For 1,691 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1,691 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A profoundly unnerving historical document.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wild and woolly, the movie is a breathtaking head trip that hails from a long tradition of backstage melodramas: "42nd Street," "A Star Is Born," "All About Eve," and, yes, that kitschy '90s relic, "Showgirls."
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's an observation of crushing truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Moves from its protagonist's dream state to her memories to her waking present in imperceptible shifts - the effect is disorienting, at first, but ingenious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.