Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,738 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Kid Stays in the Picture
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Score distribution:
2738 movie reviews
  1. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, filmmakers themselves and De Palma fans to the bone, haven't gathered a bunch of talking heads to debate De Palma's significance. They just put the man himself on camera, mic him up and let him rip. The result is heaven for movie lovers.
  2. Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
  3. Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
  4. Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
  5. An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
  6. 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.
  7. A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
  8. Writer-director Peter Sollett takes the familiar and turns it into hot, heartfelt movie magic.
  9. '71
    Demange's film, spiked by an outstanding, all-stops-out O'Connell, makes politics unnervingly personal. Too much? What else do you expect of a cinematic knockout punch that sends you reeling?
  10. Forget "The Conjuring," Blackfish may be the scariest movie around.
  11. A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.
  12. 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.
  13. It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.
  14. 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.
  15. A sequel of twisted thrills and sly surprises.
  16. 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.
  17. Despite its grandiose title, 20th Century Women unfolds as series of small moments – some hilarious and heartfelt, other silly and sorrowful – that help define the characters and their time.
  18. 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.
  19. Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. A wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding.
  23. 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.
  24. Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
  25. Horror-movie heaven.
  26. The twice Oscar-nominated actor appears onscreen only briefly. Hawke knows where the spotlight belongs. Believe me, the 81 minutes spent in Bernstein's funny, touching and vital presence is something you don't want to miss.
  27. One-word reaction: bravo.
  28. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
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  29. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  30. Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.

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