Rolling Stone's Scores

For 3,021 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Snapper
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Score distribution:
3021 movie reviews
  1. The film leaps off the screen with a thrilling immediacy.
  2. Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.
  3. Moonlight, which announces Jenkins as a major filmmaker, gets you good. It stays raw from first scene to last.
  4. 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.
  5. Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
  6. Throughout his life, Brown refused to give in to public convention or his own despair; he wouldn't play the victim. Brown labored to express all of his feelings, not just the acceptable ones. Day Lewis works the same way. My Left Foot, a keen match of actor and subject, stands as an eloquent tribute to the talents of both.
  7. You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you.
  8. Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.
  9. No film this year has moved me more with its humor, heart and humanity.
  10. What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you.
  11. You wanna feel all right? This is the holiday movie that will do it.
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  12. Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.
  13. Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
  14. Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films.
  15. Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
  16. Sheer perfection – that's the phrase that springs to mind when describing the humanist miracle that is Faces Places, the year's best and most beguiling documentary.
  17. It's unmissable and unforgettable.
  18. Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
  19. A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
  20. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
  21. Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
  22. Dunkirk is a landmark with the resonant force of an enduring screen classic.
  23. A mesmerizer that will creep into your dreams whether you let it or not.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new King Kong of crime movies...Ferocious fun without a trace of caution, complacency or political correctness to inhibit its 154 deliciously lurid minutes.
  24. Leigh embraces the contradictions in Turner. And in tandem with cinematographer Dick Pope, a master of light, he shows us the world as Turner sees it. The effect is harsh and ravishing. Leigh's beauty of a movie touches the heart not by sentimental gush but by the amplitude of its art.​
  25. Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
  26. The idea has been tried — remember TV's "Herman's Head"? — but never with the artful brilliance of filmmaker Pete Docter (Up; Monsters, Inc.).
  27. Pure movie bliss.
  28. Just when you think there's nothing original or exciting left to mine from a coming-of-age story, along comes the totally irresistible Lady Bird – a reminder that no genre is played out when there's a new artist around to see it with fresh eyes.
  29. This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.

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