Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2018 Movies

RogerEbert.com Survey: Ten Best Films of 2018

11 December 2018

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2018, as selected by the site’s regular film critics and assistant editors

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. ShirkersSandi Tan
  7. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  8. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski

NPR: Favorite Movies Of 2018

11 December 2018

NPR: Favorite Movies Of 2018

[see also 2017]

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018

10 December 2018

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  3. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. First ManDamien Chazelle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  11. ViceAdam McKay
  12. BurningLee Chang-dong
  13. WidowsSteve McQueen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. The RiderChloé Zhao
  16. HereditaryAri Aster
  17. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  18. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Bohemian RhapsodyBryan Singer
  20. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville

Matt Singer: Best Films of 2018

10 December 2018

Matt Singer: Best Films of 2018, as published by ScreenCrush

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  3. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  4. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  7. First ManDamien Chazelle
  8. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  9. Minding the GapBing Liu
  10. WidowsSteve McQueen

Matthew Jacobs: 20 Best Movies Of 2018

09 December 2018

Matthew Jacobs: 20 Best Movies Of 2018, as published by Huffington Post

[see also 2017]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  3. WidowsSteve McQueen
  4. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  5. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  6. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  9. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  10. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  11. BurningLee Chang-dong
  12. Paddington 2Paul King
  13. The TaleJennifer Fox
  14. HereditaryAri Aster
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. The RiderChloé Zhao
  17. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  18. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  19. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  20. A Simple FavorPaul Feig