Stephen Holden
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For 1,995 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

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Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 About Elly
Lowest review score: 0 Grown Ups
Score distribution:
1,995 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Scrupulously apolitical, The Waiting Room is the opposite of a polemic like Michael Moore's "Sicko." But by removing any editorial screen, it confronts you head-on with human suffering that a more humane and equitable system might help alleviate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Post-Soviet Russia in Andrei Zvyagintsev's somber, gripping film Elena is a moral vacuum where money rules, the haves are contemptuous of the have-nots, and class resentment simmers. The movie, which shuttles between the center of Moscow and its outskirts, is grim enough to suggest that even if you were rich, you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    It is as intimate and honest a portrait of a rock artist’s creative roots as any film has attempted.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A documentary necessarily conveys a point of view, and although Mr. Wiseman, as is his wont, is neither seen nor heard in a film that proceeds without commentary or subtitles, his spirit is palpable. Without overtly editorializing, the film quietly and steadfastly champions state-funded public education available to all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Every detail of What Richard Did rings true.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    An astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China’s economic miracle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Sustains a documentary authenticity that is as astonishing as it is offhand. Even when you're on the edge of your seat, it never sacrifices a calm, clear-sighted humanity for the sake of melodrama or cheap moralizing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    When a film as profoundly quiet as In the Bedroom comes along, it feels almost miraculous, as if a shimmering piece of art had slipped below the radar and through the minefield of commerce.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Mark Kendall’s quietly moving documentary, La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, is as modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Throughout We Were Here there is not a hint of mawkishness, self-pity or self-congratulation. The humility, wisdom and cumulative sorrow expressed lend the film a glow of spirituality and infuse it with grace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    As Frankie, Mr. Marlowe delivers a quiet, moving performance of such subtlety and truthfulness that you almost feel that you are living his life.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A film that has the sweep and esthetic power of a full-length ballet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A virtuoso ensemble piece to rival the director's "Nashville" and "Short Cuts" in its masterly interweaving of multiple characters and subplots.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Eloquent, meticulously structured documentary -- Sober political and legal analysis alternates with grim first-hand accounts of torture and murder in a film that has the structure of a choral symphony that swells to a bittersweet finale.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Bad Education is a voluptuous experience that invites you to gorge on its beauty and vitality, although it has perhaps the darkest ending of any of the films by the Spanish writer and director.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A small miracle of a film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This remarkably terse movie doesn’t waste a word or an image. It refuses to linger over each little crisis its characters endure. And its detachment lends a perspective that widens the film’s vision of people reacting to events beyond their control.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Was it all for naught? Only weeks after the 23 partisans were arrested (and all but two promptly executed), Paris was liberated. Army of Crime is a passionate act of remembrance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Several times while watching the movie I laughed until the tears were running down my face.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Gideon’s Army is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That’s all it needs to grab you by the throat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    What makes this exquisitely observed slice of American screen realism transcend itself is finally its moral sensibility.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    My Perestroika gives you a privileged sense of learning the history of a place not from a book but from the people who lived it. Watching it is a little like attending a party in an unfamiliar city and discovering the place's secrets from the guests.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A beautifully written, seamlessly directed film with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    About Elly is gorgeous to look at. The ever-changing sky and sea lend it a moodiness so palpable that the climate itself seems a major character dictating the course of events; the weather rules.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    If there's one movie that ought to be studied by military and civilian leaders around the world at this treacherous historical moment, it is The Fog of War, Errol Morris's sober, beautifully edited documentary portrait of the former United States defense secretary Robert S. McNamara.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    In what has been called the Year of the Documentary, "My Flesh and Blood" stands beside "Capturing the Friedmans" and "The Fog of War" as an unforgettable experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    The best movie of its kind since the French director Guillaume Canet's hit from 2006, "Tell No One."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Extraordinary labor of love.

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