I participated in this poll, but I don’t agree with this choice: Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a good flick, but hardly the film of the year.
In two of the last three years, this poll has come down to ONE vote. And while at first it seemed like we’d see another close finish in 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War was always in the mix, and for a good stretch Phantom Thread was in pole position – in the end Tom Cruise did what he always does and ran away with it. After a whopping 197 lists (a new record!) were counted, Mission: Impossible – Fallout emerged as your best movie of 2018.
See the whole list — as well as the individual lists of every critic who participated — at HeyUGuys. Because HeyUGuys is a UK-based site, these lists rank only films that actually opened in UK cinemas during 2018… so my own list includes films like Downsizing, which was a 2017 film for many purposes (such as for Oscar eligibility, and for the Online Film Critics Society awards, which I also vote in), and Mary Magdalene, which still does not have a US release date. And my list for HeyUGuys does not include some films at the top of my 2018 ranking (for which I go by Oscar- and OFCS-eligibility rules, for the most part), such as Paddington 2, which opened in the UK in 2017, or The Favourite or Border, both of which will debut in UK cinemas in 2019.
I’m sure this is all entirely more complicated than it needs to be.