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

Shawn Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    And while it may be true that Almodóvar doesn't have Hitchcock's way with terror, it's not clear that Hitchcock could leave the real world behind so wholly and convincingly as Almodóvar does here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's one of those works that presents the deeds of both humans and animals and leaves you wondering which is the more civilized.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The combination of immediacy and intimacy in Armadillo is exceedingly rare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    The film has visual and verbal flair, spry energy and deep wit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a bit precious, yes, but its earnestness and joy carry you along, and its climax simply delights.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's a horrific tale, filled with fear, confusion, anger, disfigurement, and loss. Weissman and Weber don't milk the pathos and they don't have to. Their interview subjects are brilliantly chosen, not only for their specific vantage points on the events but for their eloquence and depth of feeling. Time and again, the spoken and visual record of what happened overwhelms you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Watching it isn't easy, but it is definitely worth having waited for.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Undefeated puts us inside his locker room, and you simply cannot fail to be moved by the human affection, commitment and passion you feel there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    This is the sort of film for which the phrase 'movie-movie' was coined -- and coined as a term of highest praise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Shawn Levy
    Brings you into a world you didn't know existed with a closeness that the movies almost never achieve. If that constitutes exploitation, then it's a crime which all works of art should aspire to commit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Is it a great movie? Maybe not. But it is a great step forward in moviemaking. Shrug it off if that makes you feel better, but starting today you live in a post-Avatar movie world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Atmospheric, absorbing and completely in the control of the man who made it -- unlike, especially, “Bringing Out the Dead,” which it sometimes resembles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    For much of its going, Up in the Air moves with the same refreshing pace and attitude that marked Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking" and "Juno" -- with the added frisson that the subject matter is so torn-from-the-headlines that it feels, in a good way, like reality TV.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Episodic and, at times, overwrought. And occasionally its deliberate opacity becomes too cloudy. But the things that shine through are remarkable. War is indeed Hell, it tells us, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're filled with demons.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    For all the ostensible immaturity of its form, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the most grown-up thing the director has done in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The tension between the comely and comforting manner of the film and its undecided and beguiling content is, arguably, Haneke’s signature touch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Built around Firth’s fine work, A Single Man is a handsome film that, like its slender source novel, is stylish, quiet and sure.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    A grueling film in both technique and subject matter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Having heard tell of its wonders for decades, I found the actual movie less transporting than I'd been led to expect. It's clearly a brilliant debut.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Moon doesn't arrive with a train of ballyhoo, but its quiet charms easily drowns out the clatter of bigger, dumber pictures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    The film does a lovely job of balancing emotional clarity, formal trickery, pop sweetness, and heartfelt narrative. It is, yes, cute, and it is, yes, quirky. And it is entirely justified, estimable and loveable in being those things.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    Up
    Is Up top-shelf Pixar? No. But is it quality summer movie entertainment? Absolutely. Even when the folks at Pixar aim to keep their feet solidly on the ground, they can't help but soar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    An entertaining and fascinating film.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Shawn Levy
    One of those should-I-laugh-or-cry satires.

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