Stephen Holden

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For 2,175 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 2.5 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 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
2175 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The film's most upsetting scenes are its interviews with residents whose livelihood has been decimated and whose health has been compromised.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Almost in spite of itself, The House of Mirth is powerful, at times even moving.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Rie Rasmussen and Jamel Debbouze, the stars who portray Angela, the celestial therapist, and André, her star patient, display enough screwball romantic charm to keep this sugary trifle afloat longer than you'd expect.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The Emperor’s New Clothes is moderately effective agitprop.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Consistently amusing and smart in its choice of targets, but it lacks the manic edge of some of Waters' earlier movies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As the truth tumbles out, the dialogue and the carefully timed revelations make My Old Lady seem increasingly stagy. But the performances go a long way toward camouflaging the screenplay’s clunky mechanics.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Everybody loves a David and Goliath story, and this one is told almost entirely from David's point of view.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A standard, gadget-crazed exercise in whiz-bang adventure with its tongue lodged deep inside its cheek.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    With its icy cynicism and desolate settings, the film evokes the work of the young Roman Polanski in his sadistic trickster mode.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    What began as a reasonably hardheaded look at profound and rapid cultural change turns into a feel-good fantasy of salvation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    An incisive but static and occasionally confusing character study of Lucy Fowler, a disheveled, hard-drinking single woman who has a day job as a contractor and a dissolute night life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Instead of seriously investigating corruption, money laundering and the buying of politicians, Manda Bala would rather spend its time showing slimy brown frogs slithering over one another as they are dumped from one container into another.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As one comic after another recalls triumphs, misadventures and painful lessons learned, the stories become redundant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    This modest, unassuming documentary about an illegal Mexican immigrant living in San Francisco is a case study of a life defined by poverty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Uplifting it may be, but to swallow it whole is to believe in happily ever after.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    While most films in which the angry past confronts the guilty present degenerate into mawkish reconciliations, Emile errs on the side of restraint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Trump comes across as an insensitive, lying bully who will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of creating what he promises will be the world's greatest golf resort.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Phillips’s self-deprecating humor is amusing but not funny enough to give him the edge he needs to rise up and conquer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Has some good performances (Ms. Moore's ongoing snit is a terrifically sustained bit of glowering), but it only barely begins to knit its self-pitying characters into a credible family unit. They are oddballs with attitude.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Nobody eviscerates the scary depths of male narcissism with such ferocity, and it is a huge relief to find Mr. Stiller flexing his oiled, low-comedy triceps with such vengeful glee.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Hotel de Love, the directing and screenwriting debut of Craig Rosenberg, is like a Valentine's Day box of heart-shaped chocolates that all have the same too-sweet cherry fillings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Like most documentary polemics, it simplifies the issues it confronts and selects facts that bolster its black-and-white, heroes-and-villains view of raw economic power.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Throughout Grbavica the desire to forget and the need to remember are at loggerheads. At Sara’s school the psychological wounds of the war are being handed down to her generation through the separation of heroes and nonheroes. Fathers pass their weapons down to their sons. Even as you leave a war behind, you bring it with you.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Written and directed by Bernard Rose (“Immortal Beloved”), 2 Jacks has a pleasing circular structure, and it doesn’t push the parallels between old and new Hollywood to absurd limits.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The wonder is that The Great Debaters transcends its own simplifying and manipulative ploys; it radiates nobility of spirit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Until it transforms into an improbable thriller, Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Unlike those in the book, who speak through e-mails, diaries, letters and interviews, the characters here leave the impression of giving harmless nibbles instead of flesh wounds. Defanged and pushed into the background, the satire vanishes, and you are left with an agreeable romantic comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Despite its deficiencies, Naz & Maalik feels authentic, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook bring their characters completely alive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Art executed under the most excruciating conditions deserves a far more searching study than this too short film, which has the structure of a hurried checklist. Even so, a lot of the art shown in the documentary, often side-by-side with photographs of the same places and events, is compelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As inspiring as it is, Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is too sweet for its own good; it plays like a spiritual infomercial.

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