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 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Lowest review score: 0 Strippers
Score distribution:
1,879 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The current of intellectual energy snapping through the ferociously engaging screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s Tony Award-winning play feels like electrical brain stimulation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Young's passionate cracked whine assumes an oracular power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This deliciously nasty French deconstruction of male pecking orders, directed by Bernard Rapp, should send a pleasant shiver down the spine of anyone who has ever obsessed about wanting to please a devious and manipulative boss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Uplifting, witty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although The Song of Sparrows has some of the trappings of a naturalistic drama, it is really a series of strict moral lessons pieced together into an austere Islamic sermon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Julie Gavras’s wonderful film, Blame It on Fidel, views its ideological conflicts through the eyes of a smart, willful child.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Narco Cultura feels like two short films sandwiched together to make a feature. One is a shallow pop-music documentary focusing on Mr. Quintero. The other is an equally superficial portrait of the embattled Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    A wrenching, richly layered feminist allegory as well as a geopolitical one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's unhurried rhythm eventually works a quiet spell, and after a while you find yourself settling back, adjusting to the film's bucolic metabolism and appreciating its eye and ear for detail.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    At its best, Cast Away, like "Titanic," awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Very funny, extremely obscene movie spinoff from the popular animated Comedy Central series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's disparate voices coalesce here as an emotionally charged microcosm of the conflict.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This is high-speed action realism carried off with the dexterity of a magician pulling a hundred rabbits out of a hat in one graceful gesture. The crowning flourish is an extended car chase through the streets and tunnels of Moscow that ranks as one of the three or four most exciting demolition derbies ever filmed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The prisoner rather eloquently portrays himself as a victim of human rights abuse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Somersault, which the Australian Film Institute garlanded with 13 awards, including best film, director, actor and actress (for Ms. Cornish's astonishing performance), is a movie about the looks on people's faces and the disparity between the surface and the roiling chaos beneath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As technically innovative as it is emotionally unsettling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Few films have explored the human face this searchingly and found such complex psychological topography. That's why The Wings of the Dove succeeds where virtually every other film translation of a James novel has stumbled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    May seem frustratingly elusive at times, but it's a rewarding film that's beautiful to look at.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although the movie takes on many of the characteristics of a conventional thriller, it refuses to go for cheap, vicious shocks, and the adults are seen through the curtain of Michele's trust.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Reminds you that marital discord knows no geographic boundaries.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A beautifully written, seamlessly directed film with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive is anything but the clichéd fantasy of a blissful mother-child reunion. Although there are hints of joy once they reconnect, the wounds are too deep, and the characters too complex.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The surest sign of the movie’s integrity is that it resists any temptation to build the story to a climactic debate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Like most documentary polemics, it simplifies the issues it confronts and selects facts that bolster its black-and-white, heroes-and-villains view of raw economic power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its quirks and tangents, Declaration of War feels entirely alive. This story of two people who transform fear into action is inspiring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Couldn't have succeeded had it been cast with movie stars. Its authenticity derives not only from the streets on which it was filmed but also from its able Colombian cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In its harshly realistic scenes... it stirs your blood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    One of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance. As Lilia metamorphoses from a shy housebound widow into a woman calmly rejoicing in her body and her sexuality, Ms. Abbass marks her character's every blush and hesitation in the process of letting go with a winning delicacy and sweetness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's rejection of even a tinge of melodrama lends it a special integrity.