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 15.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Simels' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Cradle Will Rock
Lowest review score: 20 Cotton Mary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 113
  2. Negative: 25 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    One of the sharpest and emotionally resonant romantic comedies in what seems like years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    It's too bad screenwriters Gough and Millar didn't have enough faith in their premise to play it straight; if they had, they might have produced a classic rather than a "Blazing Saddles" without the courage of its convictions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    None of this is any more fun as it sounds -- the cancer ward scenes are truly disturbing -- but to be fair, writer/director Lone Scherfeg (the first woman to make a Dogme 95 film) manages some black-humored laughs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The relentlessly self-congratulatory tone is oppressive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Hallstrom's leisurely adaptation of John Irving's unconventional coming-of-age novel is so well crafted and intelligent that it feels churlish to point out that it's easier to admire than actually like.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    Musically it's often breathtaking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Entertaining -- if predictable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    If this were a more mainstream film with a shot at a wider audience, we'd probably be talking Oscar nominations for Futterman and Ball.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Kattan more or less steals the film as the racially confused Mr. Feather, a white supremacist bad guy whose speech patterns tend to get down and funky against his will.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    There's a certain built-in poignance to the end-of-an-era proceedings here, regardless of how frostily they're dramatized.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    The film is at heart a look at a unique slice of Americana, particularly an opening montage in which we realize that football here is a cradle-to-the-grave proposition -- literally.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    One conclusion is inescapable. You have really seen something you don't see every day.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A kitchen-sink realist coming-of-age story in the venerable British tradition, with all the good and bad that entails.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    A triumph of genre filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Stylish, exciting and an occasionally poignant sci-fi adventure spectacle.
    • 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).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Glacially slow going.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    Meanwhile Baldwin (bulked up a la DeNiro and playing totally against type), is a revelation, funny and touching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    But there's a vaguely self-congratulatory tone to the screenplay that's a bit off-putting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    Cudworth's script gives the characters more depth than is the genre norm, and the ensemble acting is terrific.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Numbingly predictable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    The aroma of hagiography is unavoidable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Steve Simels
    A charming, technically sensational version of E.B. White's children's classic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    The lead girls are easy on the eyes, and comic Faizon Love, who plays one of Matt's non-surfing, sumo-wrestler-size teammates, nearly steals the show when the girls teach him a few of their better moves.

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