For 1,759 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 Red Army
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1,759 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Terrific filmmaking, but it's hard to leave Moodysson's picture without feeling much of anything except hopelessness. Utterly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Love Is Strange has a gentleness about it, and an empathy, that inspire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's a lush, lovely dreamscape of a movie, steeped in familiar vernacular (film noir), yet capable of shooting off in totally unfamiliar, surreal directions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Wadjda is a movie about freedom - and nothing represents freedom with the metaphoric simplicity and symmetry of a bicycle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Although The Secret in Their Eyes has neither the power, the artistry, nor the electric energy of its fellow Oscar nominee, France's "A Prophet," the Argentine film nonetheless engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    That is the sum of writer/director Steven Knight's movie: a man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the old cliche, but (like most cliches) it's true: It's impossible to imagine this picture without this actor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With deft and subtle performances and an uncomplicated but savvy script, Autumn Tale gets to the inner lives of its characters.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    No
    A political drama, a personal drama, a sharp-eyed study of how the media manipulate us from all sides, No reels and ricochets with emotional force.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's bloody carnage - or it's ketchup, or bolognese sauce, at the very least.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Is Django Unchained about race and power and the ugly side of history? Only as much as "Inglourious Basterds" was about race and power and the ugly side of history. It's a live-action, heads-exploding, shoot-'em-up cartoon. Sometimes it crackles, and sometimes it merely cracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Skyfall is certainly the most cultured Bond film to come along in some time. It's also the first of the three Craig endeavors to seriously (and wittily) acknowledge its pedigree.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The pair are scrappy and smart and riff off each other like a no-budget, indie version of Tracy and Hepburn. It's impossible not to like them, and there's absolutely no reason not to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Tonally askew (Altman-esque one minute, Austin Powers-esque the next), Inherent Vice is a sun-glared, neon-limned muddle of noir plotline and potheaded jokery that not only doesn't make sense, but actually seems to try hard not to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Smart, funny, and gross (often at the same time).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There is a lot of shield-your-eyes ickiness in District 9, a lot of violence and gore. What there is not a lot of, however, is humanity - even in the film's depiction of the inhumanity humans are capable of.

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