Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,363 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 Wild at Heart
Lowest review score: 0 The Informers
Score distribution:
2,363 movie reviews
  1. Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
  2. This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
  3. It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.
  4. The specter of war haunts Cold Mountain, but you remember it for the heat of its romantic yearning and the mysteries that wrap themselves around you until you're lost in another world.
  5. Altman, showing the ardor and assurance of a master, pulls us into his film with seductive power. You won't want to miss a thing.
  6. Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
  7. Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
  8. Chases so many ideas that it threatens to spin out of control. But with our multiplexes stuffed with toxic Hollywood formula, it's a gift to find a ballsy movie that thinks it can do anything, and damn near does.
  9. LaBute achieves a bracing originality by observing human folly as a means to understand rather than condemn. Love or hate his films, LaBute is one of the most challenging filmmakers to emerge in years.
  10. Kidman gives the most emotionally bruising performance of her career in Dogville, a movie that never met a cliche it didn't stomp on.
  11. The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.
  12. It’s one of the blackest comedies to hit the screen since Dr. Strangelove. Spurlock proves himself a supersize talent; he makes you choke on every laugh.
  13. 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.
  14. This little-hyped thriller emerges as a dark-horse winner by reminding us of how pleasurably exciting a popcorn movie can be when it's populated by actors who are in it for more than an exorbitant fee.
  15. Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.
  16. Keep "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," and give me this spellbinding mind teaser, the ultimate game for movie buffs.
  17. Fanaticism is Dannelly's target, not faith. That's what makes his film a keeper: It sticks with you.
  18. It's one for the time capsule.
  19. Moore has marshaled what's on the record and off into a stinging indictment of where we're going. In a multiplex filled with Hollywood cotton candy, we need him more than ever.
  20. A sequel of twisted thrills and sly surprises.
  21. You can't shut the door on this spellbinder. It gets into your head.
  22. If you've forgotten the kick you get from watching a globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts, take a ride with The Bourne Supremacy.
  23. Kudrow's Michele is a deadpan delight as she joins fellow misfit Romy (a deliciously funny Mira Sorvino).
  24. Down in the mud with the guys, Moore finds the heart of her character and a career beyond vanity and hype. She's never looked better.
  25. No crime film in years boasts a cooler vibe than Michael Mann's dazzling Collateral.
  26. The ending -- a more devastating surprise than "The Village" could manage -- caps eighty sweat-job minutes of imaginative, jolting suspense.
  27. The butt of the hilarious and heartfelt screenplay by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey) is homophobia, and his sting is wickedly on target.
  28. Darroussin is killer good and director Cedric Kahn turns Georges Simenon's seminal novel into a darkly comic spellbinder that pins you to your seat.
  29. Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
  30. A mesmerizing look at an asthmatic, rich-boy medical student in the act of discovering his insurgent spirit.

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