For 777 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dana Stevens' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Mighty Wind
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 777
777 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    "For my vision of the cinema," Orson Welles once said, "editing is not simply one aspect. It is the aspect." According to Edge Codes.com, a wonderfully informative new documentary, what was true for Welles's cinema is true for the medium as a whole.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    At first House of Sand may seem like a stark tale of survival, but a surprisingly lush and colorful romance blossoms in its bleak and gorgeous desert setting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Given the event's size and complexity, it is perhaps inevitable that this documentary feels haphazard and superficial, more tourist's photo album than analysis. Still, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Both sweet and stringent, attuned to the wonders of childhood as well as its cruelty and terror.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    It is fascinating without being especially illuminating, and it holds your attention for its very long running time without delivering much dramatic or emotional satisfaction in the end.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    As he (Allen) interweaves two versions of the Melinda story, one meant to be bathed in pathos, the other sprinkled with whimsy, it becomes apparent that his notions of comedy and tragedy do not quite correspond either to scholarly dogma or to everyday usage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Omarova has a painter's eye for composition and a novelist's sense of character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Beauty Shop extends the popular "Barbershop" franchise to Atlanta and provides a sassy feminine counterpart to its cozy men's-club vibe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    A tour de force of grime, fluorescence and destinationless velocity, is more concerned with atmosphere than meaning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    For all its punches, kicks, whacks and thumps, the movie does not have much impact, and for all its affectionate nostalgia, it produces a strange kind of amnesia. It knocks the sense right out of your head, and its own as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Agrelo and Ms. Sewell deserve praise for discovering and illuminating this delightful corner of an educational system that is often portrayed in the grimmest terms, but their execution falls a bit short.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Succeeds in illuminating an almost unimaginably dark story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Café Lumière stands in relation to "Tokyo Story" as a faint, diminished echo. It is nonetheless a fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    This warm, sorrowful film plays like a downbeat variation on an old World War II picture from Hollywood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Indeed, the movie sometimes has trouble living up to the richness of its subject, or keeping up with the dances' rapid spread and evolution.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Ms. Giocante's intoxicating mixture of gamine innocence and womanly knowingness is almost too much for the movie - Lila is surely too much for Chimo - but her charisma, and Mr. Doueiri's insouciant, heart-on-the-sleeve style give it a mood that is at once breathlessly romantic and cannily down to earth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    More history lesson than dirt-digging expedition, and makes illuminating viewing for anyone curious about how the movies get made - information that is sometimes more interesting than the movies themselves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Acting is not really the point of this movie, which seems to arise above all from Mr. Spielberg's desire to reaffirm that he is, along with everything else, a master of pure action filmmaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    It is hard not to admire the independence and ambition of The Beautiful Country, even if the film does fall short of its epic intentions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Glossy, witty eye candy with some moderately chewy stuff in the middle. This lavish, exhaustingly kinetic film is smarter than you might expect, and at the same time dumber than it could be. It's an impressive product: a triumph of cloning that almost convinces you that it possesses a soul.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Dai Sijie's tender, touching adaptation of his own novel of the same title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    The mixture of old-fashioned themes with newfangled techniques makes The Greatest Game Ever Played a canny piece of feel-good entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Land of Plenty, is like a clumsy, well-meaning intervention in a family quarrel. Mr. Wenders may not have the power to heal the rifts his movie acknowledges - and his account of them may not always be persuasive - but there is nonetheless something touching about his heartfelt concern.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    At times Good Morning, Night feels as claustrophobic as the apartment itself, and you may feel that the director is handling his volatile material with a bit too much delicacy. But the movie's atmosphere is a curious mixture of obliqueness and intensity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Often dramatically jumbled and musically muddled - but every time the film seemed ready to tip into awfulness, the sneer on my lips was trumped by the lump in my throat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    Transamerica itself does not always live up to its star, but it is touching and sometimes funny, despite its overall air of indie earnestness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    In any case, what is on screen is a delightful respite from awards-season seriousness - a feather film, you might say, that actually tickles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    The faces of the stars glow with life, which makes you all the more grateful that this, their only film together, has come back.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    The film chronicles an astonishing career...Mr. Van Peebles is that rarest of modern creatures: a free man.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dana Stevens
    This absorbing documentary, the first directed by Sydney Pollack, is a modest undertaking, offering glimpses of the architect and his work rather than a full-scale portrait or catalogue raisonné.