For 1,099 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 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
1,099 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Instead of prying into his soul, the filmmakers investigate his working conditions and offer a sort of backstage ethnographic study of the professional stand-up culture.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    For the most part, it works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The movie is a gaudy, noisy thrill ride -- hyperactive, slightly out of control and full of kinetic, mischievous charm.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The Bourne Identity, like its hero, triumphs through sheer unreflective professionalism. It is, by today's standards, a modest thriller, with a self-contained storyline and with very few big special effects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Rarely has the basic nature of visual perception seemed so frightening.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The latest movie from Spain to use the conventions of the thriller to explore knotty and fascinating philosophical questions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Spider-Man, while hardly immune to these vices, is, like Mr. Maguire, disarmingly likable, and touching in unexpected ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Poetry is perhaps the best way to think about Mr. Anderson's suave, exuberant balance of free-form inspiration and formal control.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Boyle has hardly lost his sly, provocative perversity or his ear for the rhythms of unchecked violence, but he does seem to be maturing. It's as if, in contemplating the annihilation of the human race, he has discovered his inner humanist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Hardly a work of state-of-the-art virtuosity, but rather an example of quiet, confident craftsmanship that tells a sweet, charming tale of intergalactic friendship.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    If there is heartbreak in this movie, there is also a sense of energy that makes it almost exhilarating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The interest of To Be and to Have, though, is not sociological: it is not really about the French educational system, rural life or even the way children learn. It is, rather, the portrait of an artist, a man whose work combines discipline and inspiration and unfolds mysteriously and imperceptibly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    So wrenching and absorbing that you can easily lose sight of the sophistication of its techniques.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    By making the camera an observer, we get a perspective that often comes out of horror movies, a choice that whips the ordinary with the terrifying, an unforgettable mix.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The rapprochement between Rémy and Sébastien is beautiful to watch, and all of the characters in The Barbarian Invasions are played with a lusty warmth that makes them lovable even when they are being tiresome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Nobody else working in movies today can make her (Keaton) own misery such a source of delight or make the spectacle of utter embarrassment look like a higher form of dignity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The nearly flawless execution of a deeply flawed premise.

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