Stephen Holden

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For 2,178 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 American Psycho
Lowest review score: 0 Hearts in Atlantis
Score distribution:
2178 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The New Girlfriend never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Blistering.
    • 76 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The film's passionate insistence on remembrance lends it a moral as well as a metaphysical weight. Mr. Guzmán's belief in eternal memory is an astounding leap of faith.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The movie is an entirely absorbing, occasionally revelatory portrait of a brilliant talent driven to greatness by an inner chorus of demons and angels.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Buoyed by the wonderfully natural performances of its young leads, La Jaula de Oro is a compelling social-realist drama that owes much to the style of the British social-realist filmmaker Ken Loach.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The most gripping scene in this near-perfect little sports comedy is a fraternal arm-wrestling contest that reaches apoplectic intensity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This devastating film persuasively portrays them (Tillman family) as finer, more morally sturdy people than the cynical chain of command that lied to them and used their son as a propaganda tool.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    If you compared the two main characters with the cowboys in "Brokeback Mountain," they would be ignoble versions of Ennis del Mar (Jimmy) and Jack Twist (Lars). Like their American counterparts, they barely know what to do with their passion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Elba’s towering performance lends “Long Walk to Freedom” a Shakespearean breadth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    It is the kind of hearty, blunt-force drama with softened edges that leaves audiences applauding and teary-eyed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This coldly compelling film doesn't try to explain Michael's behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael's sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Focusing on the magazine and not its offshoots, the film is uproarious, not for what its many talking heads say but for its astonishing procession of brilliant, boundary-breaching illustrations and captions (augmented by some animation), many of which are as explosively funny today as they were when first published.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Recoing's performance is a sensitive portrayal of a man in the throes of an excruciating spiritual crisis.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The brilliant, sinister French thriller Red Lights is a twisty road movie in which every sign points toward catastrophe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The humor bubbling through Finding Nemo is so fresh, sure of itself and devoid of the cutesy, saccharine condescension that drips through so many family comedies that you have to wonder what it is about the Pixar technology that inspires the creators to be so endlessly inventive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    An indelible, gripping documentary portrait.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Methodically ticks off the forms of oppression visited on gays and lesbians in the days before the gay rights movement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Ultimately lacks the epic dimension of "Y Tu Mamá También," but its vision of that awkward age when sex threatens to overwhelm everything else is acute enough to make everyone who has been there squirm with recognition.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    [A] small, beautifully made film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Supremely entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Along the way, Paradise Now sustains a mood of breathless suspense. Politics aside, the movie is a superior thriller whose shrewdly inserted plot twists and emotional wrinkles are calculated to put your heart in your throat and keep it there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Gives you the steady pulse of life in a beautiful city viewed through the eyes of a character who, in spite of tragic loss and increasing decrepitude, knows in his bones that he is one of the luckiest men alive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Remarkable concert documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Charles Ferguson’s latest documentary, Time to Choose, is a sobering polemic about global warming that balances familiar predictions of planetary doom with a survey of innovations in renewable energy technology that hold out some hope for the future.

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