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 Last Song
Score distribution:
2848 movie reviews
  1. Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
  2. Chris Pine proves he can act. Ben Foster, well, he always could. And Jeff Bridges shows them both how it's done. Those are just three riveting reasons to pony up for Hell or High Water.
  3. The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
  4. Sam Peckinpah lives! The rampaging spirit of the late filmmaker, known as Bloody Sam for films such as "The Wild Bunch" and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," is all over this blistering modern Western from first-time director Tommy Lee Jones.
  5. This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.
  6. One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
  7. For three years, the camera focuses on the Chicks as wives, mothers, entertainers and political flash points. Their fight to stay uncompromised is inspiring.
  8. Gibson has made a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty.
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane comes loaded with everything a psychological thriller needs to shatter your nerves — and then kicks it up a notch.
  10. 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.
  11. It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.
  12. Just try to take your eyes off Dern. In his finest two hours onscreen, he gives a performance worth cheering. There's not an ounce of bullshit in it. Same goes for the movie.
  13. Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
  14. 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.
  15. It's the remarkable Attah, whose young face reflects a hellish journey, that makes this fierce movie a blazing, indelible achievement.
  16. By the time they're onstage, your pulse is pounding right along with theirs. Spell this movie: g-r-e-a-t.
  17. Funny, touching and acutely observed film.
  18. There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.
  19. It's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake.
  20. Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail.
  21. Lacing tremendously exciting action with touching gravity, Looper hits you like a shot in the heart.
  22. This documentary succeeds triumphantly on so many levels that its full impact doesn't hit you until you have time to register its aftershocks.
  23. Spy
    All the actors come up aces. And let's bottle the delicious byplay between McCarthy and Byrne, whose comic timing is bitchy perfection.
  24. Room deserves to be seen unspoiled. All you need to know is that the performances of Larson and Tremblay will blow you away.
  25. Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
  26. An emotional powerhouse.
  27. Craig puts heat and heart into Spectre, as if he's taken Bond as far he can. The movie is a fever dream of all the Bond villains and all of Bond's efforts to see a life past them.
  28. What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock. So don’t get all pissy because it’s in Swedish (with English subtitles) and you never heard of anyone in it and coming-of-age movies about girls make you puke.
  29. There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
  30. In Eastern Promises, shot to envelop by the great Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg brings us face to face with the horror of self.
  31. A raucous ride through one man's pain.
  32. Acting doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
  33. What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and Company go out in a blaze of glory and amazing grace.
  34. Dahan's impressionistic heartbreaker of a movie gets it all in. And Marion Cotillard, lip-syncing Piaf's songs and digging into her soul with gale-force urgency, gives a performance for the ages.
  35. As for Lee, he clearly relates to this material and the questions of political, musical and family identity he himself raised in films as diverse as "Malcolm X," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Crooklyn."
  36. Welcome Damsels in Distress, an exhilarating gift of a comedy about college, the female intellect, the limitless male ego, inventing a new dance, and suicide prevention.
  37. Best Worst Thing brims over with moments of humor and heartbreak that reflect the feeling of knowing "we're what's new." This movie is more than good, pal. It's indispensable.
  38. Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
  39. So cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise.
  40. So fasten your seat belts for Gomorrah, just snubbed in the wussy Oscar race for Best Foreign Film (so you know it's dynamite).
  41. A potent and provocative look at life unhinged. Bubble is said to be the first in a series of six low-budget films from Soderbergh. If they all rock the boat like this one, bring 'em on.
  42. Renier and Francois give deeply affecting performances that help soften the film's harsh blows. But only in the compassionate eye of the Dardennes do these three children achieve a state of grace.
  43. There's a special kick that comes in finding a new star. So step up, Ellen Page, and take your bows.
  44. I can't think of a more wickedly modern romantic comedy.
  45. Mad Max: Fury Road kicked my ass hard. It'll kick yours. So get prepped for a new action classic. You won't know what hit you.
  46. Funny, touching, vital.
  47. To those who see no purpose to this film, I say the purpose is learning not to turn a blind eye. The unique and unforgettable Elephant keeps its eyes wide open.
  48. It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
  49. The Lobster, with a score that samples everyone from Beethoven to Nick Cave, comes at you with images that burn and laughs that stick in the throat. Take the challenge of this movie — it'll keep you up nights.
  50. Liman keeps the action and surprises coming nonstop. OK, the end is a head-scratcher. Until then, Cruise and Blunt make dying a hugely entertaining game of chance.
  51. At three hours, this Western whodunit can feel like too much of a good thing. But Tarantino writes like a flamethrower. His incendiary dialogue feels like profane poetry. And the dude thinks big.
  52. From the Eastern flavor of the opening theme, hauntingly sung by Nancy Sinatra, to the Japanese setting, the fifth film is the Bond series just gets better and cooler with age. The tasty script by Roald Dahl junks most of the Fleming novel, spinning its own witty Cold War fantasy.
  53. Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.
  54. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
  55. He lacks Scorsese's raw inventiveness, but there's no denying De Niro's skill in keeping this pungent street epic brimming over with action and laughs without sacrificing intimacy. He is a supreme director of actors.
  56. You could gripe about the excess of carnage and lack of philosophical substance. But surviving nature is Iñárritu's subject, and he delivers with magisterial brilliance.
  57. Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
  58. The Avengers has it all. And then some. Six superheroes for the price of one ticket... It's also the blockbuster I saw in my head when I imagined a movie that brought together the idols of the Marvel world in one, shiny, stupendously exciting package. It's "Transformers" with a brain, a heart and working sense of humor. Suck on that, Michael Bay. [10 May 2012, p.74]
  59. Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.
  60. This movie wins you over, head and heart, without cheating. It's just about perfect.
  61. Broken Flowers may be too low-key for laugh junkies, but Jarmusch fills his sharply observed comedy with wonderful mischief. The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.
  62. This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
  63. Wake up, people. Tarantino lives to cross the line. Is Django Unchained too much? Damn straight. It wouldn't be Tarantino otherwise.
  64. These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
  65. A film of female empowerment that resonates deeply.
  66. 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.
  67. You'll hoot and holler as it strips down its targets and sticks it to them, hardcore. Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.
  68. It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby.
  69. Brooklyn is easily the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
  70. You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
  71. A groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart.
  72. Portman's portrait of an artist under siege is unmissable and unforgettable. So is the movie. You won't know what hit you.
  73. Penn, in tandem with the superb cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries), captures the majesty and terror of the wilderness in ways that make you catch your breath.
  74. This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere.
  75. Simple story, beautifully told.
  76. The flaws don't cripple what is a fiercely funny, exciting and provocative detective story about the crimes of corporate culture — crimes that transcend race and geography.
  77. Here's a movie that starts in your face and, amazingly, keeps coming at you. That's a good thing.
  78. Ford hits it out of the park again in Nocturnal Animals, a stunning film noir that resonates with ghostly, poetic terror.
  79. This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
  80. Hunnam is slow to grab us as Fawcett, but the implosive force of his performance soon takes hold.
  81. David Fincher's shockingly good film version of Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another.
  82. The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
  83. It's a terrific, twisty, funny-as-hell crime flick about so-called hicks who decide that making America great again starts right at home.
  84. Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
  85. Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
  86. The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing.
  87. A spellbinder that features Richard Gere in one of his best performances ever.
  88. With the smashing Jones giving us a female warrior to rank with the great ones and a cast that knows how to keep it real even in a sci-fi fantasy, Rogue One proves itself a Star Wars story worth telling.
  89. A ruthlessly clever musical, a punchy political parody and the hottest look ever at naked puppets -- the first film, porn included, in which a woody is actually made of wood.
  90. As Hanna confronts her past, the movie becomes like nothing you've ever seen. I'd call it a knockout.
  91. Cabin is a deliciously devious scare dance that keeps changing the steps until you lose your shit and fall helplessly into its demonic traps.
  92. Whether it's the "best" documentary of 2017 is a matter of opinion. But it is assuredly the most vital.
  93. Kidman and Bateman make a potent team in a provocative film that questions the limits of art in a world that forgets to be human. The result is funny, touching and vital.
  94. It's a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," is a blazing wonder as Locke.
  95. It's a tender love story that never goes soft on its provocations. It's a defiant cry from the heart.
  96. A film of awesome power and blistering provocation.
  97. Fresh comic thinking spices up this smart cookie of a satire from director-writer Paul Weitz (About a Boy). He makes it sexually provocative and subversively hilarious.
  98. Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
  99. The film’s genius is the way it applies the lessons of Sound City to any job. “The human element,” says Grohl, “that’s what makes the magic.” In his directing debut, Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.
  100. Her
    Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now.

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