Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,781 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Score distribution:
2781 movie reviews
  1. Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.
  2. Moonlight, which announces Jenkins as a major filmmaker, gets you good. It stays raw from first scene to last.
  3. From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
  4. Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
  5. Throughout his life, Brown refused to give in to public convention or his own despair; he wouldn't play the victim. Brown labored to express all of his feelings, not just the acceptable ones. Day Lewis works the same way. My Left Foot, a keen match of actor and subject, stands as an eloquent tribute to the talents of both.
  6. You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you.
  7. Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.
  8. No film this year has moved me more with its humor, heart and humanity.
  9. What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you.
  10. You wanna feel all right? This is the holiday movie that will do it.
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  11. Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.
  12. Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films.
  13. Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
  14. It's unmissable and unforgettable.
  15. Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
  16. A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
  17. Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
  18. A mesmerizer that will creep into your dreams whether you let it or not.
  19. Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new King Kong of crime movies...Ferocious fun without a trace of caution, complacency or political correctness to inhibit its 154 deliciously lurid minutes.
  20. Leigh embraces the contradictions in Turner. And in tandem with cinematographer Dick Pope, a master of light, he shows us the world as Turner sees it. The effect is harsh and ravishing. Leigh's beauty of a movie touches the heart not by sentimental gush but by the amplitude of its art.​
  21. Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
  22. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
  23. Pure movie bliss.
  24. This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
  25. The idea has been tried — remember TV's "Herman's Head"? — but never with the artful brilliance of filmmaker Pete Docter (Up; Monsters, Inc.).
  26. The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
  27. These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
  28. What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
  29. Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling. For all the leaping action, it's the film's spirit that soars.
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