Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,867 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 A History of Violence
Lowest review score: 0 Fantastic Four
Score distribution:
2867 movie reviews
  1. Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.
  2. Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
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  3. Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.
  4. Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency.
  5. It's a haunting, hypnotic film that exerts an escalating grip on the heart and the conscience.
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  6. An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
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  7. Mitchell gives this post-punk, neo-glam rock extravaganza everything in his loaded arsenal of talents. He gets the sound right, the look right, the fun right and - this is crucial - the pain right.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Begins like an episode of "I Love Lucy" and ends with the impact of "Easy Rider."
  11. Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride.
  12. Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
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  13. Irresistibly deranged.
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  14. A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
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  15. 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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  16. 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.
  17. Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.
  18. Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. When the laughs come, they stick in your throat. This is a deliciously twisted piece of work. And Gyllenhaal, coiled and ready to spring, is scarily brilliant. He truly is a monster for our time.
  19. The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
  20. This may be one of the few rockumentaries since Stop Making Sense to tap the cinematic potential of sound and vision in a way that feels genuinely collaborative and borderline transcendental.
  21. It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
  22. It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
  23. 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.
  24. The fierce and funny film version has been directed by Texan Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) with rare grace and compassion.
  25. Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic.
  26. Jones is a marvel. Sundance couldn't get enough of her. You won't, either. Her performance grabs hold and won't let go.
  27. Ray
    Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
  28. Shot with a surrealist's eye for madness and destruction by the great cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Mother! always seems on the verge of exploding. Your head will feel the same way. And I mean that as a compliment.
  29. For those who don't believe that truth trumps fiction for whacked-out depravity, mark this shockingly fierce and funny spellbinder as Exhibit A.
  30. Shrek 2 may be computer-generated, but its innate heart and glorious sense of mischief make it one of the best and most humane movies of the summer.

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