Best-Reviewed Action/Adventure Movies 2018

From pulse-pounding blockbusters to indepenent period pieces to adventures across the ancient European frontier, this year’s best action flicks represent an eclectic mix of stories fine-tuned to get your adrenaline pumping, with a certain globe-trotting Tom Cruise spy franchise taking the top spot.

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

Adjusted Score: 124593%
Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

Adjusted Score: 95159%
Critics Consensus: A Prayer Before Dawn is far from an easy watch, but this harrowing prison odyssey delivers rich rewards -- led by an outstanding central performance from Joe Cole.
Synopsis: The amazing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world... [More]


Creed II (2018)

Adjusted Score: 102077%
Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.


Alpha (2018)

Adjusted Score: 87773%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Alpha offers a canine-assisted epic adventure that blends rousing action with an extra helping of canine charm.
Synopsis: Young Keda tries to survive alone in the wilderness after he's left for dead during his first hunt with his... [More]
Directed By: Albert Hughes


Black '47 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 80574%
Critics Consensus: Black '47 anchors its grim and gritty action in deceptively deep genre storytelling, although its epic ambitions arguably exceed its grasp.
Synopsis: In 1847 an Irish mercenary fighting for the British army abandons his post to seek revenge on those responsible for... [More]
Directed By: Lance Daly

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