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 Lost in Translation
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    [Murphy] makes a thrillingly flesh-and-blood creature of Kitten, with her yearning, her droll, self-deprecating wit, her breathless romanticism and her puckish vibrancy. It's easily the most fun bit of screen acting this year, and as rich and nuanced as the lead in any drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Beautiful, poetic, mournful, at once rich and spare, Brokeback Mountain takes a daring conceit and creates of it an overwhelming work of art that should speak to anyone capable of love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a sexy thriller, tautly constructed, deeply acted and heartfelt, despite a cool and knowing tone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    One of the most vital and strangely gripping films in recent years, a thriller more opaque, involving and realistic than just about anything that Hollywood is capable of.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Coogan makes tremendous sport of himself, taking on a role as an adulterous, vain, anxiety-riddled, alcoholic and truly comic creep. Brydon is exquisitely droll as the straight man to this ugly comedian act.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    V for Vendetta puts its ideological intent first, and happens to provide smashing entertainment only as a vehicle for delivering its message.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This isn't much of a plot, but as in the "Toy Story" films the combination of a varied cast of characters and a vision of the human world from an unlikely perspective make for consistent amusement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In a film culture in which contrived tomfoolery and overinflated emotions stifle in their effort to provide comedy and romance, something as light and precise as The Puffy Chair feels like more than an exception; it feels like fresh air.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The Queen is all-together remarkable not only for what it is but for what it isn't.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Like "In the Bedroom," the film is studded with brilliant acting, and it's all rendered with gorgeously fluent technique. The result is a film that skirts cruelty and easy satire for deep, troubling realities -- a nearly thorough triumph, in short.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It isn't in the same league as the director's best work, chiefly because it lacks the bravura flourishes of cinematic craft that helped make his name. But it's so vital and bloody and funny and wicked and tense and unapologetic that it feels kin to those films, which little of the director's work of the past decade has managed to pull off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Like "Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers," it fills in our sketchy impression of that famously reticent generation of ordinary young men who were asked by a frightened world to accomplish an extraordinary feat. In this case, the homage takes the form not of a photograph or a statue but of a deeper, more sympathetic understanding of their experience. A finer tribute is hard to imagine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A riveting and impeccably researched documentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In Volver, the latest marvel to emerge from his sharp and joyful mind, Almodovar blends autobiography, gossip, melodrama, music, the supernatural and the suffocatingly quotidian in a story about a woman -- indeed, a tribe of women -- struggling through a life of pain and disappointment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Letters isn't a fun night at the picture show. It's slow and gloomy and achingly tragic. But it's a truly impressive achievement both in moviemaking and in its understanding of history.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's the type of film that may be forgiven its imperfections when they are compared with the vastness of its accomplishments.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A man can be a treasure just as a work of art can be, and O'Toole is one of the handful of living film actors worthy of a museum of his own. Venus would make a brilliant final exhibit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Oacks more heat, acid, danger and drama into its brief running time than most films of nearly double the length.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The film combines farcical and sinister tones, as well as textures of high polish and captured-in-the-raw neorealism, and it simply brims with energy and surprises.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a wonderful debut, despite all the pain you may feel watching it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Music aside, what finally puts Once over and makes it a film you can watch more than once is its slight but thoroughly credible realism.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Hilarious. And more proof that Pixar is in a class of its own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    So good at what it does that it can exhaust you: In the later going, one big number follows on the heels of another so quickly that it feels more like an opera than a regular musical.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Cronenberg has, as Guillermo del Toro did in "Pan's Labyrinth," crafted both a drama and a fairy tale -- and he's done it in an entertainment as cracking as you could wish for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    At once spare and dense, chilly and thrilling, literate and visceral, it feeds in gray areas, teasing ambiguities and conundrums out of shadows and making strengths of inconclusiveness and uncertainty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Emotionally brutal, ferociously acted, crafted with unflagging expertise and relentlessly locked in its vision of human darkness, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is as grim and despairing as any tragedy by Sophocles or Shakespeare.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    That rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In the main this is a muscular, exact and thrillingly cool movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Mathieu Amalric, best known as an arms dealer in "Munich." In a role that strips him entirely of vanity and denies him virtually every expressive tool, Amalric makes a genuinely touching impression.

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