Stephen Holden
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For 2,025 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Mulholland Dr.
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
2,025 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    This loose-jointed ensemble comedy is funny in a squirm-inducing way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Polite, detached documentary in which there are no highs or lows. Politically and emotionally, the movie's thermostat remains at medium cool.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    As much as the story, based on a novel by Emmanuèle Bernheim, has the irresistible earmarks of the kind of high-toned bodice-ripper at which the French excel, its cinematic realization is oddly gawky and tepid.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    As it abruptly crosscuts among the five friends, it fails to lend the characters' individual stories enough dramatic resonance to make us care about them.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Watching the movie is a little like gorging on chocolate and Champagne until that queasy moment arrives when you realize you’ve consumed far too much.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    A liability of Casino Jack is the relative absence of its subject.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    A film of noble intentions that eventually wears out its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    [A] shallow but enjoyable all-American morality play.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    However persuasively acted, this mélange of cinéma vérité, slapstick and murder - whose story has a lot in common with the recent Australian gangster film "Animal Kingdom" - has too many narrative gaps for its pieces to cohere satisfactorily.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As Maria crumples before our eyes, many will find Stations of the Cross heartbreaking and infuriating. Others may laugh out loud at her mother, a walking nightmare of pious, punishing rectitude.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    May be as exhaustive a study of one man's midlife crisis as has ever been brought to the screen. But as the movie lopes along, exhaustive becomes exhausting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Kisses may strike you as either ingeniously magical or insufferably cute, depending on your taste. But more than the story, which circles back on itself, the natural performances of its young stars, Shane Curry and especially Kelly O'Neill, nonprofessional actors, lend the movie a core of integrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Honeydripper is agreeable, well-intentioned and very, very slow. Sadly, it illustrates the difference between an archetype and a stereotype. When the first falls flat, it turns into the other and becomes a cliché.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The cinematic equivalent of sampling goodies from a spartan tastings menu in which the entrees, desserts and appetizers are confusingly jumbled together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    It has the loose-jointed feel of a bunch of sketches packed together into a narrative that doesn't gather much momentum. Its conspiratorial eager beavers are so undeveloped that they could hardly even be called types. You don't care for a second what happens to them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The Galapagos Affair would be a much stronger film were it not padded with the dull reminiscences and speculation of the settlers’ descendants.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The shallowness of this idealized depiction of European cultural homogeneity is largely camouflaged by the comfortable fit of its director's sensibility with the actors' likable, lived-in performances. An apt alternative title for Russian Dolls might be "Lovers Without Borders."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The unabashedly sentimental film is a juicy morsel for the great British actress Dame Joan Plowright, who endows Mrs. Palfrey with stoic charm and decency.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As both an actor and a playwright, Wallace Shawn, at his most audacious, goes for the jugular, but in sneaky roundabout ways.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    It's a good thing the movie has so little dialogue, because when it talks, the words dilute its almost surreal visual spell, and the fructose turns to saccharine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    It is left for Mr. Heidbreder to offer the fanciest rationalization for their addiction. Asked whether the movies are a substitute for life, he rejects the suggestion that their behavior is pathological and declares that film itself "is a form of living."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Once Price Check darkens, it loses its comic footing, along with its nerve, and becomes a wishy-washy potpourri of elements that fail to mesh: backing away from its satirical potential, it sputters toward an evasive and unsatisfying ending. Ms. Posey, however, blithely sails above the fray.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The beauty of the landscape and the monk’s sweetness, humility and good humor evoke a plane of existence, at once elevated and austere, that is humbling to contemplate. That said, Unmistaken Child offers no scholarly perspective on Tibetan Buddhism and leaves fundamental questions unanswered.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    As an outcry against the forcible conscription of children into armies around the world, Innocent Voices, is an honorable film. But as a balanced portrait of a tragic civil war, it is simplistic and opaque.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The impact of these stories is not in the words but in the way the mood, texture and the acting build each situation into a visually intense parable about the similarity of spiritual, erotic and aesthetic aspiration.

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