For 1,955 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Amélie
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1955 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    And tell me if I'm nuts, but another distraction: Doesn't the BFG bear a striking resemblance to George W. Bush?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Moretti knows how to orchestrate a good laugh when it's needed, but he can plumb more soulful, sorrowful depths, too. In Mia Madre, with its self-doubting director and wild-card American interloper, Moretti works a palette of shifting moods. Triumphantly.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's a playlike quality to Complete Unknown (Marston's cowriter, Julian Sheppard, has extensive credits in the theater). That's not a bad thing: The talk is smart. The actors doing the talking are easy to like.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Batman v Superman lacks the levity (forced or otherwise) of a typical Marvel Universe entry. But Snyder's superpowered epic does have a sense of import and grandeur about 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Swiss Army Man is a quest movie of sorts, and also a sort of modern-day piece of absurdist theater. Samuel Beckett by way of Monty Python, it is a story that is at once rooted in the fixations of adolescence (sex, the idea of sex, bodily functions, more sex) and in the loftier firmaments of the mind.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    As a celebration of agility, ability, and outlandish human behavior, The Walk is a winning thing. It may not get inside the head of its pole-balancing protagonist - it doesn't really even try - but Zemeckis' movie takes you skyward.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Light and droll, but with an undercurrent of moody suspense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Works its way under your skin, and then into your heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a certain captivating quality about it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Cinema as jazz. More precisely, jazz traded by the likes of Charlie Parker, Billie Holliday, Chet Baker -- blurry, opiated, jagged with melancholy and stone cold beautiful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    At its best, the film is undeniably tender. Sweet, even.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Much of Finding Dory is funny, and fun. But there's something kind of haunting about our heroine's memory thing. If you forget where you are, and who you are, and why you are - isn't that called Losing Dory?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The result is something both fluid and stark, cinematic and comic book-y, and incredible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's not often that Chinese cinema tackles same-sex relationships, and rarer still to see a film of such stark, muted emotion coming from mainland China.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    John Dies at the End isn't deep. But it is deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Darren Aronofsky's Noah is the Old Testament on acid. It's the movie equivalent of Christian death metal. It's an antediluvian Lord of the Rings, fist-pumping, ferocious, apocalyptic, and wet - very wet.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Based on reports of a real 2005 incident, it is a film that asks its viewer to consider the nature of good and evil, love and trust - and trust that turns into something like blind faith.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    I'm not sure if leavening is the right word, but Brolin, as an enigmatic U.S. agent with a world-weary cynicism and a black-ops vibe, provides at least a dose of (very) dark humor to the proceedings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's bloody carnage - or it's ketchup, or bolognese sauce, at the very least.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Albert Nobbs is a quiet, minor-key work. The period finery is Masterpiece Classics-y, the parade of upper-crust and lower-tier eccentrics predictable. But Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Thanks to a witty script and the recognizably goofy but absolutely earnest delivery of Black, Kung Fu Panda has a human soul, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The truth is left for the audience to decide. And while the conclusion isn't necessarily clear, it is unsettling.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If Weitz's Golden Compass feels, at times, too crammed with exposition and big set pieces, the film nonetheless works far more successfully than the first Potter pic - the leaden "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" - did translating its source material.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Siegel, in his debut as director, shot the low-budget Big Fan on a digital camera and achieves an appropriately grimy, gritty look. He has an eye for the telling detail and for the comedy in tragedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's all very Hitchcockian, at least for a while. And clever and exciting, too, even if the convergences begin to strain credulity, and, when you think about it, defy logic, too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A really satisfying suspenser, but also really, really fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    While the film pivots around Nazneen, perhaps at the expense of other characters, it doesn't sell her short. This is a rich, revealing and elegant portrait, and one well worth spending time with.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Apart from Khodchenkova, who displays the acting acumen of a runway model and gives new meaning to the term Russian mole (she's the villainous vixen of the tale, suited up in high heels and slinky, scaly couture), the cast of The Wolverine is uniformly good.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Together's mix of classical gems and composer Zhao Lin's plaintive score is stirring, soaring stuff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Possession, humiliation, jealousy, revelation . . . they're all painted in light, swift strokes by the veteran director and his two stars.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Equalizer, which reteams Washington with his Training Day director, Fuqua, is an origin story, like the birth of Batman, or Daredevil. If audiences and star are so inclined, it's easy to see this premise and this character - a tough, taciturn gent burdened with regret and a very special skill set - going into Roman numerals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There are extraordinary collisions of image and music here that make for some breathtaking sequences, but when that portentous, Gregorian-chanting chorus kicks in with its repetitive mantra of the film's title, it sure sounds a whole lot like they're saying "narcolepsy," not "naqoyqatsi."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It looks lovely in an art-directed way, and Eddie Redmayne, who won his Oscar earlier in the year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, looks lovely, too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success.

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