Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,363 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 State and Main
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Score distribution:
2,363 movie reviews
  1. It's Corbijn, shooting with a poet's eye in a harshly stunning black-and-white, who cuts to the soul of Ian's life and music. You don't watch this movie, you live it.
  2. Gone Baby Gone is full of dark secrets, and how they unravel will keep you glued.
  3. A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  4. Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
  5. Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie.
  6. Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
  7. So what if nothing is revealed. Todd Haynes is a mischievous visionary who puts the music and the myth of Bob Dylan before us in I'm Not There and dares us not to revel in the troubadour's poetic, contentious, ever-changing essence. It's a feast for the eyes, the ears and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts.
  8. With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure.
  9. The movie will wipe you out. Schnabel's previous two films (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) also focused on artists. But this is his best film yet, a high-wire act of visual daring and unquenchable spirit.
  10. Dissenters who see this film as a wallow in self-absorption aren't paying attention. Baumbach is acutely attuned to the droll mind games of smart people who only think they're impervious to feeling.
  11. There's a special kick that comes in finding a new star. So step up, Ellen Page, and take your bows.
  12. This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.
  13. This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
  14. 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.
  15. Even when the script slips into sentiment, Peirce sticks with her troubled, questing soldiers, and through this raw and riveting movie, they stick with us.
  16. This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet.
  17. A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.
  18. A raucous ride through one man's pain.
  19. All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff.
  20. No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan -- a world-class filmmaker, be it "Memento," "Insomnia" or "The Prestige" -- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art.
  21. Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive. It's a near-perfect road movie, since you don't want the ride to end.
  22. You'll go limp from laughing.
  23. A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags.
  24. Johnny Depp, who paid for the 2005 funeral in which Thompson's ashes were fired out of a cannon, narrates with just the right mix of awe and impertinence.
  25. The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
  26. Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
  27. Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
  28. Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
  29. Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
  30. The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.

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