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 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1,660 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Some tacky animated sequences notwithstanding, Youth in Revolt is smart, cool and frequently hysterical.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Road isn't a masterpiece...But I cannot think of another film this year that has stayed with me, its images of dread and fear - and yes, perhaps hope - kicking around like such a terrible dream.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If the film itself isn't brilliant, its star most definitely is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Moon is a deceptively simple study of alienation, paranoia, and loneliness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a glorious good time satirizing the extravagant lengths to which the military and intelligence establishments will go if they think there's a payoff at the other end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Deschanel does what she does seemingly without effort, managing to convey Summer's mixed-up messed-upness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It also boasts one of the funniest, loopiest Woody Harrelson turns in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Hangover pushes the boundaries of good taste, good sense, and good will toward man. And you'll feel good about it all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Raimi-esque mix of gross-out madness and sick laughs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Mixes the intimate, indie vibe of "Daytrippers" with the absurdist screwball streak of "Superbad," to winning effect.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Funny People turns out to be fairly predictable, and not so rough. In a thoroughly satisfying way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This movie will shake your windows and rattle your walls.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    With rich, detailed, cinematic animation and terrific sound effects, WALLE pulls this unlikely love story off.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's a xenophobic element to Taken's premise, to be sure - the idea that travel, even to Western Europe, isn't safe for Americans, and that foreigners (Albanians, Arabs) are by nature shifty and sinister.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Cold Souls entertains on its own terms, delivering irony and suspense as Giamatti discovers that his soulless self is a terrible, terrible actor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    For a comedy about autoerotic asphyxiation, epic deception, and shameless exploitation, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly sweet and tender affair.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Question: Is life still like a box of chocolates if you're going in reverse? The answer, in the case of the curiously Gumpian The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is a gooey yes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Return of the King is too long...The various story lines...come together in stilted, episodic ways. The narrative is less-than-seamless.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Almost absurdly quiet and observant, The Limits of Control is about the space between the action, the steps along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A goofy screwball romp that affords a gaggle of A-listers the chance to hambone around in antic style.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A throwback in style, pace, and storytelling to the 1970s and the downbeat mood pieces of directors like Bob Rafelson.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's pretty formulaic stuff, and earns its R rating with profanity and unapologetically gratuitous female nudity, but somehow has a winning knuckleheaded charm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Che
    What this slow-moving but fascinating two-part portrait does do is hunker down in the jungles and mountains of Cuba and (in the second part) Bolivia, capturing in keen, almost Zen-like detail the trudging and trekking, the recruiting and strategizing, the fighting and the philosophizing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A lot of dark, Orwellian fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Relationships - between men and women, fathers and sons - are more complicated in real life, and The Boys Are Back deftly acknowledges that fact.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The mostly British ensemble can do this stuff in their sleep, but Macfadyen and Donovan and Graves, especially, work up the necessary antic angst and silliness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Despite all its roiling melodrama, Head-On has its moments of sharply observed humor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a certain captivating quality about it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Offers a diverting tale of erstwhile indie filmmaking and the power of porn to generate change - both at the box office and in the bedroom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The film, with its painterly juxtapositions of dockside industry, green hills, and cloud-scudded sky, is full of misguided motives and fairy-tale fraud. But it rings true at heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Despite the jumpy, ride-along camera work and the ever-present threat of engagement, a certain tedium sets in during the film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Directed with an easygoing grace by Campbell Scott, has the feel of a coming-of-age novel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    lLght and likable - a low-budget "Steel Magnolias" without pretense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Fever Pitch works. At times, it works brilliantly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A deft, affecting drama about childhood sexual abuse and its lifelong scars.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A comedy about friendship, faith and the acting life, Le Grand Role is unabashedly corny and tear-jerking - and still quite likable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A crowd-pleaser of immense proportions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A first film with a deft comedic touch and a trio of charming stars, Saving Face isn't deep - but it doesn't profess to be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Rize shows how clowning led to krumping, and argues that its practitioners' fierce dedication to dance has saved countless kids from drugs, crime and gangs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Yes
    Potter explores midlife ennui, (middle-)East-West tension, theology, biology and the irrational nature of romance in this ambitious, if ultimately sketchy, drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A weird fusion of blaxploitation and American indie, built on a template of old-style, follow-your-dream Hollywood drama. But it works - sometimes magnificently.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Ambiguous in a satisfying, puzzling sort of way, November offers a triptych of scenarios revolving around a grim moment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Nat King Cole croons a Christmas chestnut, an opera wafts into the ether, Latin jazz sways. It's all terribly atmospheric, and if you're in the mood for atmosphere, 2046 delivers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Lacks the visceral sweep of "Saving Private Ryan." But Spielberg's story, for all its gut-wrenching intensity, was a fiction. Dahl's movie, slower in pace and conscious of its own artifice, addresses the same issues of courage and sacrifice - and tells a true story. That's worth something. In fact, it's worth a lot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Murphy, in the boogeyman role, toggles between seductive and sinister with enough conviction to make you forget that his character makes no sense at all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    No great shakes, The Baxter nonetheless has a quiet loopiness going for it. And it has the absence of a laugh track going for it, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    So gin-and-tonic dry, so deceptive in its deadpan-ness, that it's not always clear that Julian Fellowes is having fun. But he is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although Mal is ostensibly the movie's hero, and River its heroine, Whedon does a good job of giving all onboard their own story arc, their tragedies and triumphs. The cast, to a man (and woman), is solid, although it's the ballet-trained Glau, who gets to mope in high angst and go Zhang Ziyi-crazy in a couple of martial-arts scenes, who steals the show.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Not everyone's cup of tea, but a strong, heady brew.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Nicely run through its paces by John Gatins, who also wrote the screenplay (it's his directing debut), Dreamer is, not surprisingly, about daring to dream the big dreams. It's about family, and faith, and facing hard times together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    They're all dressed up to kill, with no place to go.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Silverman is wickedly fast. Her timing kills.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Ice Harvest doesn't have much heft or resonance. But as an antidote to the sugary confections of the season, its hung-over cynicism works wonders.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a farce with heart, a meditation on identity, family and gender politics that has real faith in its characters - even when the characters themselves lack it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's giving nothing away to say that Munro makes it to Bonneville, and breaks the record - which apparently still stands - on his two-wheel contraption.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Whether or not the story makes any sense, The Promise promises to transport - and does.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Fans of Brooks and his wry, dry neuroticism will not be disappointed as he whines and whimpers around New Delhi.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    "March of the Penguins" - phooey! Those smelly little birds are built to survive in the frozen tundra, and nobody's asking them to pull a sled.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although a voice-over prologue rumbles ominously in English, most of Night Watch is in the mother tongue, but even the subtitles do weird things - flying around in different sizes and fonts, punctuating the action.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A mopey meditation on family and its dysfunctions, Winter Passing is in fact of more than passing interest.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If Running Scared had come out in 1994, before "Pulp Fiction," it - and Kramer - would be hailed as blazingly original. But questions of originality notwithstanding, there's plenty of blazing going on here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Lee transforms a generic cops-crooks-and-hostages scenario into a smart, sharp heist movie by the sheer force of his love for, and knowledge of, the city where he lives.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Without editorializing, Mermin raises fascinating questions about the cultural impact of globalization, the allure of the West, and the troubled history of an ancient land.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Like "Tremors," only ickier, Slither is a tongue-in-cheek horror flick that skewers the genre while delivering seat-squirming scares.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although there's nothing funny about addiction, Zahedi - a thin, bug-eyed fellow with the air of an R. Crumb sad sack - brings wit and self-deprecation to his tale of obsession and woe.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This pleasant but predictable affair does one thing very well: showcasing the versatility of Chiwetel Ejiofor. The London actor can be seen as Denzel Washington's detective sidekick in "Inside Man." Watch him chomp down on a New York accent with Washington, and then watch him as Lola (a.k.a. Simon), a cabaret performer in makeup, wig and wild gowns. That's acting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's something optimistic in the filmmaker's clear-eyed, straightforward storytelling style.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Somehow, this rollicking day in the life of a band of skateboarding Latino punk-rockers doesn't exude the voyeuristic smarm of previous Clark forays.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Russian Dolls isn't quite the gem that its precursor was. It rambles. It's less of an ensemble effort. There's more of Xavier's moping self-centeredness. But Duris is terrific as the confused cusp-of-30 protagonist, and the rest of the cast is bright and beaming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Illuminating and unsettling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Serrill has shot and edited The Heart of the Game in straightforward documentary style, with a narration by the rapper and actor Ludacris. But the dramas going on here, on and off the court, more than make up for any lack of flash.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Black's caped "luchador" grows on you. Like a fun guy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The British star of "Ali G" fame plays Ricky Bobby's arch-nemesis. His name: Jean Girard. His provenance: France. His sponsor: Perrier. Speaking through a set of nasty-looking, tightly clenched teeth in the faux-est of faux French accents, Cohen is hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A whimsical tale of serial murder in the English countryside, Keeping Mum benefits immensely from the charm and pitch-perfect gravitas of Kristin Scott Thomas.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The result is something both fluid and stark, cinematic and comic book-y, and incredible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the film, the music, beginning with a muted a cappella ballad, is from Eastwood himself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Luke, who had the title role in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, "Antwone Fisher," is that rare actor who can convey profound inner conflict with just a look in his eye; his performance is attuned, astute and remarkable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Winner of a prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the quiet, solemn Climates is a bit like those towering ancient columns that Isa photographs to show his class. The fragmented architecture is beautiful and striking, but also extremely dated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    As scatalogical affairs go, Flushed Away shows remarkable buoyancy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Bale brings intense energy (and a convincing American accent) to the proceedings, and the film manages to make this borderline Travis Bickle into a sympathetic character - with a sweetheart, and a sweeter life, beckoning from south of the border. Strong stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Offers dazzling cinematic family fun, and a mad medley of tunes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Fast Food Nation picks up, and drops off, various members of its cast, sometimes without a satisfying resolution. But its final scenes, inside a real working meatpacking plant, on the killing floor, are brutally to the point.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A cool-headed thriller, and a richly detailed character study that traces the birth and evolution of America's foreign espionage bureaucracy, The Good Shepherd also marks a significantly more mature, assured directing turn from Robert De Niro.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Boasts exciting competitive track cycling footage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's not as good, nor as complex, as "The Lost Boys," but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling - again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A powerful indictment of Russia's illegal adoption industry - and a story of pipsqueak resolve and resilience - The Italian is clear-eyed and tough in its depiction of a corrupt, atrophied social order.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Puccini for Beginners, which takes its title from its heroine's passion for opera, isn't just another trendy toe-dip in sexual experimentation. It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that - the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind - just right.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Apted opts not to show the horrendous cruelty inflicted on thousands upon thousands of captive Africans, shackled and chained, making their way to the Americas in ships. Instead, he has Wilberforce and his fellow abolitionists describe the inhumane conditions - in the precise, passionate language of legislators who believe that human decency is more important than money and power.