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. In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one.
  2. If you're like me, diluted Smith is still better than no Smith at all.
  3. It's a one-joke premise that ultimately wears thin, but Krueger works some playful variations on a theme.
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  4. In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul. The downside of Struck by Lightning, besides the fact that Colfer's character, Carson Phillips, is struck dead in the first scene, is that Colfer hands himself all the best lines.
  5. When the script, by Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and John Logan, doesn't sabotage the images, and the great cinematographer John Toll turns action into poetry, The Last Samurai emerges as a haunting silent movie.
  6. Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia gets to play the babe, nothing more, but she does that brightly. The rest of the movie is a dim bulb.
  7. The too-blunt comedy defangs the film. As does the irritating voiceover from the Rolling Stone reporter, played Scoot McNary, which breaks a cardinal rule of filmmaking: show, don't tell.
  8. Oddly, the published screenplay – while far from McCarthy's top-drawer – reads better than it plays. What's onscreen recalls a line from No Country: "It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?"
  9. Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion.
  10. There's no denying the ambition in A Hologram for the King, but a struggle does not add up to a satisfying movie — or even a reasonable facsimile of the beauty and terror Eggers evokes on the page.
  11. Robert De Niro – wait for it – in the role of a mobster. Now there's an original idea.
  12. With the exception of a battle scene with apes on all fours charging the humans, the film is monumentally silly.
  13. Bad Teacher keeps running away from its combustibly nasty premise. Damn shame.
  14. Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role, and director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) surrounds him with colorful characters.
  15. A long sit in the shallows, the equivalent of five half-hour episodes strung together.
  16. Short review of three little words: Way. Too. Long.
  17. Clooney and company work it too hard this time. You can tell they're huffing and puffing to stay afloat. But all I hear is: glug glug glug.
  18. The script by Linda Woolverton stays surface faithful to the characters created by Lewis Carroll, but the film has lost its soul.
  19. The only way to react is by bringing a barf bag or a strong sense of gallows humor.
  20. What a handsome empty shell of a movie Allied is.
  21. Escapism with a human touch -- it feels lived-in.
  22. It's tough to imagine a guy who won't squirm through this tale of 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan.
  23. Reiner gets lucky with his two stars. Wilson has charm to spare, and Hudson brings humor and sexiness to playing Emma and four au pair girls from different countries. But even they can't float a balloon with lead in it.
  24. Marshall deserves props for putting the "show" back into the Pirates business. But face it, he's polishing a giant turd.
  25. xXx
    It's hard to hate a movie, even one this droolingly crass, that knows how to laugh at itself.
  26. What we have here is a model for the paint-by-numbers, perfectly generic, proudly soulless summer action flick. An original idea would die for lack of oxygen in S.W.A.T.
  27. The acting? Common and the Game score as baddies, but Hugh Laurie as an acid-tongued internal-affairs cop is disappointingly just House without the limp.
  28. Ritchie is all about the whooshing and headbanging, leaving no space between Holmes' words to savor their meaning. Downey is irresistible. The movie, not so much.
  29. Hollywood has a knack for sanitizing books that deserve better. In the case of The Glass Castle, it's a damn shame.
  30. It plays like an opportunity missed.

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