For 205 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Davis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Serving Sara
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 205
  2. Negative: 51 out of 205
205 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Davis
    Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Davis
    Near-perfect in every way, The Hours is a compelling meditation on making the most of what we're given in life. For some, it may be too cerebral a film experience, but for those who blissfully fall into its finely tuned modulations, The Hours is timeless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Davis
    Unlike other filmmakers in the autumn or winter of their careers, Eastwood doesn't seem content to rest on his laurels and give his audiences the tried and the true. For that reason, among many others, he and Million Dollar Baby are true champions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Davis
    It's the most compelling American movie to come around in a long, long time.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Davis
    Brutal yet elegant, 12 Years a Slave is a beautifully rendered punch to the gut about the most shameful chapter in American history.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    The dialogue is scattered with so many beautiful gems that conversations glitter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Close is a true joy. Without question, she's the heart and soul of Cookie's Fortune.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Big Night is, in a word, delicious.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Although the stellar contributions to this supremely intelligent film are many, there's no mistake that the presence of director Redford dominates the film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    At long, long last: the real thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    The set and art direction are superb, evoking Sixties and Seventies décor with a dazzling precision.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    From its brilliant and sublime opening sequence to its self-reflexive ending, The Player distills everything that's wrong with the American film industry with the precision of someone who's been there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Whether strutting like a bantam rooster for the Lord, fervently calling himself a “genuine Holy Ghost, Jesus-filled preaching machine,” or humbly acknowledging the folly of his actions, Duvall inhabits the character of Sonny, completely disappearing into the man's skin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    As Dawn, Matarazzo isn't afraid to evoke the horrors of puberty with a straightforward charmlessness: She's gawky, unhappy, and confused, while her tingling of sexual desire downright gives you the shivers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    This fresh adaptation shakes the dust off Jane Austen's early 19th-century novel of manners and gives it a good airing out. The result is a witty and lovesick skirmish of the sexes that exceeds all expectations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Even when it feels packaged like a holiday entertainment that aims to please, watching Dreamgirls is like being on cloud nine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Like Spencer Tracy, Gene Hackman, and others who have made acting on the big screen seem so easy while taking us on a journey that is far from simple, Clooney is the real thing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    A laugh-aloud film that exemplifies the snap-crackle-pop of exquisite comic timing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Iris is difficult to watch, given that it requires you to witness the transformation of the title character from a literate, vibrant woman to the ghost of her former self.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    The gentle lift you feel in watching Defying Gravity is propelled by the earnestness of its emotions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    A valentine to the happenstance miracle of lovers and other strangers, a movie that regards modern romance as something that is, ultimately, old-fashioned to its core.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    For once, the Coen brothers' neurotic filmmaking style works to their advantage; it's giddily appropriate for a movie about a man who's losing his mind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    The film's greatest strength undeniably lies in Gosling's revelatory portrayal of Danny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    After it has ended, you may want to view it all over again, just to see if you can beat the odds and pick up on what you missed the first time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Taking the concept of the dysfunctional family to a degree that might even boggle Leo Tolstoy's mind, Flirting With Disaster is every son or daughter's nightmare… multiplied.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Takes you back to a time in which people – children, in particular – still created whole worlds in their heads, inventing characters and situations as far away as their flights of fancy would take them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Boys on the Side is surprisingly effective, although its narrative often advances awkwardly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Even the most ardent of neoconservatives might find this intimate and nuanced documentary about life in occupied Iraq difficult to shake – all politics aside, it is the human element that ultimately defines a nation as a people.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    If ever there were a happy summer movie, it’s Hairspray. But for all its bubbly musical numbers and effervescent good humor, this film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical feels oddly lacquered -- it’s John Waters by way of Disney.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Despite its flaws, which become more evident as time elapses, Lions for Lambs is worth seeing for no other reason that you’ve never seen anything like it before.

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