Stephen Holden

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For 2,074 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 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Bang
Score distribution:
2074 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Black Souls is an ominous, well-acted portrait of an ingrown feudal society of violence, retaliation and deadly machismo.
    • 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
    As much as the film is shadowed by a keen awareness of mortality, One Cut, One Life often pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality. In its vision of human existence, life is as messy and unpredictable as it is precious.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The rainbow connection is a smooth, unbroken arch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Far from romanticizing creativity and the artistic process, Mr. Baumbach’s films portray the world of painters, filmmakers and literati as an overcrowded, amoral jungle of viperish entitled narcissists stealing from one another for fame and profit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Witnesses may frustrate those who prefer movies that tell clear-cut stories in which hard lessons are learned. But in the director’s farsighted vision of life, the ground under our feet is always shifting. As time pulls us forward, the shocks of the past are absorbed and the pain recedes. In its light-handed way, The Witnesses is profound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Hal Holbrook strips the stereotype of the grumpy old man of sentimental shtick and cutesy old-codger mannerisms.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Dark Days illustrates even the worst nightmare can have descending levels of horror.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    If Liberty Heights is much too soft at its center, it still offers a deeper immersion in that old '50s feeling than any other Hollywood film in recent memory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    One of the juiciest male characters to pop up in an independent film this year.

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