2018 Movie Power Rankings

2018 movie

Oh, how time flies. This is my fourth year doing these “power rankings,” so most of you know the drill. I’ve watched enough movies at this point in the year to unveil my rankings, and I’ll continue to update this list as I watch more films until the end of December.

One notable difference this year is that I’ve cut down a bit on written reviews on this site, so the best way to find out what I think of these flicks beyond a letter grade is by checking out past and present episodes of Cinemaholics. I also keep up with everything on my Letterboxd (a social network for filmgoers).

How these rankings work: 

I don’t rank movies the way someone might grade a test. A “B” grade doesn’t mean the movie got “answers” wrong or something like that. I judge the quality of the movie based on a combination of audience appeal, technical achievement, and cultural relevance. If a movie receives an “A” or “A-,” that means I consider the film a must-see, even if you’re not a fan of the genre.

“B” grades are handed out to films I believe carry a lot of appeal for moviegoers who are usually big fans of the genre or subject matter (this is why a lot of superhero films tend to fit in this range). “C” grades are bigger gambles for these fans, and so on. If a movie you love or enjoy has a low rating, consider it a blessing that you’ve connected with a film unable to reach as large an audience for whatever reason, at least from my perspective.

Every 2018 Movie I’ve Seen, Ranked:

  1. Eighth Grade (July 13) | Grade: A
  2. Searching (August 3) | Grade: A
  3. Blindspotting (July 20) | Grade: A
  4. You Were Never Really Here (April 6) | Grade: A
  5. Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse (December 14) | Grade: A
  6. The Favourite (November 23) | Grade: A-
  7. First Man (October 12) | Grade: A-
  8. Wildlife (October 19) | Grade: A-
  9. Annihilation (February 23) | Grade: A-
  10. Roma (November 21) | Grade: A-
  11. Thoroughbreds (March 9) | Grade: A-
  12. First Reformed (May 18) | Grade: A-
  13. Three Identical Strangers (June 29) | Grade: A-
  14. Widows (November 16) | Grade: A-
  15.  Paddington 2 (January 12) | Grade: A-
  16. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (June 8) | Grade: A-
  17. Assassination Nation (September 21) | Grade: A-
  18. Incredibles 2 (June 15) | Grade: B+
  19. Black Panther (February 16) | Grade: B+
  20. A Quiet Place (April 6) | Grade: B+
  21. Avengers: Infinity War (April 27) | Grade: B+
  22. Maniac (September 21) | Grade: B+
  23. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (July 27) | Grade: B+
  24. Hearts Beat Loud (June 8) | Grade: B+
  25. Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25) | Grade: B+
  26. Game Night (February 23) | Grade: B+
  27. Tully (May 4) | Grade: B+
  28. Shoplifters (November 23) | Grade: B+
  29. Can You Ever Forgive Me (October 19) | Grade: B+
  30. The Hate U Give (October 5) | Grade: B+
  31. Overlord (November 9) | Grade: B+
  32. Disobedience (April 27) | Grade: B+
  33. Calibre (June 22) | Grade: B+
  34. The Death of Stalin (March 9) | Grade: B+
  35. BlacKkKlansman (August 10) | Grade: B+
  36. The Guardians (May 4) | Grade: B+
  37. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (November 16) | Grade: B
  38. King in the Wilderness (March 30) | Grade: B
  39. A Star is Born (October 5) | Grade: B
  40. Upgrade (June 1) | Grade: B
  41. Love, Simon (March 16) | Grade: B
  42. Mid90s (October 19) | Grade: B
  43. Blame (January 5) | Grade: B
  44. The Tale (January 20) | Grade: B
  45. Hereditary (June 8) | Grade: B
  46. Bad Times at the El Royale (October 12) | Grade: B
  47. Isle of Dogs (March 23) | Grade: B
  48. Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (August 10) | Grade: B
  49. Burning (October 26) | Grade: B
  50. A Simple Favor (September 14) | Grade: B
  51. Crazy Rich Asians (August 15) | Grade: B
  52. Puzzle (July 13) | Grade: B
  53. Ant-Man & the Wasp (July 6) | Grade: B
  54. Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2) | Grade: B
  55. RBG (May 4) | Grade: B
  56. Support the Girls (August 24) | Grade: B
  57. Leave No Trace (June 29) | Grade: B
  58. Cam (November 16) | Grade: B
  59. Mary Poppins Returns (December 19) | Grade: B
  60. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (August 3) | Grade: B
  61. Fahrenheit 11/9 (September 21) | Grade: B
  62. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (August 17) | Grade: B
  63. Ocean’s 8 (June 5) | Grade: B
  64. American Animals (June 1) | Grade: B
  65. The Grinch (November 9) | Grade: B
  66. Lean on Pete (March 30) | Grade: B
  67. Christopher Robin (August 3) | Grade: B
  68. Set It Up (June 15) | Grade: B
  69. Instant Family (November 16) | Grade: B
  70. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (January 19) | Grade: B
  71. Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial (July 24) | Grade: B
  72. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (May 1) | Grade: B
  73. Ready Player One (March 29) | Grade: B
  74. Chris Rock: Tamborine (February 14)  | Grade: B
  75. Alex Strangelove (June 8) | Grade: B
  76. The Endless (April 6) | Grade: B-
  77. Boy Erased (November 2) | Grade: B-
  78. Ralph Breaks the Internet (November 21) | Grade: B-
  79. Step Sisters (January 19) | Grade: B-
  80. Blockers (April 6) | Grade: B-
  81. Outlaw King (November 9) | Grade: B-
  82. Deadpool 2 (May 18) | Grade: B-
  83. Borg vs McEnroe (April 13) | Grade: B-
  84. Halloween (October 19) | Grade: B-
  85. Tag (June 15) | Grade: B-
  86. White Boy Rick (September 14) | Grade: B-
  87. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22) | Grade: B-
  88. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20) | Grade: B-
  89. W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (June 26) | Grade: B-
  90. Tom Segura: Disgraceful (January 12) | Grade: B-
  91. Sorry to Bother You (July 6) | Grade: C+
  92. Suspiria (October 26) | Grade: C+
  93. Flower (April 5) | Grade: C+
  94. Green Book (November 6) | Grade: C+
  95. Apostle (October 12) | Grade: C+
  96. Smallfoot (September 28) | Grade: C+
  97. Gemini (March 30) | Grade: C+
  98. The Nun (September 6) | Grade: C+
  99. 22 July (October 10) | Grade: C+
  100. When We First Met (February 9) | Grade: C+
  101. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (September 21) | Grade: C+
  102. The Meg (August 10) | Grade: C+
  103. Skyscraper (July 13) | Grade: C+
  104. The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3) | Grade: C+
  105. Hell Fest (September 28) | Grade: C+
  106. The Predator (September 14) | Grade: C+
  107. Tomb Raider (March 16) | Grade: C+
  108. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (January 26) | Grade: C+
  109. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (July 27) | Grade: C+
  110. The Polka King (January 22) | Grade: C+
  111. 12 Strong (January 19) | Grade: C+
  112. A Futile and Stupid Gesture (January 26) | Grade: C
  113. Super Troopers 2 (April 20) | Grade: C
  114. A Wrinkle in Time (February 26) | Grade: C
  115. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16) | Grade: C
  116. Like Father (August 3) | Grade: C
  117. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (November 2) | Grade: C
  118. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29) | Grade: C
  119. Breaking In (May 11) | Grade: C
  120. Mute (February 23) | Grade: C
  121. The Commuter (January 12) | Grade: C
  122. Peter Rabbit (February 3) | Grade: C
  123. Early Man (February 16) | Grade C
  124. Cloverfield Paradox (February 4) | Grade: C
  125. Life of the Party (May 11) | Grade: C
  126. Robin Hood (November 21) | Grade: C-
  127. Ricky Gervais: Humanity (March 13) | Grade: C-
  128. The Happytime Murders (August 24) | Grade: C-
  129. Red Sparrow (March 2) | Grade: C-
  130. Night School (September 28) | Grade: D+
  131. Venom (October 5) | Grade: D

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7 replies to 2018 Movie Power Rankings

  1. Why so rating to Avengers Inifinity wars & Deadpool 2. These movies need to be rated higher.

  2. Wow! You watched so many movies. Thank you for sharing the rankings, I agree with how you ranked the movie I watched. As a super heroes movie fan, I notice that fans enjoyed Deadpool, Infinity War, Black Panther, but normal audience say Infinity War is too fast and hard to understand, they don’t even wait for credit, and they said Deadpool 2 is boring, they just don’t get the joke 😉

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