For 1,937 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 9.6 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:
1937 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Finally - and the news should really come as a relief - here is a role Streep should not have tried, in a movie that should not have been made.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Bobby has its heart in the right place (on its sleeve). But it doesn't have its screenplay anywhere - or at least, anywhere near the heft that its subject demands.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Rock Star sinks into a morass of melodrama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    The big shift between Carpenter's B-movie and filmmaker Jean-François Richet's comic book-style remake is that instead of a troop of bloodthirsty gang members encircling the precinct, the bad guys here all look like good guys.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Vacancy, in the end, simply offers a particularly aggressive brand of couples counseling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Decidedly loopy and nonlinear, Mister Lonely is precious and artsy, but there are moments when Korine's, er, unique vision brings something bold and beautiful to the table.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    It's old, old hat.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    If only RocknRolla's characters were at all believable - even in the context of its own cartoon universe.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Directed by Terrence Malick's editor and protégé, A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels abounds with Malick-ian moments: upward-pointing cameras capturing bodies wheeling through fields, plaintive voice-overs punctuated by Jew's harp and birdsong, a tendency to drift toward the sky and its moody tableau of clouds.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    War is hell, war is cruelty, war is toil and trouble, war is just a shot away. But is war a snooze? Well, by the time Enemy at the Gates has run its course — it sure seems that way.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    It's a sorry spectacle, watching garden gnomes being robbed of their dignity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Epic piffle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    There are tiny glints of humor and intelligence at work, and the action and animation rockets along slickly and stylishly. But unlike the protagonists of almost any and all of the Pixar titles, Astro Boy's namesake lacks even an iota of soul.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    In Time is that kind of movie: Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    DePalma's movie offers its own doctoring and processing, without delivering an ounce of real humanity - good or bad - in the bargain.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    The real problem isn't with the actors, it's with 1) the source material, a highfalutin romance novel with a clever literary conceit, and 2) LaBute's clumsy, uncomfortable efforts to telescope Byatt's book into a workable movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    As for Bale, he seems to have lost his compass. His accent strays, his famous intensity wasted on clunky dialogue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    300
    300 is "Gladiator" for the gamer set.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Alas, it's a throwback that's thrown its back out - limping along, trailed by battalions of stereotypes and ammo rounds of cliche.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    The real problem is that there's nothing to George but the movie's props.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    A big comedown from "The Fighter," Contraband finds Wahlberg in default mode: With his Popeye biceps and broody stares, the actor can do a character like Chris without even thinking about it - and that's what he does here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Alternately tedious, cliched and unintentionally funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    A moody cyber-noir with not much on its mind but looking good, Blackhat is a must-see if you like your dialogue (romantic, dramatic, subtitled Cantonese) peppered with techspeak.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Dumb, dumb, dumb - borrowing scare tactics from Hitchcock and other suspense masters, but forgetting basic story.telling essentials such as character development and logical exposition.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Tonally, Casino Jack is all over the place: exaggerated comedy, cartoonish high jinks, then heavy-handed melodrama (a third-act face-off between Abramoff and his wife, played with no center of gravity by Kelly Preston, comes out of nowhere).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Intermittent moments of mild amusement ensue.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    The film is at once shamelessly transparent, manipulative, and far-fetched, and impossibly suspenseful. You'll want to take a shower afterward - that's how icky you'll feel.

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