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 8.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1955 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England's Lake District.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the end, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban offers what neither of its predecessors, for all their wand-waving and witch-brooms, had: real magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Has the arc of a Shakespearean tragedy, and all the essential components therein: loyalty and betrayal, conspiracy and delusion, self-destruction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Spectacular Now feels genuine in almost every respect, from the unflashy cinematography and the sparingly deployed music cues to the natural, unhurried performances of its two stars. They will get to you, truly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Resonant and surprisingly affecting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    That this purposefully twisting exercise takes place amid the sun-burnished cypresses and towns of Tuscany - where ancient statuary is as commonplace as pasta and wine - only makes this playfully enigmatic meditation the more pleasing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    So disturbing, on so many levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Is Steve Jobs a great film? I don't think so. It's an achievement, certainly, full of Sorkin flourishes, breathtaking and brilliant one-liners that reveal a lot about the characters who deliver them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Unlike "Caché" and "Code: Unknown," where Haneke's investigations into societal and spiritual despair resonated with poetic force, The White Ribbon doesn't resonate at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is the kind of unusual but involving picture that's ripe for a Hollywood remake - but while you're waiting for the Sandra Bullock-Ethan Hawke edition (it's a good post-movie game: coming up with your own casting ideas), Read My Lips is well worth checking out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Terrific filmmaking, but it's hard to leave Moodysson's picture without feeling much of anything except hopelessness. Utterly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Love Is Strange has a gentleness about it, and an empathy, that inspire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Wadjda is a movie about freedom - and nothing represents freedom with the metaphoric simplicity and symmetry of a bicycle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    With its icy symphonic score (courtesy of Iceland’s Johan Johansson) and a palette of rainy-day colors, Arrival is at once majestic and melancholy. It’s a grand endeavor, and Adams, at the center of it all, brings pluck and smarts and a deep-seated sorrow to her role. This is her movie, no doubt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    That is the sum of writer/director Steven Knight's movie: a man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Using a screenplay polished and honed by the Coen Brothers, Spielberg dips into John le Carré territory (you can't help but think of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold when Donovan looks onto the newly erected Berlin Wall, in the searchlights, in the snow).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the old cliche, but (like most cliches) it's true: It's impossible to imagine this picture without this actor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With deft and subtle performances and an uncomplicated but savvy script, Autumn Tale gets to the inner lives of its characters.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's not just the grainy stock and bad sound - technically, we've come a long way. It's the cheesy sex, the awkward edits, the hammy symbolism, the mix of art-house aesthetics and exploitation cliché. Strange creature, this is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Ultimately, 44 Inch Chest has very little on its mind.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    No
    A political drama, a personal drama, a sharp-eyed study of how the media manipulate us from all sides, No reels and ricochets with emotional force.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It is a fever dream of a movie, tracking its subject as she tries to maintain control, maintain her composure and her sanity, and as she tries — shellshocked, quaking with grief, but also fiercely determined — to shape and secure her husband’s legacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's bloody carnage - or it's ketchup, or bolognese sauce, at the very least.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This cunning and provocative Romanian film requires patience, but its rewards are many: It's hard to imagine how a scene in which a police captain barks an order to bring him a dictionary can be loaded with suspense, but, really, it is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Is Django Unchained about race and power and the ugly side of history? Only as much as "Inglourious Basterds" was about race and power and the ugly side of history. It's a live-action, heads-exploding, shoot-'em-up cartoon. Sometimes it crackles, and sometimes it merely cracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The pair are scrappy and smart and riff off each other like a no-budget, indie version of Tracy and Hepburn. It's impossible not to like them, and there's absolutely no reason not to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Skyfall is certainly the most cultured Bond film to come along in some time. It's also the first of the three Craig endeavors to seriously (and wittily) acknowledge its pedigree.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Tonally askew (Altman-esque one minute, Austin Powers-esque the next), Inherent Vice is a sun-glared, neon-limned muddle of noir plotline and potheaded jokery that not only doesn't make sense, but actually seems to try hard not to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Smart, funny, and gross (often at the same time).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Force Awakens is half reboot, half remake, and all fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There is a lot of shield-your-eyes ickiness in District 9, a lot of violence and gore. What there is not a lot of, however, is humanity - even in the film's depiction of the inhumanity humans are capable of.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Martian is never less than engaging, and often much more than that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Assassin is not "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and it is certainly not "Kill Bill". But Hou - a linchpin of Taiwan's New Wave movement, the director of "A City of Sadness" and "The Puppetmaster" - evokes the magic, the majesty, the artistry of the martial-arts movie tradition, and brings a Zen-like sense of observation to the proceedings
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Its daring dive into the mind of Brian Wilson feels right. God only knows (to borrow a Pet Sound song title or two), but you still believe in . . . Brian.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Kore-eda, deploying a Western pop score by the Japanese indie-rock band Quruli, just lets these kids be kids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There's a fine line between bag lady and belle of the ball, and Apfel instinctively knows it. Her sense of style is uncanny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    OK, first off, anyone who shares his or her life with a dog, or has done so in the past, go see My Dog Tulip.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    White God offers a dark - very dark - take on the way humans exert authority, and superiority, over our fellow creatures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A heartbreaking story of true love.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The story of Donald Crowhurst is not one of remarkable courage or remarkable endurance. But it is remarkable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    On a deeper level, the Dardennes' film offers a portrait of a fragile yet determined woman set on making a home for herself in the world, even as that world unravels before her eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Terrifically satisfying film.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Frost/Nixon is not the epic gladiatorial face-off, the ricocheting verbal shoot-out that writer Morgan and filmmaker Howard imagined.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Quiet, finely etched and beautifully acted by Dina Korzun and the wise-beyond-his-years Artiom Strelnikov.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Taut entertainment that juggles brainy ideas about perception, predetermination and free will - and drops things in a messy third act where the vintage noir gets bathed in a bit too much Spielbergian glow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Exhilarating and tragic.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Sweet-natured but overdone, over-long film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    British screen stalwarts Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton appear as locals - he twitchy and reticent, she chatty and full of cheer, both with their hearts in the right place.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Brian Cox is especially good, and slippery, as Menenius, a Roman senator.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Gritty, suspenseful and almost poetic in its depiction of an unforgiving town, A Most Violent Year is just shy of being great.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Compared to "Ray," which takes Ray Charles' unique life story and manages to make it feel like a cliche, Kinsey is total sophistication and nuance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    When Dizdar hits, he hits big.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Not just a great sports movie, Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 captures a pivotal moment in recent history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is a picture of quiet observation, contained emotion, the hush before the cathartic scream.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the film, the music, beginning with a muted a cappella ballad, is from Eastwood himself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The country goes unnamed, the warring factions aren't always clear, but the nightmarish exploitation of children is made specific in the most vivid, visceral ways.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Green Room is just as accomplished a film, with the writer/director doing everything right: the cast, the music, the editing, the way he leads you one way and then clobbers you (and some of his ill-fated characters) when you (and they) are least expecting it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's strong stuff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This story of two very old souls who suck on O negative Popsicles is, in many ways, more about the life-sustaining force of music than any hankering for blood.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    At a certain point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you expect Caesar to say, "Et tu, Koba?" Maybe a bit obvious, but it would have shown some wit.

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