For 1,942 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Chop Shop
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1942 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.
    • 97 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
    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
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
    • 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
    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
    • 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.)
    • 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
    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
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.
    • 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
    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
    • 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?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's an observation of crushing truth.

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