Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2017

  • Publish Date: January 5, 2018
  • Comments: ↓ 12 user comments

The results of our 8th annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the eighth straight year, we invited our users to list their favorite TV shows, movies, games, and albums of the past calendar year. Nearly 2,200 people participated in the survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Note that participants ranked their five favorite titles of 2017 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.


Our compilation of over 300 top 10 lists has Get Out as the consensus favorite among professional critics and film writers. Our users also liked that film, but ranked it third overall, behind both Dunkirk (the critics' #5 choice) and Blade Runner 2049 (ranked #9 by critics).

Both groups' consensus top 10 lists have many similarities. Some notable exceptions include Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which our users had at #8 but didn't make the professionals' top 25) and Wind River (users' #11, also not in the critics' top 25). The critics' highest-ranking title that doesn't appear below is Phantom Thread, likely because that movie has only played on a handful of screens so far. (It opens wide in a few weeks.)

Best Movie of 2017 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Movie Points
1 Dunkirk    2,971 bar
2 Blade Runner 2049    2,867 bar
3 Get Out    2,046 bar
4 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri    1,926 bar
5 Logan    1,491 bar
6 Lady Bird    1,459 bar
7 Baby Driver    1,408 bar
8 Star Wars: The Last Jedi    1,375 bar
9 Call Me by Your Name    1,193 bar
10 The Shape of Water    1,083 bar
11 Wind River       818 bar
12 mother!       623 bar
13 Wonder Woman       620 bar
14 The Florida Project       610 bar
15 The Big Sick       587 bar

TV shows

Again, there is some overlap between our users' favorites and those of professional TV critics. But our users have vaulted Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to the top of the pack ahead of the critics' top three choices (which our users then have, in the same order, as #3 through #5). Our users also rated Mr. Robot, BoJack Horseman, and Fargo more highly than did critics. HBO newcomer The Deuce is the highest-ranking critic pick (at #6) not to appear among our users' picks below.

Best Television Show of 2017 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Show Points
1 Game of Thrones (HBO)    1,489 bar
2 Stranger Things (Netflix)    1,446 bar
3 The Leftovers (HBO)    1,407 bar
4 Twin Peaks (Showtime)    1,143 bar
5 The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)       981 bar
6 Mindhunter (Netflix)       666 bar
7 Master of None (Netflix)       641 bar
8 Big Little Lies (HBO)       635 bar
9 Better Call Saul (AMC)       570 bar
10 The Good Place (NBC)       522 bar
11 Mr. Robot (USA)       508 bar
12 Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)       505 bar
13 BoJack Horseman (Netflix)       471 bar
14 Legion (FX)       428 bar
15 Fargo (FX)       381 bar


Our users and professional music publications actually agree on the five best albums of the year, though in a slightly different order for numbers 3 through 5. Our users' #6 pick, the latest from Taylor Swift, is where things begin to diverge significantly, though only two other user picks (albums by Lana Del Rey and The xx) fail to appear within the critics' top 25 selections. The highest-ranking critic choice not to appear below is Sampha's Process, which ranks 10th among critics.

Best Album of 2017 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Album/Artist Points
1 DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar    2,177 bar
2 Melodrama by Lorde    1,768 bar
3 Masseduction by St. Vincent       629 bar
4 American Dream by LCD Soundsystem       550 bar
5 CTRL by SZA       487 bar
6 Reputation by Taylor Swift       378 bar
7 Sleep Well Beast by The National       343 bar
8 Pure Comedy by Father John Misty       318 bar
9 Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples       305 bar
10 Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator       300 bar
11 A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie       267 bar
12 4:44 by Jay-Z       231 bar
13 Lust For Life by Lana Del Rey       224 bar
14 A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs       221 bar
15 I See You by The xx       217 bar


While we don't collect critic top 10 lists for videogames, our users did opt for 2017's highest-scoring release, Nintendo Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as their consensus top pick. (Users also had the year's second-highest-scoring game as their #2 pick.) Notable omissions among user picks below include high-scoring multi-platform releases Injustice 2 and What Remains of Edith Finch.

Best Video Game of 2017 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Game Points
1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild    2,175 bar
2 Super Mario Odyssey    1,562 bar
3 Horizon Zero Dawn    1,089 bar
4 Persona 5       847 bar
5 NieR: Automata       623 bar
6 Cuphead       476 bar
7 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus       350 bar
8 Resident Evil 7: biohazard       306 bar
9 Divinity: Original Sin II       279 bar
10 Assassin's Creed Origins       216 bar
11 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds       190 bar
12 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy       181 bar
13 Nioh       167 bar
14 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe       154 bar
15 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice       148 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 2017 section for all of our end-of-the-year coverage.

Comments (12)

  • Master_Reviewer  

    Breath of the wild is game of the year I honestly can agree with that

  • tschrky  

    @CEB01773: Thanks for the reaction – i really appreciate it. You're not Jason Dietz, but it'll have to do. If you visit Mr. Dietz's feature 'Best Albums of 2017', you'll see that I posted a comment – and have received no reply so far (also no change has been made). That's why I decided to address this matter here. (

  • CEB01773  

    @tschrky: Whose comments do you feel @Jason Dietz has ignored? Do you have some kind of comprehensive analysis of all these comments that somehow belie elements of Dietz's article? Please share!

  • tschrky  

    @Jason Dietz: Do you read the comments, or did you just decide to ignore them?

  • 2bobnl  

    Strange how a 4.8 ends up the the movies "best rated by users"

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  • NotoriousNeo  

    Very interesting to even see The Last Jedi pop up in this user poll when many of the "user" scores that movie received on its page eviscerated it.

  • Maggard  

    Comment Submission area is NOT visible under the Mobile version of this article. I am using a Samsung Tab to read this article.

  • limelight  

    It would be cool if my selection would be highlighted among the list to see where i voted...because i forgot what i voted for lol

  • heroic_shart  

    fleet foxes should be in that list

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