Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,353 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Score distribution:
2,353 movie reviews
  1. CuarĂ³n has a gift only the greatest filmmakers share: He makes you believe.
  2. The top-tier cast, including Tilda Swinton as a character called Social Services, may be star overload, but each actor performs small miracles.
  3. A landmark musical tribute.
  4. The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
  5. It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure as hell haven't seen it.
  6. Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.
  7. Fierce, funny and finally devastating, Tanovic's superb film offers a timely look at the roots of civil war and acts of terrorism on both sides that can be exploited by political and media hypocrites alike.
  8. Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic.
  9. Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
  10. Lacing tremendously exciting action with touching gravity, Looper hits you like a shot in the heart.
  11. A world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year.
  12. Volver is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him. Through the transformative power of his art -- carried on the wings of Alberto Iglesias' exhilarating score -- we feel their presence. You do not want to miss this one.
  13. With it's dynamite performances, strafing wit and dramatic provocation, The Insider offers Mann at his best -- blood up, unsanitized and unbowed.
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  14. The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.
  15. Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
  16. Payne's low-key approach only deepens the film's intimate power. Want a movie you can really connect with? The Descendants is damn near perfect.
  17. A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  18. No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
  19. A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride.
  20. Caine has never been better, which is saying something. He puts a human face on a tragic era of history in a film that ranks with the year's finest.
  21. The film never musters the intimate feel the gifted director brought to such early films as "Raise the Red Dragon" and "Ju Dou." You cheer his accomplishment in Hero without ever feeling close to it.
  22. McConaughey makes sure we feel his tenacity and triumphs in the treatment of AIDS. His explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
  23. The Cove plays like a thriller. It has the breathless pace of a "Bourne" movie, but none of the comfort of fiction. This is documentary filmmaking at its most exciting and purposeful.
  24. This hilarious and humane film nails its subject -- not just the unshaved armpits and the lack of underwear -- and marks Moodysson as a talent to watch.
  25. Even when you know what's coming, Crazy Heart haunts you like a classic country song. It's a mesmerizer. So is Bad Blake. This dude also abides.
  26. Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
  27. Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
  28. Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
  29. An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
  30. Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.

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