Stephen Holden

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For 2,224 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Holden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Anesthesia
Lowest review score: 0 Hearts in Atlantis
Score distribution:
2224 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    It is the kind of hearty, blunt-force drama with softened edges that leaves audiences applauding and teary-eyed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Art and Craft adds fuel to the argument that the art market is a rigged game manipulated by curators and gallerists spouting mumbo-jumbo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    It is as intimate and honest a portrait of a rock artist’s creative roots as any film has attempted.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    If The Green Prince sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller, it is achieved at the cost of a dispassionate objectivity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    The Skeleton Twins is a well-written and acted movie about contemporary life that doesn’t strain for melodrama and is largely devoid of weepy soap opera theatrics. A small, precise, character-driven vignette, it has no pretensions to make any kind of grand statement about The Way We Live Now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    Until it goes haywire with the cabbage scene, Stray Dogs sustains a hypnotic intensity anchored in exquisite cinematography that portrays the modern industrial cityscape as a chilly wasteland.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As the truth tumbles out, the dialogue and the carefully timed revelations make My Old Lady seem increasingly stagy. But the performances go a long way toward camouflaging the screenplay’s clunky mechanics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    The performances of Ms. Lewis and Mr. Weston crackle with authenticity. Like a good punk-rock song, this bracingly honest, tough-minded vignette stays true to itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    Frontera settles into a shallow, unconvincing drama with two heroes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    A soulful cinematic tone poem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    It is hard to imagine that any other actress could muster the stubborn ferocity that Isabelle Huppert brings to the role of Maud.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    More than in any of his previous films, Mr. Swanberg and his cast have refined a seemingly effortless style of semi-improvised storytelling so natural that it barely seems scripted. Life just happens.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    Like its gyrating, spasmodic staccato beats, Get On Up refuses to stand still. It whirls and does splits and jumps, with leaps around in time and changes in tempo that are jarring and abrupt and that usually feel just right.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Holden
    You can only imagine how much stronger the movie might have been had it fleshed out subsidiary dramas whose outlines are barely discernible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As both an actor and a playwright, Wallace Shawn, at his most audacious, goes for the jugular, but in sneaky roundabout ways.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    Wish I Was Here is so eager to please that you are never allowed to feel uncomfortable for more than a minute or two before a reassuringly stale joke rushes in to pat you on the head.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Holden
    If there is any humor to be gleaned from this concept, it is nowhere to be found in a movie so shoddily made that there is little continuity between scenes and not a laugh or even a titter.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    [A] small, beautifully made film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    If the title role of Gabrielle weren’t so fully embodied by its star, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, this French Canadian movie about love among the disabled would fall on the condescendingly mushy side of the line between heartwarming and saccharine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    This is civilized human behavior captured with a clinical precision and accuracy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Holden
    Its portrayal of impoverished, careworn people barking at one another and protecting their territory in a daily struggle is bracingly hardheaded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Exhibition is an exquisitely photographed film that requires unusually close attention for it to reveal itself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    A Summer’s Tale has room to focus on Rohmer’s brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Holden
    The storytelling is infuriatingly coy, as if Mr. Haggis were trying to fool you (and himself) into thinking that he has something to say. Third Person finds Mr. Haggis, like Mr. Neeson’s screen alter ego, running on empty.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Holden
    Lullaby, the directorial debut of Andrew Levitas, a jack of all artistic trades, is the kind of manipulative, cliché-infested hokum that alienates moviegoers by its insistence on hogging all the tears.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Holden
    As Frankie, Mr. Marlowe delivers a quiet, moving performance of such subtlety and truthfulness that you almost feel that you are living his life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Holden
    Dragon 2 is considerably darker and more self-aware than its forerunner. Both films are speedier than the average animated blockbuster. In places, Dragon 2 is almost too fast to keep up with, and, in other places, it’s a little too dark, at least in 3-D.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    The wistful, overarching theme is the passing of time in the lives of young adults, aware of growing older, who seek to ground themselves in relationships and work, but relationships most of all. The movie reminds you with a series of gentle nudges that whether you want it to or not, the future happens.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Holden
    As the movie picks up speed and undergoes sudden, confusing plot reversals, it loses its satirical edge.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Holden
    That Borgman restrains itself from turning into a full-scale horror movie makes it all the more unsettling, although it has its bumpy moments.

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