For 1,973 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 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Enough Said
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1973 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Cloud Atlas is pop spiritualism, comic-book grandiosity, Zen for dummies. I can't say I didn't enjoy it on some level, but it's not the level of universal wisdom the Wachowskis and Tykwer would have us be on.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Meta and messy, Seven Psychopaths does not hang together like "In Bruges."
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    The moral of Taken 2? If you're going on a family vacation, be sure that the human-trafficking ring you put out of business in that far more satisfying and suspenseful thriller from a few years ago doesn't know how to find you.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's enough here to entertain - and gross out - the kiddie crowd, and parental units, too
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Late in Looper, when a highly telekinetic kid starts levitating things, it really does look like Christopher Nolan had wandered onto the set and taken over.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Barnz tries, at least a bit, to acknowledge the heroic and historic legacy of the union movement and its rightful place in the contemporary labor landscape. But much of the blame for the sorry state of Adams Elementary, and the school system at large, is placed at the union's feet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Deadpan and a bit dopey, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best has a shaggy charm, and the chemistry between the tuneful twosome's would-be Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty makes up for the inevitable rock-and-roll road movie cliches.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    David Ayer, the writer of "Training Day," director of "Street Kings," writer/director of "Harsh Times," does not make movies about princesses with witchy curses, about yuppie commitment-phobes, about talking plush toys. His territory is narrow, but he owns it: cops, in Los Angeles.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In the end, Arbitrage disappoints a bit. The writing isn't as sharp, or sophisticated, as it needs be. And the cynicism exhibited by Miller and the circle of traders and tycoons he moves in seeps into the fabric of the story itself.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Little White Lies wants to capture something momentous and meaningful in these people's lives. But ultimately it's hard to care.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Amazingly, though, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, cowriters and codirectors of The Words, have the audacity - and the skill sets - to pull this all off. They wrest emotional truth out of hokum. They also wrest intelligent, nuanced performances from their cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Beloved spans 45 years, shifting from Paris to Prague to London to Montreal, and it boasts an especially strong performance by Paul Schneider.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A story of entrepreneurship, of family, of fighting for one's rights - the right to make white lightning, and money. It's as American as apple pie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Obama, it is implied, is deliberately making America more vulnerable to attack from Muslim extremists. No mention is made of the fact that it was under Obama's watch that Osama bin Laden was killed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's an Alzheimer's allegory, full of humanity, heart, and humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Unfortunately, David Koepp - the A-list Hollywood screenwriter (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) and decidedly less-successful director (Ghost Town, Secret Window) - can't find the right Looney Tunes-ish tone for his immersion into bike-messenger culture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Ridiculously funny, ridiculously charming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Killer Joe is twisted pulp, and the actors chew on it bravely, boldly, and with varying degrees of success.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It's smart, it's exhilarating, and Gilroy's depiction of a high-tech world where our every move is captured by surveillance cams and Big Brother-types deploying the latest spyware feels authentic, and troubling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Relying on improv-y riffing and watch-them-coming-from-down-the-block-and-around-the-corner sight gags, The Campaign is intermittently amusing, but more often just interminable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Seydoux, no doubt best known for her kickboxing catfight with Paula Patton in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," gives a quiet, watchful performance, suggesting fealty for her lady but also a strong independent streak.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's a good thing not to know where a film is going - we need surprises, we need to be spun around a few times - and Ruby Sparks, which is about a writer and his muse, but then becomes more about the muse and her writer, is happily just such a film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Reality aside, The Watch is harmless enough - and even occasionally humorous, in a riffy, sketch-comedy kind of way.

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