Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,263 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Insider
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn's Finest
Score distribution:
2,263 movie reviews
  1. Some movies are too good to miss. Judy Berlin is one of them...It works like magic.
  2. Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic.
  3. A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white. [14 Dec 1989, p.23]
  4. Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.
  5. Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
  6. A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
  7. In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. Crimes and Misdemeansors is so funny it hurts.
  8. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
  9. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  10. The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  11. The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last.
  12. This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank.
  13. What can I tell you? It works. Private Parts is a comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
  14. Pure movie bliss.
  15. A rapturous masterwork.
  16. One of the year's best and most provocative films.
  17. That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner, who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
  18. To Die For, sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance by Kidman that deserves to make her an Oscar favorite, is prime social satire and outrageous fun.
  19. Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.
  20. Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head.
  21. Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high.
  22. Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics.
  23. Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  24. Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
  25. Ephron homes in on what's been missing in movies and in life: ardor, longing and smart talk about the screwed-up notions that pass for love.
  26. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
  27. From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
  28. A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
  29. Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
  30. Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life.

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