Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% 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
46% 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
74% 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
17% 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
14% Just Before I Go (2015) " Lurches along a wobbly line between salacious comic nastiness and nauseating sentimentality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
96% 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
98% 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
30% 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
66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) " I was drained and quivering with fury and disgust. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
89% 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
64% 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
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " The director, John Madden, and the screenwriter, Ol Parker, who created the first film, try to compensate for the new movie's lack of coherence and narrative momentum. But with no real story to tell, only so much can be done. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
91% Eastern Boys (2015) " Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
79% Bluebird (2014) " On one level, "Bluebird" is a bitter slice of life about hardy, stoic New Englanders battling the elements and a crumbling regional economy. On another, it's a poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " As could have been predicted, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" is vastly inferior to the first "Hot Tub," but it's not stupid so much as desperately frantic. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) " Songs that tell their story from both their points of view are among the smartest show tunes this side of Stephen Sondheim. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
64% The Rewrite (2015) " Mr. Grant, now 54, is facing the expiration date of his twinkly boyish act. And in "The Rewrite," as he plays a spoiled screenwriter and one-hit Hollywood wonder on the skids, you can feel the strain as he goes through the routine one more time. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
96% 1971 (2015) " Ms. Hamilton's straightforward documentary skillfully interweaves reminiscences by members of the group with re-enactments of the burglary. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
37% Black or White (2015) " "Black or White"... is notable for what it doesn't try to do. It doesn't assess America's racial attitudes based on the headlines of the day or use its story... to placate or to inflame. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) " This overlong movie loses its focus as the director piles on distracting, pretentious cinematic embellishments underscored by an insistent use on the soundtrack of Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 27, 2015
13% Mortdecai (2015) " Mr. Depp's wizardly expertise at disappearing into a character is intact. But what if that character isn't funny and hasn't an ounce of charm? " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
63% Son of a Gun (2015) " "Son of a Gun" adds to the mystique that Australian crime films are meaner, nastier and more brutish than their American counterparts. But it changes style roughly every half-hour. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
52% The Humbling (2015) " The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) " The story loses credibility as it goes along, as the body count escalates, and Robinson's solutions to life-and-death crises grow increasingly far-fetched. Well before it ends preposterously, "Black Sea" has taken leave of its senses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
63% Still Life (2015) " You may scold yourself for investing any emotion at all in hokum that even Mr. Marsan, for all his kindly gravity, can't begin to salvage. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " For all its disorganization and lack of an ending or even a sense of direction, "Appropriate Behavior" is alive. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
100% Valley Of Saints (2015) " [A] low-key, beautifully photographed movie ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
76% Beloved Sisters (2015) " With its dearth of substance and its wandering focus, this is a middlebrow bodice-ripper posing as an epic that hasn't the foggiest idea of what it wants to say. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) " "Li'l Quinquin" is a quasi-epic farce that mostly wears a poker face as it elaborates his continuing obsession with the collision of humankind's bestial and spiritual impulses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
71% Into the Woods (2014) " "Into the Woods," the splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, infuses new vitality into the tired marketing concept of entertainment for "children of all ages." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
60% Goodbye to All That (2014) " "Goodbye to All That" is very evenhanded in assessing its characters' flaws, and it never sentimentalizes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 16, 2014
71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) " "If You Don't, I Will" is a dour, acutely observed comedy about marital boredom that doesn't glamorize or overdramatize the characters' angst. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 16, 2014
36% After The Fall (2014) " "After the Fall" belongs to a type of movie that is too lazy to connect the dots and fill in the blanks between its supposedly teachable moments. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
71% We Are The Giant (2014) " "We Are the Giant" is the movie equivalent of a flashy historical exhibition in which the only text accompanying the gripping photographic collection consists of captions. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
69% The Foxy Merkins (2014) " Behind its transgressive affectations, "The Foxy Merkins" is a sweet, playful divertissement. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
48% Miss Julie (2014) " Much more convincing than Mike Figgis's 1999 screen adaptation, starring Saffron Burrows, it is a grueling slog through a hell of torment, cruelty and suffering. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
33% Before I Disappear (2014) " Throughout the movie, you have the feeling of being dragged along on an impromptu journey by a filmmaker who is traveling without the benefit of a GPS device. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " "Horrible Bosses 2," one of the sloppiest and most unnecessary Hollywood sequels ever made, isn't dirtier or more offensive than its 2011 forerunner. But it is infinitely dumber and not half as funny. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 25, 2014
No Score Yet Stones In The Sun " "Stones in the Sun" is a wrenching portrait of Haitian exiles struggling to build new lives in New York City after fleeing their country in the late 1980s. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
94% Bad Hair (2014) " "Bad Hair" is an uncomfortably accurate depiction of a poignant mother-son power struggle in a fatherless family in which each knows how to get under the other's skin. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 18, 2014
10% Always Woodstock (2014) " This is a movie that runs on magical thinking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) " A juicy neo-noir like "Bad Turn Worse" doesn't have to make total sense to grab you. All it has to do is spit like a snake enough times to show that it means business. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
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