TIME Magazine considered the following to be the top 10 movies of 2014: "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Boyhood," "The LEGO Movie," "Lucy," "Goodbye to Language," "Jodorowsky’s Dune," "Nightcrawler," "Citizenfour," "Wild Tales" and "Birdman." The magazine ranked the films in its "Best of Everything" December 2014 issue.
TIME credits "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with being a "real, funny, sad movie" with fine performances by its cast. It lauds "Boyhood" for taking what could have been a gimmick and creating a masterpiece. The film literally follows its cast over a period of years to show the characters change with time. "The LEGO Movie," according to TIME, is both hilarious and visually sophisticated while appealing to children and adults. "Lucy" is an action-thriller movie with brains, notes the magazine, while "Goodbye to Language" is an innovative 3-D movie.
Film critics at TIME call "Jodorowsky's Dune" a "letter to the cinematic ambition of the '70s," and "Nightcrawler" a blend of satire and psychological portrait. The magazine praises "Citizenfour" for its ability to capture history and show it through the lens of a spy thriller and horror film. It refers to "Wild Tales" as the year's funniest, most fearless movie and praises "Birdman" for mirroring lead actor Michael Keaton's life as the former star of two Batman movies and soaring in the process.