For 437 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Davis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Eighth Grade
Lowest review score: 0 The Pink Panther
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 437
437 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    Director Porter has done an excellent job assembling archival footage and interviews to tell Lewis’ story; she has the markings of a great storyteller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    This gloriously messy celebration of New Orleans’ musical legacy is a savory gumbo of uniquely American ingredients – jazz, blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, funk, hip-hop – generously seasoned with love and respect for the largely African-American artists who forged that heritage over the past three centuries.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    While admirably eschewing any "God’s Little Acre"-like sensationalism, the movie has little compelling dramatic energy. While the near-absence of emotional commotion doesn’t hobble Bull, there’s no question it keeps it tied down.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Davis
    Though the movie’s raison d’être is unmistakable from the outset, the most compelling moments come not when God’s name is being invoked out loud and with great frequency, but rather when the loving symbiosis between two young people facing adversity and caring for each other is tenderly communicated without uttering any words, conveyed in something as simple as the direct gaze between two pairs of locked eyes. Now that’s the notion of a higher power in which we can all believe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    It’s a scrummy omelette of a movie, a dish that’s off the menu. The ingredients are unorthodox, but they come together in an uproarious way. As a Dubliner would say, it’s absolute gas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    At least the heroic Buck remains the focal point here, unlike in other less faithful screen incarnations that mainly trade on the familiar title.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    To its credit, Downhill strives to remain character-driven rather than devolve into a jokey take on a delicate premise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Davis
    Movies shouldn’t have to meet a PC checklist so they won’t offend – who wants that kind of cinema? – but when they poke you in the eye one too many times, it’s fair game to poke back.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Davis
    Aside from the committee-written script with no coherent perspective, the trouble with Like a Boss is that it never crudely outrages. It’s a bust in so many ways. The halfhearted gender and cultural political incorrectness of Hayek’s ridiculous character makes for halfhearted laughs, and that’s being generous.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Davis
    It’s Hauser who keeps the movie from tilting over, even though Eastwood and Ray initially seem to patronize the character. The knuckleheaded scene-stealer from "I, Tonya" and "BlacKkKlansman" has the chance here to play a fuller, more rounded character for a change, and he’s unexpectedly up to the task. The performance is an eye-opener. With a little refinement and polish, we may have found our long-awaited Ignatius J. Reilly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    The movie’s wit and energy hold your interest, but they don’t spark the pleasure of the unexpected, the thrill you felt in "Laura," "The Last of Sheila," "Chinatown," "The Sixth Sense," or the 1974 adaptation of Christie’s "Murder on the Orient Express" (not Kenneth Branagh’s inept remake), movies whose big reveals surprise you in their elegant simplicity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    While Scandalous ultimately touches upon the tabloid’s plausible impact on the present-day state of affairs, it’s a killjoy way to begin a movie that’s so engagingly lively.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    It’s the rare movie that doesn’t trivialize a platonic male relationship with buddy film tropes.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Davis
    This mirthless comedy about a manly crew of smokejumpers helplessly babysitting a trio of rescued brats has more dead air in it than a radio broadcast hosted by a narcoleptic disc jockey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    Like a classroom history lesson, the script by director Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard dutifully recounts the life of this extraordinary person. The movie feels prosaic, although Tubman’s occasional intonation of a timeless spiritual in lieu of dialogue is an unexpected lyrical touch enhanced by the purity of Erivo’s voice.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    Well-researched and candid, this documentary will not change anyone’s perception of Cohn or rehabilitate his character in any way. Although his self-loathing insecurities may slightly humanize him, he will always be one-dimensionally evil.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Be forewarned: Anthropocene is often an overwhelming experience. The human accountability on display can be tough to swallow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    That Zellweger had the audacity to decide to actually sing the standards in Garland’s act, rather than lip-synch them, and then perform them with such bravado in a voice eerily channeling Garland is the real icing on the cake here. In Judy, a star is reborn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Davis
    There’s some gorgeous animation and impeccable camerawork on display here. But as George Lucas’ 2015 fiasco "Strange Magic" demonstrated, beautifully executed visuals will get you only so far. There’s no emotional core to Abominable, which mostly proceeds at a glacial pace as the travelers’ journey across China.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    Though the third act ends surprisingly, if not anticlimactically – truth is indeed stranger than fiction – the film can’t resist one final finger wag, this time from the esteemed barrister (a likable Fiennes) who brilliantly mounts Gun’s legal defense by barely raising that finger.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    This is the rare movie to acknowledge the impact popular music can have on our lives, particularly during the period of your life when you’re struggling to figure out who you are and – more importantly – who you want be.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    The exquisitely precise direction by Seligman (making an impressive debut here), the trim editing by Eric F. Martin, the gorgeous nighttime cinematography by Matthias Schubert – all contribute to an eerie otherworldliness in this beautifully executed opening sequence of Coyote Lake. As you witness it, you wonder: Is this a real place in a real time, or some metaphysical state of mind? The movie has barely begun, and you’re utterly intrigued.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    For a comedy about an old weapon with a dulled blade, Sword of Truth is razor sharp in just about every way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Steve Davis
    The movie is like an old honky-tonk song, a little sentimental but full of heart. It torches and twangs without getting too hokey.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Davis
    As the whimsical setup in Yesterday deteriorates until its unimaginative conclusion, the familiar Lennon/McCartney collaborations (along with a couple written by Harrison) provide the only solace, timeless songs that make it better. Viva Los Beatles!
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    This love letter dedicated to opera’s biggest rock star, the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti, achieves something most documentaries about the deceased rarely do: It brings a man back to glorious life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Davis
    Times sure have changed since the old Shaft made women swoon by simply treating them like sh*t. As for the new Shaft, is he still a bad mutha? Shut your mouth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Steve Davis
    Perhaps the bigger canvas here is a native daughter’s tribute to the resiliency of the people of her homeland. It’s no coincidence that the mascot chicken in this rustic Utopia is named Survive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Davis
    As in the Mercury biopic, an unexpected performance by a relatively untried actor in the central role anchors Rocketman.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Davis
    The movie remains patchy as it continues to jump somewhat arbitrarily from day to day without fully realizing its subject matter. The one dependable constant in all of this is Christo himself. Smiling ecstatically one minute, despondently hangdog the next, he exhibits a genius lunacy on par with his life’s work.

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