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

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 La Dolce Vita (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A stylish and unnerving thriller that sucks you into surreal scenes of horror with the chilly confidence of a nightmare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A sweet and wise little film.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Even as Inarritu has matured as a craftsman, he has stood perhaps one beat too long in the same place as a storyteller. In ways, Babel is his best work, but it's time to move on.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It doesn't break ground like "Seven" or "Fight Club"; it's not a thrill ride like "Panic Room." But it's a mature, thoughtful and full-bodied movie that compensates for the demands it makes with the rewards of craftsmanship, rigor, skill and art.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Having heard tell of its wonders for decades, I found the actual movie less transporting than I'd been led to expect. It's clearly a brilliant debut.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    I give the slight edge to the first movie because I prefer Boyle's craft to Fresnadillo's, but the action is more intense here, and I greeted the thought of a third film -- virtually assured in the closing shots -- with a little yip of "Yes!" Likely you will, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    This much is guaranteed: You won't leave thinking you've seen the like before.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Plotwise, the film seems actually designed to repel logic, almost a parody of a spy film. But it's played with such verve and dash and confident flair that you'll have a grand time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Alas, while the verbiage bubbles, the plot slogs. You feel that there's a big pile of deleted scenes waiting to appear on the DVD -- and that a good bit of what's here should have joined it. Funny is good, but it requires sharp if it's to rise to true greatness.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    There's drama here, and moments of genuine tension, but there's fun, too, which is the point of a movie like this. To Ratliff's credit, he never lets the considerable craft get in the way.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Feels like a lost film from the '60s in the very best way: unstructured and intrepid and free. As a result, it's sometimes a little indulgent and overlong. But, like its hero, it's never less than sincere in its search for truth and beauty, even as it stares death in the eye.