For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 16.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Simels' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Cradle Will Rock
Lowest review score: 20 Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 113
  2. Negative: 25 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    The lead girls are easy on the eyes, and comic Faizon Love, who plays one of Matt's non-surfing, sumo-wrestler-size teammates, nearly steals the show when the girls teach him a few of their better moves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The fact that this is somebody's real-life story up on there the screen doesn't necessarily guarantee it's an especially fresh story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    Added bonuses: A nice selection of oldies on the soundtrack, and an amusing third-act cameo by Rosie Perez as Ray's second wife.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    A harmless, if ultimately inane, fantasy-comedy vehicle for youngsta-rapper Lil' Bow Wow, a 15-year-old who's already an alarmingly accomplished scene stealer.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Unfortunately the whole thing is less than the sum of its parts, despite a frequently droll script and a great performance from Shandling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Simels
    This is one of the most infectiously joyous celebrations of musicmaking ever committed to film. See it and be ennobled.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    One of the sharpest and emotionally resonant romantic comedies in what seems like years.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    It's especially nice that all the songs on the soundtrack are heard in their entirety, even if the accompanying video footage is sometimes drawn from performances of different vintage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Steve Simels
    Meanwhile Baldwin (bulked up a la DeNiro and playing totally against type), is a revelation, funny and touching.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    William Shatner's comic timing helps him nearly steal the picture.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    The lame and apparently tacked-on ending (which seems to crib footage from 2000's "Gladiator"), suggests the rather terrifying prospect of a Roman-era sequel. Five words: Be afraid, be very afraid.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    A self-consciously arty ensemble piece that's alternately exploitative, implausible and cliche ridden.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    It's actually a sweet, often very funny story about a schlemiehl redeemed by love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Simels
    Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Along the way, director Brian Robbins indulges Reeves in too many laughable inspirational speeches. He also wastes the terrific Diane Lane in the thankless role of the kids' dedicated teacher.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    It's hard to overstate just how awful this movie is, despite the efforts of the appealing cast.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A shamelessly derivative, if basically likeable, kid's picture.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Simels
    A butt-numbing exercise in tedium, sporadically redeemed by moments of unintentional hilarity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    Exciting and well-shot.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Simels
    There's so much going on it's hard to keep track, and after a while you may be tempted to give up.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    For every inspired bit -- Templeton playing chauffeur to 40 I Love Lucy-era Lucille Ball impersonators -- there's one that falls spectacularly flat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Steve Simels
    A kitchen-sink realist coming-of-age story in the venerable British tradition, with all the good and bad that entails.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Steve Simels
    Numbingly predictable.

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