Stephen Holden
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For 1,928 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 You Again
Score distribution:
1,928 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The characters in Alamar may be playing versions of themselves, but the writer, editor and director Pedro González-Rubio has constructed a film in which the journey has an overarching mythic resonance that evokes fables from "Robinson Crusoe" to "The Old Man and the Sea."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Until the end, when it begins to go soft, the movie takes two strands of soap opera convention -- a life-changing accident and an adulterous affair -- and spins their suds into gold.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A cinematic tone poem as much as a biography.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The movie offers a revealing case study of the relationship between politics, celebrity and the media in today’s polarized social climate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A visually enthralling 40-minute tour of the southwestern Pacific depths.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Much more than a perfectly realized vignette about seduction. It is the latest and most powerful dispatch yet from Ms. Breillat, France's most impassioned correspondent covering the war between the sexes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    In the manner of a Satyajit Ray film, The Pool avoids melodrama, the better to capture the texture of Venkatesh's vagabond life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Working within the confines of the teen-age genre film, Pump Up the Volume succeeds in sounding a surprising number of honest, heartfelt notes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As in all her screen performances, Ms. Blanchett immerses herself completely in her character, a damaged, high-strung woman determined to live the straight life while surrounded by temptation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Dense, exhilarating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Without standing on a soapbox Stephanie Daley suggests a tragic gender gap between men who judge and women who feel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Despite its hip, off-center style and pointed de-glamorization of its singles, the movie adds up to little more than feel-good fluff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Definitive and engrossing documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Instead of feeling universal, the movie feels claustrophobic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Even through improbable moments and abrupt changes of pace and tone, Ms. Dench and Mr. Coogan hold the movie together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The clammy chill that pervades The Hunter, the fourth feature film by the Iranian director Rafi Pitts, seeps under your skin as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The film sustains an air of overarching mystery in which the viewer, like the title character, is in the position of a sheltered child plunked into an alien environment and required to fend for herself without a map or compass.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    Was it all for naught? Only weeks after the 23 partisans were arrested (and all but two promptly executed), Paris was liberated. Army of Crime is a passionate act of remembrance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Despite its moments of pathos and its expressions of homesickness, A Room and a Half, is an uplifting comedy. Like Fellini’s screen reminiscences, it is suffused with a hearty appreciation of the world’s absurdity, along with a hungry appreciation of its beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    [A] pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Almost every frame of this modest gem of a movie, directed by Carlos Sorin from a screenplay by Pablo Solarz, conveys the emptiness of the environment in which three interwoven vignettes unfold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As this taut, viscerally propulsive insider's history of the sport in its early years skids and leaps forward with a jaunty visual panache, it is impossible not to be seduced by its hard-edged vision of an endless teenage summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    The Hunt doesn’t know where to stop. It is undermined with a short, unsatisfying epilogue whose shocking final moment isn’t enough to justify its inclusion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    As the director of the documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese is a besotted rock ’n’ roll fan who wholeheartedly embraces its mythology.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Indelible, deeply disquieting film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    More acutely than any movie before, it gives cinematic expression to the hot-tempered, defiantly nihilistic ethos that ignites gangster rap.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Strathairn's complex, exquisitely nuanced portrayal of a man who goes over the line allows his character to be both hero and villain, sometimes at once.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    How was this careless, self-destructive human rhythm machine able to outlast almost all her peers? Maybe the vitality of the jazz she made kept her alive. She was one tough lady.