For 1,066 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Yi yi: A One and a Two...
Lowest review score: 0 Sorority Boys
Score distribution:
1,066 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    With Quitting, he (Zhang) has removed sentimentality from the theme and presented it with unflinching honesty, a quality he shares with his fearless cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    What distinguishes The Low Down from movies like "The Brothers McMullen" and "My Life's in Turnaround" is its ragged edge of authenticity, its refusal to plot its characters' lives on the graph of romantic comedy convention.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Perhaps it's all a bit too much, and perhaps it doesn't add up, but the loose ends give the picture a jaunty, improvised feeling that, while it leads to some confusion, is ultimately part of its whimsical charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Sivan has accomplished something extraordinary: he has given political extremism a human face.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Reflects the sensibility of the generation it holds up to critical scrutiny, and it's a cunningly ambiguous act of self-portraiture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It unfolds with the verve and clarity of a piece of music, carefully composed and passionately played.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    In its own modest, genial terms, the picture succeeds: it never wants to be more than charming and sweet, and it invites us to imagine London as a cozy, happy small town where coincidental encounters are everyday occurrences.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Two very fine actors, Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber, engaged in an intense contest to see who can give the more understated performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Wargnier's sumptuous, moving new film, captures both the hope of the returning Russians and their brutal betrayal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    At its best, L.I.E. offers a rich, dark, bitter slice of contemporary life. But the film's arty embellishments undermine its bleak vision, making it, in the end, a little too easy to take.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The movie's sexual politics are as contrived as its plot, which veers off into one of the surprise endings of which Mr. Altman is so fond.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    An unadorned, unsparing chronicle of a young man's descent into a nightmare of delusion, paranoia and self-destructive behavior.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Anchors its melodramatic formula in tough, heartfelt realism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    To watch Millennium Actress is to witness one cinematic medium celebrating another, an expression of movie love that is wonderfully eccentric and deeply affecting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The tale, in any case, is so gripping, so full of improbable turns and agonizing reversals that it bears repeating, and Mr. Butler and Ms. Alexander tell it straightforwardly and well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The first really good spy movie about the impossibility, under present historical circumstances, of making a really good spy movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    For the most part, it works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Jody's story is told with so much heart -- and his character is acted with such a winning combination of playfulness, vulnerability and sexual dynamism by Mr. Gibson -- that you can forgive the occasionally incoherent storytelling, the overwrought moments and the haphazard, unconvincing excursions into dream and fantasy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Christine Jeffs's film is an emotionally rich biography of the poet Sylvia Plath, who is played with radiant conviction by Gwyneth Paltrow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Gleize, through a series of oblique, half-comic scenes and meticulous, rhyming visual compositions, offers up an elegant, discursive essay on carnality and carnivorousness -- on sex, death, meat and the ravening hunger for companionship.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Very much a writer's film: Mr. Schickel's elegant, occasionally knotty prose, read by Sidney Pollack, offers a clear, nuanced interpretation of the artist's work in relation to his life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Poignant though it is, the movie is the opposite of depressing. There is too much life in it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Simultaneously a thoroughly mannered, mischievously artificial confection and an acute piece of psychological realism. Whose psychology, and which reality, remains ambiguous even after the tart, delicious final twist.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The real protagonist is the family itself -- a fragile, complex organism undermined by internal conflict and menaced by the cruelty and indifference of the society around them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The Weitz brothers -- notorious as the authors of the "American Pie" series -- handle the sentimentality of the story with a light, sweet touch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Strange, intense and moving -- one of the few truly grown-up movies you're likely to see this year.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It is an enormous improvement over the brainless, patronizing teenage romances that have slouched into (and quickly out of) theaters in recent years. But it could, if the filmmakers had trusted themselves and the actors a bit more, have lived up to its title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Your attention is rewarded by a film of surprising depth and a few deep surprises.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Electrifying.