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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1,795 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Madly entertaining and just plain mad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Beloved spans 45 years, shifting from Paris to Prague to London to Montreal, and it boasts an especially strong performance by Paul Schneider.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    '71
    1971 is a testament to a generation's idealism, heroism, foolhardiness, fearlessness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Stranger Than Fiction is slicker than Kaufman's work - and Forster's direction is certainly more studio-ish than Kaufman collaborators Spike Jonze's or Michel Gondry's. But it's a clever idea, and you feel a little smarter watching the thing unfurl.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Think "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," but then think fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ridiculously funny, ridiculously charming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Painted Veil is rich with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Dazzling and delirious, The Fall is a celebration of cinema, of old-fashioned storytelling and globe-hopping spectacle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Lord knows how Holofcener got the performance she did out of Goodwin, but the child actor's Annie, rude and unmanageable, is an extraordinarily rich and complicated figure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A super-taut and superbly acted three-character piece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Chronicle is full of smart writing that isn't too smart.
    • 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
    The rare movie that manages to convey the inner soul of an artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a devilishly twisted affair.
    • 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.

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