For 1,705 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 10.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Damned United
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1,705 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Sly, sophisticated and surprising.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The Cooler is small-scale moviemaking about small-scale lives. But it's big in all the right ways.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It is the more satisfying of the two installments - less over-the-top, arterial-gushing violence and more investigation into character, motives, back-story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Terrifically satisfying film.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Add Mostly Martha to the list of great mouth-watering food flicks - "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Big Night," "Babette's Feast" -- but don't stop there. Add it to another list: movies that get at the heart of what family, and love, is all about.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This long (nearly three hours), revelatory movie is both a thrilling adventure about endurance and survival, and an elegiac examination of centuries-old tribal culture, fast-fading in the new millennium.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Rain is a quiet, disquieting triumph.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Amelie is utterly charming. And so, too, is the film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Filled with bleak, beautiful Hopperesque tableaus and strange characters whose lives intersect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the baroness, and because this is Canada - flows freely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A movie every American should see, although parts of it are close to unwatchable - notably an operating room sequence in which a pair of surgeons performs a gastric bypass, or "obesity surgery," as they like to call it, on a dangerously overweight patient.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found - and fostered - in even the bleakest spots on earth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    With its mix of Lewis Carroll and William Gibson; Japanese anime and Chinese chopsocky; mythological allusions, and machine-made illusion, offers a couple of hours of escapist fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An amiable mix of "Grumpy Old Men" comedy and "Apollo 13" can-we-fix-this-jalopy-before-we-die? Drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    An ingenious blend of sci-fi and mystery.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    So jaw-droppingly out there, so bracingly bizarre, and, much of the time, so fall-over-funny that even its flaws don't matter. Easily the oddest movie of the year, it is also one of the best.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's “The Wizard of Oz” with a viral infection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.