For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Simels' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 90 Cradle Will Rock
Lowest review score: 20 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 113
  2. Negative: 25 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Simels
    Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    Visually dazzling, touching and funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    This is one of the most infectiously joyous celebrations of musicmaking ever committed to film. See it and be ennobled.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    Musically it's often breathtaking.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    Most of the music is as fine and fierce as you could want.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    Stone handles his huge ensemble cast extremely well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A moving, gorgeously filmed look at one of the Civil War's more obscure chapters, the quasi-official combat that divided friends along the Missouri-Kansas border.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    Meanwhile Baldwin (bulked up a la DeNiro and playing totally against type), is a revelation, funny and touching.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    It's especially nice that all the songs on the soundtrack are heard in their entirety, even if the accompanying video footage is sometimes drawn from performances of different vintage.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A very sweet, very funny coming-of-age story, featuring Kiss as the Great White Whale of adolescence.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A delightful surprise, a tightly written, savvy slapstick comedy with genuine heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A genuinely heartbreaking, romantic film based on a true story; frankly, if it doesn't make you cry, we don't want to know you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A triumph of genre filmmaking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    One of the sharpest and emotionally resonant romantic comedies in what seems like years.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    An occasionally surreal meditation on coping with loss, and a love story with a dark side the size of Montana.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Not only one of the most spectacular cartoons ever made, but also a reasonably adult piece of sci-fi.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    A smartly stylized hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Has a giddy silliness that's thoroughly endearing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    A very funny superhero spoof.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Cudworth's script gives the characters more depth than is the genre norm, and the ensemble acting is terrific.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    One conclusion is inescapable. You have really seen something you don't see every day.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    A charming, technically sensational version of E.B. White's children's classic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    The acting is similarly accomplished across the board, though it must be noted that Currie nearly walks off with the film: He's the funniest preppie seducer since Tim Matheson in "Animal House" (1978).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    As a director, La Salle manages to sustain a mood of looming menace almost throughout, and as an actor he gets the film's best joke: When his Satan fills out his hospital admission form, he gives his social security number as 666.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    The cast is aces, and Peter Morgan's screenplay is both very sharp on male sexual politics and crammed with enough comic twists and turns to keep you interested.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    But there's a vaguely self-congratulatory tone to the screenplay that's a bit off-putting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Stylish, exciting and an occasionally poignant sci-fi adventure spectacle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Has an interesting look, several sensational performances (notably from Kyle MacLachlan and Liev Schreiber) and in general works far better than it has any right to.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    You have to have a certain affection for any movie in which a stressed-out Mother Nature announces ominously, "Don't mess with me -- I'm pre-El Niño."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Comic Tommy Davidson, in particular, is hilarious as gangsta rapper Puff Smokey Smoke, who falls for Juwanna and then, in a twist lifted directly from the queen of all drag farces, 1959's "Some Like It Hot," decides he still loves her after she's exposed as Jamal. After all, nobody's perfect.

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