Ruthe Stein

Ruthe Stein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, San Francisco Chronicle
Publications:
San Francisco Chronicle
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
469

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) " Ace in the Hole is a revelation, as timely now as when it was made." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/4 27% Stay (2005) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/4 25% Ciao (2008) " Ciao moves at a snail's pace. It feels long even at its abbreviated length." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) " With help from a lively cast and a twist on the formula, it seems fresh and enticing -- like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/4 72% Eden (2008) " To say it is bleak is an understatement. But it will make a lot of people reassess their marriages and decide that, in comparison, they're not so bad after all." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2008
1/4 26% Nobel Son (2008) " Nobel Son is a dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/4 88% Bolt (2008) " Although it doesn't reach the heights of Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, it's a masterpiece compared with Disney's 2002 Treasure Island." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2008
1/4 51% Good Dick (2008) " Surely some of the young woman's porn videos would make better viewing." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2008
1/4 24% Filth and Wisdom (2008) " Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap feels remotely real." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/4 82% Trumbo (2007) " It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1/4 50% A Four Letter Word (2008) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 91% Transsiberian (2008) " As Alfred Hitchcock demonstrated three times, trains make a nifty setting for a thriller." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) " Prince-Bythewood makes you care about the characters and hope they live happily ever after." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/4 93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) " The key to enjoying the film, a minor effort by Leigh, is warming up to Poppy. Her bubbly personality may be too much for some. She's like a walking, talking smiley face." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2008
3/4 66% Save Me (1993) " Save Me doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs. It takes a more nuanced humanistic approach." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/4 36% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) " A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism and has much to recommend it once you get past its unwieldy title, which sounds like something that would get slapped on a self-help book." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/4 61% The Duchess (2008) " Beguiling." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2008
1/4 54% Choke (2008) " An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2008
1/4 48% Towelhead (2007) " It is so disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it. For the price of admission, you become an unwilling voyeur." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/4 96% Trouble the Water (2008) " Is there more to be said about this national catastrophe? Yes, definitely, as the engrossing documentary Trouble the Water shows in just about every frame." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3/4 81% I Served the King of England (2008) " You are swept away by the beauty of individual moments and by Barnev's extraordinary performance, which beautifully serves I Served the King of England." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2008
3/4 72% Love Comes Lately (2008) " One of the best compliments to be paid a movie based on fiction is that it compels you to read other things by the author. Love Comes Lately is likely to elicit such a response." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2008
3/4 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) " It has an edge and degree of sophistication not seen in most summer comedies." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2/4 40% The Longshots (2008) " Anyone familiar with other inspirational sports movies knows that they lead up to a crucial game. The Longshots is no exception." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2008
3.5/4 88% Boy A (2007) " In tandem, the director and screenwriter build up a palpable suspense. Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2008
1/4 10% Hell Ride (2008) " The script, written by Bishop, barely makes sense. It lacks anything resembling wit, unless you think it amusing that these aging cyclists brag about needing their three B's -- bikes, beer and booty." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2008
4/4 75% Elegy (2008) " Spanish director Isabel Coixet displays what is almost reverence for the material. You can imagine her whispering on the set. She brings out the absolute best in her top-notch cast." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2008
3/4 64% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) " Chandler's multilayered script, unusually thoughtful for a teen flick, returns again and again to the notion that friends are there to offer support." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 6, 2008
3/4 94% My Winnipeg (2007) " The best way to take My Winnipeg is with a box of popcorn and a grain of salt." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2008
3/4 86% Wonderful Town (2007) " A sensitive love story from Thailand set against the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2008
1/4 79% How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008) " Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2008
3/4 55% Elsa y Fred (2008) " Elsa & Fred is worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 19% Meet Dave (2008) " Director Brian Robbins keeps going for easy laughs." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 11, 2008
3/4 78% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) " Kit Kittredge is proof of how far you can get with the right screenwriter -- in this instance one versed in Children's Adventures 101 -- and director." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 2, 2008
2/4 30% The Children of Huang Shi (2008) " You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 30, 2008
3/4 88% Reprise (2006) " Reprise has a smart and knowing script and will compel audiences to reflect on themselves at that age." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 23, 2008
3.5/4 67% Redbelt (2008) " Mamet's love for the sport comes through in every frame." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 83% The Dhamma Brothers (2008) " There's one image you're likely to take away from this mind-boggling documentary. It's of rows and rows of men dressed completely in white and seated cross-legged on royal blue mats." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 2, 2008
3/4 50% Then She Found Me (2007) " Where it really matters -- working with actors -- veteran filmmakers could learn from Hunt." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 2, 2008
3/4 53% Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) " The film is carried by its charismatic stars, John Cho as Harold and Kal Penn as Kumar. Kumar plays Laurel to Harold's Hardy, continually getting the pair into messes. Cho is a marvel at displaying exasperation, his face contorting into a frown." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 25, 2008
4/4 89% The Visitor (2008) " McCarthy puts a mark on each film, identifying it as distinctly his own. A couple more like them, and he'll be knighted an auteur." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 92% Refusenik (2008) " [Director] Bialis may have been too diligent in tracking down sources." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2008
3/4 68% Irina Palm (2008) " Although Faithfull only sporadically makes movies anymore, it's hard to imagine anyone who could have done this role better." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2008
3/4 30% Chaos Theory (2008) " Sometimes, Hollywood producers are too myopic to recognize a winner even when they made it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2008
4/4 51% Nim's Island (2008) " Nim's aquatic adventures and those on land provide the majority of thrills in this exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3/4 56% Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008) " There's nothing wrong with being difficult if there's a payoff at the end. Screenwriter-director Nacer Khemir provides that with a visually stunning final scene that makes sense of everything that came before." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3/4 47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) " This is a romantic comedy light on romance but heavy on comedy, and it's well cast to skew in that direction." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/4 67% Snow Angels (2007) " David Gordon Green, among the most gifted of the young independent filmmakers, creates a mood that engulfs you in the lives of his characters." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3/4 72% Under the Same Moon (2008) " It has the feel of truth and is a vivid reminder of the hell Mexicans put themselves through to live in the United States, even illegally." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2008
1/4 17% Sleepwalking (2008) " Sleepwalking is a slow-moving family drama guaranteed to induce a nap if not somnambulism." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 14, 2008
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