I’m no film critic. I have yet to do a movie review on this website, even though I often intend to. But as you’ll soon be able to tell from my list, I’m someone who likes to flock to the theater for a good superhero film.

In 2022, I saw Uncharted, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Adam, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, all with my girlfriend and one (Dr. Strange) with an old roomate.

Besides that, I caught The Adam Project, Nope, and Ticket to Paradise on streaming services at home. There’s a chance I missed a straight-to-streaming film I saw, but I went pretty deep in a list of 2022 releases to jog my memory. Finally, I caught Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on an airplane trip.

This list has no empirical rubric, but rather two guiding questions: Which movies left the best overall taste in my mouth, and which ones would I be most eager to watch again?

As I am no film critic, I am also no film coinsurer, and you may notice some of the biggest and most critically-acclaimed films of 2022 missing from this list (namely, Top Gun Maverick and Avatar: Way of the Water.)

I opted to include Marvel’s Disney+ “Special Presentations,” which includes Werewolf by Midnight as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Originally Published 12/23/2022

UPDATE 12/24/2022: Added Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

UPDATE 12/28/2022: Added Werewolf By Midnight

Top Films of 2022

Watchable

Ticket to Paradise was better than I expected, but the daughter of George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ characters has a laughably unfleshed-out love story that makes the premise less believable. (IMBD.com)
  1. Ticket to Paradise
  2. The Adam Project

Decent

Thor: Love and Thunder may have not have been as good as its predecessor, and Gorr the God Butcher was criminally underused, but overall it was still a fun time. (Marvel Studios)
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  2. Black Panther Wakanda Forever
  3. Werewolf by Midnight
  4. Thor: Love and Thunder

Good

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had is fair share of shortcomings, but few films I saw this year packed more twists, turns, and unique sequences. While I wish the movie harped on the multiverse a bit more, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Illuminati/Earth-838 sequence carried the film for me. (IMBD.com/Marvel Studios)
  1. Black Adam
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  3. Nope
  4. Uncharted
  5. Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Fantastic

When I first heard Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman, I honestly laughed. But director Matt Reeves ultimately got the last laugh, creating a compelling yet grounded world that truly felt like a comic book brought to life. The Batman clocks in at a whopping three hours, but I was still left wanting more at the end: and that feeling pushes this film to #1 on my list of 2022 releases. (Los Angeles Times/Warner Bros.)
  1. The Batman

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