Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2022

  • Publish Date: January 9, 2023
  • Comments: ↓ 1 user comment

The results of our 13th annual user poll are in ...

Best of 2020For the 13th straight year, we invited Metacritic users to list their favorite movies, TV shows, albums, and videogames of the past calendar year. Nearly 1,300 of you participated in this year's survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Participants were asked to rank their five favorite titles of 2022 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.

Movies

Though Aftersun was 2022's highest-scoring film, it is Everything Everywhere All At Once that has been dominating film critics' year-end top 10 lists. And the latter is also the past year's most popular film with Metacritic users, placing first in our polling by a big margin.

In fact, all of the user-selected films listed below are also landing with some regularity on critic lists as well, though not in the same order. In one of the biggest discrepancies, users have The Batman at #3, while critics have it ranked 18th. And users' #7 choice The Northman didn't even crack the critics' top 30. But only one film in the critics' top 10—documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed—failed to chart with our users.

Best Movie of 2022 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Movie Points
1 Everything Everywhere All At Once 2,491 bar
2 Top Gun: Maverick 1,389 bar
3 The Batman 1,137 bar
4 The Banshees of Inisherin 912 bar
5 TÁR 850 bar
6 Nope 729 bar
7 The Northman 658 bar
8 Aftersun 621 bar
9 The Fabelmans 414 bar
10 Decision to Leave 388 bar
11 RRR 376 bar
12 Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery 365 bar
13 Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio 355 bar
14 Avatar The Way of Water 284 bar
15 Triangle of Sadness 237 bar

TV shows

Two of the top three selections for both Metacritic users and the consensus picks of the professionals in our compilation of TV critic top 10 lists were identical, though the ordering was different. Critics had Apple's sci-fi thriller Severance first and the final chapter of Better Call Saul third, while users picked the latter as their overall favorite and Severance second. Critics actually placed Disney's Andor two spots higher than users did (at #2 rather than #4), while users had Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon at #3. (Critics ranked the latter 7th.) Just one title on the list of user favorites below failed to crack the critics' combined top 30 list: the Netflix hit Wednesday. And of the critics' top 10 overall favorites, only the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary failed to chart with our users.

Best TV Show of 2022 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Show Points
1 Better Call Saul AMC 1,612 bar
2 Severance Apple TV+ 1,164 bar
3 House of the Dragon HBO 657 bar
4 Andor Disney+ 611 bar
5 The White Lotus HBO 608 bar
6 The Bear FX/Hulu 536 bar
7 Barry HBO 386 bar
8 Stranger Things Netflix 312 bar
9 The Rehearsal HBO 297 bar
10 Atlanta FX 278 bar
11 The Boys Prime Video 210 bar
12 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Prime Video 166 bar
13 Reservation Dogs FX/Hulu 164 bar
14 Wednesday Netflix 156 bar
15 Heartstopper Netflix 145 bar

Music

Even though UK-based voters accounted for only 7% of our total responses, an English indie rock band was the upset winner of our music poll. Ants From Up There, the second album from Black Country, New Road, managed to sneak past Beyoncé's latest hit Renaissance—consistently the #1 choice on music critic top 10 lists—to take first place. (Critics had the BCNR album at #19 overall.)

Four of our users' selections below failed to chart in the critics' top 30, though the highest-ranked of those—SZA's sophomore set S.O.S , ranked #6 by users—was hampered by its very late release date, with the album arriving after many top 10 lists were already published. User-favored albums by Beach House, Charli XCX, and JID also failed to chart with critics, though they definitely did appear on multiple top 10 lists. And several albums included in the critics' overall top 10 didn't rank in the top 15 spots in user voting. That group includes Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C., Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti, and I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap.

Best Album of 2022 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Points
1 Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road 1,042 bar
2 Renaissance by Beyonce 789 bar
3 Motomami by Rosalia 587 bar
4 Midnights by Taylor Swift 507 bar
5 Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar 450 bar
6 S.O.S by SZA 303 bar
  Dawn FM by The Weeknd 303 bar
8 Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief 275 bar
9 Wet Leg by Wet Leg 164 bar
10 A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile 160 bar
11 Once Twice Melody by Beach House 135 bar
12 Blue Rev by Alvvays 132 bar
13 Harry's House by Harry Styles 131 bar
14 Crash by Charli XCX 117 bar
15 The Forever Story by JID 110 bar

Games

We don't compile critic top 10 lists for games like we do for the other three categories above, but we certainly do compile reviews. And the best-reviewed (aka highest-scoring) game for just about all of 2022 was Elden Ring, a collaboration between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and game designer Hidetaka Miyazaki (of the famed Souls series). Our users also loved that game, but only to an extent: it placed second in voting, trailing another high-scoring title, the Sony exclusive God of War: Ragnarok. PlayStation console exclusives actually accounted for three of users' top 5 overall selections. Two Switch exclusives also landed in the top 10, but there is only one Xbox console exclusive on the list below: Vampire Survivors, at #11. In fact, only five our users' 15 favorites are even playable on an Xbox.

Best Video Game of 2022 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Points
1 God Of War: Ragnarok
PS5: PS4:
2,580 bar
2 Elden Ring
PS5: XBX: PC:
1,788 bar
3 Horizon Forbidden West
PS5: PS4:
588 bar
4 Stray
PS5: PS4: PC:
329 bar
5 Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Switch:
251 bar
6 A Plague Tale: Requiem
PS5: XBX: PC: Switch:
247 bar
7 Kirby And The Forgotten Land
Switch:
193 bar
8 Tunic
PS5: XBX: PC: Switch:
183 bar
9 Sifu
PS5: PC: Switch:
174 bar
10 The Last of Us Part 1
PS5: PC:
158 bar
11 Vampire Survivors
XBX: PC: Mobile:
141 bar
  Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Swtich:
141 bar
13 Sonic Frontiers
PS5: XBX: PC: Switch:
137 bar
14 Bayonetta 3
Switch:
131 bar
15 Neon White
PS5: PC: Switch:
124 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 visit our Best of 2022 and sections for complete coverage of last year's best releases in film, music, games, and TV.

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