For 1,096 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 I Vitelloni
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
1,096 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A slyly effective thriller and of a deft comedy of romantic confusion. Whatever its shortcomings as a consideration of globalization and its discontents, The Edukators succeeds brilliantly in telling the story of a man who falls in love with his best buddy's girlfriend and doesn't know what to do about it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It works on the mind as well as the funny bone and the gag reflex.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    This is a supremely well-executed piece of popular entertainment that is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Pucci, emerging slowly from behind a stray lock of brown hair, plays Justin's ambiguous transformation with deft understatement. And Mike Mills, who wrote and directed, keeps the film from slipping either into melodrama or facile satire, the two traps into which this genre is most apt to fall.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    With tact and enthusiasm, Mr. Polanski grabs hold of a great book and rediscovers its true and enduring vitality.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Ballets Russes does tell a marvelous story of midcentury show business, encompassing both the most exalted expressions of pure art and the sometimes grubby commerce that sustained it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It aims to be a great deal more than a standard geopolitical thriller and thereby succeeds in being one of the best geopolitical thrillers in a very long time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The next two hours might not have quite delivered on that initial promise of wonder - we grown-ups, being heavy, are not so easily swept away by visual tricks - except when I looked away from the screen at the faces of breathless and wide-eyed children, my own among them, for whom the whole experience was new, strange, disturbing and delightful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    While this film can seem politically simplistic, it is nonetheless psychologically astute, and more complicated than it at first appears.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A cautionary essay on the risks to democracy posed by the fight against terrorism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Unpretentious, smartly written and a lot of fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition, Mr. Mann transforms what is essentially a long, fairly predictable cop-show episode into a dazzling (and sometimes daft) Wagnerian spectacle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Feisty, intellectually engaging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    What distinguishes the film from its many peers is the quality of Ms. Collyer’s writing -- which rarely reaches for obvious, melodramatic beats -- and the precision of Ms. Gyllenhaal’s performance. She treats the character neither as a case study nor as an opportunity to show off her range, but rather as a completely ordinary and therefore arrestingly complicated person.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The accidental poignancy of Make It Funky! comes from juxtaposing the charisma and dignity of those musicians - and the knowledge of how much great music New Orleans has given the world - with the unavoidable images of devastation from the last two weeks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Testud's performance, which earned her a César, the French Oscar, for most promising actress, is the source of the movie's lingering, troubling power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It is impossible not to marvel at Mr. Suleiman's knack for turning rage and hopelessness into burlesque.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    (Director Bigelow) piles up one nerve-racking crisis after another, interspersed with moments of ethereal, almost otherworldly beauty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A passionate, angry piece of advocacy, but it is equally, and in consequence, a brave and necessary act of truth-telling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A very funny movie, alive with a sense of absurdity and human foible.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Rather than assaulting you with self-congratulatory tears, it leaves you with a bittersweet glow of wisdom and an appreciation of the small triumphs and difficult labors of love.

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