For 1,660 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Travelers and Magicians
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1,660 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Unstoppable fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Fulfills the promise of its title: It's transporting, it's magical.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece. It's like life: messy, impossible, elating, unavoidable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A mischievously inventive, surreal entertainment, one that celebrates not only Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and Nutty Crunch Surprise but Busby Berkeley, Stanley Kubrick, the Beatles, and the outer-space acting choices of one Johnny Depp - not to mention those bushy-tailed rodents in all their bustling splendor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A visually dazzling mood piece.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wily, sad, funny, and full of life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Whether it's simply the change of locale, or a change in Allen's psyche, something is up in Match Point. With a dark view of humankind, and of the vagaries of chance - bad luck, good luck, dumb luck - the filmmaker has crafted a wicked, winning gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quiet, loopy gem, Duck Season is a goofball celebration of old friends, new beginnings, adolescent freedom, and baked goods laced with a little something extra.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    For Piaf fans, La Vie en Rose is a must-see. For fans yet-to-be, Dahan and Cotillard's film is an opportunity rich with discovery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Quite simply, a revelation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in "The Godfather" saga, well . . . he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Smart, suspenseful, satisfyingly unpredictable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    An awesome cinema spectacle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A flat-out electrifying experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's inspired fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wildly sad, funny and terrific documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    One of the finest pieces of screen acting in the career of Juliette Binoche -- the actress playing the actress in this extraordinary film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With its feverish, percussive soundtrack and bravura cinematography, is like a bolt from the blue, chock-full of unexpected delight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's aimed at adults as much as children, with jokes that work on multiple levels, and contraptions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Girl on the Bridge, with its doomed art-house romanticism and echoes of Fellini, may not be the deepest piece of filmmaking out there now, but it is easily the most intoxicating. Take the leap.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A slo-mo gem of gangster cool, of vintage Hollywood noir reimagined by a French new waver in love with American cars, American jazz, and the kind of trench-coated tough-guys embodied by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    At turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling. It's a gem.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This is a sweet, gentle film - slow and sunny like a summer day, with a message that growing up can be hard, but can also serve as the wellspring of memories that will sustain you for a lifetime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A triumph.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a masterpiece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A powerful film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With a bit of Tintin and Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Wallace and Gromit echoing in the pacing and comic sensibility, Triplets of Belleville conjures up a world that's totally surprising and sublime.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A feel-good movie, in the absolute best sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Has a slow-burning emotional power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's strong stuff.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wondrously strange and just plain wonderful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A beautiful eyeful of puckish whimsy and dark-humored mystery, Hukkle (it means hiccup in Hungarian) is a little gem in which nature and humankind commingle, where coincidence and causality collide in a chain of odd, even murderous, events.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's great to see an American filmmaker - and a successful one at that - willing to simply train his cameras on the actors and let them, and their characters, come to life.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Without doubt one of the scariest, creepiest, gut-churningly unsettling pictures to come along in ages.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A profoundly unnerving historical document.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wild and woolly, the movie is a breathtaking head trip that hails from a long tradition of backstage melodramas: "42nd Street," "A Star Is Born," "All About Eve," and, yes, that kitschy '90s relic, "Showgirls."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's an observation of crushing truth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what? This is his seventh feature, he has been working with a gang of collaborators in front of the camera and behind, and his worldview gets richer, and more revealing, even as the view from his lens gets smaller, closer, almost two-dimensional in its oddball tableaux.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England's Lake District.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Moves from its protagonist's dream state to her memories to her waking present in imperceptible shifts - the effect is disorienting, at first, but ingenious.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago. Retro becomes nuevo. Quaint becomes cool.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A wildly suspenseful zero-g tale of survival 350 miles beyond the ozone layer, Alfonso Cuarón's space saga is emotionally jolting - and physically jolting, too.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The real 3-D experience of the season is Pina, Wim Wenders' shockingly beautiful and moving tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The narrative at the heart of Rust and Bone is a vehicle for sentiment and over-the-top histrionics if ever there was one, but Audiard and his two stars deliver the exact opposite: a film thrillingly raw and essential, life-affirming, sublime.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.