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 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 Sorority Boys
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The first hour and half or so of True Grit is as good as anything the Coens have ever done-a sweeping Western that, like John Ford's best films, exposes the cracks in American myths of frontier justice and self-reliance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The middle section of the film, in which we follow Jack's childhood in a series of fragmented memories from birth until about the age of 12, is as astonishingly precise a rendering of the way the world looks to a child as I've seen on film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    I'll be forever grateful to this movie for introducing me to Nim's story, a tale so powerful and suggestive that it functions as a myth about the ever-mysterious relationship between human beings and animals.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    May be the most necessary film you'll see this year. But if you go to the movies in search of emotion rather than edification, don't let that word necessary deter you, because this is also one of the most engaging films you'll see this year, full of vibrant, complex real-life characters whose troubles and joys will stay with you long after the movie's done.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Still, for me, Wuthering Heights' almost impersonal immersion in the light and texture and sound of the moors was the source of its vividness and necessity. In order for the art of literary adaptation to remain vital, we have to be willing to let directors throw aside the book and film their dream of it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Despite its atmosphere of failure and melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis is ultimately a dark valentine to both its hero and his milieu.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It’s the unhappiest happy ending I’ve ever seen, a moment that makes you weep not just for this one man who found his way back to freedom, but for all those men and women who never knew it in the first place.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It's only at the very beginning and the very end that Zero Dark Thirty functions (brilliantly) as a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller. Much of the rest of the time, it's a workplace drama about a woman so good at her job that most of her colleagues think she's crazy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It's Schoenaerts' magisterial presence that carries the film. In between bursts of convincingly horrific violence (including a fight in an elevator that makes Ryan Gosling's in "Drive" look like a schoolyard tiff), Schoenaerts also shows himself capable of moments of great subtlety and delicacy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Easy Money's big heist scene is the only action set piece so far this year that was so suspenseful I could feel my heartbeat in my ears.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    No
    It’s the rare political satire that can sound the depths of irony as No does and still end on a note of ambivalent hope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Though Sweetgrass has moments of great beauty, the film is never nostalgic or idealizing about its human or ovine subjects. It shows the relationship of human and domesticated animal—and the relationship of both to nature—as a productive and symbiotic yet often brutal struggle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    I’ve always admired this director’s commitment to both seriousness and laughter, to showing the beauty and significance of ordinary human life side by side with its petty, venal absurdity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Her
    It’s a wistful portrait of our current love affair with technology in all its promise and disappointment, a post-human "Annie Hall."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    It’s a stunningly assured debut, a slyly subversive delight, and one of my favorite movies of the year so far.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Ida
    There’s an urgency to Ida’s simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Full of nuance and complexity, but it is also as accessible and engrossing as a grand 19th-century novel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion and silk brocade. But though the picture is full of swirling, ecstatic motion, it is not especially moving.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Jaa, blessed with astonishing muscle definition and a stoical, sensitive face, clearly has the potential to be an international action movie star, and Ong-Bak feels like the start of a scrappy, potent franchise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    This is a small movie about a small world, but its modesty is part of what makes it durable and satisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It skips from buoyant satire to domestic melodrama, leaving behind a curious mix of emotions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The resulting film is an unruly, riveting assemblage of anecdotes and impressions. The larger political and military questions about the war in Iraq are kept deliberately in the background, which some viewers may find frustrating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A witty and acute examination of friendship, ambition and betrayal in the Parisian literary world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance and greed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A teasing, self-conscious and curiously heartfelt demonstration of his (Mr. Kim) mischievous formal ingenuity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It is a small, plain movie, shot in 16 millimeter in dull locations around Boston; but also, like its passive, quizzical heroine, it is unexpectedly seductive, and even, in its own stubborn, hesitant way, beautiful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    From start to finish, is pretty much a blast.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The film, which includes some breathtakingly beautiful images of the green, wet Guyanese jungle and a monumental waterfall that cuts through it, is driven less by narrative than by ideas and impressions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Though her movie has a clear narrative line, and might even be classified as romantic comedy, it is also a meticulously constructed visual artifact, diffidently introducing the playful, rebus-like qualities of installation art to the conventions of narrative cinema.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    I call it wondrous because, in spite of lapses and imperfections, a few of them serious, Mr. Burton's movie succeeds in doing what far too few films aimed primarily at children even know how to attempt anymore, which is to feed - even to glut - the youthful appetite for aesthetic surprise.