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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Mean Creek
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling.
    • 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
    So cleverly constructed that it's easy to be taken in and believe these twins really rocked.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its singular central character, Before the Fall stands out from the pack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A well-deserved 2003 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A richly satisfying and darkly funny movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A richly textured and compelling film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Keeps you riveted through parts that might otherwise be difficult to watch.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An argument could be made that too many bad things happen to the good members of this sisterhood. The movie does occasionally teeter on the brink of soap opera, but then, so does life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An appealingly quirky thriller from Brazil.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    It says something about this movie that Redford is at his most compelling playing opposite a nag.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wickedly funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bloody good.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Hits a bulls-eye.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Passes by like a dream.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Schizo offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.