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 11.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Wonder Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Gosling, who was amazing in "The Believer" but hasn't yet connected substantially with a big audience, continues to impress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    While Coulter and company try gamely to forge two powerful stories, they manage, finally, about one-and-a-half -- which is a lot more than most films, and for which moviegoers should be grateful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A revealing, compelling, scabrous and funny look into a system characterized by through-the-looking-glass logic and Kremlin-style secrecy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    This fascinating and occasionally transporting film never quite transforms into something really great.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    As slapstick, as satire, as sheer gut-busting comedy, Borat is top notch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's not life-changing stuff, but it's brisk and clever and funny and avoids some of the predictable pitfalls that hobble so many films of its ilk.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The film is like a lot like Effie: It occasionally vexes or disappoints, but -- I am telling you -- it dazzles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    That it's based on a true spying case seems almost incidental. The heart of the picture is the human drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Within this simple structure, Panahi manages at once to celebrate and critique his nation's passions, sexual politics, sporting heritage, laws, morality and class system. It's a fictional feature but, like many Iranian films, it feels uncannily real, particularly in its final rousing minutes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's smashing fun, nonetheless, made with razor wit and continual invention and far, far fresher than not only Hollywood buddy-cop movies but also Hollywood's own spoofs of them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Zoo
    The result is an immersive experience that never forgets the basic facts of the story but attempts with a level head and open mind to understand how in the world it might happen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The most striking thing about it is what it's not...a richly atmospheric film that races surefootedly through complexities of data and emotion like a spy movie and not at all like a sentimental sob story.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Funny and appalling, doting and possessive, petty and selfless, raunchy and righteous, Jeannie is the pivot of the charming, garish, somewhat overwritten Australian comedy Introducing the Dwights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a remarkably sure-handed film, taking us with Shaun on a journey through alienation, anger, trepidation, ebullience and fear.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A fine and sturdy picture, capable of standing alongside the many such films made when Westerns were one of our chief entertainments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It ends on a random note, making an awkward plea for better ecological stewardship of the Earth, which looked so small and frail to the astronauts regarding it from the moon. But otherwise it's a satisfying and heartening reminder of what a glorious thing a small group of men once contrived to do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Transcends politics and forces us to consider just what it is we ask of young people who answer the call to duty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The film is somewhat scattered in construction, but it's an eye-opener.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Mournful and moody, crepuscular and poetic, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford turns one of cinema's most rehearsed tales into a dreamy inquiry into the nature of sadism, hero-worship and betrayal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A fascinating and frustrating film in turns, created out of scorching passions and built around a fascinating performance but rambling and choppy in the telling. It can overwhelm you and puzzle and repel you, sometimes within moments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Like a picture postcard vision of his life and work: absolutely accurate as far as it goes but not too keen on looking too close for fear of uncovering anything untoward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The longer it goes on, the less your mind settles. You may not believe in a hell in which a lake of fire rages, but we live in a nation and at a time when many people have little lakes of fire in their heads and hearts. Kaye is determined that we never forget that truth or its price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The result is a true conundrum: You can't say for sure if a scam is in play or if a genuine genius is being smeared. And the brilliance of the film is that it doesn't let you feel secure in choosing either side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Can a movie about such a fellow and such a fate be lovely? And can it uplift? Control is and, in its artfulness, does.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a fine debut, far more grounded, plausible and engrossing than most Hollywood thrillers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    This impressive film feels more like a display, if an often dazzling one, than a genuine experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The film always teaches and entertains in equal, ample measure. It's a treat -- and it's good for you.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    For the record, it's truly puzzling that this film has been rated PG-13; it's much stronger than that. The monsters of "Beowulf" have haunted human imagination for more than a millennium; the ones in this film will easily provoke a few nightmares.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A clever and affecting thriller/comedy about a subject that absolutely cannot be written about in a daily newspaper or website that's for a general audience. The film is a giddy pastiche of styles -- slasher picture, faith film, social satire, teen romp, '50s atom bomb monster movie -- and it makes you laugh and squirm and grin in appreciation.