Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2794

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " The pervasive mood is a brooding hyperawareness of time and the brevity of existence. Sensationalism and salaciousness are minimal." — New York Times
Posted Sep 16, 2014
88% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If countless movies about brothers and sisters reveal common family traits, "The Skeleton Twins" is subtler than most in evoking a mutual sympathy that might be called a cellular understanding." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
89% Stray Dogs (2014) " [A] glum, humorless exercise in Asian miserablism ..." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
73% The Green Prince (2014) " If "The Green Prince" sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller, it is achieved at the cost of a dispassionate objectivity." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
63% My Old Lady (2014) " The performances go a long way toward camouflaging the screenplay's clunky mechanics. Mr. Kline's performance, in particular, infuses a story of father-son strife with emotional heat." — New York Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
70% Kelly & Cal (2014) " The performances of Ms. Lewis and Mr. Weston crackle with authenticity. Like a good punk-rock song, this bracingly honest, tough-minded vignette stays true to itself." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
55% Frontera (2014) " You wish that a filmmaker like John Sayles had grabbed the story by the throat and teased out its complexities." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
67% Memphis (2014) " Every image in "Memphis" quivers with a poetic intensity that captures the beauty and desolation of the urban South not pictured on tourist postcards." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
88% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " [A] chilly, dark portrait of two control freaks locking horns." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
78% Happy Christmas (2014) " A quiet, serious comedy about marriage, parenthood and the everyday strains of bringing up a rambunctious toddler while struggling to sustain a creative life." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
78% Get On Up (2014) " Thrillingly captures the frenzy of Brown's music, and the forces driving that frenzy, both musical and personal." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
17% Very Good Girls (2014) " One insurmountable problem is that the stars, especially Ms. Olsen, 25, are too old for their roles. Another is that the movie has more characters than it can begin to accommodate in 91 minutes." — New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
42% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Throughout "Wish I Was Here," you are aware of how carefully its elements - from fantasy sci-fi sequences to deathbed confessions - are measured out in teaspoons." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
21% A Long Way Down (2014) " [An] inane, preposterous and stupefying film ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
95% Gabrielle (2014) " If "Gabrielle" is a likable crowd-pleaser, it would be much better without the extra dollop of organic honey." — New York Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) " Lorenzo, the bratty 14-year-old protagonist of Bernardo Bertolucci's "Me and You," is the quintessence of flailing adolescent angst." — New York Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
87% Unrelated (2014) " This is civilized human behavior captured with a clinical precision and accuracy." — New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
88% Siddharth (2014) " Its portrayal of impoverished, careworn people barking at one another and protecting their territory in a daily struggle is bracingly hardheaded." — New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
87% Exhibition (2014) " If "Exhibition" lacks conventionally developed characters and dialogue, it is visually enthralling." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " The storytelling is infuriatingly coy, as if Mr. Haggis were trying to fool you (and himself) into thinking that he has something to say." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " "A Summer's Tale" has room to focus on Rohmer's brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
33% Lullaby (2014) " The kind of manipulative, cliché-infested hokum that alienates moviegoers by its insistence on hogging all the tears." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
89% Test (2014) " Here is San Francisco as it was in its bohemian twilight, on the eve of catastrophe." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Its thundering air-war sequences, with hordes of dragon-riding fighters swarming into battle, have the swooping, gliding kineticism of vintage newsreels of World War II dogfights." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
78% 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2014) " The movie reminds you with a series of gentle nudges that whether you want it to or not, the future happens." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
52% Trust Me (2014) " As the movie picks up speed and undergoes sudden, confusing plot reversals, it loses its satirical edge." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
85% Borgman (2014) " The story's magic is black, its perfidy driven by evil spirits." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " "Korengal" is a collective meditation on military life by many of the same men, looking back on their time in Afghanistan." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
88% Elena (2014) " "Elena" unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
63% Filth (2014) " After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Demolishes the heroic mystique of the Old West with the nose-thumbing glee of a rambunctious brat who has just crawled out of a fetid mud puddle." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " As the movie's resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives "Cold in July" a euphoric goofiness." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Heavily seasoned with epigrams worthy of Oscar Wilde, this entertaining documentary portrays Vidal as a pessimistic political prophet with streaks of paranoia and misanthropy, but a truth teller nonetheless." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," a small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " "Words and Pictures" has a host of flaws, but the performances by Mr. Owen and Ms. Binoche have a crackling vitality ..." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " [A] watchable but rambling, flaccid movie ..." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Settle back and savor Mr. Klapisch's valentine to New York and appreciate its rose-colored vision of the city as seen through European eyes." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
100% God's Horses (2014) " A compelling contemplation of the roots of Islamic terrorism in poverty and hopelessness." — New York Times
Posted May 13, 2014
34% God's Pocket (2014) " Neither a Scorsesian slice of life nor a social satire, this infuriating movie adds up to almost nothing." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " The real-life characters, as shown in the documentaries, are far more colorful and quirky than they appear in these well-acted but comparatively safe performances." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " [A] shallow but enjoyable all-American morality play ..." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " Tears are shed in "Decoding Annie Parker," but they aren't accompanied by the kind of sad, misty soundtrack music that can leave you feeling used and abused. Instead of jerking tears, the movie edifies." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
67% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " For all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " Struggling to get out from under the film's too-cheery surface is a much more serious movie about grown-ups confronting the depredations of old age." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
24% The Other Woman (2014) " So dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " The screenplay ultimately bears out Alceste's observations about treachery, selfishness and deceit, but with such charm and zest that their sting tickles more than it hurts." — New York Times
Posted Apr 22, 2014
13% A Promise (2014) " The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ..." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
63% Small Time (2014) " "Small Time" is agreeably sentimental meat-and-potatoes fare with strong dashes of humor, executed with a sincerity that's hard to resist." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
66% The Railway Man (2014) " [Firth's] modesty prevents "The Railway Man" from turning mawkishly sentimental once Lomax embraces the concept of forgiveness, and you can believe it's possible." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
86% Joe (2014) " Mr. Cage gives his most committed performance in years as this divided soul, but it still looks like acting when compared with Mr. Poulter's embodiment of pure evil." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
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