Stephen Holden
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For 1,959 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 What Richard Did
Lowest review score: 0 Addicted to Love
Score distribution:
1,959 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Witty, exquisitely fine-tuned screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Awesome also describes this 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This attenuated two-and-a-half-hour reflection on marriage, adultery, parenthood and the casualties of sexual warfare unfolds like a brooding autobiographical epilogue to Mr. Bergman's much stormier 1973 masterpiece, "Scenes From a Marriage."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Has the feel of a clinical case study elevated into a subject of aesthetic and philosophical discourse.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Almost in spite of itself, The House of Mirth is powerful, at times even moving.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Remarkable concert documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Skarsgard and Headey deliver perfectly meshed lead performances in a small, beautifully acted film that will make you squirm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A witty, sociologically astute reflection on the attraction between opposites.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its narrative glitches and its homemade quality, Thirteen evokes the rhythm, texture and tone of Nina's world in a way that a more carefully scripted film never could.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    An unblinking portrait of a complicated, solitary gay man who has outlived his working years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    One of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Putty Hill doesn't strive for overt social commentary. It drops you into a world that the director, who grew up in the area, knows firsthand: a suburban fringe of stasis, downward mobility and lowered expectations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Eddie Miller (Robert Forster), the stolid protagonist of Diamond Men, a small, finely acted slice of American life, is the sort of character the movies normally shun like the plague for lack of glamour.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The movie’s eerie, climactic image challenges our conventional notions of human identity and leaves us reflecting on the possibility that every being in the universe is an alien in disguise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The role of Jimmy is one of Mr. Jackson's scarier characters, and this brilliant actor inhabits all four corners of his jittery, avaricious personality. When he and Sydney finally clash, the movie makes its darkest, cleverest turn into film-noir nightmare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's dramatic climax is a father-son confrontation of stunning cruelty. Although the movie stops short of outright tragedy, it is suffused with a grief born of rifts that may never be mended.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Louisiana's delta country has never looked more darkly, lusciously sensual than it does in Eve's Bayou, a Southern gothic soap opera, written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, that transcends the genre through the sheer rumbling force of its characters' passions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    "We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials," Tião, an impoverished Brazilian catadore, or trash picker, declares to a talk-show host in Lucy Walker's inspiring documentary Waste Land.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Morris, instead of evoking the solemnity that surrounds most films that touch on the Holocaust, has directed Mr. Death as the blackest of comedies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie uses the talent show Afghan Star as a prism through which to examine the fragmented tribal culture of Afghanistan as reflected in the backgrounds of four finalists (two of them women) and the public responses to their performances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Instead of being contemptuous and sardonic, the portrait of inchoate adolescent longing in Paradise: Hope is poignant.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It works just fine as a sophisticated wildlife documentary with a submerged narrative. But if you enjoy the challenge of solving difficult mysteries, Hukkle presents a tantalizing case waiting to be cracked.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    It is hard to imagine that any other actress could muster the stubborn ferocity that Isabelle Huppert brings to the role of Maud.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Often feels like two movies loosely sewn together. By far the most compelling of the two is its portrait of Ms. Boyd, a woman who for all her quirks and self-dramatizing flourishes, emerges as a noble spirit on the side of the angels.

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