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 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
1305 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Thirty-five years since its debut, The Conformist is still a stunning, challenging, transporting film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a celebration of American female screen acting, it's a study of early feminism that feels relevant today, it's a carefully mounted exercise in period filmmaking and it's a beloved novel come to life for the fourth time. [23 Dec 1994]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A near-perfect movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The timing and cutting of the film are terrific, the build-up to an absurdly hilarious climax is just right, and the performances are near perfect.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It is affecting, accomplished, witty, poignant and memorable.... Unstrung Heroes is one of the year's best films. [22 Sep 1995]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A stunning film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Almost more valuable as a piece of foreign policy than as the highly accomplished work of cinema it is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Eastwood has crafted one of the most powerful American dramas in years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A spell-binding, engaging and often breathtaking work in which exquisite sets, costumes, photography and music combine with top-notch acting and out-of-this-world fighting scenes.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    This edition -- clean and tight as Scott would have it -- presents a strong case for Alien as both the greatest horror film and the greatest science-fiction film ever made.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Ran
    In many respects, it's Kurosawa's most sumptuous film, a feast of color, motion and sound: Considering that its brethren include "Kagemusha," "The Seven Samurai" and "Dersu Uzala," the achievement is extraordinary. [01 Dec 2000, p.26]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The animation is even more mind-blowing, if that's possible. The characters and objects seem even more palpable and real than last time. There's a thickness to bodies of the human characters and an amazing attention to detail throughout.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Films don't get more essential than this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's so full-blooded, smart, sexy, tense and absorbing, so cleverly written and shot and cut, so filled with superb acting and music, so perfect in its closing moment, that it surely ranks with the most impressive debuts in world cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    About as good a movie as you could have hoped for. Really good. Hole-in-one good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Demanding, harrowing and very, very real. You won't shake its impact easily.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Not a masterpiece, but still fabulous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    We've seen documentaries with more daring themes, greater drama, sharper craft and timelier subject matter. But few have been as affecting as The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    An exhilarating slap in the face, bracing and sexy, smart and visceral, stylish and raw -- the advent of a fabulously exciting new moviemaking talent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Not only does this film make you think, it makes you want to think. Few films -- few works of art of any stripe -- can claim that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The result is a film that outrages and fills the viewer with poetry that's at once epic and intimate, scandalizing and life-affirming -- a real work of art.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's hard to recall the last time a big-ticket summer movie delivered so fully on its promise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Heart of Gold feels like an ample slice of the real America, the one truly worth caring for. And it's such a rare thing in this benighted age that the simple clarity with which it's presented feels like nothing less than a miracle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    I am here to tell you that Greengrass has fashioned one of the most powerful films I have ever seen, and that watching it makes you value your loved ones and your privileges more, perhaps, than you ever have. He has made a film that makes you feel, makes you think and makes you want to connect. And that, finally, might be the greatest thing that art can do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's quite possible that Titanic is one of the greatest romantic epics ever filmed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The film reveals itself to be not so much a historical allegory as an Iliad of the heart. It's sad and smart and beautiful and true.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Brimming with bittersweet wit and emotion and built with deceptively fluent craft.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    One of the most joyous, diverting and original mainstream American movies in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    One of the best films ever made in this country, filled with our proudest national virtues, cognizant of our deeply rooted human weaknesses and frighteningly able to evoke emotions.

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