Best-Reviewed Dramas 2018

No drama is purely a drama — there are always other themes floating around — and this year’s best-reviewed films in the category tackle a variety of issues, in a variety of different ways, to tell their stories. The year’s top film is no exception: Spike Lee took a remarkable true story with sociopolitical implications that ring true even today, and earned some of the best reviews he’s gotten in decades with BlacKkKlansman.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.


BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Adjusted Score: 122328%
Critics Consensus: BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.
Synopsis: Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee


Leave No Trace (2018)

Adjusted Score: 114272%
Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.
Synopsis: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Ore.,... [More]
Directed By: Debra Granik

Adjusted Score: 117278%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller


The Hate U Give (2018)

Adjusted Score: 109258%
Critics Consensus: Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance.
Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy,... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.


First Reformed (2017)

Adjusted Score: 107588%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes.
Synopsis: The pastor of a small church in upstate New York spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

Tag Cloud

period drama BBC Rom-Com Broadway The Witch rotten movies we love Amazon Prime Video travel rom-coms cinemax kong Masterpiece 007 Tarantino vs. BAFTA Polls and Games ESPN Cosplay Funimation IMDb TV Holidays Disney Channel docuseries Bravo Spectrum Originals Food Network streaming movies scene in color action-comedy singing competition Dark Horse Comics festival Nickelodeon football slashers YouTube Premium Grammys criterion sports Netflix Christmas movies Superheroes television Set visit police drama comic debate Marvel Television cancelled asian-american Photos The Arrangement BET Awards Amazon Studios streaming screen actors guild a nightmare on elm street 2015 breaking bad Thanksgiving FX crossover Sundance award winner See It Skip It black comedy gangster Lifetime Extras hispanic remakes 2018 Anna Paquin Mary Tyler Moore Sneak Peek high school jurassic park Television Critics Association Columbia Pictures Star Trek halloween BBC One PlayStation blockbusters dragons diversity TCA Winter 2020 spanish language GIFs Peacock Universal rt archives Rocky jamie lee curtis Sony Pictures Spring TV nfl supernatural Trailer anime children's TV hidden camera TNT Hear Us Out Pixar Marathons christmas movies MCU TCA 2017 psycho satire Logo Marvel renewed TV shows aapi Character Guide 2017 Christmas heist movie Quiz Valentine's Day cancelled TV shows lord of the rings TBS ratings Awards rotten mcc series spinoff venice disaster WarnerMedia women joker VH1 crime drama romantic comedy OneApp ABC Signature Video Games President reboot casting Super Bowl Women's History Month french Legendary royal family Creative Arts Emmys social media live event sag awards toronto Drama theme song superman mob sopranos 4/20 stand-up comedy cancelled television sitcom target teaser based on movie Tomatazos sequel what to watch Cartoon Network cops Walt Disney Pictures comics video on demand movies Paramount Plus worst movies Cannes Turner Comic Book mission: impossible Comedy Central Best and Worst Disney comic book movie Reality green book true crime 2016 Paramount Network mockumentary SundanceTV 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards adventure Premiere Dates canceled Fox News Writers Guild of America dramedy latino Calendar natural history Epix History Teen halloween tv Box Office Sundance Now Martial Arts Chernobyl Mystery films Oscars comic books TV Land cults olympics Ovation Rocketman VICE Emmy Nominations Discovery Channel TV CBS All Access Stephen King Action USA Network independent child's play Pride Month cartoon discovery comiccon Emmys Showtime National Geographic FX on Hulu political drama blaxploitation Ellie Kemper Pop Travel Channel Hallmark justice league BBC America dexter rt labs critics edition 71st Emmy Awards TCA Awards aliens Tubi Comic-Con@Home 2021 Syfy TruTV kids 2021 hollywood DGA AMC international Starz American Society of Cinematographers cats comedies Pop TV Pacific Islander Turner Classic Movies Mary poppins sequels VOD Pet Sematary quibi Fantasy LGBTQ free movies NBA OWN DC Comics SXSW crime thriller Tokyo Olympics NYCC Comedy Instagram Live historical drama king kong New York Comic Con zombie name the review dreamworks Tumblr Alien Universal Pictures 90s ghosts SDCC parents stop motion DirecTV Fall TV directors miniseries popular cooking TV renewals Netflix animated young adult docudrama elevated horror spider-man saw Red Carpet rt labs Image Comics Marvel Studios book 1990s scary movies ViacomCBS NBC TV One RT History facebook TLC Black History Month Sci-Fi Neflix Captain marvel biopic MSNBC thriller war Esquire Schedule boxing RT21 new zealand Interview Amazon Prime all-time Crackle Disney+ Disney Plus telelvision Lifetime Christmas movies medical drama Mary Poppins Returns technology indiana jones doctor who Reality Competition Animation Brie Larson Musicals 20th Century Fox movie IFC Films binge IFC revenge Comics on TV universal monsters comic book movies Podcast Freeform emmy awards Winter TV king arthur canceled TV shows ABC Family cancelled TV series romance GoT Year in Review 2020 deadpool documentaries Apple Ghostbusters Nominations video 24 frames YouTube strong female leads A&E E3 nature zombies The CW versus Lucasfilm Black Mirror AMC Plus dogs Western The Walking Dead Hulu San Diego Comic-Con El Rey Apple TV+ Film Festival Avengers razzies X-Men slasher finale Rock CW Seed prank dceu Britbox CNN anthology australia Baby Yoda Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt YA Warner Bros. reviews FOX game show crime pirates of the caribbean Holiday WGN james bond hist ITV science fiction CMT dark japanese die hard Summer Kids & Family Exclusive Video foreign godzilla Hallmark Christmas movies critic resources Countdown FXX adenture witnail Winners stoner HBO Go best YouTube Red CBS ABC Certified Fresh TCA Pirates Family TIFF critics south america marvel comics Horror Sundance TV Mindy Kaling 72 Emmy Awards scary obituary ID screenings Disney Plus festivals biography Election politics Awards Tour space indie archives APB The Walt Disney Company Nat Geo transformers scorecard classics twilight basketball italian The Academy spider-verse fast and furious book adaptation PaleyFest Opinion posters Musical worst Elton John franchise Infographic wonder woman Academy Awards concert DC streaming service news Music chucky Heroines Television Academy DC Universe zero dark thirty adaptation Fox Searchlight hispanic heritage month PBS black golden globes superhero know your critic Acorn TV Superheroe kaiju GLAAD Paramount art house documentary Shudder composers feel good psychological thriller Chilling Adventures of Sabrina batman Amazon boxoffice live action nbcuniversal 99% monster movies Song of Ice and Fire blockbuster marvel cinematic universe 45 laika Toys werewolf Trophy Talk japan legend tv talk trailers The Purge 73rd Emmy Awards HBO Trivia mutant Star Wars Arrowverse Mudbound toy story talk show Lionsgate harry potter genre golden globe awards Disney streaming service cars Vudu dc E! richard e. Grant new star wars movies fresh First Reviews A24 First Look Film new york vampires Wes Anderson Crunchyroll unscripted TV movies TCM spanish MTV game of thrones Watching Series suspense 21st Century Fox Shondaland Binge Guide spain Apple TV Plus Endgame Country HBO Max spy thriller 2019 LGBT 93rd Oscars Spike Biopics BET robots serial killer USA Adult Swim Classic Film