Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,931 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Lowest review score: 0 John Tucker Must Die
Score distribution:
2931 movie reviews
  1. You can laugh with Maps to the Stars, but you can't laugh it off. Prepare to be knocked for a loop.
  2. Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
  3. The movie, from the 1992 best seller by Olivia Goldsmith, isn't deathless art. But as pure entertainment, this witty revenge romp is sinfully satisfying.
  4. Thanks to some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed, Gibson once again shows his staggering gifts as a filmmaker, able to juxtapose savagery with aching tenderness.
  5. Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
  6. Through haunting home movies, Mina's diaries and interviews with Mike, a raw, riveting portrait emerges of what a child sees in his parents' relationship and what lies beneath.
  7. The film sneaks up on you, quiet-like, until its implications accumulate. And then it crushes you.
  8. Mud
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
  9. Witherspoon has nailed it before, notably in "Election," but her portrayal of June is astounding in its vitality and richness.
  10. McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
  11. Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it.
  12. 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.
  13. A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.
  14. Without pushing or showing off, Miller creates a breezy comedy that pulls you up short. Buoyed by faultless actors who mesh beautifully, Maggie's Plan tickles you with laughs that can — suddenly or even days later — choke you up with emotion.
  15. Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
  16. For Blade Runner junkies like myself, who've mainlined five different versions of Ridley Scott's now iconic sci-fi film noir – from the release print to the Director's Cut and the Final Cut (the last two minus that voiceover Scott and Ford hated) – every minute of this mesmerizing mindbender is a visual feast to gorge on.
  17. There are bumps along the way, transitions from one medium to another will do that, but this filmmaker and his fierce foursome won't be done till they take a piece out of you. It's a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail.
  18. Eastwood, working from a script that Jason Hall adapted from Kyle's 2012 memoir, fuses the explosive and the sorrowful as only he can. That's why his film takes a piece out of you.
  19. The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma.
  20. The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
  21. Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
  22. It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.
  23. Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud.
  24. The action, from lightsaber duels to X-wing dogfights with TIE Fighters, is explosive and buoyed by John Williams' exultant score. And the movie is also funny as hell. Abrams knows how to build a laugh and fill the emotional spaces between words.
  25. It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
  26. War Horse gets to you. It's one from the heart.
  27. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere. Just know you're in for a workout.
  28. Rehab movies nearly always make me cringe, as if the audience needs to take medicine, as if hope needs to be force fed. Short Term 12, an exceptional film in every way, breaks the mold.
  29. Adams, her face a reflection of conflicting emotions, is simply stellar in an Oscar-buzzed performance of amazing grit and grace. Without her, Arrival might be too cerebral to warm up to. With her, the film gets inside your head and emerges as something intimate and epic, a linguistics odyssey through space and time. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.
  30. Eating can be one dangerous business. Don't take another bite till you see Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., an essential, indelible documentary that is scarier than anything in the last five Saw horror shows.

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