Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,721 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 The Informers
Score distribution:
2721 movie reviews
  1. Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
  2. 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.
  3. A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  4. Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
  5. Cyrus, the summer's best, most original and crazily inventive comedy, is potently funny and painfully real.
  6. 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.
  7. A joy to behold.
  8. This unnervingly funny and quietly devastating film -- director Todd Field's first since his smash 2001 debut with "In the Bedroom" -- pulls you in like a magnetic-force field.
  9. Down in the Valley is a wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. You know, a real movie.
    • 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.
  10. Glorious entertainment.
  11. 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.
  12. It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
  13. Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  14. The Hangover ain't art, but Phillips has shaped the hardcore hilarity into the summer party movie of all our twisted dreams.
  15. It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
  16. It's a wow of a thriller with a soul that isn't computer generated. Poitras may be guilty of taking Snowden at face value, but she succeeds brilliantly in evoking a shadow villain intent on world domination. Big Brother is back, baby, and he's gone digital.
  17. You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
  18. Blue Caprice is a cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.
  19. Artfully exciting and compulsively watchable even at a butt-numbing 152 minutes, the film makes good on the promise New Zealand writer-director Andrew Dominik showed with "Chopper" in 2000.
  20. Lasseter is back behind the wheel, and you can feel his love for all things automotive in every frame. No humans blot this anthropomorphic romp. Cars do all the talking.
  21. Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ronin represents an exhilarating return to form for Frankenheimer.
  22. Down in the mud with the guys, Moore finds the heart of her character and a career beyond vanity and hype. She's never looked better.
  23. The ending -- a more devastating surprise than "The Village" could manage -- caps eighty sweat-job minutes of imaginative, jolting suspense.
  24. Amateur is Hartley heaven, a sharp-witted thriller that takes off into dark and uncharted territory.
  25. Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
  26. A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride.
  27. Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head.
  28. A movie handled with this kind of care is a rare gift. Refusing to hide from pain or bow to it, 50/50 makes its own rules. It'll get to you.

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