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 Inception
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Shawn Levy
    For the most part it's a completely ordinary, completely familiar, professionally executed film. Nothing truly awful, but nothing unexpected, either.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    How the mighty (De Niro and Hoffman) have fallen? More like how the mighty have pile-driven themselves into the solid mass of rock at the core of the Earth. . . .
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The opportunity to give Jolie the room to swagger like the "Charlie's Angels" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ladies is utterly squandered, and a video game franchise that might've resulted in a hoot of a film -- has been blown to dust.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The film, bleeding its central character of all shades but black and darkest gray, fails as both biographical chronicle and filmed narrative.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The stories don't resonate, the film has a drab look and feel, and it lacks the passionate zing with which the least of Almodovar's works teems.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The film is as one-sided and overstacked as anything her prosecutors dreamed up. And the craft of the thing is so pedestrian as to crawl.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A murky, turgid work that is no doubt exactly the film Malkovich wished to make but is so indirect and affected as to border on incoherent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    To be fair, the film is trash and doesn't aspire to very much, but it's bad trash -- inept -- and that really isn't forgivable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Suffers by invoking better films about similar themes.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The few chuckles the film affords come early, and too often the script desperately tries to repeat them. By the end, it's not funny or happy -- just over. And you're glad for it, the one true emotion you feel in the whole two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    For all its bells and whistles, only when it lingers on Jones' dry wit and pained, rheumy eyes does this film about aliens ever seem alive, let alone human.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    You need to accept the fact that practically everyone in the picture, particularly the leading lady, is a boneheaded nitwit.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's exactly the film Jarmusch wanted to make, but it's also smug, excruciating, borderline pointless. You could call it a deliberate effort to invert the conventions of the thriller; you could also call it, more rightly, a self-deluded disaster.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Among the things made vividly clear here is that Jeremy cannot act.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Isn't sexy, funny, smart or fun.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Befitting a film about Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven is dark and grisly and ghoulish. But it also has qualities that Poe's work never does: It's dull and mechanical and, most of all, phony.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Far too often, the film has to submit to the inevitable and stop so that Affleck can struggle like a yoga student to bend his face into a human emotion. He even cries. So might you.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Brainless, witless, inept, ugly and crude,
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Time to retire OSS 117's license to kill before any more innocent people suffer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Toothless, limp and clumsy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Here the homages/critiques of old craft and form are often laughably mangled, and nothing sexy, profound or illuminating results. For all its prettiness, it's the sort of picture that gives the arthouse a bad name.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A story that would be charming if recited at the dinner table tries to carry a feature film, and it's not even close to the task. The result is screamingly bad.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    As to claims that the book provides a path to enlightenment, I'm an agnostic. But I can swear on a stack of ancient scrolls that the movie plays like 90-odd minutes of purgatory from which you feel you may never escape.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A nitwit script, full of pedestrian dialogue and building to a laughable climax, dooms the picture.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A unique look behind the curtain, yes, but what's behind the curtain is almost unendurable. Just know that a bad guy got his comeuppance and you don't have to join the legion of his victims by watching it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Kung Fu 2 does almost NOTHING to advance the story, to deepen the characters, or to charm, amuse or entertain.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Too often monochromatic, programmatic and just plain lost.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    After a cheeky, campy start, The Ninth Gate leaves you with a bitter and dull aftertaste.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Yet another witless, listless outing by the alleged comic minds behind such dubious treats as "The State," "Stella" and "Wet Hot American Summer."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Tired, clumsy and appallingly ugly to look at.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The liveliest thing here is the keen sense of regret you feel at seeing two TV icons reduced to supporting characters in a lame movie that trades on their good names.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Like a dog walking on its hind legs across a freshly waxed floor -- awkward, slow, deliberate, seeking approval -- the action thriller Reign of Fire gets from start to finish, somehow, without tumbling into complete disaster.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Overheated claptrap that takes an issue of vital national importance and turns it into an inept cartoon that emboldens the worst instincts in our national character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Capable but not transporting, never unraveling the mystery of its hero's genius or, worse, making us care enough to look deeper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    What it plays like is a trifling story strung out to great length without much narrative drive, tinged with some disturbing racial undertones.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Solondz, for reasons best discussed with a therapist, can find no good in people -- or at least none that he expresses in his films.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    For a ripped-from-reality film about love and death and family strife in the face of the war in Afghanistan, Brothers is awfully artificial.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It’s offensive, really, this blatant pandering to emotions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Takes a fabulous idea and overplays it, making an average picture out of some truly extraordinary material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The Dardennes are talents, clearly. Watching Rosetta is like watching them flip you the bird.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The bitterness of the film is a far cry from the peppy young Godard's embrace of life -- and a very far cry indeed from either praise or love.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    Grim, sordid and, as it progresses, increasingly dunderheaded.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's a gorgeous picture and features three substantial performances, but the material is chatty, forced and excessively arch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    The plot is tired, the energy sputtering, the jokes less manic. "Spy Kids" was a shot out of nowhere; Spy Kids 2 feels like a shot from someplace tiresomely familiar.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    fFat, dull drag.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    A special-effects-and-chase-to-the-death movie, with little special about it.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Shawn Levy
    It's a small-minded and jejune film, and it feels strangely out-of-date considering how loaded it is with right-here-right-now signifiers.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Shawn Levy
    Would somebody please pull the plug on James Bond? It's not that Tomorrow Never Dies is inconceivably bad. What with dashing Pierce Brosnan cavorting as 007, nifty Michelle Yeoh playing chop-socky on bad guys' heads, and a nearly-sentient BMW in Bond's bag of tricks, it's got at least as much going for it as, oh, a good Steven Seagal film. [19 Dec 1997, p.19]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    You're likelier to shrink in astonished horror from it than laugh.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A new political thriller, has an ending so egregiously stupid that not to reveal it would be a disservice to moviegoers.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A stultifying bore.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A terrible, terrible movie. Its creators have a swell idea at the core, a wonderful leading lady, and several stalwart comic players in support, and they make of all of that a picture with the wit of an armpit fart, the verve of a boxwood shrub, and the appeal of a long night in an ER waiting room.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    The trouble is that it's so lead-footed and delighted with itself even as bit after bit sinks like a lead weight.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    It's dull and crude and silly and without a lick of quality.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A carnival of stupid coincidences, paper-thin characterizations, and inept staging, lighting and montage.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 27 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    The comic moments are fewer, flatter and far, far less welcome.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    The loudest, dumbest, slowest, least entertaining and most annoying by a very comfortable margin.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A limp and annoying picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Goes on too long and doesn't have much to say.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A seedy little movie with little in the way of theme, purpose, energy or wit, 'R Xmas is the latest slice-of-death drama from that earnest maestro of grub, Abel Ferrara.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Handsomely photographed, artfully edited and acted with skill and conviction. It is also so stupid that you expect to see strings of drool dripping from the corner of the screen.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    It's deeply ordinary, depressingly shabby stuff.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Bang-bang, kiss-kiss, yawn-yawn. While dull death metal churns on the soundtrack, Johnson engages in one big brawl after another.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A dreary, overlong and occasionally laughable classical epic about the great Macedonian world conqueror, it's guilty of a sin that no Stone film has ever committed: It's boring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    While his star, Jude Law, is infectiously watchable, Shyer's version of the material is tone deaf and splotchy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    This isn't an ordinary film built on a remarkable performance; it's a poor one with a gem at its core. Penn can elevate it to mediocrity, but he cannot make it fly.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Does nothing right and, blessedly, vanishes swiftly like the aroma of a nasty belch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A contrived and sentimental melodrama, the film takes a promising premise and crushes it with mind-numbing repetition, sophomoric conveniences, plastic acting and the worst score, perhaps, ever heard.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 17 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A forehead-poundingly bad picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Hampered from the start by the numbingly formulaic additions by screenwriter James DeMonaco ("The Negotiator"). Toss in needlessly fussy visuals and a climax that is hilariously out of whack, and you've got an excellent excuse to stay home and watch the original.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Deeply phony, strangely static, disengaged, flaccid and, quite often, silly, it’s a film that tries to bully you into emotions with flourishes of music, contorted camera angles, screams of special effects, smears of gore, and earnest close-ups of its woefully miscast star.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Like his (Carrey) early work, it's not a particularly good film -- insipidly staged, inanely plotted, too weak to withstand the weight of any inquiries into logic or continuity -- but Carrey's energetic mugging, particularly early on, makes it relatively painless.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    To be fair, there are moments when the film seems better than, finally, it is.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A by-the-numbers recipe that ought to have shot off at least a few sparks, is as drab as the inmates' prison blues.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Miscast, clumsily staged and ideologically wobbly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    Not much in The Man From Elysian Fields resembles life on Earth, but there are a few moments with Jagger that feel desperate and human -- stuff from another movie entirely, in other words.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    What's left is a husk with all the superficial features of a Scream movie and none of the heart, brains, guts or laughs.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Shawn Levy
    A movie built on one joke -- an old one -- and an incoherent, even idiotic plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    The film manages the rare trick of improving as it unrolls from the utterly putrid to the barely tolerable. And, friends, I wish to say that sometimes that is as good as you can hope for in this racket.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    The film drags and lingers and goes more or less nowhere, imitating its protagonists' lives so exactly that you want to give them both a good smack.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    It's a terrible picture: ugly and illogical and clumsily staged and peppered with crude, witless humor.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    A nitwit story about a nitwit author who has written a nitwit novel about a nitwit author who has published a nitwit novel which, in fact, he has stolen wholecloth from another writer whose personal behavior, as fictionalized in the novel-within-the-novel-within-the-film, can charitably be described as...nitwit.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    In a way, it's perfect: You can't imagine anyone seeing this mess and not feeling lesser for the experience.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Washington can't save a picture that spends so much time worrying about a heart that it loses its head.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    It's written almost without wit or romance, it's populated by bland actors, and it's photographed as if through a Jell-O mold. If this is adolescence, then senility can't come soon enough. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    An ugly, stupid movie it turned out to be. Incoherent, arbitrary, hyperactive and dark enough to make you fear you've gone blind.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    A movie so lame that Keanu Reeves lends it gravity with his mere presence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    The Baxter is so ineptly conceived, staged, written and played that you suspect it's part of a psychology experiment to see if people will laugh at anything.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Seeing Hitman isn't like playing a video game or even like watching someone else play a video game. It's like watching someone stupid play a bad video game.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    It's simply an awful, awful film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Better luck trying to find out what truly happened to the real Earhart than trying to diagnose all that's wrong with this hapless film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    So shapeless, pointless and witless a film that it can be explained only by surmising that the people who made it were bombed at the time.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    Few movies feel quite so perfunctory or needless or pointless as this one.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    All in all, it's hard to dispute that House of D declares its own worth on arrival.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Shawn Levy
    It's fitting that Black Knight, the new time-travel movie with Martin Lawrence, should arrive at the start of the Christmas season, because the season gives us the perfect word to describe it: humbug.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    It's as sullying and disheartening an experience as the movies can offer .
    • 40 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    It adds up to a truly taxing couple of hours: ham acting, visual noise, aural torture, elementary plotting and unconvincing emotions.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    A ghastly, unappealing mess that lacks a single absorbing character, engaging story line or entertaining snippet of dialogue.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 47 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    A witless, listless muck-up that sends you reeling from the theater with thoughts of suicide instead of a chipper grin.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    The animation is dull, the thought is fuzzy, the storytelling is vague and the music just plain stinks. It's not "National Velvet," it's sure not "The Black Stallion," it's not even "Dances With Wolves."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    A resolutely awful film, it makes you want to swear off sex, comedy, Rupert Everett movies, flowers, yoga, children, roast beef -- many of the best things in life, in fact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    Dick works best as a catalog of style: It's the story and the acting that are the window dressing.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 38 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    Pretty much the worst recent example of a genre.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 16 Shawn Levy
    If the new I-wanna-be-a-stewardess picture View From the Top were an airplane, it would blow up on takeoff. If it were an airline meal, it would infect you with E. coli. If it were a parachute, it would be riddled with holes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 8 Shawn Levy
    CJ7
    It's awful. Awful. That's all. Keep walking. For the love of all that's holy. Keep. Walking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 8 Shawn Levy
    Witless, tasteless, toothless, pointless, garish, repetitive, obvious, and painfully dull, Pirate Radio is that exceedingly rare film that never, but never puts a foot right.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    An ugly and insipid film.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    A vile, stupid and ugly movie lacking utterly in pep, thrills, humor, finesse or morals, a dissipating waste of time, money and human resources.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    A movie of such rank stupidity and appalling taste.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Shawn Levy
    It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.

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