The results of our 11th annual user poll are in ...
For the 11th straight year, we invited Metacritic users to list their favorite movies, TV shows, albums, and videogames of the past calendar year. Over 2,800 of you participated in this year's survey, and the results are tabulated below.
Participants were asked to rank their five favorite titles of 2020 in each category, and we assigned a value of 5 points to each first-place vote, 4 points for second place, and so on down to 1 point for each fifth-place vote.
It should come as no surprise in a year when heading to a movie theater was not an option for many Americans that the bulk of our users' favorite 2020 films were widely available on various streaming services. One notable exception: our users' #1 choice, Christopher Nolan's would-be blockbuster Tenet. That film is one of seven titles in our users' overall top 15 choices that is not found in our composite list of movie critic top 10 lists. Curiously, the critics' top choice, Nomadland, did manage to place #8 with users despite the fact that it won't receive a widespread public release until February. (That film, also Metacritic's official #1 film of 2020, had a limited virtual run in December to qualify for awards.) Our users' #2 pick, Pixar's Soul, placed 19th with critics, while the critics' #3 pick, Steve McQueen's Small Axe entry Lovers Rock, is one of several notable omissions in our user list (despite being widely available on Prime Video).
|3||I'm Thinking of Ending Things||580|
|6||The Trial of the Chicago 7||367|
|7||Sound of Metal||344|
|10||Da 5 Bloods||291|
|11||Never Rarely Sometimes Always||289|
|12||The Invisible Man||278|
|14||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm||244|
While there was a wide discrepancy between critics and our users in film—driven in part by the lack of access to many of the films favored by critics—the two groups were much more in sync when it came to television. Thirteen of the top 15 selections by users can also be found ranked in the top 15 in our composite list of TV critic lists, albeit in a different order. (Users favored Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, which placed second with critics; the latter group selected HBO's I May Destroy You at #1 while users placed it at #7.) Which two user picks didn't make the critics' top 15? One is Hulu's second-year comedy PEN15, which just missed the cut with critics, placing at #18. The other is the final season of Netflix sci-fi thriller Dark, often described as a German take on Stranger Things, which landed on only a handful of critic top 10 lists (though was well-reviewed at the time of its release).
|1||The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)||1,085|
|2||Better Call Saul (AMC)||1,079|
|3||The Mandalorian (Disney+)||932|
|4||The Boys (Prime Video)||575|
|5||BoJack Horseman (Netflix)||423|
|6||The Crown (Netflix)||403|
|7||I May Destroy You (HBO)||358|
|8||Normal People (Hulu)||296|
|9||The Last Dance (ESPN)||292|
|10||What We Do in the Shadows (FX)||236|
|12||Schitt’s Creek (Pop)||200|
|13||Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)||181|
|15||Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)||141|
Ten of the 15 titles from our user list, below, can also be found in the top 15 in our composite list of music critic top 10s. Users failed to include critic favorites like Bob Dylan's Rough and Rowdy Ways, Waxahatchee's Saint Cloud, Chloe x Halle's Ungodly Hour, and two albums by Sault. Instead, users favored releases by Lady Gaga, The Strokes, Miley Cyrus, and Fleet Foxes, plus Taylor Swift's second album of 2020. Speaking of Swift: She was the overwhelming #1 choice of our users, while that album—Folklore—placed third with critics. The latter group chose Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters at #1 (and it was also Metacritic's highest-scoring album of 2020), while users placed it at #4.
|1||Folklore by Taylor Swift||2,029|
|2||Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa||1,073|
|3||Evermore by Taylor Swift||920|
|4||Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple||860|
|5||Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers||682|
|6||Chromatica by Lady Gaga||570|
|7||Sawayama by Rina Sawayama||491|
|8||After Hours by The Weeknd||486|
|9||RTJ4 by Run the Jewels||405|
|10||Women in Music, Pt. III by Haim||275|
|11||What's Your Pleasure? by Jessie Ware||242|
|12||The New Abnormal by The Strokes||216|
|13||Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus||202|
|14||Set My Heart on Fire ... by Perfume Genius||186|
|15||Shore by Fleet Foxes||178|
It wasn't even close: PS4 exclusive The Last of Us Part II was the favorite 2020 game of Metacritic users by a landslide. We don't compile game critic top 10 lists, but TLOS2 was the #2-ranked game of 2020 by Metascore. Our highest-scoring game of the year, Persona 5 Royal, placed just 13th with our users. And, yes, you'll notice that Cyberpunk 2077 managed to rank third in our user voting. We'll assume that all of those votes were for the PC edition.
|1||The Last of Us Part II
|2||Ghost of Tsushima
PC: PS4: XB1:
PC: PS4: XB1: NS:
|6||Final Fantasy VII Remake
|8||Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|9||Ori and the Will of the Wisps
PC: XBX: XB1: NS:
|10||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
|11||Assassin's Creed Valhalla
PC: PS5: PS4: XBX: XB1:
|13||Persona 5 Royal
|14||Resident Evil 3
PC: PS4: XB1:
How did you do?
What do you think of the picks made by your fellow users? Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to visit our Best of 2020 and sections for complete coverage of the year's best releases.