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 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 Life or Something Like It
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 113
  2. Negative: 25 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    There's so much going on it's hard to keep track, and after a while you may be tempted to give up.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    By the film's finale the descent into unintentional parody is all but complete, with a big death scene for Jackson complete with an angelic choir on the soundtrack -- the surprise is that they aren't singing "Dixie."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Manipulative but fitfully entertaining "Twilight Zone"-ish comedy of redemption.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    The picture is nearly stolen, however, by co-star Greg Germann (of TV's Ally McBeal) in the role of Joe's company's resident corporate weasel. Germann's squinty-eyed insincerity is truly a marvel to behold, and it's an astringent corrective to the film's rather too frequent feel-good passages.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    An often spectacular but ultimately rather tedious musical/adventure/comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    It's a good thing the two rappers are such utterly natural actors, armed with terrific comic timing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Veers inconsistently between sit-com jokeiness and nostril-flaring melodrama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    The plot is Kate-Moss thin. Basically agreeable stuff, but not much more. And that's a shame.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A hick-town, screwball comedy version of "Dog Day Afternoon," and surprisingly palatable despite its sitcom soul and star.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    To be fair, this is hardly the worst gross-out comedy ever made; it's nowhere as misogynistic as, say, "Tomcats," and in the end, it probably won't leave you in a state of utter nihilistic despair.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    This broad, coarse farce is otherwise as insubstantial a piece of work as you could possibly imagine; in fact, a light breeze could blow it away.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    An old-fashioned dinosaur opera, in the worst sense of the term. An obviously formulaic effort, designed more as a cash machine than a piece of cinema.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Episodic, pretentious, and more than a little silly.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A likeable, if somewhat whitebread, farce in the Woody Allen mode about love in the big city.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    The real problem with the new film, however, is a certain lack of chemistry between the leads; Wilson is game, as always, but his part is seriously underwritten, and while Murphy raises trash talking to the level of a fine art, he seems to be operating in another movie altogether.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A genial and instantly forgettable sports comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    By the film's big finale, the whole thing has begun to feel distinctly ridiculous.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Acouple of well-earned laughs but ultimately overstays its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    If this is even a reasonably accurate account of someone's real life, then we as a culture may be in worse shape than we imagine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Something of a cop-out, lacking the courage of its convictions.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    This is essentially a glib soap opera whose main characters are two-dimensional cliches used as clotheslines on which to hang sitcom-level jokes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A wildly overblown, unpleasantly smirky mess of a film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Added bonuses: A nice selection of oldies on the soundtrack, and an amusing third-act cameo by Rosie Perez as Ray's second wife.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A shamelessly derivative, if basically likeable, kid's picture.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    For every inspired bit -- Templeton playing chauffeur to 40 I Love Lucy-era Lucille Ball impersonators -- there's one that falls spectacularly flat.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Let's be blunt: Bass can't really act.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    An extremely loud and simpleminded cross between TV's "WWF Smackdown!" and "Dumb and Dumber."

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