For 1,067 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 Ghost World
Lowest review score: 0 Sorority Boys
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    It's not bad enough to make you curse, but you are likely to laugh when you should scream, and to roll your eyes when you are meant to laugh.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The burden of the story, which is maudlin and entirely unbelievable, weighs down even the more credible performances.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    A hectic, uninspired pastiche of catchphrases and clich├ęs, with very little wit, inspiration or originality to bring its frantically moving images to genuine life.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    I suppose Rumor Has It could be worse, though at the moment I'm at a loss to say just how.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    A movie like this can survive an absurd premise but not incompetent execution. And Mr. LaBute, never much of an artist with the camera, proves almost comically inept as a horror-movie technician...It's neither haunting nor amusing; just boring.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    It might have been a satisfying if not terribly original piece of historical melodrama, but its clumsiness turns it, against its best intentions, into half-baked operatic kitsch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Seems both overplotted and underimagined, though there is at least some creativity and a dose of realism, evident in the hairstyles themselves.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Like a ham-fisted high-concept public service announcement, directed with stagy deliberateness and written with tin-eared vernacular speechiness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Gianvito's approach cannot really be called critical, since criticism would require some cogent analysis of causes and events.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The best thing that can be said about Boys and Girls is that it is studiously inoffensive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Emotionally incoherent.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Plays every convention twice, once as parody and once by the book, but the movie, trying to be two things at once, fails at both.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Works hard at being charming, but comedy is best when it looks effortless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Clearly, this is an affair to forget.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    May have had the unintended effect of obscuring the original it meant to honor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Jones, who recently starred in "Zig-Zag," a similarly striving, overwrought picture, is a disciplined and likable performer, and he bravely perseveres in the face of narrative absurdity and rampant overacting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    This movie, a chaotic caper film at heart, wrecks its comic tone with some moments of gruesome violence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The very confusion that has made him (Rock) so unpredictable and funny onstage makes this on-screen exploration of contemporary racial mythologies curiously tentative and unfocused.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Exists in a realm beyond sense, and induces in the viewer a trancelike state, leaving the mind free to ponder the mysteries of the universe.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Having established its premise and set in motion an overloaded plot, the picture lurches this way and that, evoking more restlessness than laughter and more boredom than pathos.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Before Civil Brand erupts into over-the-top melodrama (which is pretty early), it shows some interest in its characters, and in its less screechy moments the dialogue has the rough, bantering ring of actual speech.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    The relentless upbeatness of Life or Something Like It wrecks the possibility of either real laughter or genuine pathos.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    It's like watching two superbly conditioned rowers try to race a boat made of folded newspaper. Hard as they work, they just can't make it go any faster.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    I don't know how much The Score cost, but it's pretty close to worthless.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Has some funny, dirty-minded jokes, a few amusing cameos (including Julianne Moore in clown makeup) and a soundtrack loaded with juicy cuts of mid-70's vintage soul and funk.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Even fans of open-wheel racing, the high-speed, high-stress pastime that is the subject of Renny Harlin's hectic new film, may walk away from it more logy than exhilarated.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Dana Stevens
    Imagine "Last Tango in Paris" remade as a wan, low-budget romantic comedy.