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

Ruthe Stein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Charlotte's Web
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 398
398 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A warmhearted film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Offers a brew of wondrous chimera combined with the wonders of human nature.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Known for his visual images, Jordan outdoes himself in "Breakfast,'' a feast for the eyes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    By focusing on one family's dilemma, the movie brings home the messy Middle Eastern situation in a way easier to relate to than the headlines and opinion pieces.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Columbus' schizoid approach works more often than not.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The casting, at least, is magical. Plowright shows both her character's strength and her heartbreaking vulnerability, sometimes at once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Has an old-fashioned feel, as if it had been made in the period of its setting. I mean this as a compliment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's reassuring to see Steven Soderbergh return to riveting down-and-dirty filmmaking with Bubble.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    At its exhilarating best, Following Sean is reminiscent of the lauded British documentaries that began with "7 Up.''
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fascinating and distinctly politically incorrect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A wildly entertaining fantasy thriller that propels Russian cinema into the 21st century.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    As good as family entertainment gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    That Duncan can't come up with a satisfying ending and lets the story drift into a confusing polemic is hardly surprising. He's guilty of overreaching -- interrupting his very sly satire with quasi-serious thoughts on the end of Soviet communism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    While hardly glorifying abusive husbands, Take My Eyes, a mesmerizing and deeply disturbing film from Spain, makes an attempt to understand their thought processes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film -- "Vertigo" in particular -- where you're not always sure if what you're seeing is really happening.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    For all the squalor and extremely upsetting subject matter, you can't take your eyes off the screen.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Akeelah and the Bee connects where it counts most, on an emotional level. Only a curmudgeon could watch this feisty but vulnerable youngster rack up victories against all odds without tearing up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Fun to watch although falling short of a real hoot, this latest in a barrage of family movies largely succeeds at keeping the kiddies entertained and their parents from nodding off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    A spellbinding Australian Western.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Dark, disturbing and audaciously original in a way only indies are given license to be anymore, the film never telegraphs where it's heading. But you don't need a pathfinder to sense the general direction is toward hell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Except for an ending that's so implausible it might have derailed a less solid work, Twelve and Holding is a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of what it's like to be young and confused
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    It's a broad generality to say that French filmmakers have a particularly perverse sensibility, but it can be backed up by one import after another. The latest, La Moustache, is wonderfully odd in a minimalist kind of way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make. It should be viewed as a calling card from gifted and resourceful filmmakers whom I hope some Hollywood producer will have the sense to sign up immediately.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    There's a manic quality to the film that may wear you down. But at least you won't be bored.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ruthe Stein
    Opens up a world of words.