Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"For me A Most Violent Year remained an abstract idea of a great period crime drama, rather than a fleshly incarnation of one." ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 1, 2015

Into the Woods (2014)

"Instead of being a rueful meditation on the inevitable disappointments of adulthood, the last act plays out as a generic dystopian bummer." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 24, 2014

Selma (2015)

"By focusing on the power of cannily staged collective action to turn the tide of public opinion, Selma achieves a contemporary relevance that few historical dramas can ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 19, 2014

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Writing about Mr. Turner a few weeks after seeing it, I feel a craving to be again immersed in its world, which is rich with colors, textures, and, it sometimes almost seems, smells ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 18, 2014

Still Alice (2015)

"Glatzer and Westmoreland don't need to stack the emotional deck on Alice's behalf ... They just leave the camera on Moore's beautiful but increasingly faraway face, and our tears come on their own." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 5, 2014

Wild (2014)

"The story Wild cares about, and tells with admirable honesty and cinematic grace, has less to do with the out-of-doors than with the inside-of-head." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 4, 2014

The Babadook (2014)

"The Babadook makes everyday domestic life seem like the most natural possible place to encounter monsters of every description, including the monsters that we ourselves have the capacity to become." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 28, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"IMockingjay's placeholder status is a little too evident in its choppy, shapeless structure, this dark third chapter does have stretches of somber beauty." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 20, 2014

Beyond the Lights (2014)

"It's a movie about a rising superstar that features two of them-Mbatha-Raw and Parker, both enormously appealing, impossibly attractive performers with big futures ahead of them." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Foxcatcher (2014)

"Miller (who in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball, showed a similar interest in the power machinations of lonely, obsessive outsiders) doesn't need a lot of dialogue or backstory to create a haunting mood of tension and menace." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Rosewater (2014)

"Though at times Rosewater is clearly the work of a first-timer still finding his voice, Stewart is indisputably a real filmmaker." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 13, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"Big Hero 6 qualifies as a better-than-average kids' movie with enough cross-generational appeal to make it a fine choice for a family weekend matinee." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 7, 2014

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"What is the idea of romantic companionate marriage, in all its crackpot "till death us do part" absolutism, if not a theory of everything?" ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 7, 2014

Interstellar (2014)

"A movie I snickered at more than once but never stopped staring at in wonder." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 30, 2014

Force Majeure (2014)

"Intellectually and visually enthralling and often savagely funny, but it also demands a significant investment of both patience and stamina on the viewer's part." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 24, 2014

Listen Up Philip (2014)

"Listen Up Philip, the third feature from writer/director Alex Ross Perry, may be this year's most unpleasant movie I've nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 20, 2014

Birdman (2014)

"A movie that, while ultimately less satisfying than I hoped, features two breathtaking star turns: one from its lead actor and another from that camera, wielded by the indisputably magical Emmanuel Lubezki." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 16, 2014

Whiplash (2014)

"Even if you couldn't care less about jazz drumming ... Whiplash is a thrill to watch." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2014

Gone Girl (2014)

"A deliciously manipulative mystery that toys with the viewer like a femme fatale with her prey." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 2, 2014

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"Why did the story of this huggable species' attempted extinction leave me emotionally indifferent?" ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Fort Bliss (2014)

"Maggie's agonizing zero-sum struggle to balance a life of military service and a steady relationship with her son feels fresh, raw, and real." ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 22, 2014

The Guest (2014)

"The Guest isn't here to deliver an earnest social message about the state of veterans' affairs. Instead, the way good horror movies do, it channels our collective fear, guilt, and rage by creating a monster." ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 22, 2014

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"It boasts (nearly) all the elements of a perfectly fine, even very good, movie, without ever quite becoming a movie at all." ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 12, 2014

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"When Hader and Wiig are on screen together the film's shortcomings fade because the energy they give to and take from each other ... is so palpable, it's fun just watching them banter ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 11, 2014

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Love Is Strange is a delight to watch unfold." ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary gives Gleeson ample opportunity to explore his talent for anchoring a movie, making it deeper and richer than the script and direction might otherwise allow." ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 1, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"If Marvel is trying (in the words of one of the soundtrack's pop gems) to get us "hooked on a feeling," its job is done." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 31, 2014

We Are the Best! (2014)

"We Are the Best! is the rare film about childhood friendship that seems to take place inside the world of children, not filtered through an adult scrim of nostalgia." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Sex Tape (2014)

"As timid, bland, and predictable as romantic comedies come ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 11, 2014

Boyhood (2014)

"I can think of few feature films in the history of the medium that have explored the power, and the melancholy, of film's intimate enmeshment with time in the way Richard Linklater's Boyhood does." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 9, 2014

Life Itself (2014)

"[An] affectionate, candid, sometimes tough-to-watch tribute to Roger Ebert ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Snowpiercer (2014)

"[It] seems to have been sent back to us from some distant alternate future where grandiose summer action movies can also be lovingly crafted, thematically ambitious works of art." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 27, 2014

They Came Together (2014)

"This rough-edged parody feels both distinctive and handmade, and for those reasons alone it's a hard movie to hate, even when it temporarily loses its comic footing." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Curiously moribund ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 20, 2014

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A genial class clown of a movie." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 11, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"What in the name of God is wrong with me that I didn't cry once -- I, who just the day before wept through the entirety of my child's thoroughly upbeat school play." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 8, 2014

Obvious Child (2014)

"There's something old-Hollywood about Slate's dizzy-dame charm, and at the same time, something very modern about her unapologetic ownership of her own sexuality." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Night Moves (2014)

"A slow-burning suspense thriller about a trio of eco-terrorists conspiring to blow up a dam, it's directed by Reichardt with the concision and elegance of a chess master." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 1, 2014

Maleficent (2014)

"Maleficent doesn't reinvent any wheels when it comes to the fairy-tale genre -- but the fairy tale already comes with pretty hardy wheels, and this sweet, child-friendly adaptation creaks along on them quite nicely." ‐ Slate
Posted May 29, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"It's maximalist Hollywood filmmaking at its best, the kind of extravagant production that, like a Wagner opera, can sweep you up in a sense of mythic grandeur even as you struggle to follow what's going on." ‐ Slate
Posted May 22, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

"It's a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style)." ‐ Slate
Posted May 16, 2014

The Immigrant (2014)

"I wanted to fall under this movie's spell as if watching one of those early 20th-century immigrant melodramas-instead, it felt like visiting a meticulously appointed but too-tidy historical museum." ‐ Slate
Posted May 15, 2014

Enemy (2014)

"I can't get Enemy's peculiar, fevered mood, or the memory of that wackadoo last image, out of my head." ‐ Slate
Posted May 9, 2014

The Double (2014)

"Ayoade creates a uniquely stylized dystopia, lit in dusty tones of olive and ochre and scored, mysteriously but somehow perfectly, to vintage Japanese pop." ‐ Slate
Posted May 9, 2014

Ida (2014)

"There's an urgency to Ida's simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless." ‐ Slate
Posted May 2, 2014

Locke (2014)

"Somehow, miraculously, Knight and Hardy turn that car into the only place you want to be for every one of those minutes." ‐ Slate
Posted May 1, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The project as a whole conveys a drab sense of bureaucratic necessity, a "let's get this over with" wheeziness." ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 27, 2014

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin's fierce narrative momentum derives from the inexorable logic of eye-for-an-eye reciprocity." ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence is fairly ridiculous, but some may prefer its grand, loopy ambition to the small-minded sameness of so many futuristic thrillers." ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 17, 2014