Stephen Holden

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For 2,178 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 James White
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Bang
Score distribution:
2178 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Lacking epic pretensions and modest in scale, running under 90 minutes, Anesthesia is really closer in spirit to Rodrigo García’s delicate 2005 gem, “Nine Lives.” And it doesn’t waste a word or an image.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This lean character-driven movie has such an acutely observant screenplay that it is easy to empathize with people struggling to make a decent living by hook or crook. Its psychological precision elevates it to something more than a genre piece.
    • 87 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."
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    The profound pleasures they offer derive not only from their deft metaphysical playfulness but also from their storytelling genius.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Extraordinary labor of love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    By surrendering any semblance of rationality to create a post-Freudian, pulp-fiction fever dream of a movie, Mr. Lynch ends up shooting the moon with Mulholland Drive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Kidman, in a performance of astounding bravery, evokes the savage inner war waged by a brilliant mind against a system of faulty wiring that transmits a searing, crazy static into her brain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Belongs to a school of Central European surrealism that marries nightmarish horror with formal beauty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A lean and mean horror comedy classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This brilliant, viciously amusing takedown of bourgeois complacency, gender stereotypes and assumptions and the illusion of security rubs your face in human frailty as relentlessly as any Michael Haneke movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Its abrasive portrait of contemporary New York as a place of noise and nerve-rattling turmoil captures the mood of the city more accurately than any recent film I can think of. And the jagged camera work exacerbates the film’s jarring sense of immediacy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Clever, funny, wildly innovative film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character. It is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A truly majestic visual tone poem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The movie is not really about deciding whether you’re gay or straight — those terms are never spoken. It’s about the chemistry of two people at a moment in time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's delicious brain tickler, Certified Copy, is an endless hall of mirrors whose reflections multiply as its story of a middle-aged couple driving through Tuscany carries them into a metaphysical labyrinth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Galiana's quietly monumental performance is one for the ages.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    That Borgman restrains itself from turning into a full-scale horror movie makes it all the more unsettling, although it has its bumpy moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Chronic ends with a sudden, terrible slap in the face that is a final blow to your equilibrium. It is left up to the viewer to decide whether it is a cheap stunt or an ultimate moment of truth. I vote for the latter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    A sardonic, smart screwball comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Frozen, for all its innovations, is not fundamentally revolutionary. Its animated characters are the same familiar, blank-faced, big-eyed storybook figures. But they are a little more psychologically complex than their Disney forerunners.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    A Jim Carrey movie all the way: a good one, I might add. With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, hyperkinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Mr. Carrey has rarely been more charismatic on the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Melancholy little gem of a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    On a deeper level, Shoot Me is an unflinchingly honest examination of a woman who is aware that the end is approaching.

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