Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,754 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Solaris
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 3
Score distribution:
2754 movie reviews
  1. Up
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
  2. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  3. Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
  4. Paradis sizzles in a star-making role that gleams like one of Gabor's blades. She's a spellbinder.
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  5. Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring.
  6. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
  7. Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.
  8. In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other.
  9. What can I tell you? It works. Private Parts is a comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
  10. What makes La La Land such a hot miracle is how the passion for cinema and its possibilities radiates from every frame.
  11. With it's dynamite performances, strafing wit and dramatic provocation, The Insider offers Mann at his best -- blood up, unsanitized and unbowed.
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  12. A rapturous masterwork.
  13. As ever, Freeman delivers miracles; he's as good as it gets.
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  14. This volcanically funny and seriously scary look at America's obsession with guns is meant to shake us up good. And it does.
  15. The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  16. Gosford Park abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
  17. But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters.
  18. Volver is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him. Through the transformative power of his art -- carried on the wings of Alberto Iglesias' exhilarating score -- we feel their presence. You do not want to miss this one.
  19. Recoing gives a performance that won't soon be forgotten. Neither will Time Out. It's a great movie.
  20. Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
  21. The idea has been tried — remember TV's "Herman's Head"? — but never with the artful brilliance of filmmaker Pete Docter (Up; Monsters, Inc.).
  22. Chicago, based on Bob Fosse's Broadway smash, kills.
  23. The House of Mirth is not one of those teacup and doily movies; it's harsh and disturbing. Davies does superlatively right by Wharton. There's blood on the walls.
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  24. The actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it's Camara's tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us.
  25. Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel is an indisputably great movie, at this point the year's very best.
  26. Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating. Sandler and the movie will knock you for a loop.
  27. It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental performance that blasts your expectations and batters your heart.
  28. Broken Arrow delivers the hippest action fun around. Travolta's "Dr. Strangelove" exit will blow you away. Ditto the movie.
  29. A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
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  30. Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.

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