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 Life or Something Like It
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 113
  2. Negative: 25 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The relentlessly self-congratulatory tone is oppressive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    A harmless, if ultimately inane, fantasy-comedy vehicle for youngsta-rapper Lil' Bow Wow, a 15-year-old who's already an alarmingly accomplished scene stealer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The fact that this is somebody's real-life story up on there the screen doesn't necessarily guarantee it's an especially fresh story.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    An extremely loud and simpleminded cross between TV's "WWF Smackdown!" and "Dumb and Dumber."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    To say that the film is unenjoyable would be an overstatement; a good time can be had counting the number of reassuringly stock characters it offers up.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    But by the time the big not-so-surprise ending rolls around -- no, nothing that happened was exactly as it seemed -- most viewers will have long since stopped caring.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Numbingly predictable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    If you accept the film on its own brain-damaged level, there actually are laughs to be had.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    This fish-out-of-water buddy/action comedy is aimed squarely at undiscriminating 10-year-olds, and that demographic may well enjoy it.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Criticism seems irrelevant at best.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Even generally sympathetic adults may eventually find their minds wandering, if only because of the characters' continual, annoying hopping; being vegetables, they have no legs, you see.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The lame and apparently tacked-on ending (which seems to crib footage from 2000's "Gladiator"), suggests the rather terrifying prospect of a Roman-era sequel. Five words: Be afraid, be very afraid.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Along the way, director Brian Robbins indulges Reeves in too many laughable inspirational speeches. He also wastes the terrific Diane Lane in the thankless role of the kids' dedicated teacher.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    To be fair, this could have been worse.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    A creepily unpleasant study of race and class.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    The truth of the matter is that, given the thoroughly manipulative, red-herring plot twists that get her to the happy ending, most audience members will have ceased to care about whether she lives or dies long before the matter is settled onscreen.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    It takes perverse genius to make an action film this stupid.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    It's hard to overstate just how awful this movie is, despite the efforts of the appealing cast.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    An unintentionally surreal kid's picture.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    A butt-numbing exercise in tedium, sporadically redeemed by moments of unintentional hilarity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    This totally sucks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    Think "The Lion King" redone for horses, with fewer deliberate laughs, more inadvertent ones and stunningly trite songs by Bryan Adams.

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