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 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Mary
Score distribution:
1,959 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Few films have explored the human face this searchingly and found such complex psychological topography. That's why The Wings of the Dove succeeds where virtually every other film translation of a James novel has stumbled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Reminds you that marital discord knows no geographic boundaries.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although the movie takes on many of the characteristics of a conventional thriller, it refuses to go for cheap, vicious shocks, and the adults are seen through the curtain of Michele's trust.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    May seem frustratingly elusive at times, but it's a rewarding film that's beautiful to look at.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A beautifully written, seamlessly directed film with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive is anything but the clichéd fantasy of a blissful mother-child reunion. Although there are hints of joy once they reconnect, the wounds are too deep, and the characters too complex.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The surest sign of the movie’s integrity is that it resists any temptation to build the story to a climactic debate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Like most documentary polemics, it simplifies the issues it confronts and selects facts that bolster its black-and-white, heroes-and-villains view of raw economic power.
    • The New York Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its quirks and tangents, Declaration of War feels entirely alive. This story of two people who transform fear into action is inspiring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In its harshly realistic scenes... it stirs your blood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Couldn't have succeeded had it been cast with movie stars. Its authenticity derives not only from the streets on which it was filmed but also from its able Colombian cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    One of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie's rejection of even a tinge of melodrama lends it a special integrity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Such an accomplished piece of filmmaking that it interweaves enough characters and themes to fill three movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance. As Lilia metamorphoses from a shy housebound widow into a woman calmly rejoicing in her body and her sexuality, Ms. Abbass marks her character's every blush and hesitation in the process of letting go with a winning delicacy and sweetness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all the hardship they endure, this intimate dual portrait, directed by Lynn True and Nelson Walker, with Tsering Perlo, suggests that their lives are neither more nor less fulfilled than those of any highly stressed upper-middle-class Americans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    As the movie’s resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives Cold in July a euphoric goofiness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Bad Hair is an uncomfortably accurate depiction of a poignant mother-son power struggle in a fatherless family in which each knows how to get under the other’s skin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The movie is best appreciated as a collection of whimsical toys drawn from a fantasy grab bag that encompasses everything from Grimm's fairy tales to "Star Wars."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    A truly majestic visual tone poem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Because Stevie has none of the glamour of "Hoop Dreams," with its portrait of gifted teenage athletes struggling for glory, it is not nearly as likable a film; but in its earnest, plodding way it is every bit as deep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Watching it, I kept imagining the depth of feeling Ingmar Bergman and his troupe might have brought to the same material. As much as A Song for Martin hurts, it doesn't quite go the distance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Anyone who attended Broadway shows in the days when ticket prices were reasonable and the actors and singers performed without amplification will feel a rush of nostalgia as these troupers offer what amounts to a breezy compilation of after-dinner remarks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This wisp of a movie doesn't pretend to be more than a series of disconnected vignettes in a moody story that sometimes seems invented on the spot. The boy, for all his eccentricities, is a healing spirit who, without realizing it, gives Rose the fortitude to face her problems and resume her old life, for better or for worse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The story told by Mr. Bowser's film is complicated and tragic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Greg Whiteley's small, tender documentary portrait New York Doll looks at life after rock 'n' roll as experienced by Arthur (Killer) Kane, the original bassist for the legendary glam-punk band the New York Dolls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The film’s vision of a long-married couple keeping each other going with mutual love and support, and a shared resistance to outside interference, is more vital than a thousand movies populated by hot, squirming teenagers.

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