Stephen Holden
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For 1,959 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 Road to Perdition
Lowest review score: 0 Grown Ups
Score distribution:
1,959 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    In this sweet, funny wisp of a movie, Mr. Allen shucks off his fabled angst and returns in spirit to those wide-eyed days of yesteryear, before Chekhov, Kafka and Ingmar Bergman invaded his creative imagination.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Mr. Bana's Chopper is so scarily convincing that he makes you feel the eruptive force of each mood swing and the way his character's paranoia, egomania and conscience- stricken apologies are part of a volatile emotional cycle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If Cremaster 3 is an innovative artwork that has been credited with breaking down the distance between sculpture and film, is it also a great movie? Probably yes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    As technically innovative as it is emotionally unsettling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The accumulation of sharp candid flashes adds up to a disturbing vision of Los Angeles as a teeming jungle of dysfunction.
    • 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."

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