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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Object of My Affection
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all the squalor and extremely upsetting subject matter, you can't take your eyes off the screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wildly imaginative if extremely strange.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Passes by like a dream.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That Duncan can't come up with a satisfying ending and lets the story drift into a confusing polemic is hardly surprising. He's guilty of overreaching -- interrupting his very sly satire with quasi-serious thoughts on the end of Soviet communism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The result is a film that fails to completely involve you, even as you admire its artistry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    If the formula seems a little tired, it still has more sophistication and pizzazz than most action films.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The result is a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Nightmare-inducing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Vivid and madcap but fails to connect on any emotional level.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Reprise has a smart and knowing script and will compel audiences to reflect on themselves at that age.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    At its exhilarating best, Following Sean is reminiscent of the lauded British documentaries that began with "7 Up.''
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Black Snake Moan' is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    While hardly glorifying abusive husbands, Take My Eyes, a mesmerizing and deeply disturbing film from Spain, makes an attempt to understand their thought processes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A richly satisfying and darkly funny movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film -- "Vertigo" in particular -- where you're not always sure if what you're seeing is really happening.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Worth seeing.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That the would-be buddies are played by Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt ensures enough star power to keep things moving even during the sluggish early scenes that set up their relationship.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A disturbing drama about the dehumanizing and humiliating effects of war.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Viewers will be swept away by the beauty of individual moments and by Ivan Barnev's extraordinary performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Funny, original, occasionally poignant and almost all of it too dirty to repeat in a newspaper.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling and deeply disturbing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Still feels stagebound, inert when it needs to be cinematic.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The problem with this one may be that it just isn't British enough.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The ending is predictable to anybody who's followed the trajectory of outsourcing. Outsourced humanizes those affected by it - even if the story sounds familiar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Becomes tiresome.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Vanessa Redgrave makes a regal if too-brief appearance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Hanssen is such an enigma that any attempt to explain him has inherent interest. Breach expends too much energy on a minor functionary, but it is still worth seeing for its fleeting looks into a heart of darkness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Intermittently funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Sleuth"is that rare film that would have been better longer. You're not through looking at Caine and Law when the final credits roll.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Overly long and not especially enlightening film.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A sweet, bordering on saccharine, comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The film is better than it has any right to be, considering the prosaic source.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While dinner and a movie is in theory a great idea, I'd avoid eating before taking in Lunacy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A sequel arrives for Valentine's Day with the unwieldy title Step Up 2 the Streets. If it performs as well, watch for "Step Up 3: the Sprained Ankle."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Suffers from Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It's amusing in a trashy sort of way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    That Pride ultimately gets to you is more of a surprise than the outcome because it's not very well-constructed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Visually, the film is a stunner, dotted with psychedelic colors and many shades of red -- one battle is fought with red laser-gun sights -- some looking realistically like blood. When gangsters open fire, their falls are choreographed like a ballet. The problem comes when the cast opens its mouth and Elizabethan dialogue tumbles out.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well-intentioned but frequently inert.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Perhaps the humor has been lost in translation.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Another art film that's more pretentious than it needs to be.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The whole thing is dizzying, like "Moulin Rouge" without songs and dances extolling love.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Often amusing but lacks the necessary bite.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A needlessly complicated and confusing thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    For all the filmmaker's good intentions, Fast Food Nation isn't a particularly good movie. It doesn't hold together or grip you the way a documentary might have.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    As moving as some parts are, it's muddled by a script that tries to pack in too much. There's sufficient material for a couple of films and a sitcom.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A peculiar little film -- grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Leaves you feeling buoyed, but you must endure a level of overacting more suitable for the soaps.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A supernatural thriller that keeps your attention while failing to hold you in its grip.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Broken English doesn't break any code or offer original insights on the subject. But there's a spark whenever Posey and Poupaud are together.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Vitus is likable enough and definitely suitable entertainment for young people willing to read subtitles.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    This will never be the movie of the month, but you could do a lot worse at the multiplex.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Feels like a personal vendetta.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    An unfortunate casting decision, however, comes close to sabotaging a witty script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The Pillow Book sometimes seems like three different movies, each one an eyeful but together too much of a good thing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A lumpy concoction.
    • 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."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lumpy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks compelling narrative.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    To label the parents in Wah-Wah dysfunctional doesn't adequately describe their wildly inappropriate behavior.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    This is familiar territory for writer-director Nancy Meyers, Hollywood's queen of the chick flick. Her latest has charming moments and a hopeful message for despondent singles, but it lacks the emotional resonance of Meyers' "Something's Gotta Give" and the zaniness of "What Women Want."
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard are incredibly compelling and hold your attention despite Jordan's deliberately slow pacing.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While the documentary does a credible job of pointing out the magnitude of the problem, it skirts the issue of what can be done about it and by whom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The producers have stated that they're going after an American market that supports Spanish-language TV networks, radio stations and newspapers. This niche audience may well respond to not being required to read subtitles, for once, in a movie geared to them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A pretty ugly movie in its own right.

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