For 777 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Mighty Wind
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 777
777 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It's not one of Kurosawa's great films.... But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    An unexpected delight, a film that weds the humor and magic of a folk tale with a very modern feel for the psychological dynamics between men and women and for the subtle politics of male rivalry in a macho culture. It has been made and acted with intelligence and evident love, which deserves to be requited.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    If you have any affection at all for traditional American music, the movie itself -- is pretty close to heaven.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The lovely clarity of this story, which seems to have been drawn from the literature of an earlier age, is well served by the artful subtlety of the telling. Mr. Majidi prefers imagery to exposition, and his shots are as dense with meaning, and as readily accessible, as Dutch paintings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Essential viewing for anyone who desires a sense of the finer human grain of a war that now commands the attention of the world as never before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    One of the great movies of the 1960's, but it has been, in this country at least, maddeningly elusive. In spite of its bitter edge, Billy Liar is pure Ambrosia.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Moves with fluidity and ease through brisk opening conventions to a perfectly poised and balanced endgame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Its effects seem more like those of a poem or a piece of music than a movie. Requires the reverent darkness and communal solitude of a theater.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The political implications of the film are manifest, as is the quiet courage of making it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It is, all in all, a rambunctious and inspired ride in which the Coen brothers' voracious fascination with the arcana of American popular culture and their whiz-kid inventiveness reach new heights of whimsy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    One of the best entertainments this season has yet offered.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Remarkable for its genuine, unpretentious lyricism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    By allowing the stories to play off one another and allowing layers of meaning to accumulate before we even notice them, the filmmakers capture some of the essential strangeness of life -- the way our relations are governed by laws that remain invisible to us until art reveals their workings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Thrillingly smart, but not, like so many other pictures in this vein, merely an elaborate excuse for its own cleverness. As you puzzle over the intricacies of its shape, which reveal themselves only in retrospect, you may also find yourself surprised by the depth of its insights.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It is the work of a master -- of more than one, for that matter. Mr. Godard, who once called it "my first real film," was showing the obsession with, and mastery of, cinematic technique that would make him one of the culture heroes of the 1960's.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Polanski, who was a Jewish child in Krakow when the Germans arrived in September 1939, presents Szpilman's story with bleak, acid humor and with a ruthless objectivity that encompasses both cynicism and compassion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    In spite of its limited perspective on Vietnam, its churning, term-paperish exploration of Conrad and the near incoherence of its ending, (it) is a great movie. It grows richer and stranger with each viewing, and the restoration of scenes left in the cutting room two decades ago has only added to its sublimity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The Coens have used the noir idiom to fashion a haunting, beautifully made movie that refers to nothing outside itself and that disperses like a vapor as soon as it's over.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Metropolis retains its power to overwhelm, trouble and move because it is connected to the deep anxieties of modern life as if by a high-voltage cable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    He's (Kingsley) pure violence, a sociopath who radiates menace even while sitting perfectly still mouthing pleasantries.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Ten
    A work of inspired simplicity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    A brilliant satire of emotional politics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Ozon gives the movie to Ms. Rampling, whose performance is like a perfectly executed piano etude, finding precise, impossibly subtle shadings of pleasure, confusion and distress.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Parker has brilliantly updated his source and grasped its essence, composing a sorrowful and hilarious tone poem about alienated labor, or an absurdist workplace sitcom, as if a team of French surrealists had been put in charge of "The Drew Carey Show."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The film they have put together is dense with sound and information, but it moves with a swift, lilting rhythm that is of a piece with the musical heritage it explores.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It's amazing to see a film so brazenly experimental, so committed to reflecting on the circumstances and techniques of its making, that is at the same time so intent upon delivering old-fashioned cinematic pleasures like humor and pathos, character and plot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    (Spielberg) tells the story slowly and films it with lucid, mesmerizing objectivity, creating a mood as layered, dissonant and strange as John Williams's unusually restrained. modernist score.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Like so many European pictures these days, Read My Lips seems destined to be remade in Hollywood, and it is unlikely to be improved by the addition of vainer actors, a simpler screenplay and flashier direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    At the end, when they have created a vibrant new theater program for their school, their sense of triumph is infectious. " 'Our Town' Is Ghetto!" one of them exults. Thornton Wilder, wherever he is, would understand and take it as a compliment.