For 1,305 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 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 2
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
1305 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It's possible to be dazzled by a movie and still not like it very much.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Clumsiness follows clumsiness -- the acting, the staging, the details of the plot -- until you reach the point of cool indifference. There's a lot more wrong here than can be corrected in a small space in the newspaper.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    The pleasures of Buffalo Soldiers mainly come early on, before the film becomes a sloppy mixture of tones and story lines. Afterward, you're left mainly puzzled and looking for a way to wash a bitter aftertaste out of your mouth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It's ambitious, sharply observed and spectacularly well-acted like so much of Sayles' canon. But it's also overstuffed and underdeveloped.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It's a little depressing to see such a thrilling talent deployed in such an ordinary and sordid movie. Training Day isn't awful, but it's absolutely nothing special.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    The film features some fine performances and explores an intriguing set of themes, but it fails to ever take life, causing its laudable message to fall on deadened ears. [12 Oct 1993, p.C1]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It's so by-the-numbers and clumsy that it will only appeal to that little sect that's managed to wear out their "Evil Dead," "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" DVDs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    For the most part it's a completely ordinary, completely familiar, professionally executed film. Nothing truly awful, but nothing unexpected, either.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    How the mighty (De Niro and Hoffman) have fallen? More like how the mighty have pile-driven themselves into the solid mass of rock at the core of the Earth. . . .
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The opportunity to give Jolie the room to swagger like the "Charlie's Angels" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ladies is utterly squandered, and a video game franchise that might've resulted in a hoot of a film -- has been blown to dust.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The film, bleeding its central character of all shades but black and darkest gray, fails as both biographical chronicle and filmed narrative.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The stories don't resonate, the film has a drab look and feel, and it lacks the passionate zing with which the least of Almodovar's works teems.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The film is as one-sided and overstacked as anything her prosecutors dreamed up. And the craft of the thing is so pedestrian as to crawl.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A murky, turgid work that is no doubt exactly the film Malkovich wished to make but is so indirect and affected as to border on incoherent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    To be fair, the film is trash and doesn't aspire to very much, but it's bad trash -- inept -- and that really isn't forgivable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Suffers by invoking better films about similar themes.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The few chuckles the film affords come early, and too often the script desperately tries to repeat them. By the end, it's not funny or happy -- just over. And you're glad for it, the one true emotion you feel in the whole two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    For all its bells and whistles, only when it lingers on Jones' dry wit and pained, rheumy eyes does this film about aliens ever seem alive, let alone human.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    You need to accept the fact that practically everyone in the picture, particularly the leading lady, is a boneheaded nitwit.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's exactly the film Jarmusch wanted to make, but it's also smug, excruciating, borderline pointless. You could call it a deliberate effort to invert the conventions of the thriller; you could also call it, more rightly, a self-deluded disaster.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Among the things made vividly clear here is that Jeremy cannot act.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Isn't sexy, funny, smart or fun.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Befitting a film about Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven is dark and grisly and ghoulish. But it also has qualities that Poe's work never does: It's dull and mechanical and, most of all, phony.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Far too often, the film has to submit to the inevitable and stop so that Affleck can struggle like a yoga student to bend his face into a human emotion. He even cries. So might you.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Brainless, witless, inept, ugly and crude,
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Time to retire OSS 117's license to kill before any more innocent people suffer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Toothless, limp and clumsy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Here the homages/critiques of old craft and form are often laughably mangled, and nothing sexy, profound or illuminating results. For all its prettiness, it's the sort of picture that gives the arthouse a bad name.

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