For 1,795 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Ex Machina
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1,795 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    In the end, The Last Kiss holds less a cynical view of the matrimonial state than one of considered irony.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself. In many ways, We Have a Pope recalls last year's Oscar winner, "The King's Speech": Someone who doesn't feel up to the job fate has handed him, and then struggling to come to terms with it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind a few misguided casting choices; Lincoln is exceptionally good, elevated by a preternatural star turn, and by the energy and invention its director displays in telling a story that doesn't rely on action and special effects.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Thoughtfulness and artistry ...raise this small, quiet picture to moments of pure epiphany.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Just a few barrels short of being a masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Amelie is utterly charming. And so, too, is the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Opens the window on a pivotal time in 1960s (and early 1970s) pop culture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Devilishly delightful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Add Mostly Martha to the list of great mouth-watering food flicks - "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Big Night," "Babette's Feast" -- but don't stop there. Add it to another list: movies that get at the heart of what family, and love, is all about.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A wise, wistful study of hope and dread.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    OK, first off, anyone who shares his or her life with a dog, or has done so in the past, go see My Dog Tulip.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man. Did Colby have a moral core? Did he know what was truth, and what was a lie? Did he sanction assassination plots? Did he love his family? Was he even capable of love?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This beautifully taut and terrifying thriller is faithful to its source in just about every way that matters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There's a fine line between bag lady and belle of the ball, and Apfel instinctively knows it. Her sense of style is uncanny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A love song to the new Europe (Klapisch's original title: Euro Pudding) and a snapshot of a polyglot gang on the cusp of kind-of-reckless youth and responsibility-burdened adulthood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A beautifully strange movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Holofcener writes with an ear for the rhythms and ridiculousness of real life, and her cast - to a man, and woman - embraces her words with subtlety and certitude. Friends With Money is gimmickless, and great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    So jaw-droppingly out there, so bracingly bizarre, and, much of the time, so fall-over-funny that even its flaws don't matter. Easily the oddest movie of the year, it is also one of the best.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the baroness, and because this is Canada - flows freely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Although its tone is generally genial and jovial, Good Hair touches on some tricky issues, at times complicitly.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Remy, the little rat who stars in the big, beautiful, funny Ratatouille, isn't gross at all. In fact, he's adorable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A movie every American should see, although parts of it are close to unwatchable - notably an operating room sequence in which a pair of surgeons performs a gastric bypass, or "obesity surgery," as they like to call it, on a dangerously overweight patient.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With an attention to the telling detail that one finds in a great short story, Kiarostami guides Takanashi and Okuno - and then Kase - through the mischievous and melancholy tale. It is quiet. It is lovely. And it will stay with you for a long time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An ingenious blend of sci-fi and mystery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    By the end of their arduous journey, Lore and her siblings are changed. But it's the kind of change that will take years, perhaps generations, to understand, to heal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A rich, beautifully detailed espionage thriller that captures the bygone days of Shanghai - and 1940s Hollywood noirs' romantic evocations of same - Lust, Caution is also one of those rare movie experiences: Its scenes of the trysts between Yee and Mak, from their rough-stuff first encounter to the long, tangled love-making sessions of subsequent meetings, are truly erotic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Terrifically satisfying film.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a heartbreaker of a coming-of-age tale, even if there's a string of exsanguinated corpses to be accounted for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A steady, soulful film experience. It's got poetry to it - the poetry of humanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Marion Cotillard has made her share of unremarkable, if not remarkably bad, films. But when the French star, who won the Academy Award for her unearthly reincarnation of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose", gets it right, the result is magic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    No
    A political drama, a personal drama, a sharp-eyed study of how the media manipulate us from all sides, No reels and ricochets with emotional force.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    And how can you not reflect about time, and change, and physical and spiritual being, when confronted with such a stunning visual record of human existence?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With deft and subtle performances and an uncomplicated but savvy script, Autumn Tale gets to the inner lives of its characters.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The film is a sharp, funny, touching tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Side Effects, chilly and noirish, and boasting a wily performance from Catherine Zeta-Jones as a therapist who worked with Emily earlier in her adulthood, is, Soderbergh says, his swan song.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    That this purposefully twisting exercise takes place amid the sun-burnished cypresses and towns of Tuscany - where ancient statuary is as commonplace as pasta and wine - only makes this playfully enigmatic meditation the more pleasing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Doesn't overdo it on the 1950s period charm -- lots of tweed, old cars and bikes, great woolly sweaters and painted rowhouses -- and the performances never get out of hand, even when the plot does.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Wildly ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If you're going to take another stab at this tale of a taunted, traumatized teen who exacts fiery revenge on, well, everyone, then Kimberly Peirce is the director to do it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you'll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A deadpan delight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    As entertaining as it is exasperating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    As soon as it's over, and you find yourself back in the harsh light of the workaday world, you'll be hard-pressed to remember what happened. Except that you'll remember enjoying yourself - immensely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    What began as a bold and thrilling story descends into Hollywood cliché. But Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush. They make A Beautiful Mind go.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a view filtered through a prism of memory and emotion, but one well worth investigating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    While there are similarities to the hardscrabble saga of "Angela's Ashes," Frears' film avoids the mawkish pitfalls of Alan Parker's screen adaptation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Not everyone's cup of tea, but a strong, heady brew.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Kiwi nerd love story and loopy portrait of Down Under underachievers, Eagle vs. Shark offers a deadpan take on family, friendship, obsession and self-delusion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A "small" movie. But in its keenly observed examination of strangers who become intimates - and of family members who remain, in part, strangers - it has big things to say.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Tokyo! is a must-see for the Gondry segment, and a strange, diverting pleasure for the rest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's not impossible to address grown-up issues of commitment, of responsibility, of love, and have some fun, and some profanity, while you're at it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although Toy Story 3 plays with themes of aging and obsolescence, it's really a straight-ahead action pic, with the toys planning, and attempting, their escape and rescue missions. (Hey, it's The A-Team!)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Offers dazzling cinematic family fun, and a mad medley of tunes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Informative, funny, sad and intriguing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Comes across as gratifying, not grating: the same way the familiarity of a well-crafted whodunit is part of the book's pleasures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Quiet, finely etched and beautifully acted by Dina Korzun and the wise-beyond-his-years Artiom Strelnikov.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Favreau and Vaughn have chemistry to kill: comic, combative and engagingly goofball.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Elf
    Pays homage to a sack of Christmas movies, from the department store Claus of "Miracle on 34th Street" to a standing-on-the-bridge-contemplating-suicide moment, a la "It's a Wonderful Life."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Rings true for the most part, and explores human nature - leashed and unleashed - in ways that resonate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A little like a British Eric Rohmer film -- a lot of talk, and a lot of talk about love and relationships -- Lawless Heart has wit and a winning charm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The film, in its early going, also has a nice light humor about it, and an engaging, albeit tragic, love story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Boasts exciting competitive track cycling footage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    At a certain point, movies like Disturbia require suspension of belief. To its credit, that moment comes much later in the game than usual. Up until then, like "Rear Window" before it, Disturbia is sly and suspenseful and full of mounting dread.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The period details - the cars, the clothes, the old storefronts along Main Street - are attentively described. But it's Duvall, spooky, sly, and sad, who makes all the props and the plot twists seem real.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Fast, funny.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Watching Shepard work his pony down a snaking mountain pass, playing a mandolin and singing the blues, or seeing him sitting, stone-still, beneath a railroad water tank, waiting for something to happen - these are scenes to be cherished, from an actor who has found the soul of the character he's playing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Blood-curdling stuff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Directed by Clark Johnson in an efficient and occasionally exhilarating style that points to the Emmy-winner's TV cop-show pedigree ("Homicide," "The Wire," "NYPD Blue").
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Terrific filmmaking, but it's hard to leave Moodysson's picture without feeling much of anything except hopelessness. Utterly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although James and Madden are no Fred and Ginger when it comes time for the fabled ball, her breathy swoons and glitter-splashed décolletage and his personable imperviousness bode well for the couple's future.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Is Spurlock selling out by pulling off this stunt? Is he biting the hand that feeds him? Is he working both sides against the middle? And does he think JetBlue is the best airline in the world? You bet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Bling Ring is Sofia Coppola's energetic, elegant, and entertaining take on this real-life story - a comedy, of sorts, if what it says about our obsession with the famous and the frivolous weren't so totally depressing.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Thanks to the evocative cinematography of Ed Lachman, it is bathed in a celestial light that cannot penetrate the existential darkness of its characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Amazingly, though, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, cowriters and codirectors of The Words, have the audacity - and the skill sets - to pull this all off. They wrest emotional truth out of hokum. They also wrest intelligent, nuanced performances from their cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In short, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a charmer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Tavernier pulls all this off with elegance and style; his battle scenes are tough and bloody, his châteaus grand.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a loose, improvisatory feel that rings true.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Starlet sneaks up on you. Set in the same sun-dried, strip-malled precincts of the San Fernando Valley where "Boogie Nights" took place - and set, in part, in that same porn industry milieu - Sean Baker's low-key, low-budget indie traces the relationship that develops between a young actress and an isolated, elderly woman.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    42
    42 doesn't shirk from showing how daunting it was for Robinson to turn the other cheek, as Ford's Rickey tells him he must do, in the face of the insults and hostility.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Anderson, 29, does so much in Magnolia, with such nerve, with wily humor and out-of-the-blue bravado, that the film's flaws and lapses don't really matter. It ain't perfect, but it's awe-inspiring.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    While Ferrell and Reilly are great together, hatching harebrained schemes that have no basis in reality, part of the unexpected treat of Step Brothers is watching Jenkins and Steenburgen sink to such blithely immature levels of rude and crude comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Salvation is severe and bloody stuff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a jumpy, reality-TV kind of feel that adds to the story's sense of unsettling authenticity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Alexandra never depicts the soldiers in combat, but Sokurov nonetheless shows how war can break down the social structure, break down family, break the human soul.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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