Steve Macfarlane
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For 57 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Macfarlane's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Level Five
Lowest review score: 0 Third Person
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 57
  2. Negative: 21 out of 57
57 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    It adds up to a methodically bland, intellectually sluggish exercise in guilt-tripping that's nonetheless still more interested in its rich and sexy characters than the supposed unfortunates.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Generally, these shorts do little to advance their own arguments, but then again, they don't need to; if the short film is the arena of students, amateurs, and small-timers, then these are overdogs from frame one, coming off every bit as expensive and banal as their makers allow them to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    A long string of picnics, portrait sessions, elaborate dinners, and countryside rituals, filtered through a svelte aesthetic pleasantness that ultimately corrodes its larger interests.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Despite the intensity of its scope and research, American Meat is a decidedly soft-hitting display of an overweening good faith that, frankly, just can't jibe with the times.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Uwe Boll's insistence on plugging genre tropes into his imagined idea of populism returns us to the same cynical place as Postal, except with none of the sizzle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Robert Luketic's supposedly down-and-dirty corporate espionage thriller undercuts itself at nearly every turn by shunning any potential relevancy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    An outsized A&E Biography episode coursing with the strident urgency typical to anyone convinced they have something new to say on a long since played-out topic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Like his prior "The Kingdom," Peter Berg's film pretends to dabble in a frothy moral ambiguity, swiftly betraying its true aims with trigger-happy jingoism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    The cruelly obvious third act congeals the film as a wet-eyed monument to the Kevin Costner character's particular brand of American manliness, one that values gut instinct, it's implied, over cold and ruthless calculations.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Steve Macfarlane
    Peter Sattler's film feels quintessentially Sundance: an expensively mounted treatise on important issues that's terrified to dig in obsessively, yet so ramrod-stiff with indignation that it never comes anywhere near compelling entertainment.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Macfarlane
    Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Macfarlane
    A shrill Indiewood torture porn that, despite promised shocks and revulsions, doesn't even have the conviction to hold its camera on the story's most appalling twists.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Macfarlane
    Noam Murro gives the film nothing so much as a hit-refresh on the same glistening, impossibly golden and gray flecks of pixel-barf that have invaded the frames of every tent-pole studio release since the Bush administration.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Macfarlane
    The film is like an episode of Gossip Girl that's mistaken itself for one of the great satires by Evelyn Waugh.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Macfarlane
    It culminates in a weepy climax that verifies its status as a proud hunk of propaganda from America's massive self-help industry.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 Steve Macfarlane
    It's a pretty tired proposition to complain about movies being manipulative, but Café de Flore sets the bar especially low.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Steve Macfarlane
    The research that went into the film seems a largesse, but it's compromised at every turn by filmmaker Amei Wallach's sloppy, pedantic delivery.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Steve Macfarlane
    The movie adds up to little more than an interminable bildungsroman, sunk early and often by the desperately miscast Spencer Lofranco.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 12 Steve Macfarlane
    Left Behind is one of those films so deeply, fundamentally terrible that it feels unwittingly high-concept.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Macfarlane
    If the glue holding Crash's arcs together was Paul Haggis's belief in the power of racism, this time it's love.