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 The Limey
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    In the main, this is powerful and comely filmmaking, and the decision to shoot it with virtually unknown actors and a variety of unfamiliar tongues is commendable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You don't often hear critics gripe that a movie isn't long or explicit enough, but Sorkin and Nichols could have gone the extra lap or so to show that Wilson's saga is more than just a story of a good ol' boy accidentally pulling off a remarkable coup; it's a sobering account of the geopolitical hijinks that gave shape to our current world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    They've made a movie-movie of Sweeney Todd, and if you've got the stomach and ear for it, you'll be grateful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a sharp and vivid film, filled with moments of tremendous ingenuity and characterized by a persistent avoidance of the expected tropes. It's far scarier than the big-budget remakes of "Godzilla" and "King Kong," more engaging than "I Am Legend," more human than a sackful of slasher films.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A charming little film built of bits of music, romance, cultural conflict and the simple human need to connect.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Sometimes the best way to relate history is to tinker with it and make it feel like a living thing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Football, they say, is a game of inches, and so can be moviemaking, and Leatherheads is a completely charming film that comes a few inches from being a great one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Watching skinny-armed little Will pretend to be the spawn of Sly Stallone in a series of botched feats of derring-do is a treat, as is much of this film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Nest of Spies may be a small, subtitled release, but it's also a gauntlet thrown at the feet of the upcoming big-screen adaptation of "Get Smart." See it and you'll have a substantial idea of what a spy comedy should be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a fascinating patchwork.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Entertaining and informative.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    If you might wish the film got deeper under the skin of the characters, you also feel grateful for the fact that you'll never get closer to them than watching it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Bekmambetov revs it up furiously and unleashes one bit of hyperactive, dazzling invention after another. The result is a throwaway wrapped up in the coolest packaging imaginable, which is acres better than the opposite.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's sometimes uneven, but it's glorious, too, with constantly churning invention and the guarantee that you have never seen anything like it before -- unless it came from Winnipeg and Guy Maddin.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Baghead has a nearly documentary quality that infuses it with a sense of heightened stakes and real peril. In a characteristically offhanded way, it's cunningly skillful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You could wish for more, but for that there's still the epic-length miniseries. If you want just two hours of mournful, lovely melodrama of manners, this is a fine choice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's no insult to the rest to say that this is one of those films that sells itself on the strength of a single performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a splendid ensemble, equal in almost every way to the fine, probing script.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Pure, light entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The result is a totally absorbing and entertaining film, one of the best historical dramas from Hollywood in many years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You wouldn't necessarily want to be Valentino, but this sprightly film may make you nostalgic for a life you've never lived.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    No other sporting figure has ever been afforded so much screen time for self-revelation: just another instance of Iron Mike's one-of-a-kind status.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Filled with vivacity, charm and, yes, beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    If you feel, like me, kinship with this essential building block of music, you owe it to yourself -- and to the Ramones -- to see this film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The star, though, is the script, a rare enough occurrence in Hollywood that it merits special note.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The resulting film is a labor of love with all the strengths and weaknesses you might expect from such a designation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    At the end, you're refreshed, like Pauline after she swallows an entire soft drink in one gulp, and it feels terrific.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The chief problem with Shadow Boxers is that it's too short.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The film does leave you with the lingering regret that you missed a hell of a good party. It is, as the kids used to say, a trip.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a lovely film that suffers from an overdetermined structure and a reliance on a sensationalized plot line that, quixotically, is ignored for long periods of time.
    • Portland Oregonian

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