For 1,965 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 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Frequency
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1965 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    With its feverish, percussive soundtrack and bravura cinematography, is like a bolt from the blue, chock-full of unexpected delight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Fulfills the promise of its title: It's transporting, it's magical.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Amy
    Asif Kapadia's extraordinary documentary, Amy, is filled with similarly soul-stirring, heartbreaking moments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART train pulls into Fruitvale, and the rest is history.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This is a sweet, gentle film - slow and sunny like a summer day, with a message that growing up can be hard, but can also serve as the wellspring of memories that will sustain you for a lifetime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Calvary is also just jaw-droppingly beautiful. McDonagh and cinematographer Larry Smith capture the four-seasons-in-one-day miracle that is Ireland, with its jagged stonescapes, roiling surf, fairie towns, and bracing skies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece. It's like life: messy, impossible, elating, unavoidable.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A visually dazzling mood piece.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.

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