For 1,953 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 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Poetry
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1953 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Force Awakens is half reboot, half remake, and all fun.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Martian is never less than engaging, and often much more than that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Assassin is not "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and it is certainly not "Kill Bill". But Hou - a linchpin of Taiwan's New Wave movement, the director of "A City of Sadness" and "The Puppetmaster" - evokes the magic, the majesty, the artistry of the martial-arts movie tradition, and brings a Zen-like sense of observation to the proceedings
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Its daring dive into the mind of Brian Wilson feels right. God only knows (to borrow a Pet Sound song title or two), but you still believe in . . . Brian.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Kore-eda, deploying a Western pop score by the Japanese indie-rock band Quruli, just lets these kids be kids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There's a fine line between bag lady and belle of the ball, and Apfel instinctively knows it. Her sense of style is uncanny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    OK, first off, anyone who shares his or her life with a dog, or has done so in the past, go see My Dog Tulip.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    White God offers a dark - very dark - take on the way humans exert authority, and superiority, over our fellow creatures.

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