For 1,113 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Lowest review score: 0 State Property
Score distribution:
1,113 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    With a woman-with THIS woman-all the invincible-spy clichés feel fresh and fun again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A package of cinematic Pop Rocks, a neon-hued, defiantly non-nutritive confection that nonetheless makes you laugh at its sheer bold novelty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Soul Kitchen is sprawling, undisciplined, raucous, occasionally crass-and so full of life you forgive it everything.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    If you're willing to let go of your Hollywood-bred expectations for a movie of this type-spectacular action set pieces, constant pulse-pounding music, a killing every 15 minutes-The American is a great pleasure to watch, an astringent antidote to the loud, frantic action movies that have been clogging our veins all summer.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The Social Network wants to be a social satire, a miniaturist comedy of manners, and a Greek tragedy; it bites off a lot, at times more than it can chew. But even the unmasticated morsels are pretty tasty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    This installment is all about the grown-up kids. The three young leads - especially Emma Watson, who can do more with a still face than any actress her age - are all terrific
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The very existence of Four Lions is an act of audacity; the fact that it's also smart, humane, and frequently hilarious is nothing short of a miracle.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Feels fresh and satisfying. Maybe it's the presence of Jason Statham, the British action star who has a physicality like no other actor out there right now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Fukunaga's vision of Jane Eyre is refreshingly un-Gothic. Though all the story elements are in place for a thunder-on-the-moors-style gloomfest (and though there are, in fact, several thunderstorms on moors), this film is low on Romantic atmospherics and flooded with natural light.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Certified Copy isn't the masterpiece that "Close-Up" was, but it lures the viewer into a comparably labyrinthine thicket of fakeouts, doubles, and assumed identities. If you like movies that induce a pleasurable state of vertigo, this is one of the great discoveries of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    This is a grippingly original work, with gorgeous cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt, and the first hour or more achieves something like greatness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Submarine isn't a perfect film, but it's a terrific first one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It's always hard to predict how a work of art will age over time, but I have the feeling that, like its three young leads, the Harry Potter series will turn out just fine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Tabloid is the perfect movie for that night when you can't decide whether to see something low- or highbrow. It's seamlessly and satisfyingly both.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Captain America isn't a masterpiece, but it's a solidly crafted, elegant adventure movie that held my attention from start to finish and sent me out into the street energized instead of enervated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Whereas the original was a work of speculative science fiction - a chin-stroking fable about evolution in the nuclear age - this revisiting of the Planet of the Apes myth is an animal-rights manifesto disguised as a prison-break movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Though both highly stylized and highly stylish, Drive isn't hurting for substance. It has rich, complex characters and a storyline that's both emotionally engaging and almost sickeningly suspenseful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    It's to the director's credit, and Pitt's, that Moneyball is anything but bloodless - in its own quiet, unspectacular way, this movie courses with life.

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