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

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You can learn about the grand shifts of history from Persepolis, but you learn about a handful of lives as well.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A grueling film in both technique and subject matter.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    There are more compelling stories to be found in the comic book world, and there are more expressive directors than Jon Favreau. But on the bases of wit, verve, spirit and whiz-bangery, it's pretty tough to find fault with.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a justifiably G-rated film, but parents may have some 'splainin' to do.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Because make no mistake: The Dark Knight is many things, some of them deliriously fun, some of them deeply impressive, and some of them puzzling and frustrating. But most of all it is dark.
    • 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.

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