For 1,302 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Watching this tender little movie with its teasing humor, its deeply felt performances and its focus on slight moments rather than gigantic sea changes is like hearing a tasteful sonata instead of the usual vulgar symphony that the cinema offers up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The exquisitely exact photography and sound design represent the highest level of craft of Van Sant's career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a wonderfully crafted work, handsome, lively, stirring and utterly convincing in its depiction of the perils and thrills of sea life. But I'm not sure that my personal enthusiasm for it will translate entirely for viewers whose favorite movie about the high seas is, for perfectly good reasons, "Pirates of the Caribbean."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This is harsh and acid stuff, but it's exhilarating on a number of counts. For one thing, Jenkins moves with real authority between scenes of low life, tender intimacy and gripping violence; made on the cheap, her film has the iron certainty of the best art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Gorgeous and saddening, Osama makes the human-scale claim for the overthrow of governments ruled by the iron hand of religious fundamentalism far more persuasively than any of the rhetoric coming out of the White House or No. 10 Downing St.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This is a first-class film that will appeal to anyone who wants to see a plausible, witty, absorbing human story told well -- indeed, told gorgeously.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Adventuresome, melancholy and exhilarating.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Gets under your skin without you quite being able to say when or how. It has the tact to let you draw yourself in to it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A unique and masterful film, filled with surprises and felicities and moments of transporting visual power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The Aviator, though, if not prime Scorsese, is the closest thing in a long time to the old Scorsese. What a splendid year-end gift!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An unforgettable movie with a message that is likely to add wrinkles to your conception of what it means to be a good steward of the Earth.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Moves at a stately pace; it's a long film, to boot. But there's real drama and pathos in the story, in the blend of matter-of-factness and potential catastrophe, in the depiction of innocence imperiled.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    One of the most alluring and bizarre shapes that Godard's itchy search for truth and meaning took in those heady long-ago days. In comparison, most Hollywood movies are like tiddlywinks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Some things in Sin City are almost too much to watch: the violence, the cruelty, the irredeemable evil. But it's irresistibly magnetic because it serves as a barely distorted mirror to our world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a visual feast that only a crack director could provide, and it's mounted within a story and setting that, played utterly straight, might still have made a good movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The darkest, most operatic, and technologically richest "Star Wars" movie to date, "Sith" is grim, stirring entertainment and a nearly complete vindication of everything its creator has been saying for six years about where the series was heading and what its final shape would be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's witty, gripping good fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The film that results from Jacquet's application is gorgeous and even inspiring, a tale of loyalty hard-tested and hard-earned, a sumptuous travelogue, and a reminder that some of the critters with whom we share the planet are, in ways, as complex in their feelings as any human being.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Malle, only 25 when the film was released, bounces confidently among several threads -- classic French policier, juvenile delinquent film, doomy tale of tragic love, clock-ticking thriller.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's not orthodox Dahl but it's pure Burton, and, as it's been such a very long time since moviegoers have been afforded that particular treat, it's entirely welcome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In the wake of everything we've seen on TV and in movies in recent decades, it's amazing that something as harmless as language can still stupefy us. As The Aristocrats demonstrates, there is real humor in the confrontation of taboos.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An engaging exercise in mature poignancy, existential consciousness and deadpan drollery, Broken Flowers is a return by Jarmusch to the road movie structure of such films as "Stranger Than Paradise," "Night on Earth" and "Dead Man."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    One of those undeniably beautiful things. The film is, in fact, an encyclopedia of beauty -- the beauty of desire, the beauty of nostalgia, the beauty of music and clothing and smoke and pain, and, chiefly, the beauty of women.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Beautifully shot and cut, written with a visceral aversion to cliche, deftly skirting sentimentality, sensationalism and simplicity, it continually surprises, engages and satisfies. For a small, unheralded film, it's a knockout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Reigns as the most assured, provocative film so far this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's Cronenberg's most mainstream work, and yet it has all the power of his creepiest nightmares.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    If you think the "Star Wars" prequels are a disease, then Serenity is the cure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An utterly convincing portrait of the sort of person willing to strap ordnance to himself and decimate scores of strangers in pursuit of his religious and political ideals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A mature, tense, frightening and altogether masterful film.

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