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 V for Vendetta
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Visually, the film is a stunner, dotted with psychedelic colors and many shades of red -- one battle is fought with red laser-gun sights -- some looking realistically like blood. When gangsters open fire, their falls are choreographed like a ballet. The problem comes when the cast opens its mouth and Elizabethan dialogue tumbles out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Only intermittently funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    The producers have stated that they're going after an American market that supports Spanish-language TV networks, radio stations and newspapers. This niche audience may well respond to not being required to read subtitles, for once, in a movie geared to them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard are incredibly compelling and hold your attention despite Jordan's deliberately slow pacing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A mostly entertaining movie with built-in appeal to young audiences. The good news for parents is that it won't put them to sleep.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Sleuth"is that rare film that would have been better longer. You're not through looking at Caine and Law when the final credits roll.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A sequel arrives for Valentine's Day with the unwieldy title Step Up 2 the Streets. If it performs as well, watch for "Step Up 3: the Sprained Ankle."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    An overwrought and ultimately silly thriller.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Isn't likely to win Murphy another Oscar nomination, but it allows him to do what he does best - loads of physical comedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ruthe Stein
    Leaves you feeling buoyed, but you must endure a level of overacting more suitable for the soaps.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The movie [Sugarman] made gives little indication that she understands teen girls, dramatic or plain. Much of Confessions seems clueless and -- even worse for moviegoers of any age -- listless.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    As bad as its title.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Muddled, to put it kindly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The biggest puzzlement about "What'' is what it's doing in major movie theaters around the country when it so clearly belongs on one of those small cable channels given to peculiar programming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue -- talk literally being cheap compared to action shots. Unfortunately, the script by first-time filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson fails on both counts.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Spending an hour and a half inside a uterus might be more entertaining than this tiresome sequel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Annoying, soporific and singularly humorless.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A comedy so unfunny, it's tragic.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A bigger mess than the gas crisis.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Sharkboy relies almost entirely on 3-D for its kicks. The novelty, however, quickly wears thin with the thinnest of stories to project.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    Poor casting is compounded by a ludicrous script.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A turkey.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A Christian-themed film about redemption with almost no redeeming qualities as entertainment.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A lame pastiche of Hollywood romances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Ruthe Stein
    A disappointing sequel to the far funnier "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."