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 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Just Go with It
Score distribution:
1,095 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    An almost unbearably powerful documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Has a quiet, cumulative magic, whose source is hard to identify. Its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of mystery and feeling; it's an action movie that stands perfectly still.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    All the drinking, arguing and brooding, which in lesser hands might have produced oppressive and unvarying dreariness, somehow adds up to a tableau of extraordinary vividness and variety.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Remarkable for its genuine, unpretentious lyricism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    You realize you are witnessing a psychodrama of novelistic intricacy and epic scope.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Ten
    A work of inspired simplicity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    A brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like "The Usual Suspects" and "Pi."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    He's (Kingsley) pure violence, a sociopath who radiates menace even while sitting perfectly still mouthing pleasantries.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The visual beauty of the film, rather than distracting from the troubling story, makes it more troubling still.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and moviegoing experiences of my own childhood. But there is no reason that children should have a monopoly on this primal, wonderful experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    An exquisitely simple movie. Mr. Kim manages to isolate something essential about human nature and at the same time, even more astonishingly, to comprehend the scope of human experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    May be the oddest movie of the year, by turns sweet and sinister, insouciant and grotesque, invitingly funny and forbiddingly dark. It may also be one of the best, a tour de force of ink-washed, crosshatched mischief and unlikely sublimity.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Certainly one of the strangest and most interesting movies of the year, and I suspect that in years to come a number of other strange and interesting movies will show traces of its influence.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Since her character wears no historical costumes and suffers from no debilitating ailment, it is likely that Ms. Curtis will be overlooked when Oscar season rolls around. This is a shame, since it is unlikely that any other actress this year will match the loose, energetic wit she brings to this delightful movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    One of the best entertainments this season has yet offered.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Fascinating. Anyone interested in the challenges and techniques of acting -- which is really to say, anyone interested in human behavior -- should turn off E! and head down to Mr. Almereyda's film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Better than its predecessor, and also superior to most other comic-book-based movies. It has a more credible (and more frightening) villain, a more capacious and original story and a self-confidence based not only on the huge success of the first "Spider-Man" but also on Mr. Raimi's intuitive and enthusiastic grasp of the material.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Condon's great achievement is to turn Kinsey's complicated and controversial career into a grand intellectual drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Stringent, clinical and almost unbearably moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Bernal's soulful, magnetic performance notwithstanding, the real star of the film is South America itself, revealed in the cinematographer Eric Gautier's misty green images as a land of jarring and enigmatic beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    A political thriller that manages to be at once silly and clever, buoyantly satirical and sneakily disturbing, but he (Demme) has recovered some of the lightness and sureness of touch that had faded from his movies after "The Silence of the Lambs."

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