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 Adaptation.
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,099 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The actor's (Murray) quiet, downcast presence modulates the antic busyness that encircles him, and his performance is a triumph of comic minimalism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance and greed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    An exemplary work of cinéma vérité that allows its subjects to speak for themselves, traffics neither in pity nor in political grandstanding.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Certainly the most genteel film Cronenberg has ever made, with period costumes worthy of Merchant/Ivory, no gore, and very little physical violence. But A Dangerous Method doesn't feel like a wimp-out or a sell-out at all. It's a fiercely thoughtful film, a movie of ideas that understands how powerful ideas can be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like Someone in Love is a movie that never quite lets you through to the other side of the glass, but it’s dazzling to watch whatever drifts by on the surface.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The story, to the extent that it is comprehensible, is pretentious and banal, closer to "Vanilla Sky" than "Notorious." But Mr. De Palma proves that, in the absence of insight or ideas, some amazing things are possible. It is possible, for instance, to be entranced by a movie without believing it for a second.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Strange, intense and moving -- one of the few truly grown-up movies you're likely to see this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like a film noir siren Gone Girl is beautiful, sexy, and fascinatingly mean — a nasty but estimable piece of work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    For the most part, it works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The film's best moments are the quiet ones in which Oldman's ironically named Smiley provides the story with its wise, unsmiling soul.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A wonderful movie, observant and hilarious and full of sad and beautiful truths.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    A very funny movie, alive with a sense of absurdity and human foible.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Mr. Lou synthesizes a wide range of styles and influences - from "Casablanca" to Wong Kar-wai - resulting in a movie that, for all its haunting strangeness, seems curiously familiar.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    The resulting film is moving, charming and sad, a tribute to Ms. Briski's indomitability and to the irrepressible creative spirits of the children themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    So wrenching and absorbing that you can easily lose sight of the sophistication of its techniques.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Above all else, Venus in Fur is a sharp, sexy comedy (adapted by Ives and Polanski from a translation by Abel Gerschenfeld) performed by two superb and superbly in-tune actors, and directed with a sure hand by a filmmaker who’s clearly not cowed by the challenge of blowing up a two-person chamber piece for the screen.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Like Statler and Waldorf, older viewers may kvetch and cavil about the details, but when that red velvet curtain goes up, we wouldn't give up our balcony seats for the world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    I call it wondrous because, in spite of lapses and imperfections, a few of them serious, Mr. Burton's movie succeeds in doing what far too few films aimed primarily at children even know how to attempt anymore, which is to feed - even to glut - the youthful appetite for aesthetic surprise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dana Stevens
    Leaves you with a sense of quiet, chastened grace.
    • 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
    The passions of "Plata Quemada" are as bold as the images.
    • 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.

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