For 1,915 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 My Perestroika
Lowest review score: 0 Hush
Score distribution:
1,915 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    By showing how fiercely dedicated idealists are making a difference, it is a call to arms.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    A respectful portrait of General Dallaire, now retired, who comes across as a thoughtful, resolute but profoundly shaken man, more philosopher than warrior.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A documentary necessarily conveys a point of view, and although Mr. Wiseman, as is his wont, is neither seen nor heard in a film that proceeds without commentary or subtitles, his spirit is palpable. Without overtly editorializing, the film quietly and steadfastly champions state-funded public education available to all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The man who emerges is a likable, unpretentious musical enthusiast and roll-up-your-sleeves problem-solver who apparently led a charmed life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    On a deeper level, Shoot Me is an unflinchingly honest examination of a woman who is aware that the end is approaching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Junebug envelops us in texture of a world the movies rarely visit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Because federal indictments for conspiracy to murder have yet to be handed down, the documentary is necessarily discreet about naming names and detailing its evidence. A sequel would go a long way toward solving the documentary's many unanswered questions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    In Ms. Irving's affectionate film, Mr. Bittner is more of a sage than a deadbeat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The kind of movie that seduces you into becoming putty in its manipulative card-sharking hands and making you enjoy being taken in by its shameless contrivance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Ullmann, now 65, and Mr. Josephson, 81, have a supreme mastery of the Bergman style. Their performances are spiritual and emotional X-rays.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Together, however, they add up to a film that may be the closest movies have come to the cinematic equivalent of a collection of Chekhov short stories.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Bigger, Stronger, Faster* left me convinced that the steroid scandals will abate as the drugs are reluctantly accepted as inevitable products of a continuing revolution in biotechnology. Replaceable body parts, plastic surgery, anti-depressants, Viagra and steroids are just a few of the technological advancements in a never-ending drive to make the species superhuman.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Every detail of What Richard Did rings true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although the movie, adapted from a book by Doris Pilkington Garimara, pushes emotional buttons and simplifies its true story to give it the clean narrative sweep of an extended folk ballad, it never goes dramatically overboard.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    One of the most sophisticated dog movies ever created.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Because the waves get progressively higher in Riding Giants, Stacy Peralta's historical surfing documentary, some of that thrill is sustained throughout this overlong but entertaining movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This is a scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The film is inspiring because it has a semi-happy ending attached to a love story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As a personality profile, Senna is sketchy at best. Born into a well-to-do family in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna pursued the sport from a young age with a maniacal zeal. He comes across as a fatalistic daredevil and as a man of the people, his wealthy background aside.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Sessions is a pleasant shock: a touching, profoundly sex-positive film that equates sex with intimacy, tenderness and emotional connection instead of performance, competition and conquest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This sentimental but riveting film has no qualms about playing on our emotions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As this powerful, minutely documented film reveals, the tragedy wasn’t caused by the failure of the Peoples Temple to realize its goals. In many ways, it was succeeding as a self-sufficient community.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    As the movie's frenetic visual rhythms and mood swings synchronize with the zany, adrenaline-fueled impulsiveness of its lost youth on the rampage, you may find yourself getting lost in this teeming netherworld.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The remarkable if overlong Korean film Oasis strips away much of the sentimentality and goody-two-shoes attitudes that the movies traditionally display toward disabled people.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    At its heart is an incandescent performance by Ms. Oduye, who captures the jagged mood swings of late adolescence with a wonderfully spontaneous fluency.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    A political thriller based on fact that hammers every button on the emotional console.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The connections made in Photographic Memory are more tentative than those found in Mr. McElwee's earlier films, which also seek answers in roundabout ways while maintaining an acute eye for light, color, space and atmosphere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Witty, exquisitely fine-tuned screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Awesome also describes this 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    By the end of this reflective, wise, often hilarious movie, you feel as though he (McElwee) has slapped a huge chunk of raw, palpitating life onto the screen.