For 1,095 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
1,095 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dana Stevens
    The Babadook creates tension not with jump scares or chase sequences but with judicious editing and slow-burn suspense—that is, until it descends into a final half-hour of harrowing emotional and physical intensity, an extended climax that made me gasp aloud, hide my eyes, and weep at least twice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dana Stevens
    As the couple’s widening rift exposes the gender and class assumptions that underlie their marriage... Force Majeure morphs into a biting critique of modern masculinity, of traditional parenting roles, and possibly of the institution of marriage itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Dana Stevens
    A clever, vividly imagined, consistently funny, eye-poppingly pretty and oddly profound movie … about Legos.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Turner does resemble "Topsy-Turvy" in its meticulous yet vibrant recreation of the past and its ever-expanding thematic amplitude. This is a movie not only about one particular artist, but about art as both a field of human endeavor and an object of shifting cultural and economic value.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The visual beauty of the film, rather than distracting from the troubling story, makes it more troubling still.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    You come away from his film overwhelmed, hopeful and, perhaps paradoxically, illuminated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Is, in the end, a boisterous love song -- a funny valentine to London, to chaos and to human decency.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The raw intimacy of some of the scenes -- whether they take place at a diner, in the death house or in the bedroom -- is breathtaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    An almost unbearably powerful documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Documenting war is a small, partial but indispensable step toward its eventual eradication. Mr. Frei's quiet, engrossing film is a sad and stirring testimony to this vision and to the quiet, self-effacing heroism with which Mr. Nachtwey has pursued it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    A refreshing movie that's so good natured, so confident of its ability to provoke not queasy awe or numb exhaustion but pure delight.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Every shot seems measured for maximum effect, and when the pace suddenly quickens in a late action sequence on a deserted subway train, it results in a moment of pure Hitchcockian panic that reverberates like thunder in the fretful, melancholy air.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    She (Varda) plucks images and stories from the world around her, finding beauty and nourishment in lives and activities the world prefers to ignore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    This movie operates in the limbo between memory and oblivion that we recognize as daily life. It bears courageous and stringent witness to the impossibility of bearing witness.
    • 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.

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