The past year was a great year for movies. Between major releases on streaming and digital services, along with all those theatrical releases, it can be exceptionally difficult to keep up with every movie released in 2022, and making that even more difficult, how are you supposed to keep up with every good movie released this year? There were well over 400 feature-length movies released in 2022, but what did critics like the most?
In 2021, there were 925 movies released, according to Movie Insider, and this includes streaming and direct-to-video. Meanwhile, Statista claims 403 movies were released theatrically in the US and Canada in 2021. It’s a lot to keep track of, even if that amount is an anomaly (it’s not) we can be certain that hundreds and hundreds of movies are released each year.
However, it is a lot easier to figure out what critics find to be the best. Over on GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic, they have rankings for every movie, based on critical reviews and the scores said critics give the movies. And because of this system, we can figure out what critics found to be the top 10 movies of 2022.
Let’s check out some of the best critically reviewed movies of 2022, and we’ll keep updating this list throughout the year, as it is sure to change. And speaking of movies, why not check out the worst movies of 2022, ranked by Metacritic? And of course, keep in mind that we’re only four months into the year, these lists are all very much subject to change as time marches on.
10. Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Release: August 19
Metacritic score: 88 (18 reviews)
This documentary revolves around three minutes of footageshot by David Kurtz in 1938, featuring Jewish inhabitants in Poland before the Holocaust.
9. Return to Seoul
Release: December 2
Metacritic score: 88 (12 reviews)
In this drama, Freddie returns to South Korea for the first time since she was born–before being adopted and raised in France. She knows little about her birth country and tries to make a connection on her journey.
8. Great Freedom
Release: March 4
Metacritic score: 89 (18 reviews)
In the wake of WWII, German citizen Hans is imprisoned because of Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Throughout his decades in jail, he develops a bond with Viktor, his cellmate who was convicted of murder.
7. Hit the Road
Release: April 22
Metacritic score: 90 (28 reviews)
In this road trip movie, a family of four travel across the Iranian countryside. They bond with each other, create memories, and deal with a sick dog.
6. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Release: November 23
Metacritic score: 90 (24 reviews)
This documentary is about artist and activist Nan Goldin, who fights to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis.
5. The Worst Person in the World
Release: February 4
Metacritic score: 90 (47 reviews)
Director Joachim Trier tells the story of Julie (Renate Reinsve) looking at her life in Oslo over the course of four years, in 12 chapters. She tries to find her identity and her own happiness as she looks for a new profession and dates two different men.
4. Mr. Bachmann and His Class
Release: February 20
Metacritic score: 91 (8 reviews)
A documentary by Maria Speth, Mr. Bachmann and His Class follows an elementary school teacher who teaches students from all over the world and now call Germany their home. This film comes in at three and a half hours.
Release: October 7
Metacritic score: 91 (48 reviews)
In this biopic, Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, the first female chief conductor of a major German orchestra.
2. The Quiet Girl
Release: December 16
Metacritic score: 91 (9 reviews)
Taking place in 1981 in rural Ireland, The Quiet Girl follows a nine-year-old who is sent to live with foster parents for the summer. She’s reclusive and tries to hide but blossoms in this new household.
Release: October 21
Metacritic score: 95 (45 reviews)
This film follows a woman named Sophie remembering a holiday she shared with her father, 20 years prior.