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
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sam Garbarski's use of slow-motion shots is pretentious, and he paces the film too slowly. But he captures the seedy side of London, giving you a feel for Soho during the day when sunshine exposes a cheap gaudiness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Much as she did in "Little Miss Sunshine," Breslin imbues Kit with joy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Becomes tiresome.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks what could kindly be called coherence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The least appealing of the trilogy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Doesn't have much to say.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    If you enjoy gross humor -- elevated by an occasional witty line -- and looking at babes, and don't mind a little blood and gore, do I have a date movie for you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It says something about this movie that Redford is at his most compelling playing opposite a nag.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It's amusing in a trashy sort of way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A clever idea, but it's not quite pulled off.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    I'm not denying that a 40-year- old woman might be self-conscious about going around with someone this young. But the subject isn't interesting or provocative enough to sustain an entire movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It lives up to its title, flying by in fast motion. Even the first-wave MTV generation may find the pace exhausting, but this piece of fluff wasn't made for them.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Much about Living Out Loud is pretty far-fetched, but at least it accurately portrays the dating possibilities for newly divorced women of a certain age.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Has to be one of the least charming French romances to find American distribution in recent years.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Although the acting is uneven and the movie's dead spots make it feel far longer than its running time, the twist in Twist' is certainly clever.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A sweet, bordering on saccharine, comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well-intentioned but frequently inert.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A mishmash of a musical. The movie never gels -- despite Kline's nuanced performance, the stars' exquisite period clothes, designed by Armani, and, of course, Porter's great songs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Another romantic comedy about a career woman who has everything except a man, is Jennifer Aniston's attempt to break out of her TV role. But she doesn't have the magic on the big screen to make us forget where she came from.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Vanessa Redgrave makes a regal if too-brief appearance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Distressingly predictable and not a tad scary. But as a parody of the genre, it's a scream, like the "Scream'' franchise, only funnier. It's as if all the ingredients for a thriller coagulated into Silly Putty.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Another art film that's more pretentious than it needs to be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Wildly uneven, with long stretches as dull as Dickie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Considering the talent on both sides of the camera and a story that worked beautifully the first time around, Shall We Dance? should have been a lot better than OK.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Intermittently funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lumpy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Feels like a personal vendetta.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While still trumpeting human ingenuity, the new movie lacks the subtlety, character development and exceptional ensemble acting of the 1965 version.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    With Lloyd Webber onboard not just as composer but also co-screenwriter and producer, the film seemed destined to stay true to its roots rather than attempt to transcend them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Harris and particularly Elise give over-the-top performances that bring Diary to the edge of soap opera.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Amusing performances -- especially from Willis, who takes on a new personality with each new hairstyle -- can't disguise the fact that the film is basically a pastiche of recent movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks compelling narrative.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A pretty ugly movie in its own right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Overly long and not especially enlightening film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A lumpy concoction.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The truly shocking thing about the new version is that it's not bloody awful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Has the slapped-together, cheesy look of a porno movie. While this could be distracting, the shoddiness sets the mood for a humorous spin on the European porn industry circa early 1970s.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    An unfortunate casting decision, however, comes close to sabotaging a witty script.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The material obviously had to be stretched to fill the big screen for almost two hours.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Unfortunately, Hotel de Love also has all the originality of an all-purpose valentine. First- time filmmaker Craig Rosenberg appears to have seen every relationship movie ever made. To his credit, he borrowed only from the best.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The last half is so superior to the first that you wish they'd rethought the whole thing and devised a way to make it more of a one piece.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Often amusing but lacks the necessary bite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The film version is gorgeous to look at and contains amusing performances from Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in the title roles. But it fails to get inside the minds of gamblers as Peter Carey so admirably did in his Booker Prize-winning novel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par. Still, some hyperbole is warranted, like "Safest Movie to Take the Entire Family To."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The message is muddled.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- "Dreamer" is singularly unexciting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A romantic saga that dares to ask realistic questions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The attempt to be clever is transparent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It's hard to get swept away when you're struggling to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    This harmless bit of fluff lacks the element of surprise but is not without random charming moments supplied by its incandescent star.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Perhaps the humor has been lost in translation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Each time Something New touches on something controversial, it quickly retreats to some silliness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well-intentioned but lifeless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    An energetic young cast, consisting of a mix of professional dancers and actors who do convincing imitations of Arthur Murray graduates, is positively inspired in numbers combining traditional ballroom steps with hip-hop.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It's a first feature film for both screenwriter Alex Rose and director Gaby Dellal, and their inexperience shows in Frank's underdeveloped relationships with family and friends and in the movie's sluggish pacing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Art School Confidential exudes confidence as long as it is satirizing a questionable, at least according to Clowes, institution of higher learning. But the film loses its way with multiple subplots, becoming a hodgepodge that isn't particularly hard to follow, but, far worse, provides no compelling reason to bother.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    To label the parents in Wah-Wah dysfunctional doesn't adequately describe their wildly inappropriate behavior.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    If you can still be entertained by a thriller that unabashedly borrows from others of its ilk and don't mind reading subtitles, you could do worse than District B13. It's over so fast, in a quick 85 minutes, there's scarcely time to get bored by the silly plot.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The film is better than it has any right to be, considering the prosaic source.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    As a romantic comedy, Cease Fire is more annoying than amusing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is unable to achieve lift-off and transcend the formulaic stuff coming out of Hollywood, despite the perfect casting of Uma Thurman.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Something to see and occasionally even to laugh at.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While dinner and a movie is in theory a great idea, I'd avoid eating before taking in Lunacy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Superficially entertaining romantic romp.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely bleak but occasionally compelling debut feature.