Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,992 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Decline of Western Civilization
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Score distribution:
2992 movie reviews
  1. Ledger's comic flair is a big plus in a film that is fanatically busy and fatally sexless.
  2. Following "Derailed," this comic turd makes it two strikes for Jennifer Aniston. She looks great, but her acting is board-stiff.
  3. 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.
  4. Writer-director Richard Shepard gives Brosnan his meatiest role ever, and he digs in with relish.
  5. Bana is magnificent in the role.
  6. Casts a spell that grips you and won't let go. The film works as a provocation, on a personal and a political level.
  7. It's getting harder to sustain a rooting interest in the career of Johnny Knoxville.
  8. There's something pernicious about a toxic mix of sitcom and snickering sex jokes getting packaged and effectively sold as wholesome fun for the family.
  9. Build a comedy around Jim Carrey in manic mode and they will come. Case in point: Fun With Dick and Jane, a pointless, painfully unfunny and yet inexplicably popular remake of the 1977 fizzle with Jane Fonda and George Segal.
  10. Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the story's grieving heart. Fiennes is her match in soulful artistry.
  11. Keaton, a sorceress at blending humor and heartbreak, honors the film with a grace that makes it stick in the memory.
  12. Sam Peckinpah lives! The rampaging spirit of the late filmmaker, known as Bloody Sam for films such as "The Wild Bunch" and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," is all over this blistering modern Western from first-time director Tommy Lee Jones.
  13. Stroman should have studied the original Producers that Brooks directed in 1968, with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. It answers the question "Where did they go right?"
  14. Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
  15. Any doubts about three Chinese actresses speaking English with Japanese accents vanish in the face of their deeply felt performances and the world Marshall conjures with magical finesse.
  16. Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  17. The subplot involving a tragic romance between a soldier and one of the living statues (the lovely Kelly Reilly) is hell on the humor and on a movie that stays content to do the trite thing.
  18. This PG-rated movie feels safe and constricted in a way the story never does on the page. It leaves out the deep magic of a good movie, or a good sermon: the feeling that something vital is at stake.
  19. Even a nice chianti couldn't help you wash down this lump of tear-jerking twaddle.
  20. The movie's soul is with Huffman. Speaking in a low voice, her posture as stiff as her vocabulary, her eyes a pool of sadness and hope, she turns this small, resonant film into a cry from the heart.
  21. If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
  22. This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue.
  23. Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics.
  24. With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist.
  25. Witherspoon has nailed it before, notably in "Election," but her portrayal of June is astounding in its vitality and richness.
  26. In substance and style, the movie is more than a few tears short of Jordan's "The Crying Game." But Murphy is an actor to watch. Even in heels.
  27. The strapping Owen as a guy who can't handle himself and cutie-pie Aniston as a witchy woman? I don't think so. Talk about derailed.
  28. Romantic yearning hasn't looked this sexy onscreen in years.
  29. Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
  30. Sarah Silverman is the most outrageously funny woman alive.

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