Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,632 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% 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 Nurse Betty
Lowest review score: 0 Gods of Egypt
Score distribution:
2632 movie reviews
  1. Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted.
  2. Irresistibly deranged.
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  3. A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
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  4. The crazy-ass imagination at work in Being John Malkovich hits you like a blast of pure oxygen...this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long.
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  5. A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
  6. Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.
  7. Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. When the laughs come, they stick in your throat. This is a deliciously twisted piece of work. And Gyllenhaal, coiled and ready to spring, is scarily brilliant. He truly is a monster for our time.
  8. The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
  9. It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
  10. It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
  11. It's warped and wonderfully effervescent. Ditto the songs by Danny Elfman, who sings the role of Bonejangles, the frontman for a skeleton jazz band at a swinging underworld club. Best of all is the love story.
  12. The fierce and funny film version has been directed by Texan Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) with rare grace and compassion.
  13. Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic.
  14. Jones is a marvel. Sundance couldn't get enough of her. You won't, either. Her performance grabs hold and won't let go.
  15. Ray
    Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
  16. For those who don't believe that truth trumps fiction for whacked-out depravity, mark this shockingly fierce and funny spellbinder as Exhibit A.
  17. 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.
  18. This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by the great Roger Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell.
  19. It's a feast of smart, sexy, glorious talk. The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here.
  20. Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
  21. Immensely entertaining and provocative.
  22. You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.
  23. Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
  24. Kudrow's Michele is a deadpan delight as she joins fellow misfit Romy (a deliciously funny Mira Sorvino).
  25. Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
  26. Don't miss it. Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are.
  27. A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  28. Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
  29. Cyrus, the summer's best, most original and crazily inventive comedy, is potently funny and painfully real.
  30. For some, the silver linings in Russell’s movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanist’s act of resistance. That’s why American Hustle ranks with the year’s best movies. It gets under your skin.

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