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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 746
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen." — Slate
Posted Jul 18, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station's wrenching power lies in the specificity of its storytelling and the ordinary human warmth of the world it conjures." — Slate
Posted Jul 12, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Pacific Rim's ability to make monster-walloping feel fun again will no doubt make Atlantic Seaboard (or maybe Mediterranean Coastal Region) as inevitable a follow-up as the return of the Kaiju through that pesky underwater portal." — Slate
Posted Jul 11, 2013
55% The Look of Love (2013) " A puzzlingly misconceived biopic: a tasteful, subdued movie about a man who was as tasteless and unsubdued as they come." — Slate
Posted Jul 8, 2013
47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " The sex jokes and performances are as broad as a barn, but it's a stylishly painted one ..." — Slate
Posted Jun 28, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) " In this season of solemnly manly blockbusters, I appreciated the boyish energy of White House Down, a movie that, for all its flamboyant destructiveness, has a playful innocence at its core." — Slate
Posted Jun 28, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " I'm not sure I needed to revisit Mike and Sulley's world 12 years later (or, looked at from their point of view, earlier). But once you find yourself whisked over the threshold, it's a colorful, funny, charming place to spend an afternoon." — Slate
Posted Jun 20, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Given how efficiently World War Z has delivered jolts and screams over the course of its sleek 116-minute running time, it's easy to forgive [its] rushed and slightly muted finale." — Slate
Posted Jun 20, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " For all its beautifully established mood, this film remained, at least for me, curiously unsatisfying-a kind of exquisitely tasteful after-school special." — Slate
Posted Jun 14, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell." — Slate
Posted Jun 14, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Snyder provides an elegantly illuminated retelling of the origin story of that most saintly of superheroes, Superman." — Slate
Posted Jun 13, 2013
87% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) " It's crude, funny, hard to look away from, and mercifully short-just like Morton Downey Jr.'s moment in the sun." — Slate
Posted Jun 7, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " This Much Ado About Nothing-while perhaps not an adaptation for the ages in every respect-is as bracingly effervescent as picnic champagne." — Slate
Posted Jun 6, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Riseborough's ever-mobile face is a study as Collette cycles from hopelessness to panic to mama-bear rage." — Slate
Posted May 31, 2013
11% After Earth (2013) " Even with his charismatic dad in his earpiece calling the shots, Jaden can't turn himself into a movie star by sheer force of Will." — Slate
Posted May 31, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " The Before series has steadily gotten better as it goes along, which is more than any but the most optimistic among us dare to hope for from love." — Slate
Posted May 24, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " Has the earnest, wonky charm of a homemade valentine." — Slate
Posted May 17, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " For two movies in a row now -- and possibly even more in the second than the first -- [Abrams has] caught some of the spark of the first Star Trek without either mimicking or desecrating the original." — Slate
Posted May 16, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " It is, as I suspected, a gargantuan hunk of over-art-directed kitsch, but it makes for a grandiose, colorful, pleasure-drenched night at the movies." — Slate
Posted May 9, 2013
66% The Iceman (2013) " Shannon inhabits this character so completely that by the end of this hard-to-watch, hard-to-look-away-from movie you feel you can, if not understand Richie, at least wish he had found some redemption in life." — Slate
Posted May 2, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Unfortunately, [its] sharp-eyed domestic comedy is dwarfed by the far less well-written supervillain crime plot that surrounds it." — Slate
Posted May 2, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " Nair is so busy making sure we never lose sympathy for her handsome and charming protagonist that the film ultimately founders in a tangle of humanist platitudes." — Slate
Posted Apr 28, 2013
49% Pain & Gain (2013) " I'm still not sure whether to mildly like or mildly hate this movie." — Slate
Posted Apr 25, 2013
78% 42 (2013) " By burnishing Jackie Robinson's legend to such an unnaturally high polish, 42 does Robinson the man (and the actor who plays him, the relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman) a disservice." — Slate
Posted Apr 11, 2013
45% To The Wonder (2013) " I didn't like the movie at all-found it boring, unintentionally comical, at times even (a word I seldom use) pretentious ..." — Slate
Posted Apr 11, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " Though it never channels the raw DIY energy of the original Evil Dead series -- what big-budget version could? -- this polished, clever remake remains true to the spirit of the original, which was at once viscerally terrifying and weirdly lighthearted." — Slate
Posted Apr 5, 2013
56% Heaven's Gate (1980) " On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering." — Slate
Posted Apr 1, 2013
81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Each chapter of The Place Beyond the Pines gets successively less interesting than the last ..." — Slate
Posted Mar 28, 2013
38% Admission (2013) " This would be a good movie for a parent to watch with a high-school-age child facing down the college admissions slog-it's mildly snarky but resolutely uncynical." — Slate
Posted Mar 22, 2013
65% Spring Breakers (2013) " Any irregularity in tone becomes a part of the movie's intentionally rough, imperfect surface-a formal strategy I might find interesting if I could make head or tail of what the movie that's using it is trying to say." — Slate
Posted Mar 20, 2013
79% Reality (2013) " [Arena's] feverish urgency matches his character's, right up through the movie's dreamlike final scene ..." — Slate
Posted Mar 15, 2013
79% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " Packs an impressive amount of personal and political history into a wispy 90 minutes of screen time." — Slate
Posted Mar 15, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " It's a long, limping slog from the halfway point to the finish line, even if the actors have built up enough goodwill by then that it's bearable to coast the movie out." — Slate
Posted Mar 14, 2013
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " The complexity of the film's moral world makes the movie far more than a simple anti-religious screed." — Slate
Posted Mar 10, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " A visually over-crammed, emotionally empty mega-spectacle on the model of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland." — Slate
Posted Mar 7, 2013
93% No (2013) " There will have to be a hell of a lot of good movies released in 2013 for No not to make my list of the year's 10 best." — Slate
Posted Feb 28, 2013
81% Like Someone in Love (2013) " Like Someone in Love is a movie that never quite lets you through to the other side of the glass, but it's dazzling to watch whatever drifts by on the surface." — Slate
Posted Feb 15, 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Few fans of the series would disagree that this sclerotic fifth installment should probably be the last." — Slate
Posted Feb 14, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) " Thanks to McCarthy's abundant comic gifts and those of her equally ill-served straight man Jason Bateman, Identity Thief doesn't leave nearly as icky a taste as it could have, but Gordon only taps into a fraction of his actors' potential." — Slate
Posted Feb 8, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) " Provides a minor but distinct kind of cinematic pleasure: the joy of sitting back and letting a master manipulator mess with your head." — Slate
Posted Feb 7, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " These bodies, whether human or zombie, feel room-temperature at best." — Slate
Posted Jan 31, 2013
87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " It's Herzog's inventive use of voice-over that elevates the film above an extremely well-researched episode of Nature." — Slate
Posted Jan 25, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " Even if the beats are familiar, Muschietti sustains a remarkable mood throughout: wintry, elemental and stark, like a late Sylvia Plath poem." — Slate
Posted Jan 24, 2013
61% John Dies at the End (2013) " John Dies at the End is joyously heterodox in its method, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mélange of sci-fi, black comedy, and action, with disquieting body-horror sight gags that at times recall David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch." — Slate
Posted Jan 24, 2013
28% Broken City (2013) " Less than 24 hours later, I recall it with all the clarity of something I half-watched on a plane with a hangover in 1996." — Slate
Posted Jan 17, 2013
70% Les Misérables (2012) " We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les Misérables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors." — Slate
Posted Dec 27, 2012
88% Django Unchained (2012) " There's something about [Tarantino's] directorial delectation in all these acts of racial violence that left me not just physically but morally queasy." — Slate
Posted Dec 25, 2012
93% Amour (2012) " A compassionate, rigorously unsentimental masterwork from a director who doesn't normally truck in emotions like the one named in the title." — Slate
Posted Dec 21, 2012
51% This is 40 (2012) " As funny as a hemorrhoid." — Slate
Posted Dec 14, 2012
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " A vital, disturbing, and necessary film ..." — Slate
Posted Dec 14, 2012
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