Stephen Holden
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For 2,026 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
2,026 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    "We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials," Tião, an impoverished Brazilian catadore, or trash picker, declares to a talk-show host in Lucy Walker's inspiring documentary Waste Land.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Morris, instead of evoking the solemnity that surrounds most films that touch on the Holocaust, has directed Mr. Death as the blackest of comedies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie uses the talent show Afghan Star as a prism through which to examine the fragmented tribal culture of Afghanistan as reflected in the backgrounds of four finalists (two of them women) and the public responses to their performances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Instead of being contemptuous and sardonic, the portrait of inchoate adolescent longing in Paradise: Hope is poignant.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It works just fine as a sophisticated wildlife documentary with a submerged narrative. But if you enjoy the challenge of solving difficult mysteries, Hukkle presents a tantalizing case waiting to be cracked.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    It is hard to imagine that any other actress could muster the stubborn ferocity that Isabelle Huppert brings to the role of Maud.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Often feels like two movies loosely sewn together. By far the most compelling of the two is its portrait of Ms. Boyd, a woman who for all her quirks and self-dramatizing flourishes, emerges as a noble spirit on the side of the angels.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Seduced and Abandoned may be the year’s most entertaining put-on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    May be the first movie about a painter to transcend the gushy clichés found in movies that try to unravel the mysteries of artistic creation.
    • 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
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Testament of Youth, James Kent’s stately screen adaptation of the British author Vera Brittain’s 1933 World War I memoir, evokes the march of history with a balance and restraint exhibited by few movies with such grand ambitions.
    • 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.

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