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 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
1,113 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    It's a clever idea bogged down in sophomoric sloppiness. Sitting through it doesn't feel like eternal damnation, but it's not exactly heaven, either. It's a $9.50 tour of adolescent purgatory.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    It does have its tart, fizzy moments.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Glory Road is satisfying less for its virtuosity than for its sincerity, and also because it will acquaint audiences with a remarkable episode that had ramifications far beyond the basketball court.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    It is not so much a documentary as a fictional film about the making of a documentary, or perhaps a documentary about the making of a fictional film about the making of a documentary. If this sounds a bit maddening, it is, though the confusion that The Blonds induces is clearly part of its intention.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Wanderlust is about two or three script passes away from being a consistently funny, dramatically coherent romantic comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    A most curious movie, one with nearly all the elements of a classic crime-family saga and yet somehow lacking the moral complexity and emotional heft of the films to which it pays fastidious aesthetic homage: the New York–set urban thrillers of Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Prince of the City) and Coppola’s Godfather series.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Some of the performances show flashes of idiosyncrasy and flair that are nearly snuffed out by the pedestrian script.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The screenplay doesn't lack for memorable zingers, and thanks to Cody's script and Streep's performance, Ricki emerges as a complex, self-contradictory person (even if most of the supporting characters don't).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The narrative scheme, the brooding period atmosphere, the understated score (by David Byrne) and the precision of the acting also make the story seem more interesting than it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Los Angeles Plays Itself, in spite of its length, is rarely tedious, an achievement it owes mainly to the movies it prodigiously excerpts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Especially when Baymax is onscreen doing his adorable-puffy-robot thing, Big Hero 6 qualifies as a better-than-average kids’ movie with enough cross-generational appeal to make it a fine choice for a family weekend matinee. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that this film was designed to function as a starter kit for future Marvel aficionados.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Scene by scene, 50/50 can be both amusing and moving, with the tightly wound Gordon-Levitt and the boundaryless Rogen forming an oddly complementary pair. But as a whole the movie never quite coheres, seeming to skitter away at the last minute from both full-body laughter and full-body sobs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Like Christopher Walken or Marlon Brando, Mr. Pacino frequently uses his gifts to make mediocre movies more interesting. Everything else in The Recruit may be tiresomely predictable, but he, at least, is not.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The skills on display in Freestyle are too varied and idiosyncratic for one movie to contain, but this one at least offers a heady, rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Lovely though it is to look at, it does not reveal very much. Sampling the works of three prominent directors in one sitting may be what gives anthology films like this one their appeal, but the experience is often more frustrating than fulfilling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    As fizzy as the first, but not quite as refreshing. The pleasurable, eye-popping sense of surprise has diminished, and the teasingly referential attitude shows signs of fatigue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Mining the incest prohibition for laughs in what's essentially a light romantic comedy is a bold move, and for the first two-thirds of the movie, it works surprisingly well. But as long as the Duplasses are willing to go there, I can't help but wish they'd gone a little further.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Both entertaining and empty: an emotional shell game that leaves you feeling cheated even though, on the surface at least, everyone is a winner.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The sharks are scary, and the ocean is vast and indifferent, but the most effective parts of Open Water, which is ultimately too modest to be very memorable, evoke a deeper terror, one that can chill even those viewers who would never dream of putting on a wet suit and jumping off a boat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Being Julia may not make much psychological or dramatic sense, but Ms. Bening, pretending to be Julia (who is always pretending to be herself), is sensational.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Smart, sincere and sloppy film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    A disjointed, sometimes fascinating mélange of moods, associations and effects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The movie can -- indeed, should -- be intellectually rejected, but you can't quite banish it from your mind.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Lan Yu is like a less dizzily gorgeous companion to Mr. Wong's "In the Mood for Love" -- very much a Hong Kong movie despite its mainland setting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    If I had a child near Dre's age, I'd drag him or her out of "Marmaduke" and into The Karate Kid--but not before requiring an at-home screening of the still unsurpassed original.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The movie is so small and emotionally constricted that it gives Hoffman too little room to explore his range.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    As drama, Stage Beauty is both timorous and ungainly, words that might also describe Ms. Danes's performance.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    Superfluous though it may be, The Honeymooners is not so bad.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    There is a lot of violence, but not much action; a plot involving vengeance, jealousy and double-crossing, but not a great deal of suspense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dana Stevens
    The general talent and dedication of the ensemble mitigate the script's occasional lapses into sentimentality and noisy confrontation.

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