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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2013

By Garth Franklin Tuesday December 31st 2013 05:02PM
Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2013

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films, games and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games. Check out the scores below:

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Best Films

This list does NOT include old film re-releases such as "Voyage to Italy" and "Tristana". Films also have to have AT LEAST ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Best Kept Secret," "Gideon's Army" and "Out of the Clear Blue Sky" are not included.

  1. "12 Years a Slave" - 97/100
  2. "Gravity" - 96/100
  3. "Before Midnight" - 94/100
  4. "Inside Llewyn Davis" - 92/100
  5. "The Gatekeepers," "Her," "Stories We Tell" - 91/100
  6. "American Hustle" - 90/100
  7. "The Act of Killing" - 89/100
  8. "Blue is the Warmest Color" - 88/100
  9. "All is Lost" - 87/100
  10. "Drug War," "The Great Beauty," "Let the Fire Burn," "Nebraska" - 86/100

There's also a tally of the movies most frequently mentioned by individual film critics in their year-end Top Ten lists. On that front the best films this year are:

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Gravity
  3. Her
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Before Midnight
  6. The Act of Killing
  7. American Hustle
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. Blue is the Warmest Color
  10. Nebraska

Not far behind were "Frances Ha," "Upstream Color," "Stories We Tell," "All is Lost," "Short Term 12," "Captain Philips," "The Great Beauty," "Blue Jasmine," "Spring Breakers," "Dallas Buyers's Club," "Fruitvale Station," "A Touch of Sin," "The World's End," "Leviathan" and "Mud."

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Best TV Series

The reviews for shows on the site are often for the first few episodes of a season, and so aren't as reliable overall as the film scores. Documentaries and specials like "Louis CK: Oh My God," "Africa" and "The Flag" aren't included:

  1. "Breaking Bad: Season 5" - 99/100
  2. "Enlightened: Season 2" - 96/100
  3. "The Returned: Season 1" - 92/100
  4. "Broadchurch: Season 1" - 91/100
  5. "Game of Thrones: Season 3," "The Hollow Crown," "Justified: Season 4" - 90/100
  6. "Mad Men: Season 6" - 87/100
  7. "Southland: Season 5," "Top of the Lake" - 86/100
  8. "It's Always Sunny..." Season 9," "Masters of Sex: Season 1" - 85/100
  9. "Girls: Season 2" - 84/100
  10. "The Fall: Season 1" - 83/100

There's also a tally of the TV shows most frequently mentioned by individual TV critics in their year-end Top Ten lists, which I think is actually a more reliable indicator. On that front the best shows on TV right now are:

  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. The Americans (Showtime)
  6. The Good Wife (CBS)
  7. Enlightened (HBO)
  8. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  9. Justified (FX)
  10. House of Cards (Netflix)

Not far behind were "The Returned," "Orphan Black," "Parks and Recreation," "Top of the Lake," 'American Horror Story," "Downton Abbey," "The Walking Dead," "Veep," "Scandal," "Hannibal" and "Rectify".

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Best Console Games

Scoring for games on the site is something of a mess as episodic releases, DLC add-on packs and iOS games are often given their own scores. To keep the list reasonable, I'm sticking to full game releases only on the Playstation, Xbox and Wii (old and current gen).

No DLC add-ons, no single episodes of larger games (eg. "The Wolf Among Us: Ep 1. Faith"), and no re-releases (ala "Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara," "Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate," "Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut," "Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut") are included:

PS3 & PS4

  1. "Grand Theft Auto V" - 97/100
  2. "The Last of Us" - 95/100
  3. "Bioshock Infinite" - 94/100
  4. "Rayman Legends" - 91/100
  5. "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" - 88/100
  6. "Hotline Miami," "MLB 13: The Show," "Tomb Raider" - 87/100
  7. "Battlefield 4," "Diablo III," "FIFA 14," "Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien" - 86/100
  8. "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons," "DMC: Devil May Cry," "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch," "Rocksmith 2014 Edition," "Trine 2: Complete Story" - 85/100
  9. "Guacamelee!," "NBA 2K14," "Resogun," "Skylanders Swap Force," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist" - 84/100
  10. "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes," "Spelunky" - 83/100

Xbox 360 & One

  1. "Grand Theft Auto V" - 97/100
  2. "Bioshock Infinite" - 93/100
  3. "Rayman Legends" - 90/100
  4. "XCOM: Enemy Within" - 89/100
  5. "Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force" - 88/100
  6. "Diablo III," "NBA 2K14," "Rocksmith 2014 Edition," "Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien" - 87/100
  7. "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons," "DMC: Devil May Cry," "Tomb Raider" - 86/100
  8. "BattleBlock Theater" - 85/100
  9. "FIFA 14" - 84/100
  10. "Skylanders Swap Force" - 83/100

Wii U

  1. "Super Mario 3D World" - 94/100
  2. "Rayman Legends" - 91/100
  3. "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD" - 90/100
  4. "Pikmin 3" - 87/100
  5. "Need for Speed: Most Wanted U" - 86/100
  6. "Edge," "Mutant Mudds Deluxe," "Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien" - 84/100
  7. "Star Wars Pinball" - 83/100
  8. "LEGO City Undercover," "Resident Evil: Revelations" - 89/100
  9. "The Wonderful 101" - 78/100
  10. "LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes," "New Super Luigi U" - 78/100

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