For 1,307 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 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 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    If it touches up against the syrupy at a very few moments, it's nevertheless consistently clear-eyed and convincing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Gets under your skin without you quite being able to say when or how. It has the tact to let you draw yourself in to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Simple enough for children, deep enough for adults, clever enough for cynics.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It happens to be splendidly acted and to be poised, as a narrative, on a knife's edge (the final shot, at a great moment of indecision, is utterly haunting). But, chiefly, it's a portrait of an essential and sympathetic human dilemma, and in that it's both real and timeless in ways that transcend borders, cultures and languages.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An extraordinary thing, and one that I shall likely esteem for a long time. Philosophically, though, it's still mired in the primordial ooze in a way that will, I suspect, forever make me hold it at arm's length.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The result is as much a revelation of the artist's craft as it is of the man's heart and mind.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An utterly convincing portrait of the sort of person willing to strap ordnance to himself and decimate scores of strangers in pursuit of his religious and political ideals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The Matrix slams you back in your chair, pops open your eyes and leaves your jaw hanging slack in amazement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A hilarious, touching, profound and inspiring film about art and dreams and self-belief and the goggle-eyed hope that you can will a miracle into reality through sheer effort and desire.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An exquisite, ecstatic film, crude in its characterizations and plotting, yes, but extraordinary in its capacity for elation and its hard-earned sentimentality.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a film of sneaky power, peculiar delights and, finally, the ability to dazzle.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A staggering movie about a reality so dark and painful and real that it almost crushes the mind to think about it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The Aviator, though, if not prime Scorsese, is the closest thing in a long time to the old Scorsese. What a splendid year-end gift!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a film in which complex issues are boiled down to human essences, not so much simplified as dramatized in the very best way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It isn't in the same league as the director's best work, chiefly because it lacks the bravura flourishes of cinematic craft that helped make his name. But it's so vital and bloody and funny and wicked and tense and unapologetic that it feels kin to those films, which little of the director's work of the past decade has managed to pull off.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A spry and appealing film that throws off comic sparks with aplomb.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    All you could hope for from a summer movie: dazzling action, jaw-dropping effects, cool clothes, steamy romance and more of the nifty "Matrix" mythology introduced in the 1999 original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A mature, tense, frightening and altogether masterful film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In a film culture in which contrived tomfoolery and overinflated emotions stifle in their effort to provide comedy and romance, something as light and precise as The Puffy Chair feels like more than an exception; it feels like fresh air.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Precious can’t be endorsed as entertainment: the circumstances and incidents and emotions in the film are far too dark and painful. But there is exhilaration in its daring, in its craft and in the powerhouse work of its principal actresses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    An unforgettable movie with a message that is likely to add wrinkles to your conception of what it means to be a good steward of the Earth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In an unassuming way, the film sizzles -- a perfect embodiment, as it happens, of the marriage of the bad man and the man of letters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The film ends on an absolutely sick-making note, with live-action footage of the massacre and its aftermath.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Slight but terrific. The intertwining of the sharply tuned actors and the guileless (and often hilarious) townspeople is seamless, the tale is sometimes despairing but never heavy, and the blend of drama, comedy and music is brisk and fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Anderson, possessed of an eerily Edwardian aspect, is superb, luminous and knowing and convincingly proud and desperate as the situation requires.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    For long stretches, the film is just as funny as the first -- which is saying something, since the first is one of the funniest comedies of the decade, the only film in years to truly infiltrate our communal language and sense of humor.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It breaks so sharply from the practice of contemporary horror film that it requires us to return to the most basic understanding of what it is to be frightened by a movie.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This is some of the finest acting you will see on-screen, maybe ever. Single-handedly, Washington turns The Hurricane from so-so to must-see.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    One of the best children's movies in years. Spunky, inventive and filled with life and wonder.

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