Best of March 2015: 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 afternoon of March 31, 2015.



Album/Artist
Score
Buy Album
Stream Album

1

To Pimp A Butterfly
by Kendrick Lamar
96

Spotify

2

Carrie & Lowell
by Sufjan Stevens
91

Spotify

3

Hand.Cannot.Erase.
by Steven Wilson
89

 

4

Sometimes I Sit And Think,
And Sometimes I Just Sit

by Courtney Barnett
88

Spotify

5

Fantasy Empire
by Lightning Bolt
86

Spotify

6

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
84

Spotify

7

Down to Believing
by Allison Moorer
84

Spotify

8

Hinterland
by LoneLady
84

Spotify

9

After
by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
83

 

10

Primrose Green
by Ryley Walker
83

Spotify


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

1

It Follows

Horror
83

2

Cinderella

Family/Adventure/Fantasy
67

3

Run All Night

Action/Thriller
59

4

Home

Animation/Family
55

5

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Comedy/Drama
51




Best limited releases

Movie

Genre
Score

1

Dreamcatcher

Documentary
86

2

The Salt of the Earth

Documentary
84

3

Seymour: An Introduction

Documentary
83

4

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Documentary
81

5

White God

Drama
78




Best DVD/Blu-ray releases

Movie

Genre
Score
Buy

1

Song of the Sea

Animation/Family
85

2

Top Five

Comedy
81

3

Foxcatcher

Drama
81

4

Pride

Drama/Comedy
79

5

Wild

Drama/Adventure
76

6

Listen Up Philip

Drama/Comedy
76

7

Interstellar

Sci-fi
74

8

The Imitation Game

Drama
73

9

The Way He Looks

Drama
72

10

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Documentary
69


Highest-scoring TV premieres this month

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



Best new shows (including movies/miniseries)

Show
Score

Network

Stream It

1

American Crime
84

ABC


2

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief TV Movie
83

HBO

 

3

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Miniseries
78

PBS


4

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
78

Netflix


5

Younger
75

TV Land


Best returning shows *

Show
Score

Network

Stream It

1

Community Season 6
78

Yahoo!


Yahoo!

2

Broadchurch Season 2
73

BBC America


3

Bates Motel Season 3
72

A&E



* 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. Note that the month's best iOS games are listed in a separate article. (All "Buy" links below go to Amazon.com.)



Best PS4 Games
Best Xbox One Games


1

Bloodborne

93


2

Axiom Verge

87

 

3

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

86

 

4

DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition

85


5

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

84




1

Ori and the Blind Forest

89

 

2

DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition

86


3

Game of Thrones: Episode Three - The Sword in the Darkness

84

 

4

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

83


5

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

75





Best PC Games
Best Wii U Games


1

Pillars of Eternity

90


2

Ori and the Blind Forest

89

 

3

Cities: Skylines

86

 

4

Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 2 - Atlas Mugged

77

 

5

Game of Thrones: Episode Three - The Sword in the Darkness

77

 



1

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

69

 

2

Mario Party 10

66





Best 3DS Games
Best Vita Games


1

3D Out Run

87

 

2

Story of Seasons

78


3

Inazuma Eleven Go: Chrono Stones: Thunderflash

78

 

4

Inazuma Eleven Go: Chrono Stones: Wildfire

77

 

5

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

72




1

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

86

 

2

Child of Light

83

 

3

La-Mulana EX

78

 

4

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

78

 

5

Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype

71

 


What did you like?

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