Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,396 reviews, this publication has graded:
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  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Fat Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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2,396 movie reviews
  1. No one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it.
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  2. Director Richard Eyre has struck gold. Twice. Dench and Winslet are a riveting matchup.
  3. 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.
  4. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
  5. Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of your head. You keep playing it back to savor its formula-smashing audacity, its peerless performances and its cleareyed view of blasted lives.
  6. Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling. For all the leaping action, it's the film's spirit that soars.
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  7. It's a mesmerizing spectacle.
  8. That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner, who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
  9. The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives.
  10. A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
  11. Pure movie bliss.
  12. Scorches the screen with a badass bravado all its own. Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
  13. It's taut, tense and terrific.
  14. There may be bigger, costlier, weighter films this year. There's none lovelier.
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  15. Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning.
  16. Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
  17. Writer and first-time director Anthony Minghella lays on the whimsy a bit thick at times, but his wryly funny and heartfelt observations on sorrow go down much easier than the Hollywood brand of lump-in-the-throat histrionics.
  18. A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
  19. Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
  20. 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.
  21. This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank.
  22. The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.
  23. A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
  24. The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last.
  25. Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
  26. Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell.
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  27. Unique and unforgettable.
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  28. Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
  29. Up
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
  30. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  31. 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.
  32. Paradis sizzles in a star-making role that gleams like one of Gabor's blades. She's a spellbinder.
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  33. Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring.
  34. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
  35. Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.
  36. In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other.
  37. What can I tell you? It works. Private Parts is a comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
  38. With it's dynamite performances, strafing wit and dramatic provocation, The Insider offers Mann at his best -- blood up, unsanitized and unbowed.
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  39. A rapturous masterwork.
  40. As ever, Freeman delivers miracles; he's as good as it gets.
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  41. This volcanically funny and seriously scary look at America's obsession with guns is meant to shake us up good. And it does.
  42. The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  43. Gosford Park abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
  44. But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters.
  45. Volver is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him. Through the transformative power of his art -- carried on the wings of Alberto Iglesias' exhilarating score -- we feel their presence. You do not want to miss this one.
  46. Recoing gives a performance that won't soon be forgotten. Neither will Time Out. It's a great movie.
  47. Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
  48. Chicago, based on Bob Fosse's Broadway smash, kills.
  49. The House of Mirth is not one of those teacup and doily movies; it's harsh and disturbing. Davies does superlatively right by Wharton. There's blood on the walls.
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  50. 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.
  51. Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel is an indisputably great movie, at this point the year's very best.
  52. Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating. Sandler and the movie will knock you for a loop.
  53. 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.
  54. Broken Arrow delivers the hippest action fun around. Travolta's "Dr. Strangelove" exit will blow you away. Ditto the movie.
  55. 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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  56. 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.
  57. Logue hits every note of humor and heart in his breakthrough role. Don't miss him. He's that good.
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    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.
  58. The last days of guilt-free glitz had consequences for more than two white chicks and their boyfriends, and Stillman shows how with delicious malice and unexpected compassion.
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  59. Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life.
  60. You may want to revisit this profanely hilarious Hollywood satire. . .just to catch the zingers the audience often drowns out with laughter. Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
  61. Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror. The brilliant songs, by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids, enhance the film's power.
  62. I'm jazzed by every tasty, daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Like all movies that soar above the toxic clouds of Hollywood formula and defy death at the box office, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind will bring out the haters. They can all go piss off. Birdman is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Buy a ticket and brace yourself.
  63. Gangs of New York is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive.
  64. 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.
  65. Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
  66. In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
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  67. Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
  68. Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
  69. Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
  70. One of the year's best and most provocative films.
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  71. It's the Pixar animators who keep grown-ups as riveted as the kids with visual marvels that dazzle and delight.
  72. Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling.
  73. This is the untamed Apocalypse that Coppola envisioned in 1979 before money and mental pressures made him fear he had created something too long, too weird and too morally demanding for the masses.
  74. Taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as it protagonist.
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  75. What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
  76. Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics.
  77. A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic.
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    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.
  78. It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure as hell haven't seen it.
  79. An absolute stunner of a movie.
  80. This stuff is golden. Directors Brett Morgan and Nanette Burstein make sure the movie goes down like potato chips. It's great fun and compulsively watchable. And don't leave before Dustin Hoffman makes a hilarious appearance as the credits roll.
  81. 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.
  82. Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
  83. A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
  84. To Die For, sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance by Kidman that deserves to make her an Oscar favorite, is prime social satire and outrageous fun.
  85. If you haven't already sold your soul to rock & roll, Almost Famous should seal the deal.
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  86. Some movies are too good to miss. Judy Berlin is one of them...It works like magic.
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  87. Starting with the outrageous and building from there, he ignites a slight love-on-the-run novel, creating a bonfire of a movie that confirms his reputation as the most exciting and innovative filmmaker of his generation.
  88. Pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing in the face of an abyss. It's alive, all right. It's also an uncompromising American classic.
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  89. A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white. [14 Dec 1989, p.23]
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  90. Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
  91. A brilliant piece of nasty business that races on a B-movie track until it switches to the dizzying fuel of undiluted creativity. Damn, it's good. You can get buzzed just from the fumes coming off this wild thing.
  92. DiCaprio's swaggering, swinging-dick performance is the wildest damn thing he's ever put onscreen.
  93. Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story).
  94. Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art.
  95. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
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  96. Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head.
  97. Michael Gerbosi's script might have reduced Crane to a clueless cliche were it not for the bruised humanity that Greg Kinnear brings to the role. Kinnear is dynamite.
  98. A new crime classic.

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