Stephen Holden

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For 2,122 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
2122 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Morris, instead of evoking the solemnity that surrounds most films that touch on the Holocaust, has directed Mr. Death as the blackest of comedies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Veber's giddy social comedy The Closet finds more delicious, chortling fun in the spectacle of obsequious hypocrisy than any movie I've seen in ages.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In its dry and forceful way, it delivers the same message as Jiri Menzel's "Closely Watched Trains" and Danis Tanovic's "No Man's Land." While acknowledging that war is hell, it goes further to suggest it is ludicrous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    An indelible and ultimately moving vision of humanity buffeted by the elements and by international political tides.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Has a lavish ceremonial gloss. It is also a very erotic movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    At its best, Cast Away, like "Titanic," awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A film that delights by confounding expectations.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    What sets the "Stuart Little" franchise above most of the competition is its emphasis on sharply drawn character and its profusion of witty remarks (mostly from the mouth of Snowbell) that are cutting enough to amuse grown-ups without sailing over children's heads.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    May be the first movie about a painter to transcend the gushy clichés found in movies that try to unravel the mysteries of artistic creation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    What makes this Cherry Orchard different from almost every other interpretation (and makes it essential viewing for lovers of Chekhov) is Ms. Rampling's extraordinarily rich portrait of Ranevskaya.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Magdalene Sisters would be too painful to watch if it didn't have a silver lining. Suffice it to say that it is possible to fly over this religious cuckoo's nest and remain free. All it takes is courage and the timely kindness of strangers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Brodsky's final screen performance in one of his richest roles finds overlapping layers of humor and pathos.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Khoury, often filmed in close-up, gives a deeply sensitive, unsentimental performance, and the feelings that crowd on her face (sometimes more than one at a time) run the gamut from despair to ambivalence to hysterical frustration to tenderness and joy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A subtle, humorous, illuminating study of politics, power and social mobility.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its eccentricities and technical quirks, Dracula is a compelling expressionistic work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Sparked by the actors' powerful performances, Arnold's moral absolutism and Furtwängler's lofty aestheticism make for a dramatically compelling clash.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Has the feel of a clinical case study elevated into a subject of aesthetic and philosophical discourse.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    With all its quirks, Gerry seeps into your pores like the wind-whipped sand that stings the faces of these disoriented hikers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Remarkable for its seamless ensemble performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A bleak, lyrical meditation on the frontier spirit and American machismo and its torments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Skarsgard and Headey deliver perfectly meshed lead performances in a small, beautifully acted film that will make you squirm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Deeply whimsical beneath its poker face, The Princess and the Warrior has the structure of an elaborate mind-teasing puzzle.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Jesse Wigutow's screenplay is one of those marvels of economy, idiomatic facility and well-chosen detail that knows exactly when to cut away from a scene without grinding it into your face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Although Igby has its share of glitches and tonal inconsistencies, it packs an emotional wallop similar to that of another cultural golden oldie as beloved in its way as "The Catcher in the Rye": "The Graduate."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A wholesome self-help fable about the unlocking of shame and its magical transformation into pleasure and personal liberation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    One of the thrills of the movie is watching the improvisatory trial-and-error process as the dancers explore psychological themes, contorting their graceful, amazingly limber bodies into visual representations of relationships and emotional states.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A movie of extremes, and that goes for its aesthetics. As gory as the scenes of torture and self-mutilation may be, they are pitted against shimmering cinematography that lends the setting the ethereal beauty of an Asian landscape painting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If Invincible is soft at the center, its visual grandeur and mostly full-blooded performances make it gripping, for this eminent German director has pulled off the tricky feat of elevating a true story into a larger-than-life allegory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The characters' faces reveal more about them than any words that come out of their mouths.

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