For 1,069 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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Mighty Wind
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,069 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    I don't know how much The Score cost, but it's pretty close to worthless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Clearly, this is an affair to forget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Where are we? What is this empty, science-fiction-like space in which luxury goods and women who resemble them are ceaselessly rotated in front of our eyes? Oh, it's Hollywood.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Any irregularity in tone becomes a part of the movie’s intentionally rough, imperfect surface — a formal strategy I might find interesting if I could make head or tail of what the movie that’s using it is trying to say.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Blomkamp proceeds to spend the last two-thirds of his film crashing spaceships into lawns, or staging high-tech fistfights between Elysium’s stolid hero and his even duller arch-nemesis. It’s a waste of a perfectly good dystopia.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    The delicate magic of, for instance, Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away," which Disney released earlier this fall, is absent from this brainless, mechanical picture.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    At its worst, This Is 40 feels like being condemned to watch two hours of someone else's home movies - overly long, self-indulgent, and bone-crushingly banal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    I didn’t like the movie at all — found it boring, unintentionally comical, at times even (a word I seldom use) pretentious — but I admire the rest of your work so much that I nonetheless feel the need to defend To the Wonder.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    This forced march through a chamber of personal and sociological horrors is difficult to endure but easy to forget.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    All the rest of Thor's 113 minutes felt so synthetic and overfamiliar that those brief flashes of spontaneity stood out like Morse code messages from another, better movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Snow White and the Huntsman, the first feature from British commercial director Rupert Sanders, has its work cut out for it if it wants to be a truly dull piece of junk - but it manages.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The only thing missing is a coherent story -- or even, for that matter, an interesting idea for one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Yes
    Yes is not just a movie, in other words, it's a poem. A bad poem. There is no denying Ms. Potter's skill at versifying - or for that matter, at composing clear, striking visual images - but her intricate, measured lines amount to doggerel, not art.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The end titles and the ones that introduce Veronica Guerin...are the most informative parts of the film, and also the most powerful. What comes between them is a flat-footed, overwrought crusader-against-evil melodrama, in which Ms. Blanchett's formidable gifts as an actress are reduced to a haircut and an accent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    A patchwork of contrived naughtiness and forced pathos...The loose ends are neatly tied up, as they are when you seal a bag of garbage -- or if you prefer, rubbish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    The movie is bulky and inarticulate, leaving behind a trail of wreckage and incoherence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The Iron Lady is, to put it kindly, a shambles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    The project as a whole conveys a drab sense of bureaucratic necessity, a "let's get this over with" wheeziness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The human landscape of Palindromes is a vista of grotesqueness, dishonesty and creepiness. These are qualities Mr. Solondz has explored before, but this time he fails to make them interesting, partly because he lets himself and the audience off the hook.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    It's deeply committed to its own weird conceit, diminishing returns and all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Tron: Legacy is the kind of sensory-onslaught blockbuster that tends to put me to sleep, the way babies will nap to block out overwhelming stimuli. I confess I may have snoozed through one or two climactic battles only to be startled awake by an incoming neon Frisbee.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Dana Stevens
    Just as the vast, square Imax screen magnifies panda-haunches and steep, jungle-clad gorges, its relentless scale also enlarges a half-baked, mediocre little adventure story into something almost grotesquely bad.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    Instead of suspense, there is confusion; instead of intrigue, a lot of inexplicable confrontation among characters whose significance is not so much enigmatic as obscure.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    His (Lee) Oldboy is relentlessly unpleasant and difficult to watch, without offering audiences much moral or aesthetic payoff for its hour and 40 minutes of graphic violence and abject degradation. Oldboy is both original and uncompromising, I’ll give it that—it just doesn’t happen to be any good.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Unfortunately, the movie's real setting is a sentimental fantasy world, and its story is a spectacularly incoherent exercise in geopolitical wish fulfillment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    A hectic, uninspired pastiche of catchphrases and clichés, with very little wit, inspiration or originality to bring its frantically moving images to genuine life.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Dana Stevens
    Bad and tasteless. You laugh neither with it nor at it but rather sit counting the minutes while the movie laughs, for no good reason, at itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Dana Stevens
    The worst thing about I'm Still Here is the fact that it exists.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Dana Stevens
    The movie version overflows with affection and good intention, but unwittingly turns a bauble of cheerful fakery into something that mostly feels phony.