For 1,134 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
1134 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The result is a mountain of honest, nourishing corn, a lavish evocation of simplicity that, for all its showy sophistication, has an appealing emotional directness. For all its sweep and scope and movie-star magic, Cold Mountain is studded with fine small moments and deft supporting performances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Hogan understands both themes, and his filmmaking style is a perfect mixture of wide-eyed wonder and slightly melancholy sophistication.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    For all its echoes of Frank Capra and Charlie Chaplin (as well as Ford), the movie is also a love letter to modern Tokyo, whose alleyways and skyscrapers are drafted with flawless precision and tinted with tenderness and warmth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The Dreamers, which is disarmingly sweet and completely enchanting, fuses sexual discovery with political tumult by means of a heady, heedless romanticism that nearly obscures the film's patient, skeptical intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    There is really no other way to categorize this splendid, crotchety artifact.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like its humor, the film's sentiment sneaks up on you, and so does the dramatic reversal that makes it something more than a collection of wry anecdotes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like most great musicals, though, this one slides, with breathtaking ease, from silliness to pathos and freely mixes exquisiteness and absurdity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Whatever your opinions about the war, the conduct of the journalists who covered it and the role of Al Jazeera in that coverage, you are likely to emerge from Control Room touched, exhilarated and a little off-balance, with your certainties scrambled and your assumptions shaken.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    This film may disappoint some dogmatic Old Hogwartsians: a few plot points have been sacrificed, and Mr. Cuarón does not seem to care much for Quidditch. But it more than compensates for these lapses with its emotional force and visual panache.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Watching The Five Obstructions is at once like witnessing two chess masters playing dominoes and like spying on a series of therapy sessions. Mr. von Trier clearly sees himself as a maniacal psychoanalyst.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like many musicals, The Blind Swordsman works better in individual scenes than as a whole. Mr. Kitano is not the most disciplined storyteller, and the plot meanders along tangents and stumbles into flashbacks, losing momentum for long stretches in the middle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like a dream within a dream. Its images and emotions are vivid, disquieting and also hermetic, and while it may frustrate your desire for clear storytelling and psychological transparency, it has an intensity that surpasses understanding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The script of Before Sunset is both rambling and self-conscious, and at times it has the self-important sound of clever writing. But though it is sometimes maddening, the movie's prodigious verbiage is also enthralling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Compassionate though it is, this is not a movie that offers much in the way of solace. It insists that there is no end to human weakness, and not much cure for it either. That's pretty strong stuff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Waugh's dialogue, effortlessly catching the lockjaw intonations and facetious mannerisms of the British aristocracy between the world wars, is a gift to screenwriters and performers alike. The actors Mr. Fry has assembled receive the gift with gusto and grace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It has a familiar, lived-in feel, and if its observations of rural life at a time of political turmoil don't feel terribly original, they are nonetheless absorbing and sometimes powerful.

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