Between theatrical releases, along with digital and streaming services, it can be hard to keep up with all the movies that have been released in 2022. As of this writing, there have been over 400 feature-length movie releases. That’s way too many to keep track of, so how do you know what’s the best of the year?
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 (so far).
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.
Release: July 19
Metacritic score: 87 (7 reviews)
The Hulu documentary takes a look at the US maternal health crisis and the people it affects and those around them.
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.
Release: January 14
Metacritic score: 89 (10 reviews)
This documentary follows criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson and looks at a timeline of anti-Black racism in America.
Release: August 19
Metacritic score: 90 (16 reviews)
This documentary revolves around three minutes of footageshot by David Kurtz in 1938, featuring Jewish inhabitants in Poland before the Holocaust.
Release: October 21
Metacritic score: 90 (26 reviews)
A lifelong friendship between two men comes to an end when one of them ends it abruptly, causing consequences for both of them.
Release: April 22
Metacritic score: 90 (24 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.
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.
Release: October 21
Metacritic score: 91 (14 review)
This film follows a woman named Sophie remembering a holiday she shared with her father, 20 years prior.
Release: October 7
Metacritic score: 92 (27 reviews)
In this biopic, Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, the first female chief conductor of a major German orchestra.
Release: February 20
Metacritic score: 92 (7 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.