Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times , Slate
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
746

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
17% Transcendence (2014) " Transcendence is fairly ridiculous, but some may prefer its grand, loopy ambition to the small-minded sameness of so many futuristic thrillers." — Slate
Posted Apr 17, 2014
44% Hateship Loveship (2014) " It's amazing how much this film does accomplish, given its modesty of both means and scale." — Slate
Posted Apr 10, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The Winter Soldier cheerfully and efficiently does its job doing whatever Marvel movies are meant to do -- make you look forward to the next one, I guess." — Slate
Posted Apr 3, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " There's something sour and strained about this movie that's at odds with the usual Muppet ethos of game, let's-put-on-a-show cheer." — Slate
Posted Mar 19, 2014
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Takes the viewer on an event-filled but ultimately tiresome trudge through the by-now-familiar psychosexual marshes of Lars von Trier's imagination." — Slate
Posted Mar 13, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A movie that, for all its gorgeous frills and furbelows ... never seemed to me to be quite sure what it was about." — Slate
Posted Feb 27, 2014
95% Child's Pose (2014) " It's well worth seeing, both for its merciless anatomization of the country's post-Ceausescu social order and for Gheorghiu's stupendous central performance as a mother so monstrous she makes Medea look like a pushover." — Slate
Posted Feb 23, 2014
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The Wind Rises has the historical sweep of a David Lean picture, complete with panoramic shots of migrating populations against a background of disaster ..." — Slate
Posted Feb 20, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " Neither Alex Murphy's internal moral conflict nor the larger, vaguely satiric portrait of a global culture dependent on high-tech law enforcement seem to be the main point of this Robocop remake, which raises the question of what is meant to be the point." — Slate
Posted Feb 13, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " A clever, vividly imagined, consistently funny, eye-poppingly pretty and oddly profound movie ... about Legos." — Slate
Posted Feb 6, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca." — Slate
Posted Feb 1, 2014
76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor's lack of suspense never works against it. If anything, the fact that the outcome is, at least roughly, known in advance only adds to the film's sickening tension ..." — Slate
Posted Jan 2, 2014
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Stiller's attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn't quite sure what he was setting out to do." — Slate
Posted Jan 1, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " So overpowering is this film's simple, horrible, and almost entirely true story that it's hard to get enough distance on 12 Years a Slave to poke at its inner workings. " — Slate
Posted Dec 31, 2013
95% Stories We Tell (2013) " If a personal memoir film by a beautiful, successful young woman from a nice Toronto family sounds to you like it can only be an excuse for self-absorbed navel-gazing, well, you must not have seen a Sarah Polley movie yet." — Slate
Posted Dec 31, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " August: Osage County is a mess, an overcooked movie-star stew that never quite coheres into a movie." — Slate
Posted Dec 26, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The story's relentless, unvarying rhythm-malfeasance, consumption, more malfeasance, more consumption-leaves the audience drained and annoyed." — Slate
Posted Dec 23, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Worth a watch despite occasional laugh-free stretches ..." — Slate
Posted Dec 20, 2013
94% Her (2014) " It's hard to imagine any actor of his generation who could have carried off the lead role in Her other than Joaquin Phoenix." — Slate
Posted Dec 19, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " For a movie that's all about what a swell idea it was to adapt Mary Poppins for the screen, Saving Mr. Banks seems remarkably uninterested in what made the movie special." — Slate
Posted Dec 13, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " Overweight, balding, and outfitted in supremely ugly '70s high fashion-I seem to recall a pumpkin-colored polyester three-piece suit-Bale has never looked worse, or been better." — Slate
Posted Dec 13, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " For all its grim pessimism, Inside Llewyn Davis is almost romantic in its way. It's an enigmatic parable about ambition and failure, about the loneliness and insecurity of trying to live as an artist." — Slate
Posted Dec 5, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " Viewers who are coming to it cold will, most likely, leave feeling enervated, confused, and queasy." — Slate
Posted Nov 27, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Though some of the chases and escapes are thrillingly filmed, this last section of the film feels indistinguishable from plenty of other video-game-style avoid-the-obstacle action climaxes." — Slate
Posted Nov 21, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " With stunning black-and-white cinematography by Phedon Papamichael and a wistful fiddle score by Mark Orton, its contemplative pace feels just right." — Slate
Posted Nov 14, 2013
85% At Berkeley (2013) " I wouldn't lose a minute of At Berkeley. If anything, it made me wish Wiseman had a weekly TV show that monitored the daily life of my alma mater." — Slate
Posted Nov 8, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " I can understand wanting to skip Ender's Game as a matter of moral principle, but you can also feel free to blow it off just because it's not that good." — Slate
Posted Nov 1, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " This is a movie that traffics in deep hindbrain emotions: fear and rage and lust and, above all, the pure animal drive to go on living." — Slate
Posted Nov 1, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " What makes this melancholy relationship drama play out as more than a hot lesbian remake of Annie Hall is the vibrant connection between the two gifted actresses at its center." — Slate
Posted Oct 28, 2013
64% Bastards (2013) " Bastards skillfully deploys noir tropes-the alienated hero, the two-timing femme fatale, the ever-widening web of deceit-in the service of a larger political vision." — Slate
Posted Oct 25, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " J.C. Chandor knows what a jewel he has in Redford, and he creates an appropriately simple, transparent setting." — Slate
Posted Oct 18, 2013
22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " There are reasons to see this Romeo and Juliet-it's just a shame that Romeo and Juliet are not chief among them." — Slate
Posted Oct 11, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " In addition to being an action-adventure about captors and hostages, Captain Phillips is a tragedy about the ruinous consequences of global capitalism." — Slate
Posted Oct 10, 2013
50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " There's an undertone of score-settling to this not-so-romantic comedy, a bitterness that's sometimes unpleasant and sometimes wickedly funny." — Slate
Posted Oct 4, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity's great gift to the viewer is that it gives outer space back its beauty, terror, and wonder." — Slate
Posted Oct 3, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Rush is an outsize Hollywood spectacle about two outsize personalities in conflict, a sleekly assembled thrill machine that makes up in excitement for what it lacks in nuance." — Slate
Posted Sep 29, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " Enough Said is a wonderful movie, observant and hilarious and full of sad and beautiful truths ..." — Slate
Posted Sep 20, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " It's a stunningly assured debut, a slyly subversive delight, and one of my favorite movies of the year so far." — Slate
Posted Sep 13, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " I understand Moors' impulse to avoid both tidy moral explanations and sensationalistic gore, but we don't spend long enough with either victims or perpetrators to get a sense of what those terrible few weeks in Washington were like." — Slate
Posted Sep 12, 2013
71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " I happily watched five hours of Weeds in a row last night-and will continue to follow the series on Showtime-if only because of its two offbeat female leads and writing that's just sharp enough to stay one step ahead of the audience's expectations. " — Slate
Posted Sep 11, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " There's virtually no attention paid to Salinger's language, the finely wrought prose and keen ear for the American vernacular that made him stand out among midcentury writers of fiction." — Slate
Posted Sep 5, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " When Short Term 12 reaches its last scene, the lump it leaves in your throat feels earned." — Slate
Posted Aug 23, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " I pretty much unreservedly loved The World's End, whose compact dramatic structure and steady flow of good jokes puts most mainstream American comedies-too often loosely bundled collections of hit-or-miss sketches-to shame." — Slate
Posted Aug 22, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " It's a film whose plea to the audience resembles Jobs' appeal to the crowd in that iPod-unveiling scene: "Believe this is important and exciting," it asks, "because I say so."" — Slate
Posted Aug 16, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The director's sometimes absurd bravado-along with Forest Whitaker's grave, wise performance in the title role-is what gives this outsized and sometimes lumbering film its irrefutable emotional power." — Slate
Posted Aug 15, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " Does a little, sometimes shockingly little, with a lot." — Slate
Posted Aug 8, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Remarkable for the ease with which it positions itself outside this arena of aggressively stylized self-differentiation." — Slate
Posted Aug 1, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " Many of The To Do List's jokes have this first-draft, is-that-all-there-is? quality." — Slate
Posted Jul 26, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Blanchett's lavish, almost operatic turn as Jasmine sloshes against the sides of this insubstantial movie like liquid in a too-small container (maybe the room-temperature Stoli Jasmine is continually downing)." — Slate
Posted Jul 25, 2013
13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " With its low-stakes chase scenes, obvious-from-the-get-go villains and nonsensical plotting, this feels more like a 96-minute-long episode of Scooby-Doo that's been laboriously translated into another language and then back into English." — Slate
Posted Jul 19, 2013
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