Stephen Holden
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For 1,959 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 Up the Yangtze
Lowest review score: 0 Mary
Score distribution:
1,959 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Its insistent zaniness makes Soul Kitchen very different in spirit from Mr. Akin's two previous films, "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven," which established him as a major European filmmaker. Seriously silly, it evokes the same high-spirited, pan-European multiculturalism in which people of all ages and backgrounds blithely traverse national borders as they aggressively pursue their destinies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Filmed in the unadorned Dogme style and acted with a ferocious intensity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A political movie that, partly through the powerful lead performance of its star, the relatively young Yves Montand, transcends its own politics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    By treating the genre as a joke, this satire, whose title plays off George A. Romero's 1979 golden oldie, "Dawn of the Dead," yields ironic dramatic dividends.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    In its demystification of these youthful slum dwellers, the film makes their embrace of terrorism frighteningly comprehensible. Because it follows its main characters over 10 years, from childhood into adulthood, it gives their fates a sense of tragic inevitability
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The movie is unusual for its absence of gossip. Instead it offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer’s life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Dragon 2 is considerably darker and more self-aware than its forerunner. Both films are speedier than the average animated blockbuster. In places, Dragon 2 is almost too fast to keep up with, and, in other places, it’s a little too dark, at least in 3-D.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    What makes the film bearable is the knowledge that a few people did what they could to hold the line against humanity’s worst instincts. The voices in Nanking speak for the persistence of good in times and places where a moral crevice opens to reveal a vision of hell on earth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This gripping true story, directed in a cool, semi-documentary style by the German filmmaker Marc Rothemund from a screenplay by Fred Breinersdorfer, challenges you to gauge your own courage and strength of character should you find yourself in similar circumstances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Supremely entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    As La Ciénaga perspires from the screen, it creates a vision of social malaise that feels paradoxically familiar and new.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Illustrates the underlying fear that when energies that should be directed toward warfare are diverted into passion, unity is impossible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    A surprisingly unpolished piece of work that plays as though it were written for the stage and only slightly modified for the screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie offers an encouraging vision of old age in which the depression commonly associated with decrepitude is held at bay by music making, camaraderie and a sense of humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In a director's note Mr. Espinosa describes his fascination with "the idea of thief's honor" and with portraying criminals who, from their point of view, "are trying to do good through their own ethics." And this soul-searching quest lends Easy Money a depth rarely found in gangster films.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A skillful assemblage of newsreel clips, cartoons ridiculing the American interlopers, television commercials and interviews with power officials and ordinary Georgians. It gives new and darker meaning to that comfy adage "We're all connected."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Garfield's performance makes Jack so endearing and vulnerable that as he takes his first wobbly steps, like a baby bird shoved from its nest, your instincts are protective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Throughout the film there is an abundance of sumptuously photographed flesh on view. But House of Pleasures is not an erotic stimulant so much as a slow-moving, increasingly tragic and claustrophobic operatic pageant set almost entirely in the brothel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Holofcener's smart, acidic comedy Lovely and Amazing zeroes in on contemporary narcissism and its fallout with a relentless, needling accuracy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's sense of emotional claustrophobia is underscored by a complete lack of interest in Middle Eastern politics, or in anything outside the troubled family unit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Honey, the impressive debut feature by Ms. Golino, sustains a contemplative mood with undersaturated cinematography that evokes the world as perceived through a light mist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Albrecht brings out a side of Mr. Nolte rarely seen on the screen, and he gives a deep and touching portrayal of a haggard, beleaguered older man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This is synergy of a high order.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Clive Owen conveys a sharp, cynical intelligence that rolls off the screen in waves whenever he widens his glittering blue eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    There are many moments when what is on the screen stops looking like acting and becomes life itself, and you're watching real people change and grow before your eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The author's fantastical world of wonders and the director's tender-hearted compassion mesh into what is easily the finest film realization of an Irving novel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Crammed with enough melodrama to fill several soap operas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    You may become impatient with the leisurely pace of The Invisible Woman and its occasional narrative vagueness, but its open spaces leave room for some of the strongest acting of any contemporary film.

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