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
100% Youth (2015) ""Youth" creates an acrid vision of a country under economic and military stress, as the middle class is disappearing and the proliferation of arms is putting assault weapons in the hands of teenagers. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
0% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015) "A 99-minute film that seems to last for three hours ... one of the worst films to sport the label "romantic comedy." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
64% Learning To Drive (2015) "As this movie, directed by Isabel Coixet, tracks the deepening friendship between people from different cultures and backgrounds, it acquires an unforced metaphorical resonance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
76% Tom at the Farm (2015) "Wildly entertaining, sexy and beautifully shot in the Canadian heartland. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) "It's fair to say that "Mistress America" revises and subverts this most buoyant of genres with a steady undertow of anxiety, dread and anger. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
76% People Places Things (2015) "A movie that, much like the insufferable Charlie, can't make up its mind about where to go or how to get there. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
83% Call Me Lucky (2015) "An earnest homage that also honors Mr. Crimmins's crusade to drive child pornography off the Internet. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) "Underneath it all, "The Gift" is a merciless critique of an amoral corporate culture in which the ends justify the means, and lying and cheating are O.K., as long as they're not found out. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) "A nasty, flawlessly acted little gem that goes deep inside its characters' psyches. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
50% 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
67% 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
84% Alleluia (2015) ""Alleluia" is a fever dream of sex, jealousy and murder whose intensity leaves you spellbound. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
38% 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
82% 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
50% 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
77% 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
83% 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
49% 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
52% 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
75% 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
52% 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
47% 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
11% 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
52% 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
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