For 1,795 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Still Walking
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1,795 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Delightfully creepy suspenser.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a jumpy, reality-TV kind of feel that adds to the story's sense of unsettling authenticity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Mongol is great cinema, great fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    If Munich raises disturbing issues about Jewish-Arab relations, past and present - and how can it not? - it is also an absolutely riveting tale of the hunt and the hunted.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Leaves you feeling rich - and richly satisfied.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Golden Door feels, at points, like a silent film - a silent film with CinemaScope vistas and dazzling, saturated color.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Affleck is more interested in the people in the midst of the action than he is in the action itself, and that gives this accomplished genre piece considerable and compelling depth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The filmmaker, whose career took off with a very different sort of Holocaust film, 1990's Oscar-nominated "Europa Europa," understands that most of these stories arrive at a point of unspeakable, incomprehensible horror.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wildly sad, funny and terrific documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    While there are similarities to the hardscrabble saga of "Angela's Ashes," Frears' film avoids the mawkish pitfalls of Alan Parker's screen adaptation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Rife with dark humor, Little Otik presents a cautionary variation of the creation myth, and a warning that tampering with the natural order of things may not be such a wise idea.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has an odd magic about it - the magic of Darger's singularly peculiar dreamworld.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Into the Abyss is a true-crime drama, to be sure, but in Herzog's hands it becomes something much more: an inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Einsteinian, Kubrickian, Malickian, Steinbeckian - Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's epically ambitious space opera, is all that. And more. And, alas, less.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Serrill has shot and edited The Heart of the Game in straightforward documentary style, with a narration by the rapper and actor Ludacris. But the dramas going on here, on and off the court, more than make up for any lack of flash.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Amusing, compelling and technologically fascinating tale.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has two or three booming and intense action sequences that may leave the littlest audience members more quaking than charmed. But the notion of having a pet dragon - just like a pet whale, or a pet lion - is a scenario that should appeal to children of all ages.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A riveting documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A slow and knotted-up film, but one imbued with a keen sense of what motivates people beyond mere avarice.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A powerful indictment of Russia's illegal adoption industry - and a story of pipsqueak resolve and resilience - The Italian is clear-eyed and tough in its depiction of a corrupt, atrophied social order.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Mommy is too long for its own good, its sense of hysteria too relentless. But the headlong energy is intoxicating more than exhausting, and Freud would have a field day with Die and Steve. A mother and child, so sweet, so tender, so terrifying.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Rivette's slow-moving but seamless study of the rituals of courtship has a disarming grace, even as its downcast hero, Depardieu's Gen. Armand de Montriveau, limps around stiffly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Features entertainingly brainy musings from New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, and comments from child psychologists, friends and Marla collectors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A throwback in style, pace, and storytelling to the 1970s and the downbeat mood pieces of directors like Bob Rafelson.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Joe
    This world feels studied in its "authenticity": the rusted GMC pickup, the tumbledown shack, the boozy brothel, and angry Joe Ransom guttin' deer and tending to his own gunshot wounds with a grimace and a bottle of alcohol.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Starlet sneaks up on you. Set in the same sun-dried, strip-malled precincts of the San Fernando Valley where "Boogie Nights" took place - and set, in part, in that same porn industry milieu - Sean Baker's low-key, low-budget indie traces the relationship that develops between a young actress and an isolated, elderly woman.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Tully is at turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring. And it's from the heartland, so I guess that makes perfect sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's “The Wizard of Oz” with a viral infection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Plays with cultural stereotypes, and upends them as well. The picture starts as one thing and turns, dramatically, movingly, into something else.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A deft, affecting drama about childhood sexual abuse and its lifelong scars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is magnificent filmmaking, and a magnificent film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Has a certain cartoonish vibe. That's OK, because Brad Bird's brand of toonage (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) owes much to the rigors and traditions of live action, not only in the way he references other films, but also in his visual approach - sweeping, swooping camera pans, wide vistas, jolting perspective.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The narrative at the heart of Rust and Bone is a vehicle for sentiment and over-the-top histrionics if ever there was one, but Audiard and his two stars deliver the exact opposite: a film thrillingly raw and essential, life-affirming, sublime.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A loopy, surreal, beguiling collage of a film, the writer-director's meta-biopic embraces its subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's human drama, high and mighty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    To be sure, there are goofy flourishes here, the in-jokey, left-field rummies that are the Brothers Coen's stock-in-trade. But this is altogether a quieter, more philosophical sort of endeavor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    You can feel the world closing in, which, I would venture, is exactly how Fassbinder wanted you to feel.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to the canon of six-shooter morality tales.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A Most Wanted Man's cast - a mix of Germans speaking English, Americans speaking English with German accents, Russians, and men and women from the Middle East - is uniformly stellar.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the end, Arbitrage disappoints a bit. The writing isn't as sharp, or sophisticated, as it needs be. And the cynicism exhibited by Miller and the circle of traders and tycoons he moves in seeps into the fabric of the story itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    An edgy, disturbing drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a good story, a sad story, a story of triumph and prejudice and terrible hypocrisy. And Cumberbatch aces it all - another smartly realized but deeply soulful performance from an actor who seemingly can do no wrong.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Watts is extraordinary - she manages both the physical and emotional demands of the role, with soul-deep conviction.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A tale of childhood innocence and adult corruption - and the point where the two intersect - I'm Not Scared is a lyrical thriller inspired by the run of kidnappings that befell Italy in the 1970s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A movie every American should see, although parts of it are close to unwatchable - notably an operating room sequence in which a pair of surgeons performs a gastric bypass, or "obesity surgery," as they like to call it, on a dangerously overweight patient.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Boasts another formidable and fine-tuned performance from the great Charlotte Rampling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy (lots of root vegetables), satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Linklater's film adaptation succeeds in bringing the flamboyant Welles to life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Blitz captures the melancholy, the rage, the wackiness and drama of adolescence, and he gets winning performances out of his young stars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    While The Forgiveness of Blood lacks the narrative momentum of director Joshua Marston's previous film, "Maria Full of Grace" - it is nonetheless fascinating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Valérie Donzelli's Declaration of War deals with issues that may scare audiences away. Don't let it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Violence ignites her passion, dividing her Belfast family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Has a slow-burning emotional power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An amiable mix of "Grumpy Old Men" comedy and "Apollo 13" can-we-fix-this-jalopy-before-we-die? Drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of the film's cleverest devices is a "Personality Diagnostic Checklist" that equates corporate "serial behaviors" - exploitation, deception, greed, lack of empathy and guilt - with the antisocial makeup of a certifiable psychopath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    And did I mention that it's long? It's long.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It also boasts one of the funniest, loopiest Woody Harrelson turns in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Coolly crafted crime thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Hangover pushes the boundaries of good taste, good sense, and good will toward man. And you'll feel good about it all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A kind of deadpan soap opera - but one that, despite its high melodrama and wicked humor, delivers a real emotional wallop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    The good thing about The Company is that nothing much happens. The bad thing about The Company is that nothing much happens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Ray
    It's a shame about Ray, because Foxx is trapped in a movie that takes the music icon's unique story and turns it into cheesy, sentimental American Dream cliches.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Things get a little tricky by the end, but it's the sort of trickery that's immensely satisfying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson's alter-ego in Gilliam's film, provides the narration. If there's hagiography here, it's counterbalanced by biographical truth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With its mix of Lewis Carroll and William Gibson; Japanese anime and Chinese chopsocky; mythological allusions, and machine-made illusion, offers a couple of hours of escapist fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Fails on a couple of levels. It never really gives you a sense of the psychology, the root causes behind Glass' elaborate frauds... And since we don't know the why, the how becomes considerably less interesting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    What it lacks, though, is any sense that these people - are real.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Filmmaker Dabis based Amreeka on her own family's experiences in the rural Midwest during the first Gulf War. Although the drama heads on a predictable course, Faour brings intelligence and humor to her performance and Muallem, as the smart adolescent turned surly and scared, is likewise sharp.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Beefed up and twanging like a true cowboy, Cooper nonetheless carries the full weight of his character's achievements - and the questions that come with them - as he tries to find his footing back on Texas soil. If American Sniper fails at being a truly great film, it is no fault of its star.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Stevie is compelling, real-life drama: bleak and disturbing, but illuminating all the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Rohmer pulls off a wonderful feat: celebrating the elegance, and artifice, of another era at the same time he brings this tale of social upheaval boldly into the present.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Winner of a prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the quiet, solemn Climates is a bit like those towering ancient columns that Isa photographs to show his class. The fragmented architecture is beautiful and striking, but also extremely dated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    An odd and entertaining mix of backstage melodrama, indie verite, and "Showgirls" kitsch, the usual gender stereotypes are upturned.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Still Mine resonates in all the right ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Deftly filmed and directed by Jean-François Richet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A mischievously inventive, surreal entertainment, one that celebrates not only Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and Nutty Crunch Surprise but Busby Berkeley, Stanley Kubrick, the Beatles, and the outer-space acting choices of one Johnny Depp - not to mention those bushy-tailed rodents in all their bustling splendor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    The film only occasionally comes to life - it's too literal (and literary), too studied, too still.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Girl With a Pearl Earring is really about watching paint dry. S l o w l y.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's not as good, nor as complex, as "The Lost Boys," but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling - again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a charmer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A wide-screen wildlife documentary in which the cycles of birth and death, migrations and seasons, are captured in stunning - absolutely stunning - ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A spectacularly satisfying reworking of the legend of Kal-El.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Although its tone is generally genial and jovial, Good Hair touches on some tricky issues, at times complicitly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The film - despite being a half-hour too long - is a rocking, rolling supernatural spectacle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Smart and novelistic and spiked with more than a bit of The Catcher in the Rye, Steers' movie is a prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's about time: Aubrey Plaza gets her own movie!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The action is exhilarating, the visual effects spectacular - and spectacularly realized.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Steeped in attitude - a smart-alecky, insider sarcasm that can be pretty clever at times, but also pretty insufferable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Spielberg and his team - composer John Williams, as always, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Richard Curtis - never forget their mission: to pull at heart strings, jerk some tears.

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