Stephen Holden
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For 2,015 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 About Elly
Lowest review score: 0 Hearts in Atlantis
Score distribution:
2,015 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is consistently watchable, it isn't especially funny, nor does it give any deeper insight into its star than you might get from seeing his late-night shows.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If the movie has loads of nerve, its ambitious fusion of cartoons and live-action comedy is only fitfully amusing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If The Imperialists Are Still Alive! doesn't go much of anywhere despite its peripatetic characters, that stasis seems intentional.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Like "The Sixth Sense," He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not reaches for a crowning final twist, but in this case it falls flat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Leaves a sour aftertaste since it's obvious that the filmmaker's intrusion on these unhappy people, fictional or not, only further worsens their discomfort and their difficulty communicating.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The insensitivity of the news media and law enforcement is an implicit acknowledgment of the gap between men and women on the issue; in the film's view men just don't get it. And the submerged rage that wells up in Nira and Lily is boiling hot. The film is less successful in depicting their personal lives.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    A film divided against itself. The more the cat-and-mouse game between prisoner and reporter points it in the direction of "The Silence of the Lambs," the closer it inches toward the sort of exploitation it condemns; for me, that's too close for Crónicas to be taken without a big grain of salt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As gamely as the movie tries to make sense of its title character, there remains a huge gap between the film's creepy, clean-cut Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) and fiendish acts that no amount of earnest textbook psychologizing can bridge.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Observed through emotional gauze, its four likable women are symbolic cheerleaders for personal loyalty and wholesome living.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As informative and packed with cultural lore as it is, The Komediant is dramatically diffuse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Although The Grace Lee Project is ostensibly about a name, it's really about cultural assimilation and a stereotype of virtue and subservience that has deep roots on both sides of the Pacific. As oppressive as her name may be, Ms. Lee also knows full well that there are worse fates than being a 16-year-old Harvard freshman.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    King of California may look and feel realistic, but it is really a Don Quixote-like fable about nonconformity and pursuing your impossible dream to the very end.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    An agreeable show business satire with a warm heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Although neither Ms. Berry nor Mr. Del Toro can be faulted in their scenery-chewing moments, these star turns make you uncomfortably aware that they are Oscar-conscious auditions for the Big Prize. Their naked ambition subtly contaminates a movie that, despite its fine acting, has the emotional impact of a general anesthetic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    City of Men has a more humane, you might say bleeding-heart, perspective on this anarchic culture than “City of God.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Its most intriguing moments evoke the way that memory plays tricks and our visions of the past are actually scrambled composites of impressions and feelings.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Beneath the Harvest Sky reaches a dramatic climax that is so rushed and confusing, you are left scratching your head. But for all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Not half as exotic or as compelling as Mr. Aïnouz’s 2002 film, “Madame Satã,” which examined the fantastic life of a transvestite prostitute and underground entertainer in 1930s and ’40s Rio de Janeiro. But it shares the earlier film’s deep sympathy with sexual free spirits in a rigid macho society.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Newlyweeds, for all its freshness, never really lands. It remains suspended in a haze of secondhand smoke.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The story loses credibility as it goes along, as the body count escalates, and Robinson’s solutions to life-and-death crises grow increasingly far-fetched.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Rambling, occasionally very funny reflection on the meaning of family in contemporary Japan.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If Mr. Hurt gives a meticulously detailed performance, he is still so innately refined that Brett never quite registers as an authentic blue-collar type, either vocally or in his body language. Ultimately, men like Brett are just not in Mr. Hurt’s DNA, and you are left with the impression of observing a silk purse artfully (but only partially) disguised as a sow’s ear.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    So much care has been taken to build a mood of hushed suspense that the rushed, tragic conclusion, in which too little is shown and too little explained, leaves you deeply unsatisfied.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Archetypes and symbols solemnly parade through Seraphim Falls, a handsome, old-fashioned western of few words and heavy meanings that unfolds with the sanctimonious grandeur of a biblical allegory.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Two Lives is an absorbing, well-acted, moderately suspenseful mystery, although its time line of events is fuzzy to the point of impenetrability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The movie, which begins with Mr. Sarkozy's election-night victory in May 2007, only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    For all its subtext about identity and London's social fabric, Dreams of a Life leaves too many blanks and is ultimately more frustrating than rewarding.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay by Mike Rich is so far-fetched and riddled with holes that Mr. Van Sant's urban realist touches only underscore the falseness of what's on the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Delivers its Holocaust-related story with the clunking force of a blunt instrument slammed into the skull.

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