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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Except for an ending that's so implausible it might have derailed a less solid work, Twelve and Holding is a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of what it's like to be young and confused
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's a broad generality to say that French filmmakers have a particularly perverse sensibility, but it can be backed up by one import after another. The latest, La Moustache, is wonderfully odd in a minimalist kind of way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make. It should be viewed as a calling card from gifted and resourceful filmmakers whom I hope some Hollywood producer will have the sense to sign up immediately.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    There's a manic quality to the film that may wear you down. But at least you won't be bored.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Opens up a world of words.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    So cleverly constructed that it's easy to be taken in and believe these twins really rocked.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The way Boynton Beach residents reach out to one another is enough to make you consider relocating to one of these communities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    You never catch Gosling doing anything out of character. It's the first Oscar-caliber performance I've seen so far this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely amusing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Keeps you riveted through parts that might otherwise be difficult to watch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The Last Kiss ponders what you give up -- and what you gain -- from sticking with what you've got.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The result is a film that fails to completely involve you, even as you admire its artistry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The title is all that's boring about director Michel Gondry's latest mind bender, as trippy as LSD.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The spellbinding power of this almost certain Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done. Their spirited performances help cover up glaring holes in the plot.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks the marquee names and production values of big studio romantic comedies, but it connects on an emotional level most of them fail to do.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Lower your expectations going into Volver and accept it for what it is: a ridiculously entertaining melodrama with loud echoes of "Mildred Pierce" that provides Penelope Cruz with a vehicle for her multifaceted talents.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    All along, you know something terrible is going to happen, and when it does, you leave the theater shaken and deeply moved.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The suggestion that Peter O'Toole is playing some version of his real self in Venus adds a bittersweet poignancy to this quietly affecting British drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all its dazzling computer-generated sequences, "Museum'' wouldn't be nearly the delight it is without the talents of some of the best comedians in the business.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Overall Freedom Writers is a noble effort. At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't help but be moved by a group of young people who followed through on their resolve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The result is a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling and deeply disturbing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That the film succeeds as well as it does despite a series of coincidences that strain credibility is a credit to a fine cast and a joie de vivre that pervades even the most implausible moments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The Astronaut Farmer's goofy quality makes it totally endearing. It's also super entertaining. Critics are fond of referring to movies as a "great ride." With this one, the words couldn't be more apt.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Black Snake Moan' is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Powerful and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Showing the intricate dynamics of family relationships is something Mira Nair does as well as any director working today.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A solidly above-average thriller.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wickedly funny.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers another way into these complex indigenous people, through storytelling as haunting as their artwork.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As the title character in Lady Chatterley, Marina Hands does the most persuasive job of feigning sexual pleasure since Jane Fonda in "Coming Home."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Attempts something startlingly original by melding light opera with soap opera.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An enjoyable if fairly predictable film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A quirky but surprisingly lighthearted dark comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A tearjerker that earns its sobs with heartfelt emotions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An enticingly risque saga of the 16th century monarch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling and visually arresting drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The filmmakers succeed with an unexpected ending. It's as fresh as everything in the movie, which turns out to be about so much more than one youngster's resilience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Revelatory as well as unsettling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Although based on a fictional story, it has the feel of truth and is a vivid reminder of the hell Mexicans put themselves through to live in the United States, even illegally.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Filled with moments that will make you smile.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Entertaining in a pulpy kind of way, like the fight films of the 1930s and '40s, and more accessible than most of Mamet's movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Reprise has a smart and knowing script and will compel audiences to reflect on themselves at that age.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The best way to take this film is with a box of popcorn and a grain of salt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Much as she did in "Little Miss Sunshine," Breslin imbues Kit with joy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Trumbo is welcome just to bear witness to the severe consequences meted out to one man who dared to do the right thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    In the riveting Transsiberian, a train of that name adds international intrigue to the mix.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its low-key star, Hamlet 2 is more likely to elicit quiet chuckles than raucous laughter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Engrossing documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Viewers will be swept away by the beauty of individual moments and by Ivan Barnev's extraordinary performance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It tells the amazing, but mostly true, story of a late-18th century aristocrat who made an indelible mark on English society akin to that of her direct descendant, Lady Diana.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Suffused with a golden glow, the movie looks and sounds like a fairy tale.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The key to enjoying the film is warming up to the heroine, Poppy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling Irish drama.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive.
    • 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.''
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boasts a collection of oddball characters, some more sharply written than others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Surprisingly robust.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A powerful and disturbing political drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bouncy, informative and funny documentary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Worth seeing.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A bit of fluff expertly made and a hoot to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Adapted from a French play but never seems stage- bound.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    If the formula seems a little tired, it still has more sophistication and pizzazz than most action films.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A feel-good movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The director has a natural's gift for storytelling and eye for casting.