Hi Joel,

I wrote a shortcode and pasted here: http://pastebin.com/yY2yht7M Simply, add it to your theme’s functions.php file, then use [elm_custom_top_rated] shortcode and it’ll display a nice list of top rated posts including featured image, excerpt and view more link. If you want to edit the layout, then take a look at 57-69 lines.

Hope this helps!