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 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Dear Wendy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Powerful and moving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sad yet offering glimpses of hope.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A slow seduction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers a brew of wondrous chimera combined with the wonders of human nature.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Columbus' schizoid approach works more often than not.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A marital comedy as perceptive as it is delectable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A solidly above-average thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers another way into these complex indigenous people, through storytelling as haunting as their artwork.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its low-key star, Hamlet 2 is more likely to elicit quiet chuckles than raucous laughter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling Irish drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A powerful and disturbing political drama.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Quietly unsettling.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Surprisingly robust.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Riveting.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Both actors are so appealing, you root for the inevitable meeting to happen somewhere in the vicinity of Wonderland.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An eerily affecting domestic drama combining elements of "The Lost Weekend'' with "Lost Highway.''
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    In the riveting Transsiberian, a train of that name adds international intrigue to the mix.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Hits a bulls-eye.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Revelatory as well as unsettling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Perversely fascinating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Mate swapping is so '70s. But Alan Rudolph, who wrote and directed Afterglow, avoids making it seem dated by presenting the menage a quatre as accidental.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A very human story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling, tightly made political thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The Last Kiss ponders what you give up -- and what you gain -- from sticking with what you've got.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Raises the bar for movies geared to teens.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An emotionally satisfying example of a genre whose sketchiness can be off-putting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Insightful but unfocused.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The directors pull off this faux documentary.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Gut-wrenching.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Showing the intricate dynamics of family relationships is something Mira Nair does as well as any director working today.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    High-gloss trash but compulsively watchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Schizo offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Known for his visual images, Jordan outdoes himself in "Breakfast,'' a feast for the eyes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Though overly long and difficult to digest, it's a feast you won't want to miss.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The spellbinding power of this almost certain Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter.
    • 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
    The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This is a very little film with a very large heart.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An amusing melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's a serious subject handled with humor -- not the ha-ha kind, but the hard laughter that comes from recognizing parts of yourself in the Perelmans.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fascinating and impressively balanced documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A hauntingly lyrical study of sexual awakening.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    McNally adapted his Tony-award winning play for the screen, and for once a movie is an improvement on the stage version.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bouncy, informative and funny documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wickedly funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    So cleverly constructed that it's easy to be taken in and believe these twins really rocked.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Charmingly offbeat in the vein of early Woody Allen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Engrossing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Keeps you riveted through parts that might otherwise be difficult to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Haunting case study of a romantic obsession.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The best way to take this film is with a box of popcorn and a grain of salt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Engaging and perceptive.
    • 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.''
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An enticingly risque saga of the 16th century monarch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A feel-good movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sweet and deeply moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Opens up a world of words.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A well-deserved 2003 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's reassuring to see Steven Soderbergh return to riveting down-and-dirty filmmaking with Bubble.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's visually stunning, especially in scenes of the African countryside, and takes more risks than most independent films.

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