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 Notes on a Scandal
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Has an old-fashioned feel, as if it had been made in the period of its setting. I mean this as a compliment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The title is all that's boring about director Michel Gondry's latest mind bender, as trippy as LSD.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A very human story.
    • 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
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A disturbing drama about the dehumanizing and humiliating effects of war.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Often amusing but lacks the necessary bite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fascinating and impressively balanced documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A potentially great movie winds up buried inside a just OK 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Adapted from a French play but never seems stage- bound.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Richard Jenkins gives the standout supporting performance, worthy of Oscar consideration, as Josey's father, a miner unable to conceal his anger at his daughter for having a child out of wedlock and, now, creating dissension at his workplace.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A peculiar little film -- grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    I don't claim to have seen every entry from around the world, but it's hard to imagine five better than this deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A bit of fluff expertly made and a hoot to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Revelatory as well as unsettling.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Overly long and not especially enlightening film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The casting, at least, is magical. Plowright shows both her character's strength and her heartbreaking vulnerability, sometimes at once.