For 1,307 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fever Heat [re-release]
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    It's not that Hangover II is a notably bad movie. It's more that nothing in it seems to justify all the effort spent to add a new but nearly identical series of episodes to the original.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    It's lovely, truly, but so heavy-handed and slipshod that it's probably best enjoyed with the sound off -- an option they're not likely to offer at the movie theater.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    A breezy, dumb and lightweight film that has the benefit of not trying terribly hard to be about much of anything and succeeding (bravo?).
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Remove the razzle-dazzle provided by Azaria, Hoffman, Baldwin, the gross jokes and that ferret, and you wind up with a pretty dull and ordinary face.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    Although there is some gimmickry, this is one of the most straightforward versions of the Tempest ever filmed, making it edifying as well as -- when Taymor hits a groove -- dazzling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    For a Hollywood studio movie, you see, The Mexican is remarkably strange and eccentric with a plot like a wrinkled bed sheet and a black comic sensibility that consistently swerves away from the cliches that have been established in this Age of Tarantino.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A stultifying bore.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It's not that The Beach is a stinker, exactly. It's that nothing in it -- and that includes the gifted DiCaprio -- ever feels other than perfunctory.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Miscast, clumsily staged and ideologically wobbly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Affleck is in the middle, engaging in derring-do, pitching woo to Uma Thurman and making the whole thing come off as less exciting than it should have been.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Deeply phony, strangely static, disengaged, flaccid and, quite often, silly, it’s a film that tries to bully you into emotions with flourishes of music, contorted camera angles, screams of special effects, smears of gore, and earnest close-ups of its woefully miscast star.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Tt is a comeback, and if it leads the director to better work, it can be forgiven as a warm-up.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    As someone new to the material, I found Jackson’s film soulful, respectful, masterful, horrifying, rending and emotionally true. It may not be the Lovely Bones that you have in mind, but it’s a fine and powerful one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    At 80 minutes, it feels truncated and abandoned -- a sketch of a comic thriller rather than the real thing.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    You're likelier to shrink in astonished horror from it than laugh.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Not a great movie -- not even a great sci-fi action movie based on toys. But it is brisk and eye-catching, it builds to a truly impressive action set piece, and it's the most fully-realized 3D film since "Avatar."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    When Bekmambetov is in full stride and the gore, oaths and silver bullets are flying, it's a kick. The title may sound like a joke, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is serious fun.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    As a director, Hanks makes some nice choices (Larry Crowne lives in a very naturally integrated suburb, for one) but there's little in the film that doesn't feel made-for-TV.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Awfully sloppy entertainment, built on a script with only a glancing acquaintance with logic, filled with uneven performances and staged with a near-amateur touch for comedy.
    • 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. . . .
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    The trouble is that the film forsakes one sort of energy for another, and the downshift is a drag.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    A frustrating combination of inspiration and routine, acuity and dullness, originality and fashion. Part web-of-life indie film, part troubled teen drama, part suburban satire, part comic book fantasy, it vacillates between the engaging and the silly, buoyed by energetic performances but pulled underwater by self-satisfied writing and direction.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    While the plot of The Hunted is tiresome and the character development is phlegmatic, the picture holds fascination in its determination to trim away chat and guff and focus on tempo and filmic textures.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Tired, clumsy and appallingly ugly to look at.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    A slick and exciting film
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    If all you care about is bang-bang, then Act of Valor should satisfy you. But if all you care about is bang-bang, then you're invalidating the very reason the actual SEALS appear in this film: to put a human face on their dangerous work.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    The film is shot (by Dan Lausten) with a credible creepiness, and it teems with clever touches. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    There are bits of this film that titillate, undeniably, but mainly you wait for the comic to bring out the big guns, and then he leaves you feeling more teased than tickled.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Takes a fabulous idea and overplays it, making an average picture out of some truly extraordinary material.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    It adds up to a truly taxing couple of hours: ham acting, visual noise, aural torture, elementary plotting and unconvincing emotions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    It's alternately mind-boggling and patience-testing, mixing astounding sequences of over-the-top invention with scenes of inept acting and indifferent filmmaking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A carnival of stupid coincidences, paper-thin characterizations, and inept staging, lighting and montage.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 40 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Something of an unforgettable experience.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    To be fair, there are moments when the film seems better than, finally, it is.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    It all passes quickly, as far as that goes, but when it’s over it passes entirely. And something that sells for a premium price ought to linger.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Has enough kicks and verve to keep the winter blues at bay, at least for a little while.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    A genial and watchable film.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A dreary, overlong and occasionally laughable classical epic about the great Macedonian world conqueror, it's guilty of a sin that no Stone film has ever committed: It's boring.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Like a dog walking on its hind legs across a freshly waxed floor -- awkward, slow, deliberate, seeking approval -- the action thriller Reign of Fire gets from start to finish, somehow, without tumbling into complete disaster.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    Pretty much the worst recent example of a genre.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    It's deeply ordinary, depressingly shabby stuff.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A story that would be charming if recited at the dinner table tries to carry a feature film, and it's not even close to the task. The result is screamingly bad.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    A nitwit story about a nitwit author who has written a nitwit novel about a nitwit author who has published a nitwit novel which, in fact, he has stolen wholecloth from another writer whose personal behavior, as fictionalized in the novel-within-the-novel-within-the-film, can charitably be described as...nitwit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Better luck trying to find out what truly happened to the real Earhart than trying to diagnose all that's wrong with this hapless film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    In Be Cool, a wonderful cast essays a lively script and manages to make a decent film out of it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Drowns in flat, clumsy and obvious direction.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    The problem is that so little in this version of All the King's Men speaks to the here and now or even speaks clearly. It feels like a repertory exercise -- and not a very successful one at that.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    A sequel that never rises to the giddy pitches of skewed humor that the original managed to toss off with such unexpected glee.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    The effect is to turn a brain-optional shoot-'em-up into a military recruiting commercial, which may not be an accident.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Filled with energy and visual pizzazz and at least strives for something more than dumb entertainment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    The nearest thing to W. E. is Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," which tried to make a sympathetic victim of another of history's most notorious royal wives.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The liveliest thing here is the keen sense of regret you feel at seeing two TV icons reduced to supporting characters in a lame movie that trades on their good names.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    Never dull visually, but it's certainly monomaniacal and heartless thematically.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    In I'm Reed Fish, Jay Baruchel is cast as a leading man with two attractive girlfriends, and, sorry, I'm frankly more prepared to accept Stephen Hawking as an action hero.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    The man has gifts -- but acting and, it's increasingly clear, storytelling aren't among them.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    It may be mindless and sexless and humorless, but Jumper jumps.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    The stifling piety of this film -- which regards anything old and vaguely arty as next to sacred -- needs some serious airing out.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    There are a few chuckles, a few head-scratches and, thankfully, very few missteps. It charms.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Seeing Hitman isn't like playing a video game or even like watching someone else play a video game. It's like watching someone stupid play a bad video game.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    It's a handsome film, but the pace is continually gummy and the set-ups stiff and artificial. Most crucially, nothing in it vanquishes the sensation that we're being sold something superfluous -- like a service contract for a carton of eggs.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Dazzling to look at but dreadful to listen to, the film is a tug-of-war of coolness and dreck.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A terrible, terrible movie. Its creators have a swell idea at the core, a wonderful leading lady, and several stalwart comic players in support, and they make of all of that a picture with the wit of an armpit fart, the verve of a boxwood shrub, and the appeal of a long night in an ER waiting room.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Suffers from sludgy pacing, flat writing and acting, and a strange and puzzling fondness for scatology and coarse language.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Think of the worst Spielberg thriller or one of Hitchcock's dull late career works, then make it ugly and fill it with bad performances; voila: The Happening.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Does nothing right and, blessedly, vanishes swiftly like the aroma of a nasty belch.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    It's peppy and cheesy and filled with life and humor in just the way, you imagine, that Susann might have enjoyed.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    All in all, it's hard to dispute that House of D declares its own worth on arrival.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    It's a film that's at once too much and not enough, laughable and groovy, dead serious and a total joke. And I mean no disrespect by any of that.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Director Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers") will never be mistaken for an artist. But he's competent with crude humor and manages to balance affectionate parody and rote imitation.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    The film is nothing much to look at and has trouble swallowing its own clichs and implausibilities.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    This one is shot, recorded and edited without so much as a pinch of craft -- it's one of the ugliest big studio films in a long while.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    This one's painful.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    Price of Glory won't make anyone forget "Raging Bull" or "Rocky."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    fFat, dull drag.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    It's fitting that Black Knight, the new time-travel movie with Martin Lawrence, should arrive at the start of the Christmas season, because the season gives us the perfect word to describe it: humbug.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Its breeziness keeps it from ever being completely bland or flat.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Tends to beat some plain unfunny material to death.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    It's hooey, but it's hooey that picks up in the second half, not exactly redeeming itself but fitfully engaging.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 31 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Isn't a particularly good movie if what interests you is the art of film -- cinematography, editing, screenwriting, staging, little things like that. But if you're chiefly interested in turning off the upstairs lights and relaxing with a few laughs, you could do a lot worse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The Road walks a tremendously daring and delicate line between inspiration and horror, and it does so not only in the events it depicts but in its very air and atmosphere. It was unforgettable on the page, and it impresses equally, or at least it does so remarkably often, on screen.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    In the end, the intelligence of the dialogue and crack acting are wrestled to the ground by the zealous politics, the formulaic narrative and a wan and flaccid air unusual from the reliably nifty Parker.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Washington can't save a picture that spends so much time worrying about a heart that it loses its head.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    It's as sullying and disheartening an experience as the movies can offer .
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    A movie so lame that Keanu Reeves lends it gravity with his mere presence.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Had Williams chopped away more pointedly at the rambling script, he might've had something memorable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Few movies feel quite so perfunctory or needless or pointless as this one.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    In a way, it's perfect: You can't imagine anyone seeing this mess and not feeling lesser for the experience.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Shawn Levy
    You still marvel at the visuals -- cinematographer M. David Mullen has done miracles with what must have been a microscopic budget -- but you're less invested in the tale. Which is a pity, because it might have been a perfect little potboiler. As it stands, it's merely pretty darned good of its type.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    This isn't an ordinary film built on a remarkable performance; it's a poor one with a gem at its core. Penn can elevate it to mediocrity, but he cannot make it fly.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    Less and less a skillfully creepy B-movie and more and more a plea for ecumenical reform.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    As the struggle toward something new and different overwhelms the film, it becomes less and less human, less and less funny and less and less worth the effort to meet it on its own terms.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    Freddie Prinze Jr. gives cute a bad name.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 27 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    If the new I-wanna-be-a-stewardess picture View From the Top were an airplane, it would blow up on takeoff. If it were an airline meal, it would infect you with E. coli. If it were a parachute, it would be riddled with holes.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    The comic moments are fewer, flatter and far, far less welcome.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A movie built on one joke -- an old one -- and an incoherent, even idiotic plot.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    A resolutely awful film, it makes you want to swear off sex, comedy, Rupert Everett movies, flowers, yoga, children, roast beef -- many of the best things in life, in fact.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A nitwit script, full of pedestrian dialogue and building to a laughable climax, dooms the picture.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    If the film doesn't touch the original, it doesn't hit rock bottom, either.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A special-effects-and-chase-to-the-death movie, with little special about it.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 23 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    As to claims that the book provides a path to enlightenment, I'm an agnostic. But I can swear on a stack of ancient scrolls that the movie plays like 90-odd minutes of purgatory from which you feel you may never escape.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    A vile, stupid and ugly movie lacking utterly in pep, thrills, humor, finesse or morals, a dissipating waste of time, money and human resources.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 19 Metascore
    • 58 Shawn Levy
    Myers' Cat, with a voice that crosses Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion with Mel Blanc's Bugs Bunny, is generally fun, possessed of an anarchic playfulness that balances his sometimes bawdy tendencies.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    An ugly and insipid film.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A forehead-poundingly bad picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 15 Metascore
    • 67 Shawn Levy
    There are moments of pleasure, humor and, yes, terror to be had here all the same.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    A movie of such rank stupidity and appalling taste.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    A ghastly, unappealing mess that lacks a single absorbing character, engaging story line or entertaining snippet of dialogue.
    • Portland Oregonian

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