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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Little Miss Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Much of that appeal comes from compelling performances by the two main actors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
    • 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
    Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Deliriously charming.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boasts a collection of oddball characters, some more sharply written than others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Surprisingly robust.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Adapted from a French play but never seems stage- bound.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    When the movie is viewed with fresh eyes, the most captivating feature is this surreal Vegas -- its neon signs askew, as if reconfigured by Andy Warhol, and its preternaturally glistening streets a siren's call to an ever-new batch of suckers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Charmingly offbeat in the vein of early Woody Allen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Blanc is completely without vanity in showing the physical deterioration wrought by addiction. Her performance is as chilling as Lee Remick's in "Days of Wine and Roses.''
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The offbeat drama The Seagull's Laughter is the kind of movie I appreciate because it never announces where it's headed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Both actors are so appealing, you root for the inevitable meeting to happen somewhere in the vicinity of Wonderland.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Played by likable newcomer Jamie Sives, who resembles Colin Farrell without the scowl, Wilbur grows on you the same way this offbeat movie does.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A bit of fluff expertly made and a hoot to watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That the film finds its own groove is due largely to the eye of director Ernest Dickerson. Not surprisingly, he began his career as a cinematographer, working on Spike Lee’s early films.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bouncy, informative and funny documentary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie doesn't aspire to be art, merely to entertain adolescent girls, which is practically guaranteed by the luminous presence of Anne Hathaway.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Insightful but unfocused.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Brosnan and Moore display a knack for fast delivery of smart dialogue both in court and in bed. Their verbal sparring is the main attraction of Laws of Attraction and helped me overlook plot holes of massive proportions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A little picture -- the names of the entire cast would fit on half a sheet of paper -- but it’s more heartfelt than movies with 50 times the budget.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A disturbing drama about the dehumanizing and humiliating effects of war.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fascinating and impressively balanced documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An intriguing exploration of New York theater at the height of its glory.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A powerful and disturbing political drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Passes by like a dream.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Nightmare-inducing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A feel-good movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A frothy comedy with the most adorable buddies since "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    If the formula seems a little tired, it still has more sophistication and pizzazz than most action films.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An extremely good picture that, with a little tweaking, might have been a great one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Worth seeing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An eerily affecting domestic drama combining elements of "The Lost Weekend'' with "Lost Highway.''
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The director has a natural's gift for storytelling and eye for casting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A well-deserved 2003 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The Rainmaker has a mostly plausible story, an engaging young courtroom hero (Matt Damon, Hollywood's new cover boy), a giant insurance company as the perfect adversary and the best supporting cast of any movie this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Good in their individual scenes, Yakusho and Kusakari are magical together. They convey so much yearning -- not so much for each other as for that extra something to give real meaning to their lives.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Raises the bar for movies geared to teens.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Haunting case study of a romantic obsession.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The film's ambitions are laudable, and it manages to be touching, funny and true to life. It seems ungrateful to ask for anything more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bloody good.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A richly satisfying and darkly funny movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    To the extent that this difficult but ultimately rewarding film has a message, it's that you can't run away from who you are.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sweet and deeply moving.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The film has aged gracefully.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sad yet offering glimpses of hope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An appealingly quirky thriller from Brazil.
    • 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.

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