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 3.2 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. An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
  2. Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
  3. A burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration that manages to pay homage to the classic 1960s TV series and still boldly go where no man, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy included, has gone before.
  4. A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
  5. 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.
  6. Day-Lewis is smashing as the man caught between his emotions and the social ethic. Not since Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" has an actor matched piercing intelligence with such imposing good looks and physical grace.
  7. A sequel of twisted thrills and sly surprises.
  8. It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.
  9. Sometimes it's racism; sometimes bum luck; sometimes it's producer Phil Spector putting Love's voice in another singer's mouth. You watch. You hear the gospel spoken in the voices of these women. And you marvel.
  10. The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong Kar-Wai's noted cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), to take us inside Alex's head. The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing.
  11. Scorsese builds Hugo in the Méliès manner, creating a complete, ravishing Parisian world on a soundstage in England and reveling in the sheer transporting joy of it. Hugo will take your breath away.
  12. It might have all been another Hollywood-formula flick with American might taking on the alien other. But Greengrass gives Phillips and Muse the time, aboard a covered lifeboat, to discover shared beliefs and fears.
  13. What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth.
  14. One-word reaction: bravo.
  15. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
  16. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  17. Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
  18. Casts a spell that grips you and won't let go. The film works as a provocation, on a personal and a political level.
  19. You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
  20. Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
  21. This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.
  22. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
  23. 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.
  24. Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.
  25. The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
  26. A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
  27. A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
  28. Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride.
  29. 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Parenthood, heartfelt and howlingly comic, also comes spiced with risk and mischief. Just when you fear the movie might be swept away on a tidal wave of wholesomeness, a line, a scene or a performance poke through to restore messy, perverse reality.

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