Stephen Holden

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For 2,175 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Bang
Score distribution:
2175 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Intimate, compelling film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It infuses a too-familiar story with so much heart that you surrender to its charm and forgive it for being unabashedly formulaic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In the knockabout world of animated movies, Piglet's Big Movie is an oasis of gentleness and wit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A moving documentary that approaches the Holocaust from a fresh, intimate perspective.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As this movie, directed by Isabel Coixet, tracks the deepening friendship between people from different cultures and backgrounds, it acquires an unforced metaphorical resonance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Because movies have become so invested in the unleashing of violent emotion and the escalation of hostility, that expressions of restraint, reconciliation and forgiveness can easily be read as corny cop-outs. Cry, the Beloved Country is not corny, and it doesn't cop out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It places Basquiat's art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Pola X has enough fireworks to keep you in your seat. When it's over, you'll know you've had an experience.
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    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The quiet humanity of the performances infuses the movie with a truthfulness that outweighs its flaws.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Famuyiwa's dialogue is easygoing and witty, and the warmhearted comic performances mesh beautifully.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    There is not a decent (or even half-decent) male character to be found in Chaos, a gripping feminist fable with a savage comic edge.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Paradot’s performance is so viscerally intense that there is no escaping its force.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Honey, the impressive debut feature by Ms. Golino, sustains a contemplative mood with undersaturated cinematography that evokes the world as perceived through a light mist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The integrity of the film, whose directorial team has collaborated on numerous Belgian documentaries, extends to its sad final moments, in which nothing is left neat and tidy.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Ms. Rabe’s beautifully balanced performance reminds you that people never really grow up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In portraying this threesome, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman give the most psychologically acute performances of their film careers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    For all its harsh allusions to slavery and hardship, the film is an extended, wildly lyrical meditation on the power of African cultural iconography and the spiritual resilience of the generations of women who have been its custodians.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie uses the talent show Afghan Star as a prism through which to examine the fragmented tribal culture of Afghanistan as reflected in the backgrounds of four finalists (two of them women) and the public responses to their performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In its harshly realistic scenes... it stirs your blood.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Run & Jump is as real and messy as life itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If this handsome, faithful, intelligent screen adaptation of the novel doesn't leave you devastated, its ominous sense of a rarefied moral and aesthetic world bending before the accelerating streetcar of history will leave you with a mournful sense of loss.

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