Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,648 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Where the Wild Things Are
Lowest review score: 0 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Score distribution:
2648 movie reviews
  1. Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton in their shocking second encounter. Despite its preachy moments, the film is a knockout.
  6. Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty.
  7. The top-tier cast, including Tilda Swinton as a character called Social Services, may be star overload, but each actor performs small miracles.
  8. Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
  9. It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
  10. Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
  11. A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
  12. Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his roguish charm and sharp comic timing. The surprise is the unexpected feeling he brings to this challenging role.
  13. The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong Kar-Wai's noted cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), to take us inside Alex's head. The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing.
  14. You can laugh with Maps to the Stars, but you can't laugh it off. Prepare to be knocked for a loop.
  15. Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
  16. The movie, from the 1992 best seller by Olivia Goldsmith, isn't deathless art. But as pure entertainment, this witty revenge romp is sinfully satisfying.
  17. Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
  18. Through haunting home movies, Mina's diaries and interviews with Mike, a raw, riveting portrait emerges of what a child sees in his parents' relationship and what lies beneath.
  19. Mud
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
  20. Witherspoon has nailed it before, notably in "Election," but her portrayal of June is astounding in its vitality and richness.
  21. McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
  22. Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it.
  23. Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist. Good show.
  24. A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.
  25. Without pushing or showing off, Miller creates a breezy comedy that pulls you up short. Buoyed by faultless actors who mesh beautifully, Maggie's Plan tickles you with laughs that can — suddenly or even days later — choke you up with emotion.
  26. Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
  27. Eastwood, working from a script that Jason Hall adapted from Kyle's 2012 memoir, fuses the explosive and the sorrowful as only he can. That's why his film takes a piece out of you.
  28. The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma.
  29. The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
  30. Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.

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