2018 Film Rankings

by callen29-959-574942 | created - 31 Jul 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

This is a list of all the films I have seen from 2018, in order from best to worst. All films listed come with a rating out of 10. 1= Absolute garbage (Make sure nobody ever watches it) 2= Terrible (Please don't watch this) 3= Very bad (Watch if you absolutely must) 4= Quite poor (Watch if you want to) 5= Average (Might be worth watching) 6= Quite enjoyable (Worth watching) 7= Good solid film (Try and go see it) 8= Very good (Make sure you watch it) 9= Brilliant (An absolute must see) 10= Perfection (You and everyone you know must see it) Obviously this list is all my opinion, so you may not agree. If there are any films you want me to add, comment. I will be adding to it continuously.

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1. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 136,806 | Gross: $44.94M

Damien Chazelle continues his rise as one of the finest directors in the business. Vastly different from the other films he has made, First Man is one of the most intense visual and audial experiences to hit cinemas since Dunkirk. Written by talented writer Josh Singer, the film focuses on the life of Neil Armstrong rather than the mission itself. It is raw, emotional, intense and visually incredible.

Score: 9.5

2. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 241,915 | Gross: $32.73M

Alex Garland is making a name for himself as one of the greatest sci-fi minds in cinema history. It is difficult to explain quite how brilliant this film is. It has so many layers of mystery, interesting sci-fi concepts, and deeper meanings. The first two thirds play out as a mystery-thriller. It is intriguing, builds tension and contains some horrifying moments. But it is all set up for what is one of the most cerebral, visceral, haunting and crazy final acts to a sci-fi film. Additionally, the special effects, production design, sound design and score are all superb.

Score: 9.4

3. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 279,983 | Gross: $215.29M

The third musical drama of the same name is certainly the best. The chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is electric. Cooper in particular puts in one of the best performances of the year, which is made more impressive considering he is also director. Its a bonus that the soundtrack is also fantastic.

Score: 9.2

4. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 48,508 | Gross: $13.54M

This painfully true to life look at the lives of young teenagers at school was brought to the big screen by youtuber Bo Burnham. Elsie Fisher plays the lead and is incredible as a shy introverted girl who just wants to be confident and make friends. Her struggles with making friends and her angsty relationship with her Dad made for some of the most painful to watch scenes I've seen all year. The intentional cringe factor is off the charts in this movie. However, you grow to care so much about the main character that it makes the nicer moments that much greater.

Score: 8.8

5. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 176,156 | Gross: $44.07M

This wonderfully directed horror movie was the debut film from writer/director Ari Aster. The first 2/3 of the film is the epitome of building tension. Aster has wonderfully constructed a feeling of dread, or impending doom for the characters. There are moments in it that are shocking, but it very much stays grounded in reality. Then the final third of the film happens and it goes a bit crazy. You can either go with it like I did, or you will find it frustrating.

Score: 8.6

6. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 166,084 | Gross: $48.69M

Of course it had to be Spike to produce such a powerful piece of cinema that no only tells an incredible true story, but also reflects upon the fractures there are in modern society. In particular the race relations in modern day USA. He wonderfully tows the line of black comedy and drama, in a story that seems ridiculous, but is also extremely sensitive. The films script is excellent, but Spike Lee's direction elevates this piece of quality cinema.

Score: 8.5

7. American Animals (2018)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen

Votes: 31,610 | Gross: $2.86M

Off the back of the disappointing 'Oceans 8', 'American Animals' was a much needed refreshing take on the heist movie. Intermitted with interviews from the real people, this film tells the true story of a library heist carried out by 4 students in over their heads. The film starts off like the typical slick and stylish crime movie, but slowly morphs into a tense and anxiety fuelled thrill ride, where we really fell the fear that courses threw the character's veins.

Score: 8.3

8. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 110,278 | Gross: $174.53M

Featuring a rare all Asian cast, this romcom is one of the best and freshest in recent years. Vibrant, funny and charming this film was a joy to watch. The different cultural setting brought new characters and ideas to the stale genre.

Score: 8.3

9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 96,248

I think this might be my new litmus paper for Coen Brother's movies. As an anthology movie with 6 parts it includes all of the Coen's distinctive filmmaking styles. The wild slapstick comedy, to the darker black comedy, all the way to the more sinister and depressing themes. My two favourite stories were the "All Gold Canyon" and "The Gal Who Got Rattled", but all six of them were enjoyable for various reasons.

Score: 8.2

10. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 35,796 | Gross: $8.80M

Melissa McCarthy produces the performance of her career as writer Lee Israel, who starts to create forgeries of letters to help make ends meet. This has one of the best scripts of the year. It is witty, but never feels fake. You can tell McCarthy and Richard E Grant had a blast filming this. I also really like the classical feel that the film had, created by its fabulous set design and pleasant score.

Score: 8.1

11. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 115,966 | Gross: $32.02M

This gorgeous and visually interesting Wes Anderson movie is the reason I love stop motion animation. As a dog lover I really connected with this story. It is charming and fun, but manages to not get too sappy which dog movies often do. The filmmaking behind this is impeccable. That goes for the gorgeous animation and camera work, the outstanding voice cast and the fast paced adventurous score. 'Isle of Dogs' is a film that anyone can enjoy.

Score: 8.1

12. Widows (2018)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 71,257 | Gross: $42.40M

With a writer as talented as Gillian Flynn and a director as brilliant as Steve McQueen this film was always going to be great. From a filmmaking perspective this is one of the finest pieces of cinema produced all year. The direction and cinematography are some of the best I've seen all year. It is wonderfully edited and its incredible ensemble cast fail to disappoint. This film is also one of the most important of the year. It manages to finely balance themes such as corruption, race relations, sexism, domestic violence and police brutality. My one knock on this film is that for whatever reason I never felt that emotionally invested in the characters or the story.

Score: 8.0

13. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 16,270 | Gross: $1.44M

Gus Van Sant's biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan is perhaps the truest drama this year. This honest portrayal of alcoholism, self destruction and forgiveness is heart-felt and funny, but at no point does it feel contrived. As you would expect Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant and carries this movie. But there is a supporting performance from Jonah Hill that deserves awards consideration. My only major criticism of this movie is how it jumps around in time without much of a hint as to where you are along the timeline.

Score: 7.9

14. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 546,448 | Gross: $700.06M

There was an enormous amount of pressure on Black Panther to be a success. It was such a culturally significant moment, not only in the super hero genre, but for blockbuster films in general. Thankfully, writer/director Ryan Coogler pulls it off. Despite being part of the Marvel Universe, it very much stands on its own as an individual comic book movie. Many of the beats and stylistic choices we have come to expect from Marvel are slightly different here and means we are left with a refreshing, but still entertaining movie.

Score: 7.9

15. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 217,150 | Gross: $608.58M

The long awaited sequel to one of Pixar's greatest films doesn't disappoint. Full of humour suitable for all ages and some extremely fun action sequences, this still has the magic of the original. What holds it back from being as good as the first is the standard of villain. The motives and evil plan of the new villain is not nearly as believable and clever as that of Syndrome.

Score: 7.8

16. Searching (III) (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Director: Aneesh Chaganty | Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La

Votes: 111,506 | Gross: $26.02M

I think this could be the beginning of a new trend. A film which takes place entirely on the screens of computers. While it wasn't the first to do it, it is the first to make it feel more than a gimmick. As a father tries to solve the mystery of his missing daughter, you feel completely involved as you spot things at the same time that the character does.

Score: 7.5

17. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 103,701 | Gross: $17.84M

It would be very easy to knock this film as a poor Tarantino copy. It is flashy, theatrical, full of vibrant characters doing shocking things and has a cracking soundtrack. While it may be a bit showy and contrived, there is no doubt it is entertaining and full of twists. The cast are all having a blast as they get to chew on fun dialogue. Even though it isn't perfect, it has the feel of a movie that will grow in popularity as time rolls on.

Score: 7.3

18. Game Night (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan

Votes: 172,385 | Gross: $69.00M

This fun, but dark comedy was a pleasant surprise this early in the year. To have a studio comedy this well written and constructed is become far too rare. All the cast do a terrific job with the script, both dramatically and with their comedic timing. Overall, this leaves us with a really good adult comedy.

Score: 7.2

19. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 420,045 | Gross: $324.59M

Deadpool 2 continues in the same vain as its hugely influential predecessor. In many ways this is actually a better movie than the first Deadpool. The action scenes have been improved and there is a pleasantly surprising character arc for the titular character. Its biggest issue is that the shock factor that the original had has somewhat waned. A lot of the jokes, while funny, I felt like I have heard before.

Score: 7.2

20. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 85,946 | Gross: $40.83M

A middle-class high school comedy that has all the usual stereotypes, but one. The lead male is gay. This is a perfectly good coming of age film, heart-warming, funny, relatable and full of nostalgia. However, Simon's coming out story separates this from the others. For lots of young people this will be an extremely important film and will likely inspire lots of teenagers to come out and feel free to be who they want to be.

Score: 7.2

21. Unsane (2018)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple

Votes: 34,187 | Gross: $7.73M

Steven Soderbergh's second return to directing comes in the from of a small budget psychological thriller, shot entirely on an I-phone. The film is extremely frustrating to watch and I mean that in the nicest possible way. When Claire Foy's character is essentially imprisoned in a mental institution, it will have you screaming at the screen. This is not only a testament to the screenplay and direction, but also to Clair Foy who puts in a very real and sympathetic performance. If you ignore a few of the unrealistic aspects of the story and go along with it, there is a lot of fun to be he had watching this film.

Score: 7.1

22. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 98,592 | Gross: $53.55M

This film is absolutely bonkers. Its tones and genre quite literally is all over the place. For this reason you could criticise the films direction. However, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively really carry this film's crazy script and make it a really enjoyable watch. There is plenty of humour which you would expect from a Paul Feig film. But there is also enough mystery and intrigue to keep you hooked.

Score: 7.1

23. Blockers (2018)

R | 102 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton

Votes: 60,522 | Gross: $59.84M

I had very low expectations for this movie. In the main, because I am so tired of American raunchy comedies where every character is just a caricature and the actors are expected to adlib half the movie. However, this film has a structure, a good script and the characters are actually quite funny. It isn't perfect. But, there are lots of laughs to be had with this movie and it will undoubtedly be better than most of the comedies released this year.

Score: 7.0

24. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 317,753 | Gross: $137.69M

This glossy, Sci-Fi, action filled popcorn movie, stuffed with pop culture references and easter eggs couldn't have a more suitable director at the helm. Steven Spielberg knows exactly how to pull these types of movies off and once again he has proved himself a master filmmaker. Narratively speaking the film is fairly safe and generic, but that doesn't matter because lots of people will have fun with this movie.

Score: 7.0

25. Support the Girls (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Zoe Graham

Votes: 5,102 | Gross: $0.13M

This understated comedy drama about girls who work at a bar & grill was a surprisingly pleasant watch. It doesn't floor you with its comedy or emotional moments, but it is a pleasure to be in their company for 90 minutes. Their were a handful of great performances from the likes of Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson and Shayna McHayle.

Score: 7.0

26. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

Votes: 239,445 | Gross: $213.77M

There is no way to get around the fact this film is just one big piece of fan service. Anything you wanted to know about Han Solo is answered in this movie to varying degrees of satisfaction. It is also a film that shouldn't have been made, which is somewhat reflected in its poor box office return. However, I must say that this film is still an enjoyable action/Sci-Fi romp that will keep you entertained from start 'til finish. Credit must go to director Ron Howard who had to go in midway through shooting to fix the mess that was the production of this film.

Score: 6.8

27. Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

Votes: 7,457 | Gross: $2.39M

A film about a father and his teenage daughter starting a band is as sweet and heart-warming as you would imagine. It is also as safe and predictable as you would imagine and that is part of its problem. The music was quite good, but it falls short of the standard that John Carney has set for this sub genre of film.

Score: 6.7

28. Bird Box (2018)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 235,293

Bird Box had the great misfortune of being released on the same year as the superior 'A Quiet Place'. It has an interesting new premise for a monster movie, but through no fault of its own could only lead to an apocalypse style story that we have seen elements of many times before. The filmmaking and performances were carried out to a very high standard. My one gripe was the way they went back and forth between the scenes during the outbreak and the ones 5 years later. I don't think this poor editing helped either half of the story.

Score: 6.7

29. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 387,350 | Gross: $216.43M

Bohemian Rhapsody has been an enormous crowd pleasing hit and it is easy to see why. The story serves as the perfect compliment to what is the real star of this film. Queen's music. And it does this very well. However, if you strip away the fabulous songs there isn't much going on. Freddie's rollercoaster of a life isn't explored the way it could have been and there is almost no conflict throughout the whole story.

Score: 6.6

30. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

54 Metascore

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban

Votes: 53,618 | Gross: $45.50M

This true story from the modern day Afghan conflict is gritty and filled with plenty of action. It is lacking in character development and political statements, but for fans of action and war movies this film has you covered.

Score: 6.3

31. Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Escobar

Votes: 56,707 | Gross: $67.36M

This heart-warming family comedy was surprisingly moving. It shines a light on a very important issue and I'm sure it will encourage many people to look into fostering. The main problem with the film is the tone. It struggles to get the right balance between comedy and drama. Often the attempts of comedy undermine the more dramatic moments, particularly because of the films' silly sense of humour. If it had a tone more similar to that of 'Juno' it could have been a great little film.

Score: 6.3

32. The Commuter (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 87,994 | Gross: $36.34M

'The Commuter' is everything that I expected from a Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson collaboration. It is dumb, it is full of action, it is somewhat entertaining and this time it is set on a train. If you want a smart Hitchcockian thriller this isn't for you. But, if you need an easy to watch popcorn action movie with a charismatic lead then I would recommend this film.

Score: 6.2

33. Tag (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 93,429 | Gross: $54.55M

'Tag' is based on the bizarre true story of a group of adults who have been playing a game of tag for 30 years. This comedy plays out like a series of comedy sketches and runs on for about 20 minutes too long. While the characters are all adult comedy clichés, there is enough daft humour and clever gags to make it a worthwhile comedy. It also has some heart-warming moments about friendship, something modern day adult comedies often don't.

Score: 6.2

34. Alex Strangelove (2018)

TV-MA | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Alex, high school class president, nerd and a straight A student, has been dating Claire a long time. They decide to sleep together but then he meets a gay guy and he's confused.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Michael Abela, Daniel Doheny, Brendan Archer, Gianna Jean

Votes: 12,151

Coming out just after the successful coming out comedy 'Love, Simon', this film was always likely going to be compared to it. It isn't as narratively tight as 'Love, Simon'. Quite often I thought that segments of dialogue could have done with another look over. However, this perhaps added to the quirkiness of this film. My biggest compliment to this film is that it wasn't afraid to try some crazy things. There is one bit of gross-out comedy that particularly comes to mind.

Score: 6.0

35. Mute (II) (2018)

TV-MA | 126 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Levi Eisenblätter

Votes: 26,530

Duncan Jones' passion projects has taken 10 years to get made, but still needed more time. This Neo noir thriller set in the near future has some interesting ideas that are enough to keep you hooked. However, its lack of clear direction leaves it feeling messy, and our protagonist is far less interesting than some of the other characters in this film.

Score: 5.9

36. Rampage (2018)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Votes: 122,784 | Gross: $101.03M

It boggles my mind that somebody came up with the idea to adapt the 1986 arcade game 'Rampage' into a feature length film. Somebody made it though, and to nobody's surprise it is one of the dumbest movies of the year. If you completely ignore all your logical thinking there is some fun to be had with this movie. This is in large to Dwayne Johnson, who is perhaps the only actor in Hollywood who could pull off a movie like this.

Score: 5.9

37. Ocean's Eight (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 154,593 | Gross: $140.22M

This all female reboot of the oceans franchise is simply all gloss and no substance. We see eight underdeveloped female characters who all have specific jobs carry out a jewellery heist that's logic has seemingly been thrown out the window. Now that could be forgiven if the film was funny and wickedly clever. Unfortunately, there isn't enough of these moments. Just had to mention actors. Anne Hathaway was far and away the best thing about this film. On the other hand, suddenly appearing in the third act was a character played by James Corden, who was so terribly miscast he sticks out like a sore thumb.

Score: 5.7

38. Early Man (2018)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall

Votes: 16,778 | Gross: $8.27M

The latest animated film 'Early Man' from the wonderful Aardman studios is possibly their most disappointing yet. That's not to say it was bad. It still has the charm and silly humour that Aardman films typically do. However, there wasn't the laugh out loud moments that their films usually have. Another disappointment was the generic nature of the film's plot which was nothing other than a basic underdog story. Kids will enjoy this, but it is unlikely one they remember.

Score: 5.6

39. Thoroughbreds (2017)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks

Votes: 27,193 | Gross: $2.83M

As much as I didn't like this film, I believe debut writer-director Cory Finley is one to watch out for. I really enjoyed some of his direction. Some of the long shots reminded me of bits from 'The Shining'. However, the screenplay didn't sit right with me. The characters dialogue felt extremely artificial. I didn't believe a word that was coming out of these two teenager's mouths. It is also missing clear intentions and obstacles for the first half of the film, which gave the film a lack of drive.

Score: 5.4

40. Gringo (2018)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

Director: Nash Edgerton | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton

Votes: 22,661 | Gross: $4.97M

This crazy black comedy was brought to us by director Nash Edgerton, brother of star of the movie Joel. Its script is extremely inconsistent and to be honest a bit of a mess. There were elements of situational comedy that were really funny and clever. However, this was then spoilt by pieces of dialogue that fall flat and just come off as silly. This could be forgiven if the characters had been given more development, but they were never more than 2 dimensional deplorable people.

Score: 5.3

41. Peter Rabbit (2018)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia

Votes: 29,436 | Gross: $115.25M

Packed with an annoying rabbit, the latest pop songs and scenes full of crassness this film barely resembles anything from the quaint and British children's books by Beatrix Potter. James Corden has been completely miscast in the lead role. His voice doesn't suit the character of Peter Rabbit and he even made him quite intolerable. Children might enjoy its silliness, but it won't have the magic or charm to stand the test of time. Besides a few good jokes the only saving grace for this film was the brilliant Domhnall Gleeson.

Score: 5.1

42. Red Sparrow (2018)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 144,422 | Gross: $46.87M

With Jennifer Lawrence playing the lead as a sexy Russian spy, in espionage thriller, with a star-studded cast, you would think this film would be a blast. Well it is a slog to watch. The storyline is shockingly dull and drones on for 30 minutes too long. The accents are laughably inconsistent, especially Jennifer Lawrence's. And there is no chemistry between Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Lawrence what so ever.

Score: 4.9

43. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

52 Metascore

The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp

Votes: 182,652 | Gross: $159.56M

One could describe this as the 'Last Jedi' of wizarding world films. For fans of the franchise, this film has canon destroying plot points, breaks several of the established rules in this world and frustratingly ignores the events that happened before this film. What makes all of this worse is that it was written by J.K Rowling herself. Unlike 'The Last Jedi' however, this is all compounded by the fact it is a poorly paced, badly written, extremely misguided and overall just a disappointing movie.

Score: 4.8

44. Tomb Raider (2018)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu

Votes: 170,679 | Gross: $58.25M

A reboot I am not sure was really wanted, 'Tomb Raider' is another film based on the game of the same name. Alicia Vikander is the gorgeous, feisty Lara Croft and does a good job, albeit different to the version of the character we are use to. However, the action is underwhelming and the plot is generic. Unfortunately the film doesn't do anything to improve the success rate of video game based movies.

Score: 4.7

45. Life of the Party (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.

Director: Ben Falcone | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, Ben Falcone

Votes: 27,738 | Gross: $52.86M

Clearly the producers behind this film, thought a fun idea and Melissa McCarthy would be enough for this film to work. What they forgot was that it needed a good script. The best way I could describe this film is that it plays out like the fantasy of an unhappy middle-aged women. I fully expected Melissa McCarthy's character to wake up at the end of it. There was the occasional funny gag, but it wasn't enough for me to ignore the terrible plot structure and inconsistent character traits.

Score: 4.3

46. The Festival (2018)

R | 98 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

After Nick's girlfriend dumps him, his best mate Shane has the perfect antidote to his break-up blues: three days at an epic music festival.

Director: Iain Morris | Stars: Joe Thomas, Hannah Tointon, Hammed Animashaun, Hugh Coles

Votes: 4,351

The first word that comes to mind when describing this British comedy is dated. It was directed by the creator of 'The Inbetweeners' and you can tell. A lot of the comedy is recycled, crass and cringe-inducing. There doesn't seem to be anything new that the directors and writers are trying to tell. All of this is compounded by the fact Joe Thomas is playing the same whiney, pathetic, insufferable character that he always plays.

Score: 3.1

47. Terminal (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

27 Metascore

A film noir taking place in a train terminal at night. Add 2 male assassins, female assassin, waitress, teacher, janitor and crime boss. Add revenge. Who says mystery is a lost art?

Director: Vaughn Stein | Stars: Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Mike Myers

Votes: 15,674

It is easy to see that this film is Vaughn Stein's directorial debut. The script seems like it is from the mind of a film student who believes they can be the next Tarantino, but actually doesn't know a single thing about storytelling. There is literally no point to this film. On the bright side it certainly isn't boring. It verges on the so bad it is good. Also the actors are having a lot of fun with the roles, particularly Margot Robbie. Albeit actually being a pretty a terrible performance.

Score: 1.6