Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,931 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: 66
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Lowest review score: 0 John Tucker Must Die
Score distribution:
2931 movie reviews
  1. Brooklyn is easily the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
  2. What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock. So don’t get all pissy because it’s in Swedish (with English subtitles) and you never heard of anyone in it and coming-of-age movies about girls make you puke.
  3. You will laugh yourself silly.
  4. Powley is sensational, expertly blending hilarity and heartbreak. Her scenes with Wiig, sublime in her hard-won gravity, are unique and unforgettable. Just like the movie.
  5. Redford, who can play intelligence, wit and nuance to a camera like nobody's business, holds us in his grip. It's a master class in acting.
  6. Marston builds incredible tension. But it's the human drama etched on Moreno's young, weary face that gives Maria its potent punch.
  7. This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.
  8. It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.
  9. As Joe blurs the line between reality and the supernatural, his haunting and hypnotic film exerts a hold you don't want to break. It's a beauty.
  10. Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  11. What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and Company go out in a blaze of glory and amazing grace.
  12. The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
  13. It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
  14. Don't miss it. Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are.
  15. Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable -- the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art.
  16. Pedro Almodovar's transfixing tragicomedy -- the best foreign movie of the year -- is also the best showcase for actresses in ages.
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  17. Moneyball is one of the best and most viscerally exciting films of the year.
  18. Yes, it's in French with English subtitles. Don't worry. Nothing gets lost in translation as this coming-of-age tale brims over with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  19. I can't think of a more wickedly modern romantic comedy.
  20. Force Majeure is a jolt. You won't know what hit you.
  21. The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie.
  22. A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic.
  23. This documentary succeeds triumphantly on so many levels that its full impact doesn't hit you until you have time to register its aftershocks.
  24. Room deserves to be seen unspoiled. All you need to know is that the performances of Larson and Tremblay will blow you away.
  25. Just try to take your eyes off Dern. In his finest two hours onscreen, he gives a performance worth cheering. There's not an ounce of bullshit in it. Same goes for the movie.
  26. Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
  27. To Die For, sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance by Kidman that deserves to make her an Oscar favorite, is prime social satire and outrageous fun.
  28. Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
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  29. The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie.
  30. Kent will have you climbing the walls simply by plumbing the violence of the mind. Brace yourself.

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