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 Devil Inside
Score distribution:
2848 movie reviews
  1. This lively mess proves that when Toback loses his head, he does it with style.
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  2. Carter can't sidestep the script's cliches, so he wisely cuts to the fancy footwork whenever possible.
  3. But the film exerts a hold. The crux is: for how long?
  4. You won't forget the way Carrey transcends mere impersonation to find the roots of Andy's torment.
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  5. Yup, director Michael Lehmann, far from the glory days of "Heathers," has made a movie about a hard-on, in which he relentlessly pounds a flaccid premise.
  6. Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride.
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  7. A meditation on the racial and class conflicts at the heart of the American character.
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  8. The humor is slight, but the actors make the blarney go down easy.
  9. Modestly made and modestly charming.
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  10. Director and co-writer James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted) is supplying comfort food for bruised romantics.
  11. What we're watching, however charming, is a fancifully costumed theater piece that cuts off the oxygen needed to make a play breathe onscreen.
  12. Thornton plays this low-ball farce with deceptive, masterful ease. Appreciate it.
  13. If "Mr. Holland's Opus" made you puke, you'd better bring a bucket to this true-life weepie about the importance of teaching music in schools.
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  14. Shaft scores by lacing ba-da-boom action with social pertinence.
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  15. Hunt's flat delivery is mercilessly cruel to Wilde's delicious epigrams. That sound you hear is Oscar spinning madly in his grave.
  16. Turns into a bogus drivel courtesy of a sitcom monster.
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  17. Madden directed Paltrow in the play on the London stage, but he does his "Shakespeare in Love" goddess no favors by filling the screen with big close-ups that betray the theatrical origins of the piece and drain the movie of life and urgency. Proof hasn't been filmed at all -- it's been embalmed.
  18. Horns has style to burn, but there's no there there.
  19. Elf
    Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, there's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play. Director Jon Favreau has the good sense to just stand out of his way.
  20. A cheerless exercise.
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  21. It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
  22. Screenwriter Robert Towne has certainly not challenged his gifts -- the script is loaded with stock cars and stock characters -- but he does deliver what's necessary: a workable setup for exciting NASCAR racing footage shot on sixteen Winston Cup tracks from Daytona to Watkins Glen.
  23. Dalton has training in classical theater; he has pedigree, looks, class. But as Bond he is – face it – dull as dirt. Too much spoofing is bad (see Moore), none is deadly (see Dalton).
  24. Only Vince Vaughn registers hilariously as John's boss.
  25. I fully expect Paranormal Activity 3 to be box office gold. But it's barely worth two stars, let alone two cents. As for future followups, I offer this plea: STOP!
  26. Tepid.
  27. Say this for Emmerich, he's not stuffy. And he lucks out big-time with his cast.
  28. It's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
  29. There's not enough here to sustain a half-hour sitcom, but Reese Witherspoon shoulders the burden with star shine to spare.
  30. A shock ending may be the best hope for this film, a convoluted mystery that thinks it's way smarter than it is.

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