Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,848 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Reds
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
2848 movie reviews
  1. The actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it's Camara's tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us.
  2. Written, directed, acted, shot, edited and scored with a bracing vibrancy that restores your faith in film as an art form, The Master is nirvana for movie lovers. Anderson mixes sounds and images into a dark, dazzling music that is all his own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes The Player the best and boldest American comedy in years is Altman's wizardry at leavening anger with cathartic wit. He sticks it to every target, himself and us included, with a wicked zest that hurts only when you laugh -- and The Player keeps you laughing constantly.
  3. Now this is what I call a summer movie. Baby Driver has it all: thrills, laughs, sex, nonstop action, a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance from Ansel Elgort and a director – Edgar Wright – who can knock the wind out of you.
  4. Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
  5. A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
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  6. There's no way you won't be captivated by Wallis, chosen ahead of 3,500 candidates to play the tiny folk hero who narrates the story. Her performance in this deceptively small film is a towering achievement.
  7. In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
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  8. The movie is thunderously exciting, but what makes it resonate is the wrenching story we read on Damon's face. We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on.
  9. Nichols throws curveballs, but his film is unique and unforgettable.
  10. A dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  11. There may be bigger, costlier, weighter films this year. There's none lovelier.
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  12. Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
  13. Amy
    What makes Asif Kapadia's documentary a devastating don’t-miss dazzler — like the lady herself — is the way he lays out her story without editorializing.
  14. With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure.
  15. A groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart.
  16. The line between making guerrilla art and selling out has never blurred more provocatively.
  17. The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty.
  18. Rogen and Heigl step up to the plate with a tougher task from Coach Apatow: Nail every laugh and the emotions underlying them. No worries. They knock it out of the park.
  19. A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
  20. An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim.
  21. Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail.
  22. 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.
  23. It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental performance that blasts your expectations and batters your heart.
  24. The film never musters the intimate feel the gifted director brought to such early films as "Raise the Red Dragon" and "Ju Dou." You cheer his accomplishment in Hero without ever feeling close to it.
  25. This is more than a movie, it's a privilege.
  26. What's lucky is that no matter what language it's in, My Life as Zucchini never sacrifices what’s true for what’s trite and easier to sell. This is animation as an art form, inspiring and indelible.
  27. Mitchell gives this post-punk, neo-glam rock extravaganza everything in his loaded arsenal of talents. He gets the sound right, the look right, the fun right and - this is crucial - the pain right.
  28. Bejo (The Artist) digs deep into the secrets and lies that have afflicted all her relationships, in a wonderfully affecting film that haunts you long after it ends.
  29. Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.

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