Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,738 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Bride Wars
Score distribution:
2738 movie reviews
  1. After a lively start -- the sorority sisters, shaken by the slightest imperfection in themselves, cannot cope with handicapped athletes -- the film smooths its rough edges and reduces complex characters to sitcom stooges. Call it an opportunity missed.
  2. It's too bad. Jones deserved better than a biopic with a TV-movie heart.
  3. What a cast, indeed. And what a bust as persuasive drama.
  4. A dash of Tarantino might have juiced up Walter Salles' wrongheadedly well-mannered take on Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat Generation landmark. Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel comes to the screen looking good but feeling shallow.
  5. What you get in this cop drama is NYPD Blue lite. That's not bad. In fact, it's compulsively watchable. But there are no leaps, just fits and starts.
  6. It should have been an old-fashioned rouser, and sometimes it is. The great cinematographer Robert Richardson (JFK) lights the battle scenes like action paintings. But Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.
  7. Hackman and Hoffman, old pals in their first film together, make a lively business of their one scene together -– in a toilet, no less. The rest you can flush.
  8. The pie looks delicious, but Labor Day feels stale.
  9. Last stand? My ass. Billed as the climax of a trilogy, the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.
  10. Central Intelligence always takes the lazy way out. You go along for the ride because Hart and Johnson promise something they can't deliver: a movie as funny as they are.
  11. Sugar Ray Leonard helped with the motion-capture, and it shows. Good stuff. But the tear-jerking in Real Steel is as shameless as its product placement. We're being hustled.
  12. What's in this cliché grab bag for moviegoers? Well, Portman and Kutcher are a cute mismatch. She's short to his tall, sassy to his sweet, etc. I dried up here. So does the movie.
  13. Their (Travolta/Jackson) teamwork was classic. Basic breaks up the team. What's up with that?
  14. Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill.
  15. The Core -- with its by-the-numbers plot and performances -- isn't offensive, just unblushingly tacky and derivative.
  16. What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson? Then Return to Paradise would be a better movie, that's what if.
  17. DiCaprio is terrific, but he can't save this lecture from the shame of using Africa as a vehicle for another white man's redemption.
  18. You always know where it's going even as it meanders for two and a half hours getting there.
  19. Sollett, hoping for a "Before Sunrise/Before Sunset" vibe, sadly settles for a soggy aftertaste.
  20. What's your take on Edward Snowden: A patriot deserving of a presidential pardon? A traitor deserving of execution, as Trump believes? Something in between? In Snowden the movie, in which a fiercely committed Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title role, Oliver Stone removes all doubt. He's Saint Edward.
  21. Jobs is a one-man show that needed to go for broke and doesn't. My guess is that Jobs would give it a swat.
  22. Admirers of Irving's sprawling tome are sure to find Birch a botch.
  23. Here's the problem: The movie was made just four years ago by Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky. It is called "Nine Queens," and it is vastly superior to this blah U.S. remake from director Gregory Jacobs.
  24. By playing it safe, the new Precinct leaves the audience sorry and restores thirteen to its place as the unluckiest number.
  25. Will Smith has an easy charm, and this labored romantic farce works it hard. Too hard.
  26. Lulls aside, Wain and Showalter deserve camp kudos for getting the details right.
  27. Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
  28. Cate Blanchett can do anything, even play Bob Dylan, but she can't save this creaky sequel to her star-making 1998 biopic of Elizabeth I.
  29. If you fell for the 2013 original — and surprisingly, many did — then Now You See Me 2 has got your number. For the rest of us, however, this longer, louder sequel adds up to what one character calls "a sack of nada."
  30. Doesn't seem directed at all; you half expect the actors to crash into each other. Still, give me the attempted satire of Head of State over the racial stereotyping of "Bringing Down the House" anyday. You can feel a mind at work when you watch Rock.

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