Stephen Holden
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For 1,926 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

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  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Elena
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Bang
Score distribution:
1,926 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Next Stop Wonderland isn't really much more than a beautifully acted, finely edited sitcom, but it creates and sustains an intelligent, seriocomic mood better than any recent film about the urban single life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    If Divan is often fascinating, it is sometimes frustrating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    These episodes, some staged as surreal dream sequences, inject this otherwise prosaic-looking movie with a visual pizazz that makes Sleepwalk With Me more than just a glorified stand-up act.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Intimate, compelling film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Like its gyrating, spasmodic staccato beats, Get On Up refuses to stand still. It whirls and does splits and jumps, with leaps around in time and changes in tempo that are jarring and abrupt and that usually feel just right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The movie is so busy constructing its labyrinthine plot that it often forgets to plumb the souls of its characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A powerful and disturbing reminder of how a civilization can suddenly crack under certain pressures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    A meditation on the scale of a catastrophe so enormous that all the assembled resources seem paltry and inadequate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Exudes a throbbing flesh-and-blood intensity so compelling that it's impossible to avert your eyes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Throughout Grbavica the desire to forget and the need to remember are at loggerheads. At Sara’s school the psychological wounds of the war are being handed down to her generation through the separation of heroes and nonheroes. Fathers pass their weapons down to their sons. Even as you leave a war behind, you bring it with you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as "Hotel Rwanda," it still packs a hard punch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    A visual adventure worthy of that much degraded adjective, awesome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Keeps its claws carefully retracted. That's probably for the best, since the documentary still leaves a bitter aftertaste.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Because it is a film, American Radical can only begin to sketch the complicated historical and political debates that engage Mr. Finkelstein and his detractors, but it allows both sides to make their cases.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Paul is not a sociopath like Tom Ripley, and the movie does not convey the same diabolical Hitchcockian sense of being manipulated by a slightly sadistic master puppeteer. As the story sprawls across the screen, it darts from one incident to the next as though it were inventing itself as it goes along.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In portraying this threesome, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman give the most psychologically acute performances of their film careers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The carnage, although explicit and frequent, is not grotesquely overdone. But except for Mr. Moura's Nascimento, the movie doesn't have the same richness of characters. Psychologically he is the whole show; the rest are stereotypes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Instead of seriously investigating corruption, money laundering and the buying of politicians, Manda Bala would rather spend its time showing slimy brown frogs slithering over one another as they are dumped from one container into another.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Khoury, often filmed in close-up, gives a deeply sensitive, unsentimental performance, and the feelings that crowd on her face (sometimes more than one at a time) run the gamut from despair to ambivalence to hysterical frustration to tenderness and joy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    If the Yes Men’s antics have a lot in common with the stunts of Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael Moore, they are executed more in the spirit of dry amusement than as showboating, gotcha moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    It makes for continuously riveting, visceral entertainment that evokes a Gallic "Scarface" without the drugs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The Boys of Baraka is so rich that you wish there were more of it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Creepily riveting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Michael Kang's small, perfectly observed portrait of Ernest Chin (Jeffrey Chyau), a Chinese-American boy who lives and works in a dingy downscale motel operated by his mother, captures the glum desperation of inhabiting the biological limbo of early adolescence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If the situation has all the ingredients of a shrill, tearful melodrama, the filmmaker, working from a taut screenplay by Avner Bernheimer that doesn't waste a word or a gesture, keeps the emotional lid firmly in place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Documents of a flourishing below-the-radar culture, often involving older musicians who won't be around much longer, they are archival records as well as entertainments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As this smart, hard-bitten woman with an eighth-grade education pursues her quest, the documentary portrays the debate between connoisseurship and science as a culture war.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Stylistically Ushpizin belongs to a classic tradition of raucous Yiddish comedy that is easy to enjoy if taken lightly. At the same time, it sustains a double vision of ultra-Orthodox life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Almost forbiddingly austere.