Stephen Holden
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For 2,017 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 Heading South
Lowest review score: 0 Hemingway's Garden of Eden
Score distribution:
2,017 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Keeping Up With the Steins would have been a much better film if it had waited twice as long before retracting its fangs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    An enraptured fantasia of high times at the hotel, the film is so intoxicated with the Chelsea’s bohemian mystique it virtually consumes itself.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A mildly diverting period heist movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A crude but scathing portrait of suburban life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The best scenes are the contests in which the competitors hammer away, executing the kind of grand flourishes with each return of the carriage that Liberace exhibited at the piano.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Teenage horror-movie spoof, John Waters parody, No Nukes protest movie, twisted sex-education film, quasi-feminist fable, outrageous stunt: Mitchell Lichtenstein’s clever, crude comedy, Teeth, is all these and more.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    The biggest hole in a movie that falls sadly short of being another "Diner" or "Trees Lounge" is Mr. Burns's failure to make his alter-ego character anything other than the best-looking and most affluent member of the pack, standing there and discreetly gloating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If the movie, which uses blues-based Kansas City jazz as a raucous, nonverbal Greek chorus, lacks the emotional range of Mr. Altman's masterpiece, ''Nashville,'' it still has its own brawling vitality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Wants to make a grand statement about the mystical power (both celestial and demonic) of great music. But give or take some scattered musical moments, the frame in which that message is couched is too kitschy to let that vision catch fire.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The film's most upsetting scenes are its interviews with residents whose livelihood has been decimated and whose health has been compromised.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Struggling to get out from under the film’s too-cheery surface is a much more serious movie about grown-ups confronting the depredations of old age.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    All it wants is to divert you for about 100 minutes and leave you with the glow of vicarious comradeship, as blue-collar blokes and drag queens pull together to save the day. Foot fetishists will drool.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Aside from Ms. Harris's performance, the main reason to recommend Natural Selection - very conditionally - is that its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Had The Look of Love focused more acutely on the father-daughter relationship or explored Mr. Raymond’s relationships with his two sons, only one of whom appears briefly, it might have amounted to something more substantial than a keenly observed period piece that keeps a celebrity journalist’s distance from its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    If the characters are likable enough, they are underdeveloped and have little of the quirky individuality or dimension of the adventurous seniors portrayed in the superior (but sugarcoated) movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." For a truthful film about those final years, you'll have to wait for Michael Haneke's heartbreaking masterpiece "Amour," which is to open in December.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    This spare, minimalist film is not realistic. It has the simplicity of a silent movie, and the blocking of the actors, especially in the scenes with Koistinen and Mirja, emphasizes the distances between them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    This much sweetness and light in a movie is all very well. But there's a reason that recipes for cake and cookies call for a pinch of salt. In Miss Potter, there is only a grain or two -- not enough to dilute the sugary overload. The film is the cinematic equivalent of a delicate English tea cake whose substance is buried under too many layers of icing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Makes the best possible argument for a cautionary drama that contemplates the absolute worst in us.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Larry (Wild Man) Fischer, the psychotic songwriter and performer (found to be both paranoid-schizophrenic and bipolar) is sympathetically profiled in Josh Rubin's documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    This multigenerational family history has enough gripping moments to hold your attention, but ultimately it leaves you frustrated by its failure to braid subplots and characters into a gripping narrative.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    John Rabe, has its visceral moments. But it is also burdened by manipulative clichés of a screenplay in which exposition outweighs character development. Inspired by Rabe’s diaries, from which short excerpts are read, it tells the story almost exclusively from a Western point of view.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Half of the time, the movie - based on a novel by Ivica Dikic, who collaborated with Mr. Tanovic on the screenplay - has the tone and pace of a farce. The other half, it plays like an unconvincing melodrama. The film assumes knowledge about the history and politics of the former Yugoslavia and the wars involved in its breakup that most Americans don't possess.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    A candy-colored never-never land that Peter Pan might envy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay relies on so many mechanical contrivances to make the story gripping that you can hear the rusty machinery clanking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Content to go only a third of the way to the bottom of its characters, the movie gives each a few comic tics and leaves it at that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    As long as it focuses on its feverishly needy central characters, neither of whom you would ever want to have as a friend, it remains true to itself.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie...tries to juggle too many characters at once (its title means "story plot" in Hebrew), and in several cases their connections aren't adequately explained.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    This earnest, well-intentioned movie elicits frustration that its story had to be packaged as a conventional, not very suspenseful fugitive thriller with a bogus Hollywood ending.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Trump comes across as an insensitive, lying bully who will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of creating what he promises will be the world's greatest golf resort.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    It mocks the absurdity of war, but between the chuckles, and especially near the end, it plucks the heartstrings.

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