Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: New York Times, Slate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a teen sex romp well suited for the summer of 2019: feminist but not preachy, raunchy but not nasty, emotionally intelligent but not sentimental. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir treats the painful events at its center with a kind of remoteness, as if handling a fragile long-lost object while wearing thick gloves. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame consists almost entirely of the downtime scenes that were always secretly everyone's favorite parts of these movies anyway. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Peele is a born filmmaker who cares where the camera is placed, how a scene is lit and scored, what the props in the corner of the image suggest. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice is so weighed down with narrative embellishments that its many simpler virtues... get lost in the rococo encrustations. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This Mary Poppins may not be strictly necessary, but it's more than sufficient. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Even when the movie's self-love gets to be a bit much, there are stylistic touches to enjoy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is hypnotic and transporting and sublime, everything a movie seen on the big screen ought to be. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% Widows (2018) McQueen has created a tense and satisfying action drama with a decidedly feminist bent. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) In the movie's most memorable storylines, the filmmakers appear to be working through some sort of problem in their, and our, relationship to the mythology of the American West. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a meditation on the dangers of pedagogy and the perils of placing your art above all else, but it never quite fights its way to the surface. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 59% Face (2002) A meditation on the conflict between family loyalties and personal ambition, Face ... can feel slight on a first viewing. But ... it is likely to remain in your head long afterward. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% First Man (2018) A movie that's as fascinated by the remote inner landscape of its hero as he is by the unexplored surface of the moon. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) It feels somehow compact despite its sprawling two-hour-and-15-minute size, with nary a scene or frame wasted as it builds to its inexorable yet heart-shattering finale. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man and the Gun is as old-fashioned and sincere, as temperamentally un-postmodern, as it's possible for a movie to be. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) [A] pleasure-loving, sex-positive, Cher-starring Ramos gin fizz of a movie... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) A deeply kind movie, curious and nonjudgmental even about the characters who in most coming-of-age films would be hissable villains. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here may be something of a blunt instrument. But it still managed to knock me out. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs boils over, not just with kinesthetic fur, but with visual details, cinematic references, and, in a relatively new development for this filmmaker, topical political ideas. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This devilishly funny and luxuriantly sensuous film is so successful as entertainment that it's hard to stop and notice the extreme degree of craft that went into its construction. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Even more impressively, Franco makes Wiseau, maybe the most unpleasant character he's ever played, someone you genuinely root for in his demented quest for greatness. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Even if you're not transported by every minute of the film's story, though, del Toro creates such a sumptuous visual world that it's impossible to take your eyes off the screen. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Filmed in luminous 35mm, as attentive to the colors and sounds of nature as it is to the beauty of art, architecture, and yes, Armie Hammer, this is the kind of movie you live in as much as watch. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) But [Frances] McDormand, at age 60 one of our most gifted and least calculating actresses, fearlessly challenges us to love her character anyway. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird finds fresh purchase in well-trodden territory by observing the human carnival from a girl's point of view. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This new Blade Runner dazzles the audience with plenty of staggering sights. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater is one of the best directors going, and Last Flag Flying shows his talents in the full flower of their maturity. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone and Carell both give big, winning movie-star performances, even if they can't quite be said to disappear into their roles. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
85% It (2017) I can't say the first half of It scared me senseless, but it built up enough goodwill toward its young heroes to make me curious about what they'll be like in their grown-up incarnations. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Each shot is meticulously composed without appearing mannered; the characters, often seen from a distance, make up an integral part of the landscape they occupy rather than being framed picturesquely against it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) With this movie, both Pattinson and the Safdie brothers have broken new ground in their careers; if you haven't been keeping track of what either of them is up to, Good Time would be a good time to start. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) The swift-moving, pulse-pounding Dunkirk reveals its filmmaker at his most nimble, supple, and simple. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is a formidable achievement: not just the rare last chapter in a trilogy that maintains the high quality of the first two, but a visually lush, heart-pounding summer action movie that dares to ask hard questions ... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) In its brief sojourn on the screen, A Ghost Story moves through centuries of geologic time and into the deepest recesses of the human heart. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
87% Okja (2017) One of Okja's great charms lies in its director's ability to vary tone, pacing, and style between scenes without losing the viewer's patience and sympathy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) There's something underfurnished about this movie, a lack of historical, intellectual, and thematic richness. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) This movie keeps a lot of balls in the air: generational and cultural conflict, hospital drama, screwball banter-and only rarely lets one drop. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) [A] spare but savage horror movie ... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) This is a movie about battling evil that pauses to ask what evil is and whether it's necessary to understand its nature in order to defeat it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
17% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is surprisingly without sexism or condescension: It's equal-opportunity stupid. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The two storylines interweave seamlessly and subtly, the couple's real-life problems not so much repeating as refracting the experiences of their fictional counterparts. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
83% Silence (2017) Though it contains many scenes of prolonged suffering and a few shocking moments of graphic violence, Silence bears a contemplative stillness at its heart. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
92% Fences (2016) Watching it is like getting a front-row seat to the beautifully mounted revival of a classic work of American drama, starring two stars who know and understand that text as well as any actors in the world. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
91% La La Land (2016) For all its borrowing and bricolage, La La Land never feels like a backward-looking or unoriginal work. Even when not every one of its risks pays off the way that first song does, this movie is bold, vital, funny, and alive. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
87% Jackie (2016) For all its disorienting intensity, emphasized by Mica Levi's keening and discordant score, Jackie operates at a chilly remove from the viewer. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Leaves you with the feeling you've just lived a whole separate lifetime and are re-entering, dazed, into your own. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
91% Elle (2016) For people who enjoy coming out of movies unsettled, a little riled up, bursting with questions, and spoiling for a debate, see Elle. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Too many ... dramatic scenes ... resemble staged debates between clashing value systems thinly disguised as characters. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) One thing that Loving gets right in a way that few civil rights dramas do: It insists on racial discrimination as a systemic problem, not merely an interpersonal one. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016