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 Intermission
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    An overwrought and ultimately silly thriller.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A noble try that disappoints.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The truly shocking thing about the new version is that it's not bloody awful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The least appealing of the trilogy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A potentially great movie winds up buried inside a just OK one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Superficially entertaining romantic romp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Doesn't have much to say.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is one big in-joke. It's watchable, but eventually wears you down with its over-the-top cleverness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Harris' impressive channeling of Ludwig is diluted by the decision of screenwriters Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson to put the copyist front and center, possibly to distinguish their feature from "Immortal Beloved."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    May be too convincing for its own good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The attempt to be clever is transparent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Extremely bleak but occasionally compelling debut feature.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A clever idea, but it's not quite pulled off.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well-intentioned but lifeless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Only intermittently funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A neo-noir thriller long on atmosphere and short on production values.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Given his built-in appeal, Perry has the opportunity to broaden the subject matter of so-called black movies. He takes a stab at it in "Girls," but he could do so much better.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Despite a clever script and top-notch cast, whose commitment to doing service in the indie branch of the industry is commendable, Unknown falls apart just when it should be coming together.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Something to see and occasionally even to laugh at.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While often cliche ridden and preposterous, it's too busy and loud to put anyone to sleep.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A wildly erratic, often annoying but never boring endeavor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The material obviously had to be stretched to fill the big screen for almost two hours.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A mostly entertaining movie with built-in appeal to young audiences. The good news for parents is that it won't put them to sleep.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Has to be one of the least charming French romances to find American distribution in recent years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    As a romantic comedy, Cease Fire is more annoying than amusing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The mystery of Nancy Drew' is how a movie can get so many things right -- particularly the inspired casting of Emma Roberts as the spunky teenage sleuth -- yet ultimately disappoint.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Isn't likely to win Murphy another Oscar nomination, but it allows him to do what he does best - loads of physical comedy.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well intentioned, but only occasionally creepy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The message is muddled.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- "Dreamer" is singularly unexciting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It works primarily because of the chemistry between Chan and Tucker, which is at its combustible best this time out.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A romantic saga that dares to ask realistic questions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Wildly uneven, with long stretches as dull as Dickie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks what could kindly be called coherence.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Harris and particularly Elise give over-the-top performances that bring Diary to the edge of soap opera.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Each time Something New touches on something controversial, it quickly retreats to some silliness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Pretentious drama.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Every once in a while you catch glimpses of originality and see what Gray Matters might have been if it hadn't gone soft and safe.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The Fountain' never comes together. Like the time traveler at its center, it's all over the map.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    It is crystal clear who screwed up this tortuously slow-moving romantic drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A mess, and that's really a shame.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The film is a particular disappointment considering its pedigree.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A slow-moving family drama guaranteed to induce a nap if not somnambulism.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The sequel is one big tease.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The movie [Sugarman] made gives little indication that she understands teen girls, dramatic or plain. Much of Confessions seems clueless and -- even worse for moviegoers of any age -- listless.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Recalling the earthiness Broderick Crawford brought to the original, I couldn't help thinking Gandolfini should have been cast as Willie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The biggest puzzlement about "What'' is what it's doing in major movie theaters around the country when it so clearly belongs on one of those small cable channels given to peculiar programming.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Shoot 'Em Up is not only the title of Hollywood's latest descent into nonsensical mayhem but pretty much sums up the entire inane plot as well.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Muddled, to put it kindly.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Poor casting is compounded by a ludicrous script.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A pile of junk.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    As bad as its title.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A half-baked script by Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark admittedly gives Feig little to work with. But his young cast is capable of a lot more than is required of them in this so-called comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Although well intentioned, has the superficial gloss of a TV movie of the week.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    It's as if a trumped-up biopic of Andy Warhol were to appear titled "Soup.''
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Sharkboy relies almost entirely on 3-D for its kicks. The novelty, however, quickly wears thin with the thinnest of stories to project.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A turkey.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The desperation TV stars must feel to be on the big screen is the only explanation for Edie Falco and Elisha Cuthbert's appearance in The Quiet, a creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Sitting through Diggers is so tedious that you might find yourself envying the clam diggers. At least they get to be outdoors.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A Western short on dialogue and long on pomposity, is little more than an extended chase scene down a snow-filled mountaintop to a desert floor.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Although The Reaping' borrows elements from classics of the genre -- rips them off might be more accurate -- it fails to build the psychological tension that made them so creepily good.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A lame pastiche of Hollywood romances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Two guys panting over the same babe leads to tedium, despite a near-record number of overheated sex scenes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A Christian-themed film about redemption with almost no redeeming qualities as entertainment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    With words streaming out of their mouths instead of into bubbles, Ethan and his gang of past, present and future lovers sound laughingly unbelievable. They're on the road to inanity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue -- talk literally being cheap compared to action shots. Unfortunately, the script by first-time filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson fails on both counts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Chock-full of holes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    For all the precision shooting, Autumn is a colossal misfire, a tedious film noir wannabe. It doesn't even qualify as film gris.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    This is a movie of excesses that doesn't know when to settle down. It aims to be a slapstick comedy, a romantic comedy and a plain old romance but falls short of each goal.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A disappointing sequel to the far funnier "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The dreary teen drama Step Up appears to be cobbled together from bits and pieces of successful movies.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Spending an hour and a half inside a uterus might be more entertaining than this tiresome sequel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    From watching this meandering, stilted movie, anyone unfamiliar with Charles Dickens' novel would be not only disinclined to pick it up but also clueless as to why it's considered great.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A bigger mess than the gas crisis.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Filth & Wisdom is dead in the water, an excruciating bore even at a compact 84 minutes.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A comedy so unfunny, it's tragic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Annoying, soporific and singularly humorless.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Save the price of admission to this dull retread and go have your hair done.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Ruthe Stein
    This so-called comedy is so not funny, it makes "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" look like Chaplin.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Ruthe Stein
    Hogwash and not even funny hogwash.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Ruthe Stein
    Exactly what the title implies: mindless.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Ruthe Stein
    Annoyingly simplistic.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 Ruthe Stein
    Immediately shoots to the top of the list of the year's worst movies.

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