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Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) "The Emperor's New Clothes" is moderately effective agitprop.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
75% A Royal Night Out (2015) What makes "A Royal Night Out" palatable are the lead performances.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
100% Night Owls (2015) Meet the fun couple of the year, and watch them go at it tooth and nail.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) In Ms. Smith's tough, levelheaded performance, Mary is an irascible termagant full of batty notions clutching on to life as best she can. She is hard to like, and that's good.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet Iraqi Odyssey (2015) For all the politics described in the film, "Iraqi Odyssey" never becomes bogged down in strident rhetoric and analysis ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) The film sustains a double vision of both the child and the hard-living folk-blues mama Joplin became.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
No Score Yet Adrift (Choi Voi) (2011) A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Sad to say: There is far more crackle in an average episode of "Law & Order."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
90% Mediterranea (2015) This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
41% Shelter (2015) Mr. Bettany's sketchy, unconvincing screenplay is more interested in Ms. Connelly's execution of exploitative stunts than in seriously examining the social crisis it purports to lament.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
91% James White (2015) "James White" doesn't soften its message: You can only avoid facing reality for so long, until it catches up with you. Then it grabs you by the throat.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
97% Theeb (2015) Nowar ... has described "Theeb" as "an Arabic western" in the tradition of Sergio Leone. The movie is that and more.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
94% Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015) Ms. Chaplin, in one of her most touching screen performances, imbues Anne with a world-weary melancholy that makes your heart sink.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
88% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) For nostalgists and anyone who likes to gawk at pictures of pretty celebrities at their peak of beauty, there is plenty to look at.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
62% Truth (2015) More than most docudramas about fairly recent events, it is so well written and acted that it conveys a convincing illusion of veracity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
85% Xenia (2015) You come away from "Xenia" feeling a bit more alive and ready to throw caution to the wind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2015
64% Trash (2015) I left the screening having almost fainted from sugar shock.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
84% Victoria (2015) "Victoria" is a sensational cinematic stunt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
95% The Forbidden Room (2015) Is "The Forbidden Room" an infantile Freudian joke? Yes, it's that and a lot more.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) A chilly, disquieting study of a society in a state of denial until the truth is bared.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
50% Ashby (2015) It's a comedy afraid of being too funny lest its macho sentimentality seem even more ridiculous than it is, and a drama afraid of appearing too serious lest you dismiss it as hogwash.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) The film is uproarious, not for what its many talking heads say but for its astonishing procession of brilliant, boundary-breaching illustrations and captions ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
10% Stonewall (2015) For its two-hour-plus duration, the movie struggles to fuse incompatible concepts.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
80% The New Girlfriend (2015) "The New Girlfriend" never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
93% Durak (2015) "The Fool" wraps its Hobbesian vision of squalor around a fable worthy of Frank Capra, but twisted to suggest a cruel inversion of Capra's inspirational allegories of humble Everymen crusading for justice and democratic ideals.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
93% Breathe (2015) "Breathe" conveys an uncanny insight into the psychology of late adolescence, when lingering childhood fantasies can combust with burgeoning adult sexuality in a swirl of uncontrollable feelings.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
86% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) When the film doesn't try to build up the usual suspense found in movies about competition, you sigh with relief.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
98% Welcome To Leith (2015) Mr. Cobb is a truly scary presence whose eyes burn with fervor as he describes his racist, anti-Semitic agenda. At the same time, he is articulate, intelligent, determined and dangerous.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
88% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) "La Jaula de Oro" may seem like a rehash of old news. But don't be deceived.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
97% Blind (2015) Despite its heady eroticism, it maintains an almost clinical detachment that engages your mind without making your heart leap.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
66% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Wildly entertaining, sexy and beautifully shot in the Canadian heartland.‐ New York Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
77% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
84% Call Me Lucky (2015) An earnest homage that also honors Mr. Crimmins's crusade to drive child pornography off the Internet.‐ New York Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) A nasty, flawlessly acted little gem that goes deep inside its characters' psyches.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
56% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
66% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
33% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
100% Court (2015) The film conjures an absurdist nightmare of bureaucratic incompetence, indifference and social inequity.‐ New York Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
51% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
19% 7 Minutes (2015) This film is a nasty piece of work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015