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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Syriana
Lowest review score: 0 Fool's Gold
Score distribution:
2,263 movie reviews
  1. The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong Kar-Wai's noted cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), to take us inside Alex's head. The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing.
  2. Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard.
  3. Scorsese builds Hugo in the Méliès manner, creating a complete, ravishing Parisian world on a soundstage in England and reveling in the sheer transporting joy of it. Hugo will take your breath away.
  4. It might have all been another Hollywood-formula flick with American might taking on the alien other. But Greengrass gives Phillips and Muse the time, aboard a covered lifeboat, to discover shared beliefs and fears.
  5. 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.
  6. Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
  7. Horror-movie heaven.
  8. One-word reaction: bravo.
  9. Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
  10. You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
  11. Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
  12. Casts a spell that grips you and won't let go. The film works as a provocation, on a personal and a political level.
  13. Mullan errs by making all the sisters dragon ladies. Still, the film gets to you; it's a powerhouse.
  14. You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
  15. Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
  16. This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.
  17. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
  18. O'Toole gives a staggering performance -- fearless, defiantly untamed and in its own way a work of art.
  19. Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted.
  20. Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.
  21. The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
  22. A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
  23. The film is a striking cinematic tone poem.
  24. It's scarier than "The Amityville Horror," as scandalous as "Fahrenheit 9/11" and loaded with more conspiracies than "The Interpreter."
  25. A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
  26. Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride.
  27. Rehab movies nearly always make me cringe, as if the audience needs to take medicine, as if hope needs to be force fed. Short Term 12, an exceptional film in every way, breaks the mold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Parenthood, heartfelt and howlingly comic, also comes spiced with risk and mischief. Just when you fear the movie might be swept away on a tidal wave of wholesomeness, a line, a scene or a performance poke through to restore messy, perverse reality.
  28. The result is raw and riveting.
  29. Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.

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