Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Stephen Holden's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% The Young Kieslowski (2015) "A story that you half-expect to turn into a melodrama stays true to the sensibilities of its immature, painfully sincere characters, who are faced with life-changing decisions. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
70% Unexpected (2015) ""Unexpected" offers the satisfactions of a very good made-for-television movie. For all the unexpectedness endured by the characters, it studiously plays it safe. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
83% Alleluia (2015) ""Alleluia" is a fever dream of sex, jealousy and murder whose intensity leaves you spellbound. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
40% Lila & Eve (2015) ""Lila and Eve" deteriorates into a tawdry shoot-'em-up whose screenplay takes an ill-advised surreal twist that propels the movie deep into the ozone. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
100% Court (2015) "The film conjures an absurdist nightmare of bureaucratic incompetence, indifference and social inequity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
91% Stations of the Cross (2015) "An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
78% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "Mr. Thorpe's explorations of a painful subject are an exercise in healing. His discovery of how many gay men share his anxiety and discomfort leads him to greater self-acceptance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
53% Boulevard (2015) "It isn't especially well directed or incisively written, and its ending is frustratingly vague. The main attraction is Mr. Williams's relentlessly dour performance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
75% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "One of the pleasures of "Jimmy's Hall," a likable period piece directed by the social-realist British filmmaker Ken Loach, is its unswerving belief in old-fashioned populist heroes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
62% Jackie & Ryan (2015) "You anticipate a cheap, sentimental ending. But it is not to be, and the movie is much the better for it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
19% 7 Minutes (2015) "This film is a nasty piece of work. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
82% Runoff (2015) "The 90-minute movie is a tightly compressed exploration of forces that make it next to impossible to operate a small business when a voracious corporation moves in for the kill. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
40% A Little Chaos (2015) "Mr. Rickman has found in the Sun King a character worthy of his imperious, reptilian charisma. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
48% Live From New York! (2015) ""Saturday Night Live" deserves much better than the documentary equivalent of what a book editor would surely dismiss as a rushed, careless clip job. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) ""Set Fire to the Stars" barely skims the surface of characters you wish had been given more dimension, but as a snapshot of postwar academia and its pretensions, it exerts a creepy fascination. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
82% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) ""The Yes Men Are Revolting," their third film, has a personal poignancy that is missing in the forerunners, "The Yes Men" (2003) and "The Yes Men Fix the World" (2009). " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
No Score Yet Latin Lover "Filled with comic intrigue ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2015
17% Wild Horses (2015) "Could Robert Duvall's incoherent melodrama "Wild Horses" have been salvaged by a skillful editor? Probably not. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Evokes the march of history with a balance and restraint exhibited by few movies with such grand ambitions. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) "Martin is as desperate to grow up as Nicole is reluctant to take the next step. Both are at a crossroads that this wonderful, lighter-than-air movie depicts as a major turning point. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
54% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Think of "Gemma Bovery" as an airy puff pastry, dripping with honey. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
76% Love at First Fight (2015) "For its first two-thirds, the film, written and directed by Thomas Cailley, seems to be groundbreaking. Then it slides into comforting familiarity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
86% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) "Its findings don't add up to more than a sardonic gloss on a provocative subject. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
93% The Farewell Party (2015) "For all its sensitivity to the subject, "The Farewell Party" makes a number of tonal missteps ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
91% Slow West (2015) "An absurdist deconstruction of classic Hollywood westerns whose 21st-century view of frontier mythology is as sardonic as that of the Coen brothers. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "A modest, quietly touching portrait of an older woman radiantly embodied by Blythe Danner. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
76% Good Kill (2015) "Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in "Good Kill," and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
100% One Cut, One Life (2015) "This extremely personal and moving documentary has several layers. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 13, 2015
20% Bravetown (2015) "Excruciating ... an unwieldy hybrid of high school dance competition movie and shameless flag-waver. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
86% Noble (2015) "A feisty, passionate performance by the Irish actress Deirdre O'Kane gives the inspirational biopic "Noble" a serrated edge of defiance and gumption. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
53% 5 Flights Up (2015) "The lead performances are so perfectly in sync that Alex and Ruth really feel like an old married couple who know each other's foibles and cherish every tic. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
31% Cas & Dylan (2015) "This Canadian movie, from a screenplay by Jessie Gabe, begins in Winnipeg and ends in Vancouver and jounces along on the crackle of smart-aleck dialogue mouthed by its stars, Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
48% Ride (2015) "As an instructional movie on the sport, "Ride" offers some useful tips, but beyond that, it feels like a slightly bizarre vanity project. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
76% Hyena (2015) "The kind of gory British policier from which you come away with the queasy feeling that the world is essentially a butcher shop ruled by greed, murder, cruelty and lust. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
18% Little Boy (2015) "A movie that has the haranguing inspirational tone of a marathon Sunday-school lesson. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
86% Because I Was a Painter (2015) ""Because I Was a Painter" maintains a funereal rhythm, alternating images of artworks with long-distance views of camp barracks as they are today, the camera moving slowly and stealthily. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
13% Just Before I Go (2015) "Lurches along a wobbly line between salacious comic nastiness and nauseating sentimentality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
97% Black Souls (2015) ""Black Souls" is an ominous, well-acted portrait of an ingrown feudal society of violence, retaliation and deadly machismo. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
97% About Elly (2015) "You begin to wonder to what extent the film is a critique of an entire society in which the disparity between tradition and modernity is irreconcilable. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2015
32% Cut Bank (2015) "The central problem with "Cut Bank" is a screenplay by Roberto Patino that never achieves comic liftoff despite an abundance of facetious humor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
53% Woman in Gold (2015) "A legal fight over the struggle for ownership of an artwork is hardly the stuff of high drama. And the screenplay can't find a way to make that conflict, or the ethical and moral issues involved, compelling ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2015
65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "I was drained and quivering with fury and disgust. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
86% Wolf at the Door (2015) "As a piece of storytelling, "A Wolf at the Door" may be a tawdry little shocker. But on a visceral level, it is a knife to the gut. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
93% Man from Reno (2015) ""Man From Reno" fascinates. It invites you to go back, decipher its clues and discern a grand design, if there is one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "[A] shameless piece of boomer bait, which peddles the highly questionable notion that it's never too late to get back to where you once belonged. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) ""She's Lost Control" sustains a mood of deepening alienation, but the attitude of the movie is too detached for it to be emotionally gripping, and its ending is botched. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) "Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Grodsky have an extraordinary ear for the rhythms and nuances of everyday speech, as voices overlap, conversations take random directions, and casual remarks carry loaded subtexts. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) "Rather than breaking new ground, "It Follows" recycles familiar teenage horror tropes - a girl alone in a house, evil forces banging on a door - but its mood is dreamy. Seldom do you feel manipulated by exploitative formulas. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
73% 3 Hearts (2015) "The screenplay relies on so many mechanical contrivances to make the story gripping that you can hear the rusty machinery clanking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
89% Buzzard (2015) "With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
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