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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 QuinceaƱera
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.