Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times , Slate
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
768

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 768
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
93% 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
91% 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
73% 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
93% 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
51% 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
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
93% 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
48% 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
50% 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
55% 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% √Čvocateur: 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
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " I'm still not sure whether to mildly like or mildly hate this movie." — Slate
Posted Apr 25, 2013
79% 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
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