For 1,306 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
1306 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The darkest, most operatic, and technologically richest "Star Wars" movie to date, "Sith" is grim, stirring entertainment and a nearly complete vindication of everything its creator has been saying for six years about where the series was heading and what its final shape would be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's first-rank filmmaking, through and through, even if it struggles to find closure.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Between the tart dialogue, the compelling lead performances, the vivid violence and the stunning cinematography, it's complete and satisfying all on its own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Like "Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers," it fills in our sketchy impression of that famously reticent generation of ordinary young men who were asked by a frightened world to accomplish an extraordinary feat. In this case, the homage takes the form not of a photograph or a statue but of a deeper, more sympathetic understanding of their experience. A finer tribute is hard to imagine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's Cronenberg's most mainstream work, and yet it has all the power of his creepiest nightmares.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's built of such exquisite craft -- the acting, the decor, the photography, the music -- that to refuse it is to refuse the very sensations that draw us to art, romance and maybe even life itself.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A hard and bright and tough film in all the best ways.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The film combines farcical and sinister tones, as well as textures of high polish and captured-in-the-raw neorealism, and it simply brims with energy and surprises.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Hilarious. And more proof that Pixar is in a class of its own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a film possessed of its own force, wit and style, and it builds to a rousing climax that absolutely pays off in crowd-pleasing fashion. It knows what it is, doesn't try to be what it's not, and hits you with drop-dead force. In short, it's terrific.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    A gripping account of grown-up sensuality, obsession, loss and hope.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This isn't much of a plot, but as in the "Toy Story" films the combination of a varied cast of characters and a vision of the human world from an unlikely perspective make for consistent amusement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    In effect, Caden's life passes before his eyes while he is living it. And Kaufman shares this effect with us through a strange process he achieves with invisible strings; it's a knockout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This is a delicious premise, and Blomkamp, who first played with it in a 2005 short called "Alive in Joburg," has magnified and improved it with ferocious energy, wit and style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    There's drama here, and moments of genuine tension, but there's fun, too, which is the point of a movie like this. To Ratliff's credit, he never lets the considerable craft get in the way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, a veteran of low-tech Dogme films, work wonders with a digital camera, pausing to take in the beauty of the countryside or an eerily empty London…It's virtuosic without ever quite being showy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    This fascinating and occasionally transporting film never quite transforms into something really great.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It ends on a random note, making an awkward plea for better ecological stewardship of the Earth, which looked so small and frail to the astronauts regarding it from the moon. But otherwise it's a satisfying and heartening reminder of what a glorious thing a small group of men once contrived to do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Credit the great Bruno Ganz with creating a vivid Hitler: furious, unsteady, crushed and frankly cracking up.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a justifiably G-rated film, but parents may have some 'splainin' to do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Transcends politics and forces us to consider just what it is we ask of young people who answer the call to duty.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    One of those should-I-laugh-or-cry satires.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    You wouldn't want to be Daniel Johnston, or even know him too well. But see this film and you won't forget him.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    There's a wonderful chemistry between them -- though the film wisely allows Duplass and Delmore an equally intimate connection. Choices like that enable the modest Humpday to capture the lives of its protagonists more credibly than any Hollywood-manufactured comedy of recent vintage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    It's a dark, brooding, moody film that follows a grim narrative to a logical inevitability and is nonetheless fully infused with a spirit of humanity.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The real star is Katz, who has stretched into a longer and more plot-driven form without diluting any of his talents or compromising his personal vision. And the other star is Portland, which is so beautifully and truthfully rendered.

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