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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Notes on a Scandal won't be everyone's cup of tea. But if you like your films strong, this one is not to be missed.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Visually stunning, it meshes haunting images with a complex multilevel story about the enchantment of youth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate stories of family ties that bind but sometimes also choke.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The real wonder becomes how British filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher was able to write and direct such an accomplished, touching and original movie her first time out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    Among the many strengths of the sweetly touching Introducing the Dwights, a small gem from Australia unearthed at the Sundance Film Festival, is that Jean never becomes Godzilla.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    A richly textured and compelling film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ruthe Stein
    The Visitor, is, if anything, more imaginative and touching than his first.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Boasts a collection of oddball characters, some more sharply written than others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Surprisingly robust.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Adapted from a French play but never seems stage- bound.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    When the movie is viewed with fresh eyes, the most captivating feature is this surreal Vegas -- its neon signs askew, as if reconfigured by Andy Warhol, and its preternaturally glistening streets a siren's call to an ever-new batch of suckers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Charmingly offbeat in the vein of early Woody Allen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Blanc is completely without vanity in showing the physical deterioration wrought by addiction. Her performance is as chilling as Lee Remick's in "Days of Wine and Roses.''
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Both actors are so appealing, you root for the inevitable meeting to happen somewhere in the vicinity of Wonderland.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Karyo -- a big star in France but little known in this country -- has Steve Martin's knack for keeping his dignity while doing outrageous slapstick.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A bit of fluff expertly made and a hoot to watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That the film finds its own groove is due largely to the eye of director Ernest Dickerson. Not surprisingly, he began his career as a cinematographer, working on Spike Lee’s early films.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Bouncy, informative and funny documentary.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Insightful but unfocused.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Brosnan and Moore display a knack for fast delivery of smart dialogue both in court and in bed. Their verbal sparring is the main attraction of Laws of Attraction and helped me overlook plot holes of massive proportions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A little picture -- the names of the entire cast would fit on half a sheet of paper -- but it’s more heartfelt than movies with 50 times the budget.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A disturbing drama about the dehumanizing and humiliating effects of war.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop