Stephen Holden

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For 2,214 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Test
Lowest review score: 0 Heartbreak Hospital
Score distribution:
2214 movie reviews
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Strains to be the ne plus ultra of arch, hyper-sophisticated fun, but the laughs are few.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay never begins to finds a workable balance between wit and adventure. And the performances in several smaller roles are so mechanical that they lend Kill Me Later the tone of a vanity production.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Just when its parts should come together, As Cool as I Am crumbles to bits.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Little more than a loose- jointed succession of goofy "Saturday Night Live"-style sketches and sight gags inspired by an actual event that is nearly half a century behind us.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Bravetown, directed by Daniel Duran from a screenplay by Oscar Orlando Torres, can sometimes drown in its own tears.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Squandered in foolish horseplay and on a story that zigzags so far out of control that it feels as if the screenwriter, Steve Adams, pasted together a bunch of zany notions in a frantic search for confusion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Gyllenhaal’s strong performance still doesn’t add enough substance to a film that is hollow at the center. It’s mostly the fault of Mr. Sipe, who seems to believe that saying nothing is saying something.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The movie plays like a made-for-television quickie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Feels like a desperate attempt to stretch a flimsy half-hour made-for-cable concept into a feature film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    This poorly acted, ramshackle tour of the lower echelons of the Los Angeles rock scene has the feel of a largely improvised home movie filmed without retakes, and its sense of humor could only be fully appreciated by struggling musicians.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The movie, which imagines its principal characters as metaphorically ticking time bombs, never convincingly portrays their passions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Makes no psychological sense. Even within the convoluted realm of film noir, the development of the relationships defies any logic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The guiding philosophy of The Price of Milk seems to be that if you throw something on the screen and call it a fairy tale, it has to mean something. But it doesn't.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The re- enactments, however fascinating they may be as history, are too crude to serve the work especially well.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Many of the faces that emerge through the murk appear bug-eyed. And much of the dialogue, which is frequently shouted, is only semi-intelligible.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Shirley’s instant metamorphosis from insecure high school student to ruthless madam is ludicrous in spite of the best efforts of the talented Ms. Waterston to convince you otherwise. The Babysitters has the increasingly jerky momentum of a film that was butchered in the cutting room, sacrificing continuity and character development to whip the plot forward.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Unlike the juicy, overripe prose in the novel from which it was adapted, Mr. DeCubellis’s screenplay is utterly lacking in style. Mr. Brody captures his character’s attitude, but the colorless screenplay robs the character of literary imagination.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The movie’s only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it’s the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    For all its intimations of fire and brimstone, the film isn't remotely frightening, and the high-school-level acting doesn't help.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Metamorphoses from a character study into a confusingly edited sampler of sexual possibilities that feels both programmatic and old-hat.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    13
    What does it add up to? Nothing much. A tense, paranoid nightmare with a chilly metaphysical overview has been trampled into a blustering, bad cartoon.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    A semicoherent, overacted mélange of travelogue, farce and suds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    As this strained, foul-mouthed exercise in gallows humor proceeds, God’s Pocket sustains a facade of meanspirited deadpan comedy. But there are no laughs, not even smirks to be had.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    In the end you have to wonder why the highly reputed director Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter") and the gifted screenwriter Nicholas Kazan ("Reversal of Fortune") chose to go slumming in territory like this. They must have been offered wads of money to do the dirty job.
    • The New York Times
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Flagrantly old-fashioned, triple-hankie tear-jerker.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The movie never bothers to show you life inside a shelter dormitory or tries to convey a broader vision of the city’s street culture. It is too busy showcasing its star Jennifer Connelly (Mr. Bettany’s wife) in degrading situations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Unlike such forerunners as “Clueless” and “Mean Girls,” however, this movie, doesn’t have a believable moment in it.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Leguizamo, 50, still has charisma, but with his maniacal stage persona barely seen and the themes recycled from earlier projects, Fugly! is a dud.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    In the movie's cheapest, most exploitative gesture - just as it is about to run out of tricks - a snake slithers into the pine box in which Paul awakens bound and gagged, not knowing where he is. With that gimmick, the movie sacrifices its last shred of integrity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    A grindingly conventional comedy that insists on tying up its subplots in pretty ribbons and bows.

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