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:
780

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 780
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 (2013) " 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
80% 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
94% 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
86% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
68% 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% √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
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