Stephen Holden
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For 1,919 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 1.6 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 Happiness Runs
Score distribution:
1,919 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A small, finely wrought drama.
    • 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."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The man who emerges is a likable, unpretentious musical enthusiast and roll-up-your-sleeves problem-solver who apparently led a charmed life.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Blurs the line between comedy and epic drama so adroitly that the two styles fuse into something quite original: a lyrical farce that pays homage to its period in any number of ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    While you watch the movie, it can seem ridiculously long-winded. But once it's over, its characters' miserable faces remain etched in your memory, and its cynical message lingers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty. The two central performances are so spontaneous and mercurial that the reckless flirtation seems to be unfolding before your eyes.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The remarkable if overlong Korean film Oasis strips away much of the sentimentality and goody-two-shoes attitudes that the movies traditionally display toward disabled people.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A cinematic tone poem as much as a biography.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Exudes a throbbing flesh-and-blood intensity so compelling that it's impossible to avert your eyes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As Mark Li Ping-bing's beautiful cinematography observes the change of season, the movie becomes a broader meditation on rebirth, and how, in the language of T. S. Eliot, April, the month that stirs such hopes for the future, is also "the cruellest month" for awakening such keen desire.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It begins with a montage of devastating black-and-white news clips interwoven with flashes of the flight of a terrified young widow and her two children. After that, the movie softens somewhat, but it never succumbs to sentimentality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Definitive and engrossing documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay bluntly faces anxieties of aging that are rarely voiced in the movies, and it is too hard-headed to offer comfy palliatives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Because the waves get progressively higher in Riding Giants, Stacy Peralta's historical surfing documentary, some of that thrill is sustained throughout this overlong but entertaining movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The role of Jimmy is one of Mr. Jackson's scarier characters, and this brilliant actor inhabits all four corners of his jittery, avaricious personality. When he and Sydney finally clash, the movie makes its darkest, cleverest turn into film-noir nightmare.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Establishes its mood of playful erotic suspense in the first 10 minutes and sustains its cat-and-mouse game between therapist and patient through variations that are by turns amusing, titillating and mildly scary.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For the most part, Paul Laverty's screenplay and the strong, naturalistic performances lend it a specificity that sets it apart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    With an intensity that few movies have mustered, The Business of Strangers makes you feel the acute loneliness of it all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If it all adds up to too much for one film to encompass with ease, Monsieur N, is certainly richer than most of what you'll find on the History Channel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A moving documentary that approaches the Holocaust from a fresh, intimate perspective.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Yes, we've seen it all before. But The Relic proves that the hoariest cliches, when stirred together with enough money, shaken vigorously and artfully lighted, can still make the adrenaline surge.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The downbeat story unfolds in quick, incisive slashes in which the combination of minimal dialogue and gorgeous black-and-white photography lends the movie a chilly documentary realism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Filmed in the unadorned Dogme style and acted with a ferocious intensity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This sentimental but riveting film has no qualms about playing on our emotions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The evenness of its emotional pitch almost incidentally helps the film become an unusually deep exploration of sports, machismo and the competitive spirit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Ullmann, now 65, and Mr. Josephson, 81, have a supreme mastery of the Bergman style. Their performances are spiritual and emotional X-rays.