Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,675 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 Shadow of the Vampire
Lowest review score: 0 Dragonfly
Score distribution:
2675 movie reviews
  1. 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).
  2. Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art.
  3. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A new crime classic.
  7. It's a wild, whacked-out wonder. Coenheads rejoice.
  8. A landmark musical tribute.
  9. If you're going to interpret on film the searching mind of an indisputable genius, it helps not to make too many dumbass moves. On that basis, score a triumph for Steve Jobs, written, directed and acted to perfection, and so fresh and startling in conception and execution that it leaves you awed.
  10. Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  11. Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.
  12. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
  13. Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  14. Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the Coens halfway. If you don't, Barton Fink is an empty exercise that will bore you breathless. If you do, it's a comic nightmare that will stir your imagination like no film in years.
  15. Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high.
  16. Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films.
  17. Ephron homes in on what's been missing in movies and in life: ardor, longing and smart talk about the screwed-up notions that pass for love.
  18. Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
  19. You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!
  20. Linklater is a sly and formidable talent, bringing an anthropologist's eye to this spectacularly funny celebration of the rites of stupidity. His shitfaced "American Graffiti" is the ultimate party movie -- loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.
  21. Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic.
  22. Has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes. The passion and precision of his Road work is staggering.
  23. Sensational, sicko fun -- you won't believe your eyes -- and just the thing to shake up the creeping conservatism that is draining the vulgar life out of pop culture.
  24. You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you.
  25. 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.
  26. One terrific movie... Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit.
  27. Payne's low-key approach only deepens the film's intimate power. Want a movie you can really connect with? The Descendants is damn near perfect.
  28. In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. Crimes and Misdemeansors is so funny it hurts.
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  29. Fierce, funny and finally devastating, Tanovic's superb film offers a timely look at the roots of civil war and acts of terrorism on both sides that can be exploited by political and media hypocrites alike.
  30. Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
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  31. Like the best filmmakers at Sundance 2001, Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it.
  32. A thunderous spectacle.
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  33. Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
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  34. Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
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  35. If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
  36. A savage comedy of sexual extremes; the barbed laughs draw blood.
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  37. Anderson offers no phony uplift for the Tenenbaums or for audiences. But he does know how to take a sad song and make it better. In these troubled times, that's a gift.
  38. One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.
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  39. Sadly, Howard blands out in the final third, using old-age makeup and tear-jerking to turn a tough true story into something easily digestible. Until then, you'll be riveted.
  40. Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
  41. Gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance.
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  42. Fierce, funny and vividly moving.
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  43. Cage, who gives a blazing, imposive performance, uses his haunted eyes to reveal the emotional scars that Frank can't heal.
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  44. Howard lays off the manipulation to tell the true story of the near-fatal 1970 Apollo 13 mission in painstaking and lively detail. It's easily Howard's best film.
  45. The actors make it unique and unforgettable.
  46. An uncommonly good movie - a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.
  47. It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
  48. A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
  49. A world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year.
  50. Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off.
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  51. Whether or not Casino meets your expectations, it delivers the rush you only get from an audacious gamble.
  52. One of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
  53. That Linklater pulls off the innovative feat with hypnotic assurance is nothing short of amazing.
  54. Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism.
  55. Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
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  56. Under the astute direction of Danny DeVito, who does a sly turn as Oliver's attorney, this acid-dipped epic of revenge is killingly funny and dramatically daring.
  57. Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper.
  58. When it comes to rousing action, whip-smart laughs and moral uplift that doesn't pump sunshine up your ass, Three Kings rules.
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  59. Only some bumpy, arid passages in the script keep The Others out of the master class occupied by the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and, my favorite, 1961's "The Innocents."
  60. A kickass documentary.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Redford blows the dust off a 35-year-old scandal about rigged TV quiz shows and makes it snap with up-to-the-minute relevance.
  61. McTeer and Brown make magic ina film that is wonderfully funny, touching and vital.
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  62. It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving.
  63. Thanks to the clever, caring touch of director Ismail Merchant, working from a script by Caryl Phillips, this steadily engrossing film captures the book's bracing humor and humanity.
  64. A mesmerizing film spinning from hilarity to heartbreak.
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  65. Pedro Almodovar's transfixing tragicomedy -- the best foreign movie of the year -- is also the best showcase for actresses in ages.
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  66. Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster. Acting rarely gets this hypnotically explosive.
  67. Mamet -- crafts tangy, well-seasoned dialogue that a good cast can feast on. And this cast is prime.
  68. For all its fancy pedigree, the spellbinding Dancer in the Dark aims right for the heart and aces its target.
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  69. Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.
  70. A marvel of delicacy and humor.
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  71. Wilson is flat-out hilarious, playing this cowboy like a surfer dude zapped back in time.
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  72. The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty.
  73. Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
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  74. Ali
    Ali is a bruiser, unwieldy in length and ambition. But Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook.
  75. Delivers frisky fun for bruised romantics regardless of age, sex or nationality.
  76. Watching De Niro take Paul through his first panic attack ("I'm crying like a woman") is an unalloyed joy.
  77. A riveting and surprisingly romantic ride.
  78. Steadily engrossing and devilishly funny, and, o brother, does it look sharp.
  79. Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
  80. A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
  81. A personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. You will be shaken.
  82. It's a role of fierce demands, and Rampling meets them all. In a summer of crass, Rampling is a true class act.
  83. It may sound silly, but Lord and Park conjure up a world of visual miracles.
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  84. The challenge is exhilarating. You can discover a lot about yourself by getting lost in Mulholland Drive. It grips you like a dream that won't let go.
  85. As heartfelt as it is hilarious.
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  86. You won't forget this film -- it's devastating.
  87. The year's most beguilling and touching surprise. Bravo.
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  88. The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
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  89. A movie that advances the career of a demonstrably gifted filmmaker, a fearlessly funny movie whose laughs draw blood, a bracingly provocative movie that won't apologize for its bad temper.
  90. A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
  91. Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.
  92. The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
  93. A dynamite bundle from British writer-director Guy Ritchie. Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
  94. Nunez finds a striking lyricism in simple lives that inspires an uncommonly fine cast and ranks him as a world-class filmmaker.
  95. Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
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  96. A tornado of laughs based on the black experience as lived by these four insightful jokers, instead of as filtered through the Hollywood formula.
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  97. "Waves" is a spellbinder.
  98. This hilarious and humane film nails its subject -- not just the unshaved armpits and the lack of underwear -- and marks Moodysson as a talent to watch.
  99. Unique and unforgettable.

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