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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Lower your expectations going into Volver and accept it for what it is: a ridiculously entertaining melodrama with loud echoes of "Mildred Pierce" that provides Penelope Cruz with a vehicle for her multifaceted talents.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    All along, you know something terrible is going to happen, and when it does, you leave the theater shaken and deeply moved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The suggestion that Peter O'Toole is playing some version of his real self in Venus adds a bittersweet poignancy to this quietly affecting British drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all its dazzling computer-generated sequences, "Museum'' wouldn't be nearly the delight it is without the talents of some of the best comedians in the business.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The result is a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Compelling and deeply disturbing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Black Snake Moan' is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Powerful and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Showing the intricate dynamics of family relationships is something Mira Nair does as well as any director working today.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As uneven as I Think I Love My Wife often is, it still has an emotional resonance lacking in most films about relationships. By dealing with temptation in even a quasi-realistic way, it affirms that, like comedy, monogamy is hard.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A solidly above-average thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Van Houten, a veteran of European TV, is in almost every scene, and her energetic performance keeps Black Book percolating despite an overstuffed plot that strains credibility and often tips over into melodrama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Wickedly funny.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers another way into these complex indigenous people, through storytelling as haunting as their artwork.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Sounds great and if nothing else should help diminish the stereotype, blasted by the film's subjects, of Gypsies as little more than pickpockets whom travelers need to be wary of.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Heart-wrenching film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As the title character in Lady Chatterley, Marina Hands does the most persuasive job of feigning sexual pleasure since Jane Fonda in "Coming Home."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Attempts something startlingly original by melding light opera with soap opera.