For 1,774 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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1,774 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The heart of the matter - and the viscera - is the action, and one man's determination to survive. Apocalypto is primal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Painted Veil is rich with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This beautiful, unfolding film is an antidote to the high-velocity, maximum-volume world most of us find ourselves immersed in, offering a glimpse into a rigorously spiritual alternative. Its calmness, its reflection, is full of allure.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Simply put, it's terrific.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Hoax makes the fakery of disgraced writers Jayson Blair, James Frey and Stephen Glass seem puny by comparison. Irving was the grand master, and Gere's portrait and Hallström's movie suggest why: He almost bought his own story, believed his own outrageous pack of lies.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A heartbreaking story of true love.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Remy, the little rat who stars in the big, beautiful, funny Ratatouille, isn't gross at all. In fact, he's adorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Bale is extraordinary, grinning like a kid, displaying wily intelligence, sinewy resolve and spirit - and a bit of craziness, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The story of Donald Crowhurst is not one of remarkable courage or remarkable endurance. But it is remarkable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A rich, beautifully detailed espionage thriller that captures the bygone days of Shanghai - and 1940s Hollywood noirs' romantic evocations of same - Lust, Caution is also one of those rare movie experiences: Its scenes of the trysts between Yee and Mak, from their rough-stuff first encounter to the long, tangled love-making sessions of subsequent meetings, are truly erotic.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Control doesn't claim to know the reasons Curtis killed himself. The act of suicide poses the question why, but rarely answers it, leaving the living to wonder, and to grieve. And there's certainly grief to be had in Control, but also joy. Really.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An eerily quiet, bracingly bloody, and expertly laid-out adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A loopy, surreal, beguiling collage of a film, the writer-director's meta-biopic embraces its subject.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Just a few barrels short of being a masterpiece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    In many ways, City of Men is like a Portuguese-language version of David Simon's "The Wire."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    So disturbing, on so many levels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Quiet, watchful, out for himself, Sorowitsch is a complicated figure - neither hero nor villain, and certainly no fool. The Austrian actor Markovics is riveting in the role; he is wiry, anticipatory, his eyes darting with intelligence and worry.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Disturbingly good. The writing and the performances are such that as things go from bad (sad motel-room affairs) to worse (a 4-year-old gone missing), the film's characters get inside your skin, your soul. It's enough to make you want to cry.
    • 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.

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