For 1,789 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 10.2 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:
1,789 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This is no-nonsense, let's-get-to-it business, and will probably be less satisfying, and less clear, to viewers unfamiliar with the source material.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The To Do List is sex-obsessed, to be sure, but it's a chick flick, too. And in what it says about women (or girls) and men (or boys) and what they want, maybe it's a movie for us all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a study in human behavior, describing how a self-confessed "emotional wreck," through accident and ambition, talent and temperament, became a star.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A goofy screwball romp that affords a gaggle of A-listers the chance to hambone around in antic style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Violence ignites her passion, dividing her Belfast family.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A light and extremely likable comedy -- just what the doctor ordered right now.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    MacDowell brings an absolutely riveting conviction to her role. She's strong stuff in a movie that is likewise gripping and powerful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Smartly acted, achingly simple love story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Simple, sweet family fare, and a picture that extols the virtues of comradeship and community in a spunky, spirited fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The performances are uniformly strong - nuanced, realistic, lacking any wild, flailing emoting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Directed in steady fashion by Redford, The Company You Keep manages to keep its multiple strands of plot - and the people caught in them - from collapsing in a jumble of confusion. This alone, given the whirl of personal and political history going on, is an accomplishment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Represents a brave undertaking on Jolie's part. It's impressively steady filmmaking for a first-timer, and a powerful, powerfully disturbing subject to take on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's an icy chill, a detachment, to A Dangerous Method, too. Of course, there are no talking cockroaches (Naked Lunch), no naked steambath knife fights (Eastern Promises), and that may have something to do with why this all feels so un-Cronenbergian.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If you just give yourself over to Nolan's sweeping, symphonic Cowled Crusader saga, The Dark Knight Rises is, well, a blast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy (lots of root vegetables), satisfying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Yea or nay, love or hate, the portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Montenegro's character has a spark in her eye, and a determination, that makes this quiet, intelligent film anything but boring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    When Dizdar hits, he hits big.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Suffice to say it's got plenty to do with corporate karma. And the word severance is more than just a double play on words - it's a triple whammy.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    McAvoy is charismatic, funny, and on the mark. Hall and Eve are both just right in their roles - bringing depth and detail to what could have been caricature parts. And if Starter for 10 takes a turn into foolhardy tragedy, it doesn't linger too long there.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's sick. It's stupid. But it also is undeniably adept at skewering social hypocrisy, lancing the boils of political self-righteousness, and poking fun where others fear to tread.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Aniston and Zahn are sweet together - their respective characters have built up psychic armor to keep the outside world at bay, and each breaks down the other's in revealing ways.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Simple, poignant and leavened with humor, it's a film that affirms the nourishing aspects of love and companionship.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    At a certain point, Bujalski - the mumblecore meister, gleefully pushing the envelope of credulity here - jettisons the mock-doc pretense for a Christopher Guest-like glimpse into a strange subculture of the everyday.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Rea, with his hangdog looks and Jimmy Stewart line readings, spends a good deal of his time writhing in fake blood and broken shards - not what you'd call glamorous work, but he does it with conviction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The real reason to see Blank City is to catch snatches of the now-decades-old films - priceless DIY numbers that capture all the wild energy, humor, and rage of, if not a more innocent time, then certainly a cooler one.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Catching Fire is bigger, better and broodier than the first film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There are good things to say about the inspirational Disney sports film McFarland, USA, starting with its up-from-the-scrap-heap story, which happens to be true.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Poignant, funny and clear-eyed about some tough topics: homophobia, racism, AIDS.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Hunt offers a powerful, provocative study of mob mentality and the fabric of trust.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's something optimistic in the filmmaker's clear-eyed, straightforward storytelling style.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Black's caped "luchador" grows on you. Like a fun guy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Kari's film, witty and sad, is a spare, small thing, but Noi has a poetry about it, and a poignancy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A thoroughly satisfying mix of mayhem and mindless fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the psychologically scarred world of The Holy Land, sex and religion, love and hate, survival and despair all ricochet around, waiting to explode.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a noble enterprise, and a remarkable story, but it's not a movie that will set you free.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The vampires in What We Do in the Shadows are symbolic of something else altogether: epic unkemptness.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Whatever one makes of its subject's moral code and mind-set, one has to give Terror's Advocate its due: the stories are riveting, the man is real.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Several notches above the usual gay-themed indie, and mostly manages to avoid -- or at least legitimately deploy -- the gratuitous throbbing beefcake scenes that are part and parcel of the genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This quiet, aching film - punctuated by dead-on music choices, a blues song, reggae, the requisite Leonard Cohen - doesn't answer those questions. It's enough to raise them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    As scatalogical affairs go, Flushed Away shows remarkable buoyancy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's humor in it, and sadness, and an acid-tinged humor that is miles away from the branded levity of "Friends." More power to Aniston for feeling the need to try something different, and then doing it -- well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The line between ha-ha funny and sorrowful reverence has been crossed - more deftly than you'd think.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If The Golden Bowl -- isn't charged with electric emotion, well, that's not what Henry James or James Ivory is about.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 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
    With a thumping score and whirling cinematography, District 13: Ultimatum delivers two or three awesomely choreographed chase-and-fight-and-chase-and-fight-again sequences. The dialogue (in French, with subtitles) is not this movie's strength, nor should it be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A surprisingly moving drama - a throwback to the small, character-driven indies of yesteryear.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The movie's combination of unabashedly fun carnage, cool special effects, and tongue-in-cheek dialogue keeps the ball rolling (albeit at reduced speed), until the last of the titular terrors has bit the dust.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Pretty magical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although The Secret in Their Eyes has neither the power, the artistry, nor the electric energy of its fellow Oscar nominee, France's "A Prophet," the Argentine film nonetheless engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    21
    21 makes for some slick escapist fantasy. Even if, and because, the fantasy has its roots in something real.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    And that, in the end, is what Quartet is about: determined engagement, embracing music and theater and the arts, and embracing the friends and loved ones you have around you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    With creepy sound effects (thuds and clangs and groans, oh my) and a mounting - make that sinking - sense of dread, Black Sea is at once fist-clenchingly suspenseful and, well, dull.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Deschanel does what she does seemingly without effort, managing to convey Summer's mixed-up messed-upness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's smart, it's exhilarating, and Gilroy's depiction of a high-tech world where our every move is captured by surveillance cams and Big Brother-types deploying the latest spyware feels authentic, and troubling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A story of entrepreneurship, of family, of fighting for one's rights - the right to make white lightning, and money. It's as American as apple pie.

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