Best of January 2016: Top Albums, Games, Movies & TV

By By Kevin
Includes albums with 7 or more reviews from critics. Reissues, live albums, EPs, and compilations are excluded. All scores on this page are from the morning of January 30, 2016.
Best of January 2016: Top Albums, Games, Movies & TV

Highest-scoring albums this month

Includes albums with 7 or more reviews from critics. Reissues, live albums, EPs, and compilations are excluded. All scores on this page are from the morning of January 30, 2016.

Album/Artist Score Buy Album Stream Album
1Blackstar
by David Bowie
87Amazon iTunesSpotify
2Malibu
by Anderson .Paak
84Amazon iTunesSpotify
3Third Law
by Roly Porter
83Amazon iTunesSpotify
4The Waiting Room
by Tindersticks
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
5Jet Plane And Oxbow
by Shearwater
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
6Adore Life
by Savages
82Amazon iTunesSpotify
7Night Thoughts
by Suede
81Amazon iTunes
8Suicide Songs
by MONEY
81Amazon iTunesSpotify
9New View
by Eleanor Friedberger
80Amazon iTunesSpotify
10M:FANS
by John Cale
80Amazon iTunesSpotify

Highest-scoring movies this month

Includes films with 7 or more reviews from critics. Theatrical re-releases are excluded.

Best wide releases
Movie Genre Score
1Kung Fu Panda 3 Animation/Family65
2The Finest Hours Action-Adventure/Drama58
313 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Drama/Thriller48
4The Boy Horror/Thriller42
5The ForestHorror34
Best limited releases
Movie Genre Score
1Aferim! Foreign/Adventure86
2The Treasure Foreign/Comedy85
3In the Shadow of Women Foreign/Drama74
4Sweaty BettyDrama71
5Naz & Maalik Drama65
Best DVD/Blu-ray releases
Movie Genre Score Buy
1The Look of SilenceDocumentary92Amazon
2The Diary of a Teenage Girl Drama87Amazon
3The Second Mother Foreign/Drama82Amazon
4Eden Foreign/Drama/Music82Amazon
5Experimenter Drama81Amazon
6Sicario Drama/Thriller81Amazon
7The Martian Sci-fi/Adventure80Amazon
8The Assassin Foreign/Drama/Action80Amazon
9Chi-RaqDrama77Amazon
10The New Girlfriend Foreign/Drama74Amazon

Highest-scoring TV premieres this month

All shows debuting this month with reviews from at least 4 critics are eligible.

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Best new shows (including movies/miniseries/specials)
Show Score Network Stream It
1Angie Tribeca77TBS Amazon iTunes
2London Spy73 BBC America Amazon iTunes
3You, Me and the Apocalypse73 NBC Amazon iTunes Hulu
4War & Peace72 A&E/Lifetime/History Amazon iTunes
5Recovery Road70Freeform Amazon iTunes Hulu
Best returning shows *
Show Score Network Stream It
1American Crime Season 285ABC Amazon iTunes Hulu
2Sesame Street Season 679PBSHBO
3Galavant Season 277ABC Amazon iTunes Hulu
4Downton Abbey Season 676 PBS Amazon iTunes
5Younger Season 274TV LAND Amazon iTunes


* Among shows with reviews. Generally, only certain noteworthy shows are reviewed by critics after season 1.

Highest-scoring video games this month (by platform)

Includes games with 7 or more reviews from critics. (iOS releases include titles with 4 or more reviews from critics.)

PlayStation 4
1The Witness87
2Life is Strange85Buy
3This War of Mine: The Little Ones82
4The Banner Saga79
5Klaus78
Xbox One
1This War of Mine: The Little Ones80
2Oxenfree78
3The Banner Saga78
4Resident Evil 0: HD Remaster71
5Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India67
PC
1The Witness88
2Pony Island87
3Rise of the Tomb Raider87
4Darkest Dungeon86
5Life is Strange83
Wii U
(no eligible releases this month)
Nintendo 3DS
1Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam77Buy
2Final Fantasy Explorers71Buy
PlayStation Vita
1Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky75
iPhone/iPad
1Crashlands99 Buy
2Dungelot: Shattered Lands88Buy
3Punch Club85Buy
4Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure84Buy
5Lost in Harmony75Buy

What did you like?

Do you have any recommendations from the past month? Let us know in the comments section below.

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