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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Intermission
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Glatzer and Westmoreland live in Echo Park, and they have given their film a remarkable sense of place.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Wise and wondrous.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    An engrossing new drama from France.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The Visitor, is, if anything, more imaginative and touching than his first.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Utterly enchanting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Deliriously charming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A richly textured and compelling 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Nobody into lush melodramas dripping in sex should miss this pulsating Italian import.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Imaginative and immensely engrossing film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Instantly captivating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Much of that appeal comes from compelling performances by the two main actors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Family entertainment at its best.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Visually stunning, it meshes haunting images with a complex multilevel story about the enchantment of youth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The title is all that's boring about director Michel Gondry's latest mind bender, as trippy as LSD.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The new movie shrieks of motherhood - raising hot-button issues like biological clocks running down, the rights of birth mothers and whether to adopt or give artificial insemination a shot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling and visually arresting drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As good as family entertainment gets.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Much as she did in "Little Miss Sunshine," Breslin imbues Kit with joy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Suffused with a golden glow, the movie looks and sounds like a fairy tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A quirky but surprisingly lighthearted dark comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bloody good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A warmhearted film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its singular central character, Before the Fall stands out from the pack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boasts a collection of oddball characters, some more sharply written than others.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Filled with moments that will make you smile.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A frothy comedy with the most adorable buddies since "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The film has aged gracefully.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    By creating likable characters and putting them in situations that seem plausible, if a bit of a stretch, the film succeeds where others of its genre fail.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's doubtful that audiences go to animated features to hear movie stars talk. They go because a film sounds like fun and something their kids and maybe they themselves might enjoy. Bolt is all that and more.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The director has a natural's gift for storytelling and eye for casting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Caruso, a very visual director, serves up some surprises and scares, and he's paced his movie briskly. You're out of this disturbing suburbia before you know it, shaken and even stirred.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A wildly entertaining fantasy thriller that propels Russian cinema into the 21st century.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    With a strongly visual director, Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Alien", the film really shows what's involved at this level of combat training.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Van Houten, a veteran of European TV, is in almost every scene, and her energetic performance keeps Black Book percolating despite an overstuffed plot that strains credibility and often tips over into melodrama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A heartwarming, inspirational tale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Attempts something startlingly original by melding light opera with soap opera.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A bit of fluff expertly made and a hoot to watch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Deliriously original.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sounds great and if nothing else should help diminish the stereotype, blasted by the film's subjects, of Gypsies as little more than pickpockets whom travelers need to be wary of.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Given the juiciest plotline, Tamblyn goes for it, turning in a hard-boiled performance that's a needed contrast to her co-stars' tendency to go for sweet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely pleasurable and well worth seeing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An appealingly quirky thriller from Brazil.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The key to enjoying the film is warming up to the heroine, Poppy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As uneven as I Think I Love My Wife often is, it still has an emotional resonance lacking in most films about relationships. By dealing with temptation in even a quasi-realistic way, it affirms that, like comedy, monogamy is hard.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This deeply moving and disturbing film derives power from being based on the true story of a black South African who does everything possible, no matter how degrading, to get by within an immoral system, but becomes radicalized almost despite himself.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Adapted from a French play but never seems stage- bound.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A subtly rich performance by Dillane and a fine supporting cast make this Holocaust drama worth seeing, even if you don't think you can bear another one.
    • 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
    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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Karyo -- a big star in France but little known in this country -- has Steve Martin's knack for keeping his dignity while doing outrageous slapstick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fascinating and distinctly politically incorrect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wondrous performances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The star's amusingly inventive performance keeps your attention through predictable early scenes when "Ohio" repeats familiar material on women's sexuality. It's like a continuation of "The Vagina Monologues" to see Liza Minnelli, as a New Age orgasm coach.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A tearjerker that earns its sobs with heartfelt emotions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An enjoyable if fairly predictable film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    You're under the thrall of a new peculiar couple. Both actors appear to be having fun outmaneuvering each other on the ice and onscreen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely amusing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An unusual look at love and how it can unexpectedly develop. Those for whom the concept of an arranged marriage is foreign will get a little history lesson on the immigrant experience watching this sweetly engrossing film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An extremely good picture that, with a little tweaking, might have been a great one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Deeply affecting, "Blade'' portrays an oddly elegant way of life that will soon be like the era in that other movie, "Gone With the Wind."
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A spellbinding Australian Western.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An intriguing exploration of New York theater at the height of its glory.

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