Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,535 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Basic Instinct 2
Score distribution:
2535 movie reviews
  1. With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure.
  2. Silver Linings Playbook is eager to sting instead of soothe. It's one of the year's best movies because Russell makes you laugh till it hurts.
  3. Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
  4. Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
  5. Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
  6. The story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious, her eyes blazing with a carnal yearning that can turn vindictive at any perceived slight.
  7. The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
  8. This film geek's dream of a movie pulls the ground out from under you, but stays smartass to the end. Sweet.
  9. Evocatively shot by "Selma" wizard Bradford Young, A Most Violent Year reflects a world where nothing is held sacred. You watch with nerves clenched, holding on tight.
  10. It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write off as exploitation.
  11. The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
  12. A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
  13. One-word reaction: bravo.
  14. Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- a grandmaster at blending color and natural light -- craft a tone poem that may throw some audiences through its use of interior monologues.
  15. The Lookout is Frank's show. He's crafted a haunting and hypnotic film that transcends pulp by creating characters that get under your skin.
  16. You might bitch that Flight levels off after its shocking, soaring start. But you'd be missing the point of an exceptional entertainment that Zemeckis shades into something quietly devastating – not an addiction drama, but the deeper spectacle of a man facing the truth about himself.
  17. From the theme of global downsizing, the filmmakers wring humor, heartbreak, suspense and stirring social drama. Cotillard, a consummate actress, fits like a natural into the workaday world of the Dardennes (Rosetta, The Son, The Kid With a Bike).
  18. Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
  19. Recalling the best movies about actors, from "All About Eve" to "Birdman," Clouds of Sils Maria is a bonbon spiked with wit and malice. It's also a penetrating look into the female psyche, a specialty of critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas, who wrote Juliette Binoche her first starring role, as a young actress in 1985's "Rendez-vous."
  20. A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
  21. The boldness of director Danny DeVito's violent epic is matched by Nicholson's astonishing physical and vocal transformation into Jimmy Hoffa.
  22. Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
  23. Writer-director Damián Szifron hasn't made one film — he's made six, stitched together under one title and sent out to a world that may not be ready. Screw the pussies. Wild Tales is gleefully out for blood.
  24. Spurlock says he's not selling out, he's buying in. I'm buying into Spurlock. As ever, he makes you laugh till it hurts.
  25. Even when the film's frigid elegance, perfectly captured by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, becomes off-puttingly clinical, Almodóvar's passion burns through. The skin he lives in is alive to challenge no matter what warped form it takes.
  26. The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton in their shocking second encounter. Despite its preachy moments, the film is a knockout.
  27. Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty.
  28. The top-tier cast, including Tilda Swinton as a character called Social Services, may be star overload, but each actor performs small miracles.
  29. Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
  30. It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.

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