For 1,988 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steven Rea's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
1988 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    It is a fever dream of a movie, tracking its subject as she tries to maintain control, maintain her composure and her sanity, and as she tries — shellshocked, quaking with grief, but also fiercely determined — to shape and secure her husband’s legacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    With its icy symphonic score (courtesy of Iceland’s Johan Johansson) and a palette of rainy-day colors, Arrival is at once majestic and melancholy. It’s a grand endeavor, and Adams, at the center of it all, brings pluck and smarts and a deep-seated sorrow to her role. This is her movie, no doubt.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Some of it is wistful, some of it whimsical, but it's all wonderful, impossibly so.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The movie is a winner. One of the commuter ferry men declares, as he starts plucking people out of the water, "No one dies today." And no one does. If that isn't hopeful, I don't know what is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    There's a playlike quality to Complete Unknown (Marston's cowriter, Julian Sheppard, has extensive credits in the theater). That's not a bad thing: The talk is smart. The actors doing the talking are easy to like.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Moretti knows how to orchestrate a good laugh when it's needed, but he can plumb more soulful, sorrowful depths, too. In Mia Madre, with its self-doubting director and wild-card American interloper, Moretti works a palette of shifting moods. Triumphantly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    You know how some kids just connect? Jake and Tony connect. And the adults in their lives, without really meaning to do so, make it difficult for that connection to hold. It is a measure of Sachs' talent and skills that such a seemingly small story can resonate in such big ways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Steven Rea
    Just about the only cast member who doesn't go misty at one point or another is the horse that Down Under cinema charmer Bryan Brown takes for a trot late in the film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    A Tale of Love and Darkness loses itself in dreamy imagery, in its studiously crafted aesthetic. But there are times when Portman lets the toughness, the tenacity, the emotional heart of Oz's story shine through.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Moving within its wild and wacky and improbably true scenarios (some of them, anyway) are people you don't really want to know. Stop the presses: War makes people rich. Stop the movie: These people, who cares?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    And Bridges? What's there to say about a man who makes it look so easy, and who - in one breathless, pivotal scene - runs through a range of emotion like a wild pony running across the land. Genius, any way you look at it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    Our Little Sister zooms in close, observing everyday rituals, the commonplace that suddenly turns significant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Kunis, rebounding from the disastrous Jupiter Ascending (an unintentional comedy if ever there was one), demonstrates an easygoing comic flair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    The tradecraft is there, the film craft is there, but the craftiness of a great concept is gone. Any way Bourne can go through Treadstone again?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    There is plenty in Star Trek Beyond for diehard Trekkers to enjoy, and director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) guns the action sequences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    As solid as Cranston, Leguizamo, Kruger, Bratt, and all the rest are, the built-in constraints of the movie format don't do their real-life counterparts full justice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones bring a spirit of spontaneity to their interactions; it's not exactly seat-of-the-pants improv, but it doesn't feel blocked-out and belabored, either.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    In much the same way that the smash "Zootopia" demonstrated that creatures of different culture and class and species are better off when they come together, The Secret Life of Pets is a testament to teamwork and friendship and fixing the rifts that divide us. Let the fur - and the warm, fuzzy feelings - fly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Swiss Army Man is a quest movie of sorts, and also a sort of modern-day piece of absurdist theater. Samuel Beckett by way of Monty Python, it is a story that is at once rooted in the fixations of adolescence (sex, the idea of sex, bodily functions, more sex) and in the loftier firmaments of the mind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    And tell me if I'm nuts, but another distraction: Doesn't the BFG bear a striking resemblance to George W. Bush?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    It's great to hear a director talking candidly about the actors he's worked with, dishing out good, juicy stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Much of Finding Dory is funny, and fun. But there's something kind of haunting about our heroine's memory thing. If you forget where you are, and who you are, and why you are - isn't that called Losing Dory?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    It's the magic of movies, not a movie that comes close to achieving real magic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    Shameless in every way imaginable, Me Before You milks the pathos for all it's worth, but milks the comedy, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Steven Rea
    The final third of Audiard's drama falls into crime-drama mode. It is tense and violent. But even if it feels true, given Dheepan's history with the Tamil Tigers, it also feels a little beside the point.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Steven Rea
    This ninth installment in the Marvel mutant superhero franchise is rife with urgent and (dare we say?) apocalyptic comings and goings, with characters and confrontations that seem at once familiar and befuddling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steven Rea
    The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Like Shane Black's directing debut, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" with Robert Downey, Jr., his The Nice Guys borrows from noir traditions and pulp fiction, throwing a fresh coat of smart-alecky comedy over the whole thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    One of the things that distinguishes Love & Friendship from the multitude of Austen adaptations - the worthy and the less so - is its heroine. Lady Susan Vernon, a widow of devilish charms, is as frank and fearless a character as Austen ever imagined.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steven Rea
    Rogen and Efron's characters find a novel new use for automobile airbags, too. These guys are geniuses.

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