Stephen Holden

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For 2,202 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Bliss
Lowest review score: 0 Mary
Score distribution:
2202 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Into the Woods, the splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, infuses new vitality into the tired marketing concept of entertainment for “children of all ages.” That usually translates to mean only children and their doting parents. But with Into the Woods, you grow up with the characters, young and old, in a lifelong process of self-discovery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    If You Don’t, I Will is a dour, acutely observed comedy about marital boredom that doesn’t glamorize or overdramatize the characters’ angst. Its lived-in performances evoke an excruciating stalemate that can be ended only by a radical break.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Goodbye to All That is very evenhanded in assessing its characters’ flaws, and it never sentimentalizes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    We Are the Giant builds up quite a rhetorical head of steam, but it doesn’t try to analyze the conflicts it observes or to fill in the history, except in the broadest sense of placing these uprisings on a list of rebellions that stretch back through millenniums.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    After the Fall belongs to a type of movie that is too lazy to connect the dots and fill in the blanks between its supposedly teachable moments.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Behind its transgressive affectations, The Foxy Merkins is a sweet, playful divertissement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Aside from the change of setting, Ms. Ullmann’s version is quite orthodox. Much more convincing than Mike Figgis’s 1999 screen adaptation, starring Saffron Burrows, it is a grueling slog through a hell of torment, cruelty and suffering.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    Throughout the movie, you have the feeling of being dragged along on an impromptu journey by a filmmaker who is traveling without the benefit of a GPS device.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Holden
    What Horrible Bosses 2 lacks in nasty repartee, it tries to make up for in poorly staged comedy chases and break-ins. It is the Hollywood equivalent of a rambunctious little boy pointing to the toilet and squealing, “Mommy, look what I made!”
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    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Benoit’s screenplay is unapologetically schematic in its depiction of a cross-section of Haitian exiles, but each story forcefully registers.
    • 74 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    This is a movie that runs on magical thinking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    A juicy neo-noir like Bad Turn Worse doesn’t have to make total sense to grab you.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Leguizamo, 50, still has charisma, but with his maniacal stage persona barely seen and the themes recycled from earlier projects, Fugly! is a dud.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Ms. MacLaine and Mr. Plummer make an especially compatible match, because his understated portrayal of a despairing misanthrope reins in her scenery-chewing exhibitionism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    West, for all its intensity, becomes too bogged down in detail to be as strong as it might have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    In its stunted theatrical version, the second half is a sketchy digest of events that leaves you feeling cheated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    [An] incisive, queasy-making documentary.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    If it weren’t for the diligent performances of its stars, who inject some emotional depth into this bogus claptrap, Before I Go to Sleep would be an unwatchable, titter-inducing catastrophe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Margaret Brown’s quietly infuriating documentary film about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, includes depressing information that many would probably be happier not knowing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Life of Riley is neither especially profound nor riotously funny. An element of caricature is palpable in the performances but restrained.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    What makes 1,000 Times Good Night more than a dramatic essay on wartime journalism is Ms. Binoche’s wrenchingly honest portrayal of a woman of conscience driven by a mixture of guilt, nobility and self-importance, reckoning belatedly with her destructive impulses.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    This brilliant, viciously amusing takedown of bourgeois complacency, gender stereotypes and assumptions and the illusion of security rubs your face in human frailty as relentlessly as any Michael Haneke movie.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Holden
    The screenplay is so haphazardly constructed that when the movie seems to be ending, it refuels with preposterous new developments.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Rudderless, the misbegotten directorial debut of William H. Macy, is so dishonest, manipulative and ultimately infuriating that it never recovers after its bombshell revelation two-thirds of the way into the movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Despite the movie’s gripping performances and the verisimilitude of many elements, I simply don’t believe the story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Despite holes in the storytelling, Ms. Swank and Ms. Rossum keep it real.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Holden
    There are interesting ideas here, but they are swallowed up in dull, poorly choreographed shootouts and other action nonsense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its softening, The Good Lie, like “Monsieur Lazhar,” has a core of decency, humanity and good will that feels authentic. You won’t curse yourself for occasionally tearing up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    It is the kind of hearty, blunt-force drama with softened edges that leaves audiences applauding and teary-eyed.

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