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 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Until State of Play slips into its small cascade of improbabilities near its end, it proves a thoroughly engaging and professional enterprise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You'll gasp appalled and laugh outraged and possibly, watching the spectacle of a promising young lad treading desperately in a nasty sea, shed an errant tear.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Ray
    A frequently transporting depiction of the early and middle life of Ray Charles, the film soars on remarkable performances, a convincing sense of time and place, and, of course, the glorious music for which Charles was rightly billed as The Genius.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    If there's a calmer, more self-collected star out there, then he or she has hidden the fact pretty well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's spirited and funny and deeply entertaining, a summer movie for kids who think like adults and adults who feel like kids.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The word 'samsara' means 'continuous flow of life' in Tibetan, and Fricke and company surely experienced that sensation in making the film, which took them to 25 countries in a span of five years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The Road walks a tremendously daring and delicate line between inspiration and horror, and it does so not only in the events it depicts but in its very air and atmosphere. It was unforgettable on the page, and it impresses equally, or at least it does so remarkably often, on screen.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    If you thought "Boogie Nights" blew it in its final third, you ain't seen nothing yet.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Lacks the poetic and romantic resonance of "Crouching Tiger," but it's got kicks aplenty -- of both the physical and the sensational kind -- and it lands them again and again.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    An energetic, witty and altogether well-built martial arts drama that is familiar in many ways but distinguished by its high level of craft, its sincere sentiment and drama, and the forceful charisma of its star, Donnie Yen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Very good Leigh -- maybe even, given Manville's heroic work, great Leigh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Amazing as Penn is, Morton is his equal, creating a complete personality out of gestures, glances and unadorned bits of actorly business.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It is, in a way, the first glimpse of the cinema, right there at the dawn of humankind. And it is utterly remarkable to see.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    While the script of Frida struggles at times to be something more than an ordinary and-then-this-happened biography, there's a buoyancy to the direction and acting that make the film special.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    If Look Both Ways has a familiar form, this sort of emphasis on humanity, with which the film refreshingly pulses, is rare.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's splendid period filmmaking, grown-up and luxurious and gossipy without ever feeling fussy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    An exquisitely crafted film filled with little shocks and deep echoes of humanity. It'll stick with you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's an experimental film about a sensational event, placing tragedy in the context of the dulling normality of human life and resisting easy interpretation, just as did the inexplicable death of Kurt Cobain.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Goon is a hoot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A charming little film built of bits of music, romance, cultural conflict and the simple human need to connect.

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