Stephen Holden

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For 2,193 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Embrace of the Serpent
Lowest review score: 0 Addicted to Love
Score distribution:
2193 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Quietly inflammatory film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Settles for being an atmospheric scenes-in-the-life biography of someone's most unforgettable character. It could have been so much more.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Grounding the zaniness is the chemistry between its two likable stars. Beneath their crusty eccentricities, Max and John are teen-agers at heart, a Wayne and Garth for the "Modern Maturity" set. As Max, his leathery face beaming with pleasure, might put it: "Holy moley, is this a dumb movie!" But it is also fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Even at 143 minutes, For Greater Glory cannot satisfyingly fill out the stories of a half-dozen secondary characters, and there are frustrating gaps in the biographies of Gorostieta and José. The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Newell is master of the feel-good ensemble piece whose shallowness is partly masked by the expertise of a high-toned cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Seydoux’s triumph is her skill at imbuing Célestine with an almost angelic radiance that clashes with her underlying coarseness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Rachid Bouchareb's tidy little two-character film, London River, demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Helmer's wildly whimsical debut film, Tuvalu, is the kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like "Eraserhead," "Delicatessen" and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Part character study, part crime thriller, Bullhead is the impressive but deeply flawed first feature written and directed by Michael R. Roskam.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    [An] incisive, queasy-making documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Because Ms. Deneuve, 70, is in almost every scene, On My Way feels like Ms. Bercot’s loving character study of a star who has always stood above the fray, a symbol of resilient Gallic femininity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie is an amusing ball of fluff that refuses to judge its characters’ amoral high jinks. Winking at the vanity of wealthy voluptuaries and hustlers playing games of tainted love, it heaves a sigh and says welcome to the human comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A pleasantly sappy fable of new beginnings that suggests a Frank Capra film sweetened with an extra layer of sugar glaze.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Had The Look of Love focused more acutely on the father-daughter relationship or explored Mr. Raymond’s relationships with his two sons, only one of whom appears briefly, it might have amounted to something more substantial than a keenly observed period piece that keeps a celebrity journalist’s distance from its subject.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    It is wonderful at conveying a sense of suffocating ennui. Too wonderful, since the story is so sketchily told and the dialogue is so fragmentary that it doesn't quite cohere. The characters remain hazy ciphers in the torpid atmosphere of a place you'll never want to visit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie’s extreme compression is its biggest failing. The business end is so minimally sketched, you are left wanting to know a lot more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Has an episodic rhythm and little dramatic tension.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Cartlidge's beautifully still performance, mournful one moment, defiant the next, lets you see into Claire's soul without editorializing or begging for our empathy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As informative and packed with cultural lore as it is, The Komediant is dramatically diffuse.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie...tries to juggle too many characters at once (its title means "story plot" in Hebrew), and in several cases their connections aren't adequately explained.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Overly schematic, not always believable in its crude sexual mechanics and ultimately unsensual. But it lays out the laws of erotic attraction with a brutal directness that is downright scary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    That Mr. Grant can bring Keith back from the edge more or less persuasively is a testament to his ability to convey genuine humility without mawkishness, once he sees the light.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    American Pastoral leaves a residue of dread and despair that is oddly in keeping with today’s moment of uncertainty amid an ugly presidential campaign.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Ultimately, A Silent Love transcends its problem-play situation to ponder how the best laid plans for an arranged marriage are no match against the vicissitudes of passion in a romantically besotted culture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    May be an expertly manipulated exercise in psychological horror, but that's all it is. Don't look for the kind of metaphoric weight you'd find in a movie by David Lynch or David Fincher.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Fallen Angels certainly abounds in visual pizazz, clever in jokes and trendy pop references, but such things can carry a movie only so far.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Best approached as an admiring portrait of a likable, creative powerhouse at midcareer. No disapproving voices interrupt the stream of praise for his politics and his art. Mr. Kushner’s place in the history of American theater and in American culture, in general, is left unexamined. These are subjects well worth exploring in another, deeper film.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Far from a future cult classic, it turns out to be smarter and more diabolical than you could have guessed at the beginning.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Despite the movie’s gripping performances and the verisimilitude of many elements, I simply don’t believe the story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    This modest film observes evacuees from Futaba, a small town near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, making do in their temporary shelter. Partly because this version of the movie was drastically edited to 96 minutes from 145, it feels sketchy and disjointed.

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