Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 You Can Count on Me
Lowest review score: 0 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Score distribution:
2721 movie reviews
  1. What begins brightly gets bogged down over 140 minutes. A film that took off like a hare on speed ends like a winded tortoise.
  2. 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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  3. Veering on the maudlin, the film ultimately succeeds by striking a universal chord on the subject of inconsolable loss. It's a stirring, humane testament from a surprising source.
  4. Magic Mike slowly degenerates into a simplistic cautionary fable. I didn't see that coming from a sharp observer like Soderbergh.
  5. 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.
  6. Modestly made and modestly charming.
    • Rolling Stone
  7. 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.
  8. A meditation on the racial and class conflicts at the heart of the American character.
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  9. What these guys do for revenge during one hellish day in the Big Apple makes the panic room look like Barney's toy box. The film itself goes off the deep end way before the end credits.
  10. Any similarities between Josey and Lois Jenson, the real woman who made Eveleth Mines pay for their sins in a landmark 1988 class-action suit, are purely coincidental. Instead, we get a TV-movie fantasy of female empowerment glazed with soap-opera theatrics.
  11. Even a nice chianti couldn't help you wash down this lump of tear-jerking twaddle.
  12. Until the last half-hour, when Lucas actually does establish a emotional connection between the landmark he created in 1977 and the prequel investment portfolio he laid out in 1999, the movie is one spectacularly designed letdown after another.
  13. In relying on narration, Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.
  14. Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role, and director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) surrounds him with colorful characters.
  15. Compared with ("The Sixth Sense"), there's no contest. Stir of Echoes has been outrun and outclassed.
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  16. Tepid.
  17. Open Range copies the rain and flood of the Clint Eastwood classic but can't match it for dark-night-of-the-soul brilliance.
  18. What happens to the film's title character — and the audience — shouldn't happen to a dog.
  19. Sherrybaby is the kind of pretend-arty Sundance thing that gives indie cinema a bad name.
  20. Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in "The Proposal"?
  21. Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world.
  22. Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion.
  23. Before it goes off the rails into strained sermonizing, this sorta-sequel to 2008’s delightful "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" gets in big laughs.
  24. It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
  25. It's unlikely audiences will be echoing a starving Oliver's most famous line: "Please, sir, I want some more."
  26. It's a gimmick, it's not a movie.
  27. 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.
  28. Sollett, hoping for a "Before Sunrise/Before Sunset" vibe, sadly settles for a soggy aftertaste.
  29. The villains, an incestuous brother and sister played by real-life marrieds Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are a hoot. And "Office" honey Jenna Fischer is welcome as Jimmy’s love.
  30. By the time Fry lets darkness encroach on these bright young things, the fizz is gone, and so is any reason to make us give a damn.

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