For 1,789 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 Ex Machina
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1,789 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A frightening portrait of corruption, cynicism, intimidation, greed and violence, Gomorrah is tough stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Funny, passionate, full of compassion for its just-pubescent protagonists, We Are the Best! is a total charmer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Caouette's fractured history is imbued with heart-crushing sincerity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    What's up in The Duke of Burgundy is a straight-faced homage to 1970s European erotica, full of soft-focus nudity and soft-core kink.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    It's a cinematic feat, an art lover's dream, but as a moviegoing experience, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is something of a letdown.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind a few misguided casting choices; Lincoln is exceptionally good, elevated by a preternatural star turn, and by the energy and invention its director displays in telling a story that doesn't rely on action and special effects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of the great things about this unpredictable, exhilaratingly goofy fable is how it shows that even the clueless - and the tragically morose - have a shot at redemption.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Babadook, then, is a study in madness that lurks beneath the surface. But it is also very much (and amusingly) a look at the trials of parenting, especially single-parenting: those days when you just want to, well, get your child out of the picture somehow. Of course, you don't act on those impulses. That's what the movies are for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    And how can you not reflect about time, and change, and physical and spiritual being, when confronted with such a stunning visual record of human existence?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's an observation of crushing truth.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ozon has crafted a near-perfect film, a mournful, moving kind of cinema poetry.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A flat-out electrifying experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Phoenix's performance is one of such wild, intense abandon that it is not to be believed, and this, in fact, was my problem as The Master sailed into its momentum-less second hour.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a beautiful, grim tale.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a movie with a pulse. Sometimes, it flies off the chart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Let the Fire Burn does not glorify MOVE. What it does do is force us to consider why and how this surreal event - a city bombing its own citizens, leaving innocent children dead - occurred. And ask, could something like it ever happen again?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.

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