For 1,933 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 The Constant Gardener
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1933 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    David Gelb's thoughtful and wonderful documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, explores the dedication of this humble, bespectacled man, and the Zen-like focus he has for his work - or, as many would claim, for his art.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Madly entertaining and just plain mad.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Best of Enemies offers a bracing view of a pivotal time in our recent history, as Vietnam and race riots scarred a nation's soul, and as the Establishment and the Counter Culture exchanged epithets and blows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Bier knows what she's doing, and the performances are expert and affecting. But this meditation on love -- and love's bad timing -- is also improbably accommodating to its characters' respective longings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The real drama -- and poetry -- in 8 Mile are in those fiery face-offs, the hip-hop battles, as Jimmy rat-tat-tats his rap in deft flashes of spontaneous combustion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Loaded with Hitchcockian hugger-mugger, this is a genre Polanski clearly revels in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    In-your-face polemic, with nowhere to go once the point has been made. Repeatedly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    A Single Man is like a big coffee table book on grief, loneliness, and loss - and mid-20th-century home design.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you'll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Forceful, heart-wrenching stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Mountain Patrol is breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly brutal and simply breathtaking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There are some terrifically strong scenes and terrific actors contributing to them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Baumbach, whose films include the searingly funny, autobiographical "The Squid and the Whale" and the brilliantly uncomfortable "Margot at the Wedding," writes wry, sharp, poignant stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Must-see stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Anderson, 29, does so much in Magnolia, with such nerve, with wily humor and out-of-the-blue bravado, that the film's flaws and lapses don't really matter. It ain't perfect, but it's awe-inspiring.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The period details - the cars, the clothes, the old storefronts along Main Street - are attentively described. But it's Duvall, spooky, sly, and sad, who makes all the props and the plot twists seem real.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Marion Cotillard has made her share of unremarkable, if not remarkably bad, films. But when the French star, who won the Academy Award for her unearthly reincarnation of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose", gets it right, the result is magic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wily, sad, funny, and full of life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Code Black is sobering stuff. The American health system, McGarry's film argues, is broken. But the film is undeniably inspiring, too: Despite everything that is wrong, there are nurses and doctors and technicians determined to do things right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Career Girls doesn't have the sweep of Secrets & Lies, nor the venom of Naked (which also featured the riveting Cartlidge). But in the small world it keenly describes, the film packs an emotional punch - silly voices and all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The final third of Audiard's drama falls into crime-drama mode. It is tense and violent. But even if it feels true, given Dheepan's history with the Tamil Tigers, it also feels a little beside the point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Mixes the intimate, indie vibe of "Daytrippers" with the absurdist screwball streak of "Superbad," to winning effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With an attention to the telling detail that one finds in a great short story, Kiarostami guides Takanashi and Okuno - and then Kase - through the mischievous and melancholy tale. It is quiet. It is lovely. And it will stay with you for a long time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Lee transforms a generic cops-crooks-and-hostages scenario into a smart, sharp heist movie by the sheer force of his love for, and knowledge of, the city where he lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Catholic Church does not come off well in Philomena, but then, what else is new? And the film isn't so much an indictment of institutional unkindness as it is a story of resilience, resolution - and human kindness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    By the end of their arduous journey, Lore and her siblings are changed. But it's the kind of change that will take years, perhaps generations, to understand, to heal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    If Edel's Oscar-nominated film drags in its final 40 minutes, it's a function of the director's fidelity to the facts - and the fact that the founding trio (and the film's stars) have become prisoners of the state, confined and confused.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Flight is neither a simple story of heroism, nor one of a fallen hero. Things are more complex than that - and it is its complexities that make the film all the more rewarding an experience.

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