Stephen Holden
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For 1,919 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 In the Bedroom
Lowest review score: 0 Simon Birch
Score distribution:
1,919 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A singularly depressing film. In the face of such unrelieved, grinding poverty, hope fades.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Until its final moments this almost great movie feels as if it's racing against itself in a neck-and-neck battle between its troubled heart and its egg-shaped head. The heart wins by a nose.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In the knockabout world of animated movies, Piglet's Big Movie is an oasis of gentleness and wit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie maintains a refreshingly light touch in spinning a fable about individualism and conformity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Despite its shortcomings, this smart, caustic movie is easily the most incisive and realistic comedy of manners to emerge from Hollywood in quite a while, and that's saying a lot.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Reconfirms the filmmaker's talent as an acutely observant chronicler of upscale bohemian subcultures.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Insurrection is breezily paced, and Michael Piller's screenplay has enough good-natured humor to keep things from bogging down into sentimental pomposity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance. As Lilia metamorphoses from a shy housebound widow into a woman calmly rejoicing in her body and her sexuality, Ms. Abbass marks her character's every blush and hesitation in the process of letting go with a winning delicacy and sweetness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Very funny, extremely obscene movie spinoff from the popular animated Comedy Central series.
    • 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
    Although the movie, adapted from a book by Doris Pilkington Garimara, pushes emotional buttons and simplifies its true story to give it the clean narrative sweep of an extended folk ballad, it never goes dramatically overboard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Strathairn's complex, exquisitely nuanced portrayal of a man who goes over the line allows his character to be both hero and villain, sometimes at once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Brilliantly realized but bone-chillingly bleak.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Shot in just two weeks with a hand-held digital camera, the movie often looks frayed around the edges. Yet it has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu (Manhattan upper-level moneyed academia).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Highly entertaining, erotic science-fiction thriller that takes Mr. Crowe into Steven Spielberg territory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A grim, disquieting mood piece.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Sustains such a palpable mood of foreboding until the end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The entrancing visual imagery goes a long way toward filling in the screenplay's gaps in logic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It would be foolish for a middle-class do-gooder confronting homeless children on the streets of Rio de Janeiro to expect conventional morality to have any meaning to them at all. That's one of the blunt, no-nonsense observations of Yvonne Bezarra de Mello, the Brazilian human rights activist profiled in Monika Treut's hard-headed documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If the situation has all the ingredients of a shrill, tearful melodrama, the filmmaker, working from a taut screenplay by Avner Bernheimer that doesn't waste a word or a gesture, keeps the emotional lid firmly in place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A very funny for-kids-of-all-ages delight that should catapult Mr. Black straight to the top of the A-list of Hollywood funnymen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Makes a jolly absurdist stew out of its sources.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As these tumultuous events play out in the film... they generate the suspense of a smaller-scale "Seven Days in May."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As unrelenting an exploration of isolation and dissociation as Roman Polanski's "Repulsion."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The son's search is one of three strands of a story that the movie weaves into a meticulously structured portrait of a complicated man who remains elusive even after key elements of the puzzle have been pieced together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It works just fine as a sophisticated wildlife documentary with a submerged narrative. But if you enjoy the challenge of solving difficult mysteries, Hukkle presents a tantalizing case waiting to be cracked.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    It's about individuals, not about sensations. If the characters' backgrounds are not examined in detail, the movie still conveys an intimate sense of who they are and their emotional connections.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.