For 1,879 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Up the Yangtze
Lowest review score: 0 The Singing Forest
Score distribution:
1,879 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Galiana's quietly monumental performance is one for the ages.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Not a horror movie but a witty, expertly constructed psychological thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The Iranian director Majid Majidi’s sad, soulful film The Willow Tree is his second movie to explore blindness and sight on multiple levels.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Family dynamics examined through the prism of art: The Woodmans, C. Scott Willis's compelling documentary study of an artistic clan whose comfortable life was shattered by the suicide of its youngest member, asks profound questions to which there really are no answers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The movie's biggest disappointment is the vague, unfocused performance of Ms. Ricci, an actress known for taking risky, unsympathetic roles. Here she seems somewhat intimidated by her character.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    In its unassuming way, this tiny, low-budget film is a universal reflection on issues of personal identity and choice for which there are no easy answers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Tries to do too much in too little time. It would be a stronger film if it devoted more detailed attention to the plight of the returning veteran. As it stands, it is a scattershot antiwar polemic that doesn't bolster its arguments with any historical perspective or statistical evidence. No one from the government or the military is trotted out to give an opposing view. This is not to say that The Ground Truth, on its own terms, isn't devastating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe. Suffused with a sense of wonder, it hovers, dancing inside its own ethereal bubble.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If there were more experimental films as entertaining as The Decay of Fiction, Pat O’Neill's luminous Hollywood ghost story, the notion of a thriving avant-garde cinema might not be so intimidating to the moviegoing public.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The movie’s unblinking observation of a friendship put to the test is amused, queasy making, kindhearted and unfailingly truthful.
    • 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
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It places Basquiat's art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    [A] small, likably sentimental film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Calm, deliberate and devastating, Jessica Sanders's documentary After Innocence confirms many of the worst fears about weaknesses in the American criminal-justice system.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    When it comes to actual historical details, Farewell crams too many notions into expositional blips of dialogue. And the scenes of conferences in the corridors of power, whether in Moscow, Paris or Washington, are strained and abrupt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Frustratingly sketchy partly because it is not finally a survival tale but a mystical evocation of the power of Inuit mythology, and how the passing down of ancient wisdom can sustain the human spirit in the direst circumstances. But the unanswered questions still nag.
    • 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
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A gripping and important documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty. The two central performances are so spontaneous and mercurial that the reckless flirtation seems to be unfolding before your eyes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As End of the Century reveals even more starkly than the recent Metallica documentary, "Some Kind of Monster," harmony among band members becomes harder to sustain as the years gather, youthful enthusiasm wanes, and personalities define themselves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The brilliant, sinister French thriller Red Lights is a twisty road movie in which every sign points toward catastrophe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    It's all very beautiful, not to mentioned high-minded. But the loftiness comes at a sacrifice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mendelsohn's fusion of science fiction and Chekhovian melancholy finds a fresh perspective on a familiar theme.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A breezy, informal history of the Black Bear Ranch, a long-running California commune begun in the summer of 1968 and still in existence, offers the fascinating spectacle of observing people then and now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Frozen, for all its innovations, is not fundamentally revolutionary. Its animated characters are the same familiar, blank-faced, big-eyed storybook figures. But they are a little more psychologically complex than their Disney forerunners.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Methodically ticks off the forms of oppression visited on gays and lesbians in the days before the gay rights movement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The characters' faces reveal more about them than any words that come out of their mouths.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Maintains a tone that remains as light and easygoing as the Australians living in the area.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Washington leans into an otherwise schlocky movie and slams it out of the ballpark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Above all How I Ended This Summer is a merciless contemplation of the fragile human psyche under siege.