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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Abyss
Lowest review score: 0 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
2,368 movie reviews
  1. The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
  2. Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
  3. A ruthlessly clever musical, a punchy political parody and the hottest look ever at naked puppets -- the first film, porn included, in which a woody is actually made of wood.
  4. Ray
    Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
  5. Glorious entertainment.
  6. Scrappy, funny, hot-to-trot biopic.
  7. An emotional powerhouse.
  8. Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
  9. Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
  10. When it flies, it soars.
  11. A rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
  12. Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
  13. The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie.
  14. It's Bacon who overcomes all obstacles.
  15. Fresh comic thinking spices up this smart cookie of a satire from director-writer Paul Weitz (About a Boy). He makes it sexually provocative and subversively hilarious.
  16. In Washington's haunted eyes, in the stunning cinematography of Roger Deakins (Fargo) that plunges into the mad flare of combat, in the plot that deftly turns a whodunit into a meditation on character and in Zwick's persistent questioning of authority, Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience.
  17. Sleepers, for all the doubts it raises, is the work of a man who speaks for absent friends and "for the children we were." It's his secret heart.
  18. Immensely entertaining and provocative.
  19. The acting is electric. By the end of this haunting, hypnotic film, you feel you have watched lives being lived, not just imagined.
  20. A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
  21. A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.
  22. The fierce and funny film version has been directed by Texan Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) with rare grace and compassion.
  23. As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
  24. The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing.
  25. This bonbon spiked with malice is a triumph for Jaoui, who takes witty and wounding measure of the small betrayals that leave bruises on us all.
  26. Funny, touching, vital.
  27. It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
  28. There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.
  29. Performance artist Miranda July hits a grand slam as the writer, director and star of her first film. It's a moonbeam romance laced with startling wit and gravity.
  30. It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.

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