
  10. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Sherilyn Connelly View article
  1. God Help the Girl
  2. Snowpiercer
  3. It Felt Like Love
  4. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks
  5. Noah
  6. Jodorowsky's Dune
  7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  8. Patema Inverted
  9. Nymphomaniac
  10. The Book of Life
Serena Donadoni View article
  1. The Lunchbox
  2. The Retrieval
  3. Violette
  4. The Immigrant
  5. Like Father, Like Son
  6. Frank
  7. Ida
  8. Hateship Loveship
  9. The Amazing Catfish
  10. Belle
Aaron Hillis View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Goodbye to Language
  3. Ida
  4. Force Majeure
  5. The Immigrant
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. Stranger by the Lake
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. See You Next Tuesday
  10. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Calum Marsh View article
  1. Listen Up Philip
  2. Goodbye to Language
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Two Days, One Night
  6. The Strange Little Cat
  7. Under the Skin
  8. Norte, The End of History
  9. The Immigrant
  10. Actress
Amy Nicholson View article
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Remaining films listed alphabetically:
  • The Congress
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Frank
  • Get on Up
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Neighbors
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nothing Bad Can Happen
  • We Are the Best!
Michael Nordine View article
  1. The Immigrant
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. It Felt Like Love
  5. Thursday Till Sunday
  6. Enemy
  7. Boyhood
  8. Ilo Ilo
  9. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
  10. Manakamana
Alan Scherstuhl View article
  1. Northern Light
  2. Under the Skin
  3. The Immigrant
  4. Winter Sleep
  5. Get on Up
  6. The Babadook
  7. Antarctica
  8. She's Beautiful When She's Angry
  9. Force Majeure
  10. Big Men
Zachary Wigon View article
  1. Ellie Lumme
  2. Level Five
  3. Goodbye to Language
  4. P'tit Quinquin
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Stranger by the Lake
  7. Nymphomaniac
  8. Memphis
  9. Love Is Strange
  10. Citizenfour
Village Voice
Stephanie Zacharek View article
  1. Under the Skin
  2. Boyhood
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. The Immigrant
  6. 20,000 Days on Earth AND Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets AND Revenge of the Mekons
  7. Love Is Strange
  8. The Missing Picture
  9. John Wick
  10. Top Five
Vox
Todd VanDerWerff View article
  • The Babadook
  • Boyhood
  • Godzilla
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Overnighters
  • Selma
  • Under the Skin
  • We Are the Best!
Vulture
David Edelstein View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Selma
  3. The Babadook
  4. Whiplash
  5. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  6. Only Lovers Left Alive
  7. Citizenfour
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Two Days, One Night
  10. The Immigrant
The Wall Street Journal
Joe Morgenstern View article
  1. Boyhood
  • Remaining picks in alphabetical order:
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Citizenfour
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Locke
  • Mr. Turner
  • Under the Skin
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Citizenfour
  4. Force Majeure
  5. Foxcatcher
  6. Under the Skin
  7. Selma
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. Beyond the Lights
  10. Locke
Alonso Duralde View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Locke
  3. We Are the Best!
  4. Under the Skin
  5. The Babadook
  6. The Trip to Italy
  7. The Raid 2
  8. Obvious Child
  9. A Most Violent Year
  10. Selma
Inkoo Kang View article
  1. We Are the Best!
  2. The Boxtrolls
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Selma
  5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  6. Belle
  7. Neighbors
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. The Homesman
  10. Beyond the Lights
  11. Le Week-end
TheWrap
James Rocchi View article
  1. Selma
  2. Boyhood
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. Force Majeure
  6. Dear White People
  7. Blue Ruin
  8. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. The One I Love
  10. The LEGO Movie
Yahoo! Movies
Staff consensus View article
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. The LEGO Movie
  6. The Overnighters
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Force Majeure
  10. Dear White People

 

Comments (20)

  • adb7  

    Ha ha ha, a would-be "critic" of the critics who wants everything brought down to dollars, McCarthyism, and the LCD. Critics are informed viewers who actually think about they see and evaluate it, well, critically, with both head and heart. They aren't just members of a mindless one-dimensional herd drawn to empty spectacle and manipulated by commercial hype. Thank the stars.

  • fungusgnat  

    Metacritic impresarios – Thanks once again for collecting all these top tens, putting them up where we can all see them, and summarizing the results in a handy table. They provide an interesting and valuable alternative to the regular weekly Metacritic ratings and other content. Keep up the good work!

    Dholtz001 – I think it was meant to be a nice round 30 movies listed, but there was a tie for 30th place, thus resulting in the odd number.

    Giantpegasus123 – Well, yes, critics do disagree with the mass audience; I come to this site to see what the critics say; they often have their own way of looking at things, which I find interesting. If I want to know what the mass audience or the average viewer thinks, there are other sources for that . (And yes, you are right, critics don’t make lots of money – but they get to see movies for free!)

  • giantpegasus123  

    This just goes to show how out of touch and elitist movie reviewers are. They have no concept of what appeals to the mass audience and give awards based on their opinion not consensus opinion. Rate movies based on stuff the average viewer would never notice or care about. I cant imagine these people make much money... Fury was one of the best war movies ever and it didnt even make this list maybe thats cuz the media is a bunch of antiamerican communists I dunno. Either way reviewers are useless.

  • Dholtz001  

    Why is this a list of 31 movies? That seems quite random. I first though it was every movie with at least 20 points but The Imitation Game got 20 and is not shown. Is there something I am missing?

  • Jshtjls  

    So far, i haven't seen any movie with more excitement than "The Grand Budapest Hotel".
    There are many interesting movies that i missed from last year such as Gone Girl,Under the skin,Foxcatcher,and Bird Man. Other than that, I'm still favor Hotel Budapest as best movie of 2014.

  • jayydee92  

    @alan_smithee - Picks for Snowpiercer and The Babadook would show exactly the opposite of what you're saying.

  • alan_smithee  

    All these picks for Snowpiercer and The Babadook show just how out of touch the critics are these days.

  • DreamScreen  

    Seriously? Pulling the "How Green Was My Valley" card? Most cinephiles (and certainly non-cinephiles) recognize that as a legitimately great film. It is John Ford, after all. Get with the times, bub.

  • Mike_M  

    Good grief.... Boyhood is a good movie ONLY in premise: "Let's shoot a kid for 12 years!"

    How anyone enjoyed the actual movie is beyond me.
    Scene for scene, it is awful melodrama. And now it's positioned to win best picture on a gimmick. Everyone's gone insane.

    The future will look back on this and laugh.

    "How Green Was My Valley", anybody?

  • herbalalami  

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