For 1,951 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 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1951 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Argo's white-knuckle nail-biter of a climax takes liberties with how events played out in real life. But while Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio have opted to go Hollywood, it's high-class Hollywood, not the low-rent and exploitative route that the make-believe movie at the heart of this tale would have taken.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ozon has crafted a near-perfect film, a mournful, moving kind of cinema poetry.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A flat-out electrifying experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Phoenix's performance is one of such wild, intense abandon that it is not to be believed, and this, in fact, was my problem as The Master sailed into its momentum-less second hour.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a beautiful, grim tale.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Let the Fire Burn does not glorify MOVE. What it does do is force us to consider why and how this surreal event - a city bombing its own citizens, leaving innocent children dead - occurred. And ask, could something like it ever happen again?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A meditation on art, life, loneliness and the links between friends and strangers, the movie has a grace and humor that's wonderfully inviting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Unstoppable fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Chuan's unsettlingly beautiful black-and-white, wide-screen account of those nightmare six weeks, re-creates that horror in ways that are at once allusive and lucid, mixing cinematic impressionism with documentary-like detail.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Amy
    Asif Kapadia's extraordinary documentary, Amy, is filled with similarly soul-stirring, heartbreaking moments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The movie is near-perfect, suspenseful, heart-breaking, profound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Baker gets great, sly, unforced performances from his two leads, but it's not all a rollicking good time: There are moments of quietude, inquietude, moments when a sense of wariness and loneliness settles over the women.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Baker's life, like his music, was as sad as it was beautiful. And Weber's movie - obsessed with Baker's image as much as with his songs - hits all the right notes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a movie with a pulse. Sometimes, it flies off the chart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Both a concert film and a more intimate thing: a fascinating, fly-on-the-wall (or fly-in-the-dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out. The fact that a good number of them are now dead makes it doubly memorable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Even if you get lost - in the spyspeak, in the codes, in the comings and goings of grim-faced men with satchels full of documents they should not have - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is worth getting lost in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A gorgeous operatic tale of obsession and madness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Whether or not Street Fight wins the Academy Award Sunday night, Curry's picture is must-see fare for any and every observer of the curious world of American politics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    This drag-queen melodrama, like its star, perseveres.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A wonderful, witty mix of horror and social satire, The Host takes its simple, time-tested premise - menacing creature terrorizes the populace - and runs with it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    I wanted to like Meek's Cutoff more than I did. Reichardt and her writer, Jonathan Raymond, bring a quiet, watchful sensibility to their work, allowing the actors room to reflect and riff. But the stilted language and rectitude of the times don't always mesh with the acting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART train pulls into Fruitvale, and the rest is history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    At turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling. It's a gem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Roiling with laughter, tears, drunken confessions, revelatory soliloquies, pain, sorrow, hospital visits, and various kinds of love, A Christmas Tale is a smart, sprawling, and sublimely entertaining feast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Quite simply, a revelation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A chase movie, a spy movie, a futuristic thriller full of colorfully bizarre characters and deftly choreographed stunt work, Children of Men works on multiple levels - as action and allegory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A slow-burning, character-rich study in desperation, grief, vengeance, loyalty, and love. It's the sort of arthouse entry - in German, mostly - that gets you thinking about an English-language remake.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A dour-faced but sublime comedy about the kindness of strangers -- and about the strangeness of people who find themselves in oddball moments of grace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what? This is his seventh feature, he has been working with a gang of collaborators in front of the camera and behind, and his worldview gets richer, and more revealing, even as the view from his lens gets smaller, closer, almost two-dimensional in its oddball tableaux.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Steeped in quiet despair, Lantana is a psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The rare movie that manages to convey the inner soul of an artist.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ghosts haunt Heart of a Dog - but so, too, does love.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ann Savage, the femme fatale from a slew of old Hollywood noirs, is savagely funny as Maddin's beauty-parlor proprietress mom.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Quietly and keenly observed, Summer Hours nods to Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (a country estate, a family reunion, an impending sale). Assayas displays a lucid sense of how personal history and family identity are inextricably linked to a physical place - here, to a house that is still busy accumulating its memories.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Late in Looper, when a highly telekinetic kid starts levitating things, it really does look like Christopher Nolan had wandered onto the set and taken over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    By recording this all too commonplace and dehumanizing process, Puiu's film shows the sick old man and the strangers who deal with him to be all too human - extraordinarily so.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece. It's like life: messy, impossible, elating, unavoidable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Stays with you like great movies tend to do. It asks you to examine the inner mechanisms of human beings, cheerful and miserable alike. It's not about looking at a glass half empty or a glass half full. It's about drinking down what's in that glass and letting it fill your soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A mordantly funny, clear-eyed view of an extended family's mounting dysfunction in a changing society.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Linklater, drawing from his own experiences as a baseball player at Sam Houston State University, looks back with affection, a knowing wink, and maybe the beginnings of an apologetic shrug at the jerk behavior, the locker-room pranks. These guys smell freedom in the air - and maybe some pot smoke, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's great to hear a director talking candidly about the actors he's worked with, dishing out good, juicy stuff.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The film speaks to fundamental issues of history, truth, and the philosophical conflicts of humankind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry - the movie quite simply rocks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    At once guileless and profound.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a feminist nightmare, the world brought to life -- in hard-hitting documentary style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    '71
    1971 is a testament to a generation's idealism, heroism, foolhardiness, fearlessness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Easily the best stop-motion animated necrophiliac musical romantic comedy of all time. It is also just simply, wonderful: a morbid, merry tale of true love that dazzles the eyes and delights the soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Marwencol is about Hogancamp and his miniature alter-ego, about his photographs and his creative process. But it is also, on a deeper level, about how we process our experiences - good and bad, violent and mysterious - and how we try to build safe places in our lives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The real 3-D experience of the season is Pina, Wim Wenders' shockingly beautiful and moving tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    What about the kids and families who have no connection to Méliès, little familiarity with Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? Will Hugo keep them in their seats? I'm not sure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Gloria, spare and keenly observed, plays like a short story - there is no sweeping narrative arc, no momentous triumph or calamity. But there is a bit of justice meted out, and the act of its meting brings a slow, small smile to Gloria's face.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Raimi-esque mix of gross-out madness and sick laughs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The polar opposite of the J.K. Simmons character in "Whiplash."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It is the more satisfying of the two installments - less over-the-top, arterial-gushing violence and more investigation into character, motives, back-story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths. Anger - aimed at a conservative social order and those complicit in maintaining it - courses through this sad, striking tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A masterfully creepy and beautifully turned variation on the teen horror formula.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Creed is corny like the old Rocky films, but riveting like the old Rocky films, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The great thing about Venus - apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis - is that it isn't soppy, or sentimental.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    We're in the company of a great character here, with a lot on his mind, a lot to say.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.

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