Stephen Holden
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For 2,026 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Two Step
Lowest review score: 0 Dracula 2000
Score distribution:
2,026 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Until it goes haywire with the cabbage scene, Stray Dogs sustains a hypnotic intensity anchored in exquisite cinematography that portrays the modern industrial cityscape as a chilly wasteland.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The connections made in Photographic Memory are more tentative than those found in Mr. McElwee's earlier films, which also seek answers in roundabout ways while maintaining an acute eye for light, color, space and atmosphere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Almost in spite of itself, The House of Mirth is powerful, at times even moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Eureka never comes to life. -- In pursuing its aesthetic agenda so single-mindedly, the movie leaves the characters behind in the muck.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Despite its hip, off-center style and pointed de-glamorization of its singles, the movie adds up to little more than feel-good fluff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Instead of feeling universal, the movie feels claustrophobic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The Hunt doesn’t know where to stop. It is undermined with a short, unsatisfying epilogue whose shocking final moment isn’t enough to justify its inclusion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    A surprisingly unpolished piece of work that plays as though it were written for the stage and only slightly modified for the screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Throughout the film there is an abundance of sumptuously photographed flesh on view. But House of Pleasures is not an erotic stimulant so much as a slow-moving, increasingly tragic and claustrophobic operatic pageant set almost entirely in the brothel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The film fails to convey the claustrophobic terror experienced by a man who called his book "Letters From Hell."
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mendelsohn's fusion of science fiction and Chekhovian melancholy finds a fresh perspective on a familiar theme.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Narco Cultura feels like two short films sandwiched together to make a feature. One is a shallow pop-music documentary focusing on Mr. Quintero. The other is an equally superficial portrait of the embattled Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso.
    • 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.
    • The New York Times
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    It's all so seamy, sordid, lurid and shocking! And dull, despite a noirish gloss of wide-angle cinematography and a jaundiced, smoggy color scheme.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    What does it all mean? Less than meets the eye. Amer is a voluptuous wallow in recycled psychosexual kitsch.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A small, mildly entertaining documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If Divan is often fascinating, it is sometimes frustrating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie is so busy constructing its labyrinthine plot that it often forgets to plumb the souls of its characters.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as "Hotel Rwanda," it still packs a hard punch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Keeps its claws carefully retracted. That's probably for the best, since the documentary still leaves a bitter aftertaste.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    For all its sensitivity to the subject, The Farewell Party makes a number of tonal missteps of which the most glaring is the insertion of a musical number that upsets the movie’s otherwise sensible balance between the comedic and the morbid.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If it's all very clever for a teen-age film, it also feels terribly forced.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    If the film's sentiments about the madness of war are impeccably high-minded, why then does Joyeux Noël, an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film, feel as squishy and vague as a handsome greeting card declaring peace on earth?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Life of Riley is neither especially profound nor riotously funny. An element of caricature is palpable in the performances but restrained.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider’s tell-all.

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