Rolling Stone's Scores

For 3,953 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Wolf of Wall Street
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
3953 movie reviews
  1. No one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it.
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  2. Lee offers no reassurance, no uplift, no call for all races to join hands and spout liberal platitudes. What he does offer is a devastating portrait of black America pushed to the limit, with the outcome still to be written. There’s only one way to do the wrong thing about Do the Right Thing: that would be to ignore it.
  3. Director Richard Eyre has struck gold. Twice. Dench and Winslet are a riveting matchup.
  4. 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.
  5. Every one of the performances is, to say the least, an example of what talented actors can bring to a piece of character-driven tragedy; there’s not a single weak link in this chain, while the collective chemistry suggests an instant history of affection, conflict, and shared cringing.
  6. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
  7. Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of your head. You keep playing it back to savor its formula-smashing audacity, its peerless performances and its cleareyed view of blasted lives.
  8. Moonlight, which announces Jenkins as a major filmmaker, gets you good. It stays raw from first scene to last.
  9. 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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  10. It's a mesmerizing spectacle.
  11. That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner, who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
  12. There's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original. [2000 re-release]
  13. The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives.
  14. A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
  15. Pure movie bliss.
  16. Scorches the screen with a badass bravado all its own. Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
  17. It's taut, tense and terrific.
  18. There may be bigger, costlier, weighter films this year. There's none lovelier.
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  19. Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning.
  20. Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
  21. Writer and first-time director Anthony Minghella lays on the whimsy a bit thick at times, but his wryly funny and heartfelt observations on sorrow go down much easier than the Hollywood brand of lump-in-the-throat histrionics.
  22. Even though it retains the basic theatrical conceit of a lone character having a one-sided conversation, it is pure cinema, because how could Almodóvar and Swinton do anything but turn this into pure cinema?
  23. A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
  24. Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
  25. There's no way you won't be captivated by Wallis, chosen ahead of 3,500 candidates to play the tiny folk hero who narrates the story. Her performance in this deceptively small film is a towering achievement.
  26. This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank.
  27. The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.
  28. A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
  29. The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last.
  30. Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.

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