Rolling Stone's Scores

For 3,021 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Snapper
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Score distribution:
3021 movie reviews
  1. Shane Black creates a movie that is defiantly smartass and too cool for the room. I couldn't have liked it more.
  2. The movie is full of possibilities. Frustratingly, only a few of them are realized.
  3. The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom, and the meltdown of Drew's mother (Susan Sarandon), who grieves by tap-dancing.
  4. This movie isn't over-the-top -- it doesn't know where the top is. Trash addicts will eat up every graphic minute, even if they prefer to wait for the DVD.
  5. Any similarities between Josey and Lois Jenson, the real woman who made Eveleth Mines pay for their sins in a landmark 1988 class-action suit, are purely coincidental. Instead, we get a TV-movie fantasy of female empowerment glazed with soap-opera theatrics.
  6. In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.
  7. It's Hanson's astute directing that makes the film's life lessons go down painlessly, turning the smartly entertaining In Her Shoes into a comfy fit for both sexes.
  8. Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin.
  9. You will laugh yourself silly.
  10. Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
  11. It's tough to imagine a guy who won't squirm through this tale of 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan.
  12. Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head.
  13. It's unlikely audiences will be echoing a starving Oliver's most famous line: "Please, sir, I want some more."
  14. Madden directed Paltrow in the play on the London stage, but he does his "Shakespeare in Love" goddess no favors by filling the screen with big close-ups that betray the theatrical origins of the piece and drain the movie of life and urgency. Proof hasn't been filmed at all -- it's been embalmed.
  15. Niccol is too good a screenwriter (The Truman Show, Gattaca) not to know that Hollywood cliches are hell on a film's political bite. They muzzle it.
  16. Wood, whose mostly mute turn is defined by his black suit and glasses, can only stare in stupefaction at Schreiber's jittery mix of broad laughs and sentiment. Audiences will share the feeling.
  17. It's warped and wonderfully effervescent. Ditto the songs by Danny Elfman, who sings the role of Bonejangles, the frontman for a skeleton jazz band at a swinging underworld club. Best of all is the love story.
  18. Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us.
  19. 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.
  20. It's not just that Jennifer Lopez looks lost and out of her league acting with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman. That's to be expected. It's the drag-ass solemnity of this turgid family drama that makes you crazy.
  21. Oh, how good actors can trap themselves in drivel.
  22. Keane means to shakes us, and does.
  23. Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride.
  24. If you're a Gilliam junkie, as I am, you go with it, even when the script by Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key) loses its shaky hold on coherence.
  25. Steve Carell, best known as a team player on "The Daily Show," "The Office" and such movies as "Anchorman," earns top-banana status as Andy. He is flat-out hilarious.
  26. The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
  27. What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers.
  28. Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable -- the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art.
  29. Just know that Pulse possesses the dark art to make your pulse pound and your hair stand on end -- with no cheating.
  30. There is no wrong time to flush this turd. The only bright spot comes during the outtakes over the final credits.

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