Stephen Dalton

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For 121 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Dalton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 90 For Those in Peril
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 121
  2. Negative: 8 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Dalton
    Haunting and atmospheric, For Those in Peril proves that creeping grief and guilt can deliver just as much dread-filled dramatic tension as a straight horror movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Dalton
    Both surreal and sinister, it feels like we are watching a real-life version of The Truman Show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Dalton
    A Hard Day offers a masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Dalton
    As gripping onscreen as it was onstage, London Road remains a work of great finesse and originality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    It is a testament to the immersive immediacy of Victoria that the scale of its technical achievement only really dawns on you afterwards.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    The film repays patient viewing as it evolves into an engrossing, nuanced, philosophical drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Tales of the Grim Sleeper is unusually somber and conventional by Broomfield's standards, relying more on slow accumulation of detail than caustic commentary or ambush interviews. But it has a quiet emotional force which pays off during the powerful final sequence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    A Field in England is a rich, strange, hauntingly intense work from a highly original writer-director team.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    A deluxe multi-character drama that blends real history with semi-fictionalized spy thriller and soap opera elements, Burning Bush feels in places like an extended Czech remake of the Cold War-themed German Oscar-winner The Lives of Others.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    An ingenious micro-budget science-fiction nerve-jangler which takes place entirely at a suburban dinner party, Coherence is a testament to the power of smart ideas and strong ensemble acting over expensive visual pyrotechnics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Mother is a crisp, sardonic, darkly funny mystery thriller with a claustrophobic feel that occasionally betrays its roots as an Irish radio drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Amy
    As a whole, Amy is an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Dolan's fifth feature feels like a strong step forward, striking his most considered balance yet between style and substance, drama-queen posturing and real heartfelt depth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Take a pinch of Top Gun, stir in a generous dollop of The Right Stuff, add a light sprinkling of Mad Men and you have the formula for this uplifting documentary portrait of former Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Beautifully shot with an acute eye for crisp composition, this intimate mood piece explores the subtle intricacies and low-level power struggles of long-term love in forensic detail.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    A key joy of Karl Marx City is its strong, arty aesthetic.
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    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    ever Here wears the outer clothes of a crime thriller to cloak a more haunting, disturbing, open-ended rumination on voyeurism and identity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Red Army is a slick, witty, fast-moving blend of sports story and history lesson.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Baird can be forgiven for a handful of careless and ham-fisted touches. Filth is still a hugely entertaining breath of foul air fueled by McAvoy’s impressively ugly star performance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Do not be fooled by the playful, irreverent tone. Behind its attractive surface sheen of lusty humor and ravishing visuals, this Trojan Horse drama makes some spiky topical points about the lingering scars of slavery, feudalism, misogyny and racism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a lightly gothic murder ballad made with great finesse and a fine cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Dalton
    Lady Macbeth mostly operates within established period conventions, but draws fresh blood from antique material thanks to a sparky cast, subtle nods to contemporary race and gender issues, and a hefty shot of gothic melodrama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    There are so many witty touches and sharp little observations here that The Strange Little Cat can be forgiven for ultimately making no dramatic statement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    Even if it tells us nothing new, Pulp is still a handsome cinematic homage to a unique band, a proud city and the unifying power of pop music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    Inevitably harrowing and sickening in places, but with tender and uplifting moments, Night Will Fall is a somber treatment of a serious topic which earns its place in the broad pantheon of Holocaust-themed cinema. It is just a shame that Singer's worthy memorial feels a little too small for its world-shaking theme and world-famous cast list.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    For all its limited ambitions, The Ones Below serves its purpose as a solid calling card for Farr's filmmaking future, a gripping exercise in domestic suspense that sets out its stall on the shoulders of giants.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    An uneven mix of serious issue movie and sensational thrill ride, Honour is no masterpiece, but it is an accomplished debut.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    Strickland and Fenton bring an extra layer of visual invention, smartly expanding on the show's pre-existing video elements and adding their own bespoke cinematic touches.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    Do not expect blazing emotional fireworks, just finely calibrated performances and deep reserves of inner torment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Dalton
    Weekend of a Champion begins as a motorsports movie but ends up a portrait of two wily elder statesmen who have survived into their seventies by skill, stealth and sheer luck.

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