Stephen Holden

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For 2,186 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Mulholland Dr.
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
2186 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    More than an indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie, Tony Manero is an extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Your religion or lack of one doesn't matter. At some point while watching the film, you may feel that music IS God, or if not, a close approximation of divinity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    [A] pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Not since "Y Tu Mamá También" has a movie so palpably captured the down-to-earth, flesh-and-blood reality of high-spirited people living their lives without self-consciousness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Donald Cried is an acutely insightful, exquisitely written and acted triumph for Mr. Avedisian, who understands how the past permanently clings to us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    By focusing on musicians who are talented but finally not good or persistent enough to succeed in the big time, Not Fade Away offers a poignant, alternative, antiheroic history of the big beat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Beautifully written and acted, Tell No One is a labyrinth in which to get deliriously lost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Far from romanticizing creativity and the artistic process, Mr. Baumbach’s films portray the world of painters, filmmakers and literati as an overcrowded, amoral jungle of viperish entitled narcissists stealing from one another for fame and profit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The glue holding the film together is Adam Newport-Berra's elegant hand-held cinematography, which captures changing shades of winter and the frightened faces in natural light with an astonishing intensity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Brilliant, over-the-edge concert film Notorious C.H.O. carries candid sexual humor into previously uncharted territory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Victoria is a sensational cinematic stunt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Malkovich is one of the few actors capable of conveying genuine intellectual depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The film skillfully interweaves several strands to tell a true story with a happy ending.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    For all the alarming statistics cited in the film, Burn is not a depressing movie. The firefighters interviewed are remarkably resilient men who talk enthusiastically about the adrenaline rush of their work. And the film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Hunt's eye for detail has the precision of a short story writer's. She misses nothing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The Hunter never declares who is good or bad or right or wrong. And the implications of Martin's decision when the moment of truth finally arrives are left for the viewer to unravel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Sarsgaard gives the riskiest screen performance of his career. Save perhaps for Sean Penn's outbursts in "Dead Man Walking" and "Mystic River," no actor in a recent American film has delivered as explosive a depiction of a man emotionally blasted apart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This is the exceedingly rare film that understands how lonely, insecure preadolescent children can become so consumed by their feelings that they lose sight of ordinary boundaries and unconsciously act out their parents' darkest fantasies of passion and revenge.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    By the end of this reflective, wise, often hilarious movie, you feel as though he (McElwee) has slapped a huge chunk of raw, palpitating life onto the screen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Superstition, witchcraft, exorcism, talismans that ward off evil: in this land of the supernatural, irrationality prevails. But War Witch is so cleareyed that it makes you wonder how much more irrational this world is than the so-called civilized one under its camouflage of material wealth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Not a horror movie but a witty, expertly constructed psychological thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The wonder of the movie, which Mr. Beatty wrote and directed from a story he wrote with Bo Goldman, is that it is so good-humored. Fools and idiots abound, but demonic, systemic evil does not.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on mystical platitudes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Wildly entertaining, sexy and beautifully shot in the Canadian heartland.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This is a scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    So good it leaves you starved for more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The degree to which Smashed refuses to indulge a voyeuristic taste for the kind of sordid details exploited by reality television amounts to an unspoken declaration of principle. In lieu of self-pity, Smashed substitutes tough love.

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