2018 Midyear Report

At the midway point for 2018 we can reveal the ten highest rated narrative films for the year so far. After Paddington 2 missed out on the 2017 Year in Review due to the vagaries of international release schedules, your favorite bear from Darkest Peru is finally having his moment! We are tickled the deepest shade of shrimp.

Congratulations to writer-director Paul King (you can read our Q&A with him—including why fart jokes don’t work for Paddington, and the Phoenix Buchanan dog food jingle we never got to hear—here.) Paddington 2 is closely followed by Paul Schrader’s First Reformed in second spot.

As in past years, our top ten differs from the first ten in Jack Moulton’s Unofficial Top 50 due to our rules: no documentaries, mini-series or stand-up specials; only narrative, feature-length films that have had at least a limited theatrical (or streaming) run in the US in 2018.

This time last year, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver topped the 2017 halfway list. By year’s end, Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird had tugged every heart string on the block, and a last-minute showing helped Phantom Thread into third place. Only Get Out and Logan remained in the top 10 through to year’s end.

Side-note: our top ten is restricted to narrative features, but as at 30 June 2018 the highest rated anything on Letterboxd was the Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special, Nanette, with a weighted average of 4.48 at time of writing. The highest-rated documentary (at 4.33), was Morgan Neville’s film Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about beloved US children’s show host Fred Rogers. Letterboxd HQ recommends both wholeheartedly.

Your ratings determine which films will make the final 2018 Year in Review, so thanks for logging and rating the films you’ve seen so far this year, and please keep it up!

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