Stephen Holden

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For 2,167 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

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Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Gideon's Army
Lowest review score: 0 Happiness Runs
Score distribution:
2167 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Anyone who attended Broadway shows in the days when ticket prices were reasonable and the actors and singers performed without amplification will feel a rush of nostalgia as these troupers offer what amounts to a breezy compilation of after-dinner remarks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This wisp of a movie doesn't pretend to be more than a series of disconnected vignettes in a moody story that sometimes seems invented on the spot. The boy, for all his eccentricities, is a healing spirit who, without realizing it, gives Rose the fortitude to face her problems and resume her old life, for better or for worse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The story told by Mr. Bowser's film is complicated and tragic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Greg Whiteley's small, tender documentary portrait New York Doll looks at life after rock 'n' roll as experienced by Arthur (Killer) Kane, the original bassist for the legendary glam-punk band the New York Dolls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The film’s vision of a long-married couple keeping each other going with mutual love and support, and a shared resistance to outside interference, is more vital than a thousand movies populated by hot, squirming teenagers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The story is deepened with a distinctively European political subtext as the increasingly grandiose Mesrine engages in a running dialogue with various characters about the differences between gangsters and revolutionaries.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As smart and warmhearted an exploration of an upwardly mobile immigrant culture as American independent cinema has produced.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Alleluia is a fever dream of sex, jealousy and murder whose intensity leaves you spellbound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Your religion or lack of one doesn't matter. At some point while watching the film, you may feel that music IS God, or if not, a close approximation of divinity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As a cautionary tale Lou Reed’s Berlin is an 85-minute public-service announcement that preaches "Just say no." The force of the music, however, lends this tawdry melodrama a tragic stature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Handsomely photographed and inspirational, but not cloyingly so, it is the rare contemporary documentary that doesn't leave a residue of cynicism and outrage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This smart, sober movie makes you feel the full weight of the challenges he faces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Like most of Mr. Davies’s films, Sunset Song makes you see the world through his sorrowful eyes. He is a die-hard romantic, whose acute sensitivity to the passage of time conveys a bittersweet awareness of the fragility of beauty, which, for him, is synonymous with melancholy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Exhibition is an exquisitely photographed film that requires unusually close attention for it to reveal itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Pi
    As smart as it is, Pi is awfully hard to watch. Filmed with hand-held cameras in splotchy black-and-white and crudely edited, it has the style and attitude of a no-budget midnight movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    When they discover they've been made fools of, they accept this performance event with surprising equanimity. There is a lot of grumbling but no riot. They get the joke.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    More than an indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie, Tony Manero is an extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Mouth of the Wolf will haunt you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Needlessly complicated, life already has more than enough petty dramas. Let It Rain may not be funny in a ha-ha sense, but it gave me an amused open-mouthed appreciation of life’s absurdities, including unanticipated nuisances like bad weather.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Heavily seasoned with epigrams worthy of Oscar Wilde, this entertaining documentary portrays Vidal as a pessimistic political prophet with streaks of paranoia and misanthropy, but a truth teller nonetheless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Near the beginning of the movie, the younger Wexler admits that the film is his attempt to get closer to his father. This sense of personal mission helps make Tell Them Who You Are the richest documentary of its kind since Terry Zwigoff's "Crumb."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although Igby has its share of glitches and tonal inconsistencies, it packs an emotional wallop similar to that of another cultural golden oldie as beloved in its way as "The Catcher in the Rye": "The Graduate."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    That time machine - a wonderful-looking gizmo with some lasers stolen from a medical laboratory - really exists. Whether it works or not, you'll have to see for yourself. It's worth the wait.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Margaret Brown’s quietly infuriating documentary film about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, includes depressing information that many would probably be happier not knowing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A gem of contemporary neo-realism, the movie offers a ground-level view of a poor but vital community where many residents survive by scavenging bits of recyclable steel and plastic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The quiet humanity of the performances infuses the movie with a truthfulness that outweighs its flaws.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Easy A isn't nearly as good a movie as "Clueless," Ms. Heckerling's contemporary pastiche of the Jane Austen novel "Emma." But the one-liner-loaded screenplay has the same insouciant charm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay bluntly faces anxieties of aging that are rarely voiced in the movies, and it is too hard-headed to offer comfy palliatives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie is an amusing ball of fluff that refuses to judge its characters’ amoral high jinks. Winking at the vanity of wealthy voluptuaries and hustlers playing games of tainted love, it heaves a sigh and says welcome to the human comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Until it fizzles in an anticlimactic train crash, it is extremely entertaining.

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