Rolling Stone's Scores

For 2,888 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of New York
Lowest review score: 0 John Tucker Must Die
Score distribution:
2888 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  3. 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.
  4. No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
  5. A jolt-a-minute horroshow laced with racial tension and stinging satirical wit.
  6. 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.
  7. This spellbinder about a politician in free fall would be hilarious if it weren't so agonizingly true. OK, it's still pretty funny because Anthony Weiner — the subject of this documentary — can't stop shooting himself in the foot.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. It'll slap on a smile on your face that won't quit.
  13. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, filmmakers themselves and De Palma fans to the bone, haven't gathered a bunch of talking heads to debate De Palma's significance. They just put the man himself on camera, mic him up and let him rip. The result is heaven for movie lovers.
  14. Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
  15. Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
  16. Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Bad News Bears is about kids, but they're real kids, not bland, cutesy, lovable Hollywood moppets. These pre-teens are unwashed, obnoxious, cynical, fractious, gleefully profane, unrepentantly juvenile, and deeply untrusting of any sort of authority — in other words, just like the kids you probably played team sports with.
  17. An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
  18. 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.
  19. A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
  20. Writer-director Peter Sollett takes the familiar and turns it into hot, heartfelt movie magic.
  21. '71
    Demange's film, spiked by an outstanding, all-stops-out O'Connell, makes politics unnervingly personal. Too much? What else do you expect of a cinematic knockout punch that sends you reeling?
  22. Forget "The Conjuring," Blackfish may be the scariest movie around.
  23. A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.
  24. It's warped and wonderfully effervescent. Ditto the songs by Danny Elfman, who sings the role of Bonejangles, the frontman for a skeleton jazz band at a swinging underworld club. Best of all is the love story.
  25. It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.
  26. Day-Lewis is smashing as the man caught between his emotions and the social ethic. Not since Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" has an actor matched piercing intelligence with such imposing good looks and physical grace.
  27. A sequel of twisted thrills and sly surprises.
  28. Sometimes it's racism; sometimes bum luck; sometimes it's producer Phil Spector putting Love's voice in another singer's mouth. You watch. You hear the gospel spoken in the voices of these women. And you marvel.
  29. Despite its grandiose title, 20th Century Women unfolds as series of small moments – some hilarious and heartfelt, other silly and sorrowful – that help define the characters and their time.

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