Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,263 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 3
Score distribution:
2,263 movie reviews
  1. Day-Lewis is smashing as the man caught between his emotions and the social ethic. Not since Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" has an actor matched piercing intelligence with such imposing good looks and physical grace.
  2. Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
  3. One for the time capsule.
  4. It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
  5. Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
  6. Lukas Moodysson, a young Swedish director, crafts a stunner of a film out of familiar turf.
  7. By the time they're onstage, your pulse is pounding right along with theirs. Spell this movie: g-r-e-a-t.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ronin represents an exhilarating return to form for Frankenheimer.
  8. Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.
  9. Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you.
  10. Despite over-ripe narration and an understandable urge to cram too much in, Ghosts of the Abyss is a thrilling documentary.
  11. It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write off as exploitation.
  12. What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth.
  13. Leave it to a g-rated cartoon to give the live-action epics a lesson in action, fun and bracing originality.
  14. Unabashedly hokey, but would you want it any other way? In an era of cynical junk (did anyone say “Bad Boys II”?), Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing.
  15. A film of female empowerment that resonates deeply.
  16. The result is a movie miracle; it soars.
  17. I've seen A Mighty Wind only twice so far. Maybe it is less fresh than "Guffman," more strained than "Best in Show." Who cares? It's still a gift from comedy heaven.
  18. Don't stall about seeing Sofia Coppola's altogether remarkable Lost in Translation. It's a class-act liftoff for the fall movie season. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.
  19. Without an ounce of phony Hollywood uplift, Winterbottom's film cuts right to the heart.
  20. In Kill Bill, Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies -- the thrill you get from something down, dirty and dangerous.
  21. 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.
  22. You won't see more explosive acting this year.
  23. Crowe -- fierce, funny and every inch the hero -- gives a blazing star performance.
  24. It's a feast of smart, sexy, glorious talk. The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here.
  25. It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
  26. Wayne Kramer, who co-wrote the scrappy script with Frank Hannah, makes a potent directing debut and strikes gold with the cast.
  27. Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
  28. This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
  29. It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.

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