For 398 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Ant Bully
Lowest review score: 0 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Visually stunning, it meshes haunting images with a complex multilevel story about the enchantment of youth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Deliriously charming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate stories of family ties that bind but sometimes also choke.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Wise and wondrous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Utterly enchanting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Nobody into lush melodramas dripping in sex should miss this pulsating Italian import.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    An engrossing new drama from France.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Imaginative and immensely engrossing film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Totally original yet filled with familiar human frailties, "Everyone" leaps off the screen to become one of those rare movie-going experiences.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Instantly captivating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times. It's been made with a sensitivity and creativity that's come to exemplify Winterbottom's work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Family entertainment at its best.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Glatzer and Westmoreland live in Echo Park, and they have given their film a remarkable sense of place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Unlike Sean Penn's demagogue in "All the King's Men," you're able to forget that Whitaker is acting. He embodies the role. When clips of the real Amin are shown at the end, it's almost shocking to realize the extent to which Whitaker has become him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Notes on a Scandal won't be everyone's cup of tea. But if you like your films strong, this one is not to be missed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Among the many strengths of the sweetly touching Introducing the Dwights, a small gem from Australia unearthed at the Sundance Film Festival, is that Jean never becomes Godzilla.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A richly textured and compelling film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The Visitor, is, if anything, more imaginative and touching than his first.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Much of that appeal comes from compelling performances by the two main actors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Evokes grand emotions -- anxiety, sadness, joy -- sometimes within moments of one another. Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Often is on the verge of spilling over into melodrama, but that doesn't bother me because life is the same way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Daring in its affirmation that a dowdy woman in her late 60s still can let go of her inhibitions and exhibit a lascivious side.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    I don't claim to have seen every entry from around the world, but it's hard to imagine five better than this deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The real wonder becomes how British filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher was able to write and direct such an accomplished, touching and original movie her first time out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This is a very little film with a very large heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sad yet offering glimpses of hope.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sweet and deeply moving.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The film has aged gracefully.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Hits a bulls-eye.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wondrous performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The directors pull off this faux documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Schizo offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    At its warmhearted center, Beauty Shop is a workshop in how to walk around like Oprah with a feeling of confidence and entitlement.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Vivid and madcap but fails to connect on any emotional level.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A marital comedy as perceptive as it is delectable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A very human story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The sooner you let yourself go with Kim's flow, the more likely you are to come away satisfied. Think of it as South Korea's answer to "Memento," just don't think too hard.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A hauntingly lyrical study of sexual awakening.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Though overly long and difficult to digest, it's a feast you won't want to miss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Engaging and perceptive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An argument could be made that too many bad things happen to the good members of this sisterhood. The movie does occasionally teeter on the brink of soap opera, but then, so does life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The humor is all over the place, veering from light to dark and from broad to subtle -- as if an "I Love Lucy" episode had been retooled by Woody Allen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Perversely fascinating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Riveting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely pleasurable and well worth seeing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Deliriously original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Quietly unsettling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A slow seduction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A heartwarming, inspirational tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its singular central character, Before the Fall stands out from the pack.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    High-gloss trash but compulsively watchable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Richard Jenkins gives the standout supporting performance, worthy of Oscar consideration, as Josey's father, a miner unable to conceal his anger at his daughter for having a child out of wedlock and, now, creating dissension at his workplace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An emotionally satisfying example of a genre whose sketchiness can be off-putting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Gut-wrenching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It works as an intriguingly offbeat character study while offering Nicolas Cage a chance to show why he used to be considered one of the top actors of his generation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling, tightly made political thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie harks back to a time before state-of-the-art technology when writers and directors had to rely mostly on imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Funny, original, occasionally poignant and almost all of it too dirty to repeat in a newspaper.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A warmhearted film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers a brew of wondrous chimera combined with the wonders of human nature.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Known for his visual images, Jordan outdoes himself in "Breakfast,'' a feast for the eyes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    By focusing on one family's dilemma, the movie brings home the messy Middle Eastern situation in a way easier to relate to than the headlines and opinion pieces.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Columbus' schizoid approach works more often than not.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The casting, at least, is magical. Plowright shows both her character's strength and her heartbreaking vulnerability, sometimes at once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Has an old-fashioned feel, as if it had been made in the period of its setting. I mean this as a compliment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's reassuring to see Steven Soderbergh return to riveting down-and-dirty filmmaking with Bubble.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    At its exhilarating best, Following Sean is reminiscent of the lauded British documentaries that began with "7 Up.''
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A wildly entertaining fantasy thriller that propels Russian cinema into the 21st century.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As good as family entertainment gets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    While hardly glorifying abusive husbands, Take My Eyes, a mesmerizing and deeply disturbing film from Spain, makes an attempt to understand their thought processes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film -- "Vertigo" in particular -- where you're not always sure if what you're seeing is really happening.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all the squalor and extremely upsetting subject matter, you can't take your eyes off the screen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    ATL
    An emotionally charged coming-of-age saga that will make you laugh and cry, maybe at the same time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Akeelah and the Bee connects where it counts most, on an emotional level. Only a curmudgeon could watch this feisty but vulnerable youngster rack up victories against all odds without tearing up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fun to watch although falling short of a real hoot, this latest in a barrage of family movies largely succeeds at keeping the kiddies entertained and their parents from nodding off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A spellbinding Australian Western.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Dark, disturbing and audaciously original in a way only indies are given license to be anymore, the film never telegraphs where it's heading. But you don't need a pathfinder to sense the general direction is toward hell.