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. You Were Never Really Here (April 6) | Grade: A
  3. Annihilation (February 23) | Grade: A
  4. Searching (August 3) | Grade: A-
  5. Thoroughbreds (March 9) | Grade: A-
  6. First Reformed (May 18) | Grade: A-
  7.  Paddington 2 (January 12) | Grade: A-
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (June 8) | Grade: A-
  9. Incredibles 2 (June 15) | Grade: B+
  10. Black Panther (February 16) | Grade: B+
  11. A Quiet Place (April 6) | Grade: B+
  12. Avengers: Infinity War (April 27) | Grade: B+
  13. Hearts Beat Loud (June 8) | Grade: B+
  14. Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25) | Grade: B+
  15. Game Night (February 23) | Grade: B+
  16. Tully (May 4) | Grade: B+
  17. Disobedience (April 27) | Grade: B+
  18. The Death of Stalin (March 9) | Grade: B+
  19. King in the Wilderness (March 30) | Grade: B+
  20. Isle of Dogs (March 23) | Grade: B+
  21. The Guardians (May 4) | Grade: B+
  22. Upgrade (June 1) | Grade: B+
  23. Love, Simon (March 16) | Grade: B+
  24. Blame (January 5) | Grade: B+
  25. The Tale (January 20) | Grade: B+
  26. Hereditary (June 8) | Grade: B
  27. RBG (May 4) | Grade: B
  28. Lean on Pete (March 30) | Grade: B
  29. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (August 3) | Grade: B
  30. Leave No Trace (June 29) | Grade: B
  31. Ocean’s 8 (June 5) | Grade: B
  32. Set It Up (June 15) | Grade: B
  33. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (May 1) | Grade: B
  34. Ready Player One (March 29) | Grade: B
  35. Chris Rock: Tamborine (February 14)  | Grade: B
  36. Alex Strangelove (June 8) | Grade: B
  37. The Endless (April 6) | Grade: B-
  38. Step Sisters (January 19) | Grade: B-
  39. Blockers (April 6) | Grade: B-
  40. Deadpool 2 (May 18) | Grade: B-
  41. Tomb Raider (March 16) | Grade: B-
  42. Tom Segura: Disgraceful (January 12) | Grade: B-
  43. A Futile and Stupid Gesture (January 26) | Grade: B-
  44. Gemini (March 30) | Grade: C+
  45. Sorry to Bother You (July 6) | Grade: C+
  46. When We First Met (February 9) | Grade: C+
  47. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (January 26) | Grade: C+
  48. The Polka King (January 22) | Grade: C+
  49. 12 Strong (January 19) | Grade: C+
  50. Super Troopers 2 (April 20) | Grade: C
  51. A Wrinkle in Time (February 26) | Grade: C
  52. Breaking In (May 11) | Grade: C
  53. Mute (February 23) | Grade: C
  54. The Commuter (January 12) | Grade: C
  55. Peter Rabbit (February 3) | Grade: C
  56. Early Man (February 16) | Grade C
  57. Cloverfield Paradox (February 4) | Grade: C
  58. Life of the Party (May 11) | Grade: C
  59. Ricky Gervais: Humanity (March 13) | Grade: C-
  60. Red Sparrow (March 2) | Grade: C-

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2 replies to 2018 Movie Power Rankings

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

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