For 1,953 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 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1953 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    An awesome cinema spectacle.
    • 96 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's inspired fun.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A wildly suspenseful zero-g tale of survival 350 miles beyond the ozone layer, Alfonso CuarĂ³n's space saga is emotionally jolting - and physically jolting, too.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Mara and Blanchett are each extraordinary, working in the most organic and soul-stirring ways.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a masterpiece.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    45 Years is a study in economy, in the beautiful symmetry of word and image and music.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wondrously strange and just plain wonderful.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Mr. Turner is no barrel of laughs. It's a barrel of life - an extraordinary one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Fused with paranoia and almost unbearable suspense, The Hurt Locker is powerful stuff.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    With rich, detailed, cinematic animation and terrific sound effects, WALLE pulls this unlikely love story off.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Inside Out is the first psychological thriller that's fun for the whole family. Really psychological. And really fun.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Inspiring stuff, the stuff of Hollywood all the way back to Frank Capra and before: a story of scrappy underdogs, determined to get to the truth, and toppling the mighty in the process.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Some of it is wistful, some of it whimsical, but it's all wonderful, impossibly so.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Just a few barrels short of being a masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    But moving across this tableau is Frodo and his gang, and here the trouble lies...Not a one seems believable as conveyed by Wood, who forever looks to be on the brink of a good sob. Likewise, his hobbit sidekick Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) is a real wuss.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The haunting mastery of Leviathan comes not from these broad indictments of a social order, but from the specifics of the performances, the actors wearing their hurt and rage, their defiance and dread, like well-worn clothing.
    • 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!)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening; there is a lot of walking and talking (against exquisite backdrops), dissections and discourse about the intricacies of romance, the false signals, the fickleness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This long (nearly three hours), revelatory movie is both a thrilling adventure about endurance and survival, and an elegiac examination of centuries-old tribal culture, fast-fading in the new millennium.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Jafar Panahi's Taxi looks onto a world where the social order and the spiritual order are at odds, in flux, where the conversations are sometimes cutting, sometimes comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes profound.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An eerily quiet, bracingly bloody, and expertly laid-out adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    If vigilance and preemption, recompense and retaliation is not enough, the film asks, then what is?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's transformative.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's been a long time since a film has conveyed a culture, and a sense of place, with such telling precision. At the same time, Winter's Bone thrums with suspense.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Elkabetz, alternately resigned and raging, stoic and sad, bitter humor in her eyes, is riveting. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem takes its time to unfold, but like its star, the film presents its case in powerful, persuasive ways.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Her
    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Still stands as a gloriously silly and twisted send-up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A triumph.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    George Miller's Fury Road is a hundred things at once: a biker movie, a spaghetti western, a post-apocalyptic dystopian action pic, a tale of female empowerment (The Vagina Monologues' Eve Ensler was a consultant on set), a Bosch painting made scary 3D real, a Keystone Kops screwball romp, and an auto show from hell.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A visually dazzling mood piece.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Baron Cohen brings scary conviction to the performance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Offers a crushing view of humanity at its most desperate, and a view of one man's fevered efforts to find grace and dignity amid the horror.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Dardennes are aces at these small-scale human dramas, and Two Days, One Night is almost without flaw.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    There is intrigue. There is suspense. Guilt - a man's guilt, a nation's - hangs heavy in the air.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Selma may be flawed, even spurious at points. But in its larger portrait of a man of dignity, purpose, and courage, and in Oyelowo's performance as that man, the film rings true.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Whiplash is writer/director Damien Chazelle's hyperventilated nightmare about artistic struggle, artistic ambition. It's as much a horror movie as it is a keenly realized indie about jazz, about art, about what it takes to claim greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A profoundly unnerving historical document.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's aimed at adults as much as children, with jokes that work on multiple levels, and contraptions.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    And Bridges? What's there to say about a man who makes it look so easy, and who - in one breathless, pivotal scene - runs through a range of emotion like a wild pony running across the land. Genius, any way you look at it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Singular and stunning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A frightening portrait of corruption, cynicism, intimidation, greed and violence, Gomorrah is tough stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The dialogue and action in One False Move seems instinctive and unforced. There isn't an iota of caricature, there isn't an affectation of "style," there isn't a false note sounded.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Funny, passionate, full of compassion for its just-pubescent protagonists, We Are the Best! is a total charmer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An honest and personal and unblurred examination (even through that druggy blur) of a tricky voyage into womanhood.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Riley's film brings the American icon's career back into sharp focus.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Caouette's fractured history is imbued with heart-crushing sincerity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    What's up in The Duke of Burgundy is a straight-faced homage to 1970s European erotica, full of soft-focus nudity and soft-core kink.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Wonderfully evocative, funny, sad, complex, and essential passages from a man's childhood and adolescence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of the things that distinguishes Love & Friendship from the multitude of Austen adaptations - the worthy and the less so - is its heroine. Lady Susan Vernon, a widow of devilish charms, is as frank and fearless a character as Austen ever imagined.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    It's a cinematic feat, an art lover's dream, but as a moviegoing experience, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is something of a letdown.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Amazingly - and this movie is amazing - Room is a story of hope, of possibility. Sure, your stomach will be in knots, your fingers clenched, your heart racing. But it will also fill that heart with a sense of the goodness, the courage, the enduring love that is out there to be discovered - and to be held onto with the fierceness of life itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of the great things about this unpredictable, exhilaratingly goofy fable is how it shows that even the clueless - and the tragically morose - have a shot at redemption.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Disarming, alarming, and more than a little impressive, Shults' movie was shot in his mother's Texas home, and the thing plays like a cross between Eugene O'Neill and a slasher pic. (It's cut like one; the soundtrack makes you feel jumpy like one.)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Babadook, then, is a study in madness that lurks beneath the surface. But it is also very much (and amusingly) a look at the trials of parenting, especially single-parenting: those days when you just want to, well, get your child out of the picture somehow. Of course, you don't act on those impulses. That's what the movies are for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    You know how some kids just connect? Jake and Tony connect. And the adults in their lives, without really meaning to do so, make it difficult for that connection to hold. It is a measure of Sachs' talent and skills that such a seemingly small story can resonate in such big ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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