Stephen Holden
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For 2,005 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Waiting Room
Lowest review score: 0 Hearts in Atlantis
Score distribution:
2,005 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Reconfirms the filmmaker's talent as an acutely observant chronicler of upscale bohemian subcultures.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A small, finely wrought drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    I Am Divine doesn’t dwell on Milstead’s growing pains. It is an aggressively upbeat show-business success story that focuses on his self-reinvention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Witnesses may frustrate those who prefer movies that tell clear-cut stories in which hard lessons are learned. But in the director’s farsighted vision of life, the ground under our feet is always shifting. As time pulls us forward, the shocks of the past are absorbed and the pain recedes. In its light-handed way, The Witnesses is profound.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie is beautifully acted, and the chemistry between Ms. Devos, who is 49 (her character is 43), and Mr. Byrne, 63, is heated in a sadder-but-wiser, grown-up way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This deliciously nasty French deconstruction of male pecking orders, directed by Bernard Rapp, should send a pleasant shiver down the spine of anyone who has ever obsessed about wanting to please a devious and manipulative boss.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A film that delights by confounding expectations.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It is surprisingly timely.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    True Adolescents, like most indie movies related to the mumblecore school, is a delicate piece of machinery. Its truth lies in the tiniest details: the pauses, the stricken looks, the false bravado, the pathetically redundant slang (so many "dudes").
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Find Me Guilty, Mr. Lumet's first feature film in seven years, catches him near the top of his game.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    An intrepid sleuth, Ms. Snyder seems to have left no stone unturned in her search for answers.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As much as Mr. Levitch's voice grates, you can't help but admire the zest for life of this heroically independent but impossibly self-centered crank.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Cusack demonstrates once again that he is Hollywood’s second-most-reliable nice guy, after Tom Hanks. Devoid of vanity, with no hidden agendas, he never strains to be likable. Good will, integrity and a native common sense ooze out of him.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The characters in Alamar may be playing versions of themselves, but the writer, editor and director Pedro González-Rubio has constructed a film in which the journey has an overarching mythic resonance that evokes fables from "Robinson Crusoe" to "The Old Man and the Sea."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Mouth of the Wolf will haunt you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As the film's images accumulate, the movie becomes a sustained and ultimately refreshing meditation on surrender to the idea of temporality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The glorious cinematography, by Robbie Ryan, sharply illustrates the disparity between the rugged majesty of the landscape and the savagery of its outlaws and adventurers, who resemble vermin scuttling through the underbrush of a perilous no man’s land.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    This entertaining movie is content to be something a bit more modest: a pungent period folk tale that teases you until the very end.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Like a giant balloon painted with Day-Glo colors, however, the whole gaudy mess wouldn't inflate without the force of Mr. Myers's comic genius. It's his baby, baby. And after three editions, it's still flying high.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Daydream Nation hopscotches forward and backward and in and out of the surreal; its abrupt tangents are announced by chapter headings. In the most complicated sequence the film tracks three characters simultaneously. The cinematography is darkly lush in an ominous "Twin Peaks" mode.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    An obscene, misanthropic go-for-broke satire, Pretty Persuasion is so gleefully nasty that the fact that it was even made and released is astonishing. Much of it is also extremely funny.

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