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 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    At its exhilarating best, Following Sean is reminiscent of the lauded British documentaries that began with "7 Up.''
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times. It's been made with a sensitivity and creativity that's come to exemplify Winterbottom's work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    You're under the thrall of a new peculiar couple. Both actors appear to be having fun outmaneuvering each other on the ice and onscreen.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Each time Something New touches on something controversial, it quickly retreats to some silliness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Annoying, soporific and singularly humorless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Funny, original, occasionally poignant and almost all of it too dirty to repeat in a newspaper.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Wise and wondrous.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The film's ambitions are laudable, and it manages to be touching, funny and true to life. It seems ungrateful to ask for anything more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Vitus is likable enough and definitely suitable entertainment for young people willing to read subtitles.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    While dinner and a movie is in theory a great idea, I'd avoid eating before taking in Lunacy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling Irish drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A compelling and visually arresting drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wondrous performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Much as she did in "Little Miss Sunshine," Breslin imbues Kit with joy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Lacks the marquee names and production values of big studio romantic comedies, but it connects on an emotional level most of them fail to do.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's reassuring to see Steven Soderbergh return to riveting down-and-dirty filmmaking with Bubble.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    ATL
    An emotionally charged coming-of-age saga that will make you laugh and cry, maybe at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An extremely good picture that, with a little tweaking, might have been a great one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Caruso, a very visual director, serves up some surprises and scares, and he's paced his movie briskly. You're out of this disturbing suburbia before you know it, shaken and even stirred.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A quirky but surprisingly lighthearted dark comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This deeply moving and disturbing film derives power from being based on the true story of a black South African who does everything possible, no matter how degrading, to get by within an immoral system, but becomes radicalized almost despite himself.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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