For 1,968 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 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1968 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It is a yarn. But it's so full of passion, poetry, and humor that it becomes, for the time, quite real.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Jones (Like Crazy) gives Nelly's tragic plight a palpable anguish. There is no doubt that Dickens - who was mad about theater, about acting, about inhabiting other lives onstage and in the pages of his books - was in love with Nelly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Too much of the action in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit takes place on laptops, thumb drives, and video monitors.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The middle 40 minutes of Lone Survivor have to be some of the toughest battle scenes in Hollywood history - an epic, close-range firefight that finds the SEALs throwing themselves down rock faces like superheroes. Only they aren't superheroes - they bleed, they break.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    August: Osage County is the movie equivalent of Denny's Lumberjack Slam breakfast. If eggs, bacon, and toast aren't enough, throw in some ham, some sausage, pancakes, and hash browns. And then throw in more ham.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Her
    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    The momentum Stiller has built up - his character's globe-trotting derring-do, the care and consideration on display in his directing - carries the movie a long way. Falling short of fantastic, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is still a fantasy to enjoy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    A conventional biopic made anything but conventional by the magnitude of its subject's life and accomplishments, and by Idris Elba's imposing performance in the title role.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Been there, done that. As thrilling a filmmaker as Martin Scorsese continues to be, and as wild a performance as Leonardo DiCaprio dishes up as its morally bankrupt master of the universe, The Wolf of Wall Street seems almost entirely unnecessary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Saving Mr. Banks, set in 1961, is smart, delightful.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    No manner of bizarre distraction can keep Anchorman's hapless hero from his mission: "I'm going to do what God put Ron Burgundy on this earth to do," he declares. "Have salon-quality hair and read the news!"
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it's at least eight minutes better - less twee, less chatty, more action, more Elvish.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Cooper, who steered Jeff Bridges through his Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart, gets fiercely committed performances from just about everyone in Out of the Furnace.
    • 77 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Black Nativity offers a whopping serving of Yuletide emotion. And it's a musical - with plenty of wailing and rapping on the side.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Luckily, Statham is up to the task. Which is a surprise, because he's never, ever done anything like this before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Delivery Man, with its democratic band of half-siblings and its feel-good view of humankind, is what it is: a reproductive remake that will make you laugh. More than once or twice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Catching Fire is bigger, better and broodier than the first film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Then Death feels the need to intrude again. And again. If his accent weren't so charming, his voice so resonant, it would be depressing, all this meddling and mortality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    Rare, too, is the way The Broken Circle Breakdown incorporates music into its narrative. The songs - traditional bluegrass and country, and a clutch of new ones rooted in same - are as integral to the characters and their relationships as the dialogue.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Wood, for her part, can appear sad, or seductive, or mysterious, or happy, or lovestruck, or deeply troubled. Gabi is also very good with a gun, so look out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Kill Your Darlings is a tale of inspiration, then, but also a tale of jealousy, obsession, homophobia, and homicide. It's a whirlwind. Even if it doesn't all hang together, it's worth the ride.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    How I Live Now takes some frightening, gruesome turns. In tone and terror, it comes close to matching the jumpy dread of Danny Boyle's British Isles virus thriller "28 Days Later."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    One of the problems with The Dark World is that its monsters and angry armies and visual effects are interchangeable with Peter Jackson's Tolkien pics, with Clash of the Titans, with The Avengers, with Man of Steel, and on and on. These superhero movies. These Middle Earth movies. These mythic god movies. It's getting hard to tell them apart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Let the Fire Burn does not glorify MOVE. What it does do is force us to consider why and how this surreal event - a city bombing its own citizens, leaving innocent children dead - occurred. And ask, could something like it ever happen again?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There's lots of zero-g action in Ender's Game - even old Han Solo takes a whirl.

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