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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Me and You and Everyone We Know
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done. Their spirited performances help cover up glaring holes in the plot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard are incredibly compelling and hold your attention despite Jordan's deliberately slow pacing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The new movie shrieks of motherhood - raising hot-button issues like biological clocks running down, the rights of birth mothers and whether to adopt or give artificial insemination a shot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Only intermittently funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The message is muddled.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An amusing melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Pretentious drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The Astronaut Farmer's goofy quality makes it totally endearing. It's also super entertaining. Critics are fond of referring to movies as a "great ride." With this one, the words couldn't be more apt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Attempts something startlingly original by melding light opera with soap opera.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The attempt to be clever is transparent.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Well-intentioned but lifeless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Intermittently funny.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like its low-key star, Hamlet 2 is more likely to elicit quiet chuckles than raucous laughter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    It is crystal clear who screwed up this tortuously slow-moving romantic drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Becomes tiresome.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The whole thing is dizzying, like "Moulin Rouge" without songs and dances extolling love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie doesn't aspire to be art, merely to entertain adolescent girls, which is practically guaranteed by the luminous presence of Anne Hathaway.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The problem with this one may be that it just isn't British enough.