Ranked: The Best Movies of 2018, According to Critics

12 Eighth Grade
Eighth Grade: A24

9. Eighth Grade. Total score: 84.7%
Metacritic score: 89. Rotten Tomatoes score: 89. IMDb score: 76. Directed by Bo Burnham. Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson  
Plot summary: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school--the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year before she begins high school.
What the critics said: "In addition to its queasy verisimilitude, Eighth Grade offers acute observations on how social media and the language of self-care have warped teen life." Naomi Fry, New Yorker

13 Paddington
Paddington 2: Warner Bros.

8. Paddington 2. Total score: 84.7%
Metacritic score: 88. Rotten Tomatoes score: 87. IMDb score: 79. Directed by Paul King (VII). Starring: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson  
Plot summary: Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
What the critics said: "[Paddington 2] has one out-loud laugh, plenty of sincere cleverness, vast technical ingenuity, a warm heart, lively performances and enough gyroscopic camera moves to make Max Ophüls jealous." Richard Brody, New Yorker

14 Wont-You-Be-My-Neighbor-2
Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Focus Features

7. Won't You Be My Neighbor?. Total score: 86%
Metacritic score: 85. Rotten Tomatoes score: 88. IMDb score: 85. Directed by Morgan Neville.  
Plot summary: An intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
What the critics said: "This timely doc will resonate deeply with anyone who remembers Rogers befriending them from the small screen." Michael Gingold, Time Out

15 the-favourite-emma-stone
The Favourite: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Film4 and Waypoint

6. The Favourite. Total score: 86.3%
Metacritic score: 91. Rotten Tomatoes score: 85. IMDb score: 83. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz  
Plot summary: Early 18th century. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.
What the critics said: "An uproarious send-up of the aloofness of royals, and comes alive thanks to its sterling ensemble cast (Nicholas Hoult is also worthy of note, playing a young British statesman) and Lanthimos' pristine direction." Adam Graham, Detroit News

16 Minding-the-Gap
Minding the Gap: Hulu

5. Minding the Gap. Total score: 87.7%
Metacritic score: 93. Rotten Tomatoes score: 88. IMDb score: 82. Directed by Bing Liu.  
Plot summary: Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity.  
What the critics said: "A personal documentary of the highest sort, in which the film's necessity to the filmmaker—and its obstacles, its resistances, its emotional and moral demands on him—are part of its very existence." Richard Brody, New Yorker

17 Shoplifters
Shoplifters: Magnolia Pictures

4. Shoplifters. Total score: 87.7%
Metacritic score: 93. Rotten Tomatoes score: 89. IMDb score: 81. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka
Plot summary: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
What the critics said: "Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Sony Pictures

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Total score: 87.7%
Metacritic score: 87. Rotten Tomatoes score: 88. IMDb score: 88. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman. Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson (XVI), Hailee Steinfeld  
Plot summary: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
What the critics said: "The scale feels vast, yet the spirit is joyous. It's as if everyone had set out to make the best Spider-Man movie ever, which is exactly what they've done." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

19 They Shall Not Grow Old
They Shall Not Grow Old: Warner Bros.

2. They Shall Not Grow Old. Total score: 88.3%
Metacritic score: 91. Rotten Tomatoes score: 88. IMDb score: 86. Directed by Peter Jackson.
Plot summary: The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.  
What the critics said: "By thoughtfully employing cutting-edge technology, Jackson has instead created an essential portal connecting audiences of the present to his subjects in the past." Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap

20 ROMA
Roma: Netflix

1. Roma. Total score: 90.7%
Metacritic score: 96. Rotten Tomatoes score: 91. IMDb score: 85. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy García García, Marina de Tavira   
Plot summary: Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.  
What the critics said: "Alfonso Cuaron's new film gives you so much to see in each new vignette, in every individual composition, in fact, that a second viewing becomes a pleasurable necessity rather than a filmgoing luxury." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune