Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2018

  • Publish Date: January 7, 2019
  • Comments: ↓ 6 user comments

The results of our 9th annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the ninth straight year, we invited our users to list their favorite TV shows, movies, games, and albums of the past calendar year. Nearly 1,500 people participated in the survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Participants were asked to rank their five favorite titles of 2018 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.


Critics' five favorite movies of 2018 (as indicated on their year-end top 10 lists) were Roma, First Reformed, The Favourite, Burning, and Eighth Grade. Four of those five landed in our users' consensus top 15, but only Roma ranked in the same position (at #1) on both lists. (Burning did not crack the users' top 15, though it was also harder to find in theaters than the others.) Among other differences, our users liked A Star Is Born and Avengers: Infinity War, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout much more than critics did.

Best Movie of 2018 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Movie   Points
1 Roma 1,536 bar
2 A Star Is Born 1,427 bar
3 Avengers: Infinity War 1,262 bar
4 Hereditary 999 bar
5 Mission: Impossible – Fallout 789 bar
6 Black Panther 766 bar
7 The Favourite 707 bar
8 A Quiet Place 672 bar
9 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 615 bar
10 Annihilation 520 bar
11 BlacKkKlansman 499 bar
12 Eighth Grade 482 bar
13 First Reformed 435 bar
14 First Man 414 bar
15 Isle of Dogs 348 bar

TV shows

Our users' top three selections placed in the top four with professional critics, though the latter group's #2 overall choice—Killing Eve—was ranked seventh by users. There were numerous similarities between the two groups, though our users liked Westworld, Maniac, and Daredevil more than critics did. (None of those three shows ranked in the critics' top 25.) And three of the professionals' top 10 favorites—Pose, Succession, and The Good Fight—didn't crack the users' top 15.

Best Television Show of 2018 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Show   Points
1 Atlanta (FX) 830 bar
2 The Americans (FX) 656 bar
3 The Good Place (NBC) 655 bar
4 The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) 618 bar
5 Better Call Saul (AMC) 573 bar
6 BoJack Horseman (Netflix) 542 bar
7 Killing Eve (BBC America) 458 bar
8 Sharp Objects (HBO) 375 bar
9 Barry (HBO) 344 bar
10 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) 291 bar
11 Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix) 284 bar
12 The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) 281 bar
13 Westworld (HBO) 252 bar
14 Maniac (Netflix) 218 bar
15 Homecoming (Amazon) 173 bar


Users and music critics nearly agreed on their top three choices, though the selection of Kids See Ghosts by users at #3 prevented a perfect match. That album didn't crack the professionals' top 25, nor did users' #5 selection, the Star Is Born soundtrack. The highest ranking critic favorites that didn't rank with users were Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy (critics' #6 overall) and Christine and the Queens' Chris (critics' #9).

Best Album of 2018 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist   Points
1 Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe 748 bar
2 Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves 573 bar
3 Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts 420 bar
4 Be the Cowboy by Mitski 388 bar
5 A Star Is Born OST by Various artists 342 bar
6 Daytona by Pusha T 318 bar
7 Sweetener by Ariana Grande 267 bar
8 Honey by Robyn 263 bar
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975 263 bar
10 7 by Beach House 231 bar
11 Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles 193 bar
12 Astroworld by Travis Scott 192 bar
13 Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest 179 bar
14 Isolation by Kali Uchis 170 bar
15 Double Negative by Low 166 bar


We don't collect critic top 10 lists for videogames, but we do release a list of the year's best-reviewed games. Users voted our game of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2, into second place, instead slotting the year's best PS4 exclusive, God of War, at #1 overall.

Best Video Game of 2018 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game   Points
1 God of War 3,209 bar
2 Red Dead Redemption 2 2,140 bar
3 Marvel's Spider-Man 1,166 bar
4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 774 bar
5 Celeste 612 bar
6 Detroit: Become Human 340 bar
7 Assassin's Creed Odyssey 285 bar
8 Monster Hunter: World 265 bar
9 Dead Cells 232 bar
10 Return of the Obra Dinn 191 bar
11 Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII 181 bar
12 Far Cry 5 176 bar
13 Hitman 2 153 bar
14 Into the Breach 138 bar
15 Octopath Traveler 137 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 2018 section for all of our end-of-the-year coverage.

Comments (6)

  • RatingYoda  

    Critics matter more

  • jayydee92  

    I mean, good can be objective - a work can be objectively well-crafted, or have elements that are. Enjoyment is subjective. That's fine that you don't like it but don't act all snotty that it placed well here.

  • ABAwesome  

    I hated the film since I saw it back in October. The first act was great but it falls apart after that. Let's not pretend that good is objective.

  • jayydee92  

    @ABAwesome Lol, a little dramatic there. I know people like to start hating on well-received things after a while, but regardless, A Star is Born is a great film. Most critics and viewers would agree (the Metacritic score is a clear indicator). There are far worse films that could've placed that high.

  • ABAwesome  

    A Star is Born? Really? JFC.

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