For 1,306 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
1306 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Bad Education, in this light, is Almodovar's "8-1/2" or "Day for Night," a lens through which all of his movies appear as a seamless whole. It's not the story of his actual life but, more excitingly, the deft, witty, bittersweet story of the life of his art.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It is a pure, streamlined delight, the advent of a talent with no exact equal in modern film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    As a fable, The City of Lost Children may not have a resonantly significant moral, but as a film, it is without a doubt the most incredible thing that the cinema has brought us this year. [22 Dec 1995]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    From the acting to the special effects to the landscapes to the cinematography, editing and music, to the details of decor, wardrobe and armaments, we never once feel that we are in anything but the hands of an absolute master of the medium.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It is, in its quiet, precise, classical way, nearly perfect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The film, built around McKellen's magnificent performance, is a sleek and deceptively artful work, a bio-pic that manages to encompass the whole of a man's rich life by concentrating solely on the final months of it.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a teeming, steaming, bubbling stew, a tremendous good time, a rich entertainment and a heck of a lesson in music, human etiquette and the politics of making it (or not) in show biz.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It has the feel of something slaved over lovingly in merry isolation, and it is virtually the only thing I've seen this year that conveys in the viewing the obvious enjoyment its makers had in whipping it up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    In absorbing drama and staggering emotions, it renders an issue too often seen as black or white in heartbreaking gray.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Shot to shot, scene to scene, The Social Network nearly never puts a foot wrong or, really, does anything to make you feel less than compelled.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    One of the greatest films about the civilian experience of war ever made anywhere.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A gorgeous, engrossing, utterly alien and fresh movie that has the human truth and impact of classic Greek myth and the overwhelming beauty and mastery of the greatest epic films.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Audacious, gorgeous and unique.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Teems with pot smoke, body parts and profane outbursts -- you ride a giggly wave throughout, jokes and turn-ons and shocking sights alternating in buoyant fashion.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    In exchange for a small piece of your life, you receive an infinity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a bento box of shifts, feints, hints and small, sharp insights, built around a surprisingly deep core of feeling. And it confirms Coppola as an artist to watch and relish.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A truly powerful, masterful work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek acquaintance with the great works of modern times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Far From Heaven would have been one of the great American films of the '50s; it is certainly the finest American melodrama of our time.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    The protagonists have subsumed their identities to the collective, and they rise and fall in their hearts as the collective prospers or suffers. Their effort is absurd, but their intent is pure. Watching it evokes a combination of pity for their naive idealism and awe at Melville's uncanny brilliance.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Miyazaki is a genius, and this film is a masterpiece; go see it.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a purely winning film.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Movies don't get any more real than this.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    Fight Club -- cue the blurb machine -- is a knockout.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    This is an awesome performance in an outstanding film, a film worthy, if you can imagine, of the book at its heart.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    But the human elements -- jealousy, anger, weakness, fortitude, loyalty, vengeance and honor, all acted out by a resolutely realistic cast -- make the movie extraordinary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    It's a triumph of the film that it manages to make Jeffrey Dahmer a human being -- at least a member of the species -- without ever bending toward empathy with or excuses for him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    If Leo's situation seems like a typical opening gambit by the director of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", little else in this tight, quiet, razor-sharp film will feel familiar. [12 Apr 1996]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Shawn Levy
    A masterfully varied set of images, paces and moods.

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