Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,368 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 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Lowest review score: 0 Vampire's Kiss
Score distribution:
2,368 movie reviews
  1. Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster. Acting rarely gets this hypnotically explosive.
  2. Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.
  3. Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
  4. It's a role of fierce demands, and Rampling meets them all. In a summer of crass, Rampling is a true class act.
  5. The challenge is exhilarating. You can discover a lot about yourself by getting lost in Mulholland Drive. It grips you like a dream that won't let go.
  6. Unique and unforgettable.
  7. A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
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  8. It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving.
  9. Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
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  10. One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.
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  11. It's unmissable, flaws and all, because riveting suspense spiced with diabolical laughs and garnished with a sprig of kinky romance add up to the tastiest dish around.
  12. Sadly, Howard blands out in the final third, using old-age makeup and tear-jerking to turn a tough true story into something easily digestible. Until then, you'll be riveted.
  13. It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
  14. A world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year.
  15. Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism.
  16. The crazy-ass imagination at work in Being John Malkovich hits you like a blast of pure oxygen...this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long.
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  17. Mamet -- crafts tangy, well-seasoned dialogue that a good cast can feast on. And this cast is prime.
  18. A dynamite bundle from British writer-director Guy Ritchie. Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
  19. Let the unsettling secrets of this outrageously funny and steadily engrossing meditation on the life of two high school misfits after graduation catch you by surprise. It's that good.
  20. Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.
  21. A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
  22. Like the best filmmakers at Sundance 2001, Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it.
  23. Only some bumpy, arid passages in the script keep The Others out of the master class occupied by the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and, my favorite, 1961's "The Innocents."
  24. A thunderous spectacle.
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  25. Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
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  26. As heartfelt as it is hilarious.
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  27. Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
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  28. A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
  29. Howard lays off the manipulation to tell the true story of the near-fatal 1970 Apollo 13 mission in painstaking and lively detail. It's easily Howard's best film.
  30. The best surfing documentary ever made. And that includes 1966's "The Endless Summer" and its terrific 1994 sequel -- both from Bruce Brown, Dana's father.

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