For 1,113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Salinger
Score distribution:
1,113 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The film's resolute indifference to fashion makes it, perhaps paradoxically, a refreshing piece of old-style entertainment, accompanied by a whooshing, trembling score by Edward Shearmur.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Skyfall leaves you wondering whether this incarnation of the character has anywhere left to go. It's the portrait of a spy at the end of his rope by an actor who seems close to his.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Though its story is fuzzy, the acting and direction in Final give it an air of quiet, dignified ambition.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The result feels like a sketchbook, both in a good and bad sense; it's alive and spontaneous and surprising in some parts, underdeveloped and shapeless in others.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    A seriously flawed movie wrapped around two nearly perfect performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    For what it is -- a big, expensive, occasionally campy action movie full of well-known actors speaking in well-rounded accents -- Troy is not bad. It has the blocky, earnest integrity of a classic comic book, and it labors to respect the strangeness and grandeur of its classical sources.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    That they're English and elderly apparently makes their antics screamingly funny to people who would turn up their noses at similar humor in a film like "Scary Movie."
    • 13 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The movie's comic heart consists of a series of indescribably loopy, elaborately conceived happenings that are at once rigorous and chaotic, idiotic and brilliant.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Murphy is not given much to do in this sloppy, good-hearted sequel, so he graciously allows himself to be upstaged by all manner of animatronic, celebrity-voiced talking animals.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The main problem with Such a Long Journey is its storytelling. There is simply too much happening.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Narrative coherence is perhaps not among the film's virtues, but its loopy, cluttered story is part of the fun. And a clearer, simpler plot might have required the sacrifice of some delightful grace notes and visual marvels, like the elastic-necked geisha or the one-eyed ambulatory umbrella.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The kind of middling-but-watchable heist thriller that, days after seeing it, already feels like something you caught half of on a plane two years ago.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Kang is a gifted choreographer of bloody chaos, but he has enough range and imagination to strew a few interludes of haunting tenderness amid the shell casings and ketchup packs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Unquestionably minor, perhaps deliberately so, but it is nonetheless intermittently delightful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Unfortunately, the rest of the movie does not live up to Mr. Russell's performance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    A loose- jointed, not especially memorable comic caper with some lovely moments of humorous invention, many patches of clumsy writing and a few game performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    In general, and in spite of its deft use of archival video clips and interviews, Giuliani Time offers a superficial reading of recent New York history, zeroing in on the headlines while often missing the context.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Careening from bathos to bromance to naked sexytime, the movie is like a mashup of three or four different movies, at least two of them fairly unpleasant. And yet Love and Other Drugs is so sincere and unjaded about its mystifying purpose that it keeps our gaze fixed on the screen for the full two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The time is right for a breezy, captivating New York romantic comedy. Sidewalks of New York is not an especially good movie, but it will do.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Leconte's visual instincts are so impressive that they outstrip his story, leaving us flushed and dazzled, but also, as after a long night of champagne and baccarat (to say nothing of other irresponsible pleasures), hungry, tired, and homesick.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Watching Jackass 3-D was like being plunged into a Hieronymous Bosch painting of hell, yet this very reaction attests to the franchise's primal, diabolical power.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Moves nimbly from behind-the-scenes comedy to melodrama, with occasional stumbles into pop psychology and film-noir violence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    It doles out information so arbitrarily that you are robbed of the twin pleasures of figuring out clues and figuring out you've been fooled.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Unlike most movie love stories, Closer does have the virtue of unpredictability. The problem is that, while parts are provocative and forceful, the film as a whole collapses into a welter of misplaced intensity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Front-loaded with inspired gags, and the first half-hour is both sneakily and explosively funny, raising expectations that are never quite met.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Its subject matter is intrinsically upsetting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Brooks has given us the rare contemporary rom-com that's by turns (if intermittently) thoughtful and funny, and that doesn't feel focus-grouped, cynical, misogynist, or mean. It seems ungenerous not to cut such a generous movie a break.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The sheer scale of the production, and the size of the venue, make the film interesting to watch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    This rough-edged parody feels both distinctive and handmade, and for those reasons alone it’s a hard movie to hate, even when it temporarily loses its comic footing. Anyway, as romantic comedies down the ages have taught us, hatred is just a latent form of love.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Lazin succeeds in conjuring his presence and in showing how smart and likable he could be, but the film's perspective is frustratingly limited.

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