Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,861 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 Vampire Academy
Score distribution:
2861 movie reviews
  1. Seven Years in Tibet, however flawed, has feeling and purpose. It bears witness.
  2. If you tamp down your expectations -- those gaping plot holes are dangerous! -- there is a storm of scary fun to be had in this Scandinavian splatterfest.
  3. Recipe for nutso fun: Mix Zach Galifianakis with Robert Downey Jr. Apply the same mold John Hughes used for "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Have Todd Phillips stir with wack-ass abandon. Don't worry about missing ingredients, like plot. Serve to an audience ready to lap it up.
  4. There are times when this mindbending bromance actually achieves a twisted tenderness. There are also times when you'd like to ride Manny's farts to the nearest exit. It's your call.
  5. When the script sags, Wain and producer Judd Apatow rely on a top team of actors to keep you laughing.
  6. Prom has its modest delights, chiefly its young cast.
  7. Helgeland's script is hit-and-miss, not on the Oscar-winning level of his L.A. Confidential. Still, Hardy is a show all by himself, an actor flying without a net and having a ball. You will too.
  8. Run, Fat Boy, Run stays out of sitcom quicksand long enough to make you think that Schwimmer has a knack for this comedy-directing thing.
  9. RocknRolla is a kickass crime drama that just doesn't know to quit while it's ahead.
  10. Thanks to the fleet direction of Niki Caro and no-bull performances by the boys, notably Carlos Pratts as the team's best runner and Ramiro Rodriguez as the worst. Along the way, McFarland, USA gives us a vital sense of hardscrabble lives and dreams of glory deferred. All cheers here are fully earned.
  11. This movie, with its flashbacks to past sins and traumas, rests squarely on Berry, a mesmerizer who makes every moment count.
  12. Fast Five will push all your action buttons, and some you haven't thought of. So what if you hate yourself in the morning.
  13. Shepherd wants to say something profound about the effect of a deceitful government on human values. But it's tough to slog through a movie that has no pulse.
  14. Soul Men is a chance to salute these masters of mirth and music. Take it.
  15. Dench and Nighy are class personified. The secret here is merely to luxuriate in the pleasure of their company.
  16. W.
    Whatever you think of Dubya, he has balls. The movie doesn't.
  17. In telling a tale of love across time, Aronofsky is sometimes guilty of creating arty, pretentious psychobabble. But in visual terms, he's trying to expose his own raw, romantic heart. Folly? Maybe. But a risk worth taking.
  18. On the waves, The Finest Hours finally finds its sea legs and delivers an old-school adventure based on a heroic deliverance that deserves its day in the sun.
  19. But this is Washington's show, his Scarface, if you will, and his smiling, seductive monster is a thrilling creation that gives Training Day all the bite it needs.
  20. Witherspoon -- though miles from the keen satire of "Election" -- stays one sharp cookie even as her film crumbles.
  21. Too crude for the kids and not crude enough for connoisseurs of the "Something About Mary" school of hair jism and balls caught in zippers, Osmosis Jones seems doomed to fall between the cracks.
  22. I could have done more with the edgy humor of "Diner" and "Tin Men" and less of the mythmaking of "Avalon."
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  23. The script hits rough patches, especially when Phoebe and Wolf get it on, but the sisters cut to the heart.
  24. It bristles with the brute force he brought to 1986's underrated "52 Pick-Up."
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  25. Toothless satire relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.
  26. Harmless girlie trifle. Or at least it means to be.
  27. An uneven blend of mirth and malice.
  28. Never adds up to anything more substantial than shrewd observations. There's no dramatic core.
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  29. There are times when The Good Girl is so low-key it damn near flatlines. Luckily, White creates compelling characters with a few deft brush strokes. The actors fill in the rest.
  30. Stylish entertainment and smartass fun when director John Dahl ("The Last Seduction") plays his strong suit (a gifted cast) instead of his weakest (a derivative plot).

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