For 1,102 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 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Lowest review score: 0 Sorority Boys
Score distribution:
1,102 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The director manages to evade both the stuffy antiquarianism and the pandering anachronism that subvert so many cinematic attempts at historical inquiry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Like a perfect, short-lived love affair, its pleasure is accompanied by a palpable sting of sorrow. It leaves you wanting more, which I mean entirely as a compliment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    This is by far the best film in the more recent trilogy, and also the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed. That's right (and my inner 11-year-old shudders as I type this): it's better than "Star Wars."
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The Spirit of the Beehive, like "Cinema Paradiso," also takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The movie is at its best when Moodysson... lets his three rebellious heroines simply exist and interact as the overgrown children the actresses still are, collapsing in laughter during a cafeteria food fight or negotiating their first stiff flirtations with a like-minded group of punk-rock-loving boys.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    A tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    The gloom of random, meaningless existence has rarely been so much fun, and Mr. Allen's bite has never been so sharp, or so deep. A movie this good is no laughing matter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    If you have any affection at all for traditional American music, the movie itself -- is pretty close to heaven.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Dana Stevens
    Snowpiercer is its own strange, special thing, a movie that seems to have been sent back to us from some distant alternate future where grandiose summer action movies can also be lovingly crafted, thematically ambitious works of art.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Byrne, who played a tightly wound control freak to perfection in "Bridesmaids," here gets a chance to bust loose. In a late sequence where she frantically spearheads a multipart mission to bring down Delta Psi from the inside, Byrne makes you wish someone would write a big, broad, raunchy comedy just for her.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Sivan has accomplished something extraordinary: he has given political extremism a human face.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Unpretentious, smartly written and a lot of fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A package of cinematic Pop Rocks, a neon-hued, defiantly non-nutritive confection that nonetheless makes you laugh at its sheer bold novelty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It's a rollicking children's entertainment, gorgeously animated and wittily cast, and also an unusually astute exploration of the complex bond between mothers and daughters, a relationship that's often either elided or sentimentalized in children's literature and film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Richard's film makes a persuasive case for Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film and therefore in the history of 20th-century art.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Unlike most movies of this kind, which run out of steam and ideas as they go along, Johnny English gains momentum, nudging you along from a few stray giggles to helpless, giddy laughter.

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