For 92 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Last Exorcism
Lowest review score: 10 Dream House
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 92
  2. Negative: 5 out of 92
92 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's scary fun and packed with comic bits that skate between sad and absurd like the best of reality TV.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Martha Marcy May Marlene enters so richly into psychological horror it recalls those disturbing dramatizations of Jonestown that were big on TV in the '80s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Jonah Hill is masterful at delivering an absurd story with so much sweetness, the nonsense ceases to get in the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Ultimately, the film is made for longevity, like all the best Disney titles are. However, it's also a ready-made Broadway show, with numbers, dialogue and even drama-club histrionics all pre-packaged for immediate adaptation to stage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The beauty of the film and what ultimately makes it more timeless than trenchant, is the way it side-steps the entire issue of Hanna's sex.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Gripping, offensive and bewildering, Tabloid is a mean-spirited masterpiece.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The film is really a valentine to the fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Instead of venturing into mournful "Terms of Endearment" territory, the film - and the filmmakers - commit to a relentless determination to live.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The Dish and The Spoon boasts the efficiency and tidiness of early American indies like Rob Nilsson's "Heat and Sunlight," while it relocates its foreign film-like emotional landscapes to more native climes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Journalist and director Allison Klayman doesn't mask her awe of the man, who comes off as a cross between a wise Buddha-figure and Santa Claus - he's made for history, and he's making it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    There's more to it than a black-and-white political conclusion, and the laundry list of California documentary heroes in the credits suggests this film is humanist before it's agenda driven.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Sure it's fun - and painful - but it's not thin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Arnold's newest testament to passion and squalor strikes a tone somewhere between Cary Fukinaga's emo "Jane Eyre" and Sophia Coppola's revisionist-hip "Marie Antoinette."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    An uplifting, high energy documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    This oddball tale of life on a snowy mountainside is consistently upbeat and surprising, with action intensity that stays sturdily at "Goonies" level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A clearly personal effort, Somewhere demonstrates Coppola's featherweight touch with big subjects like identity and human connection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Equally nostalgic and fresh-faced, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a bohemian musical that owes as much to Cassavetes "Shadows" as it does the French musicals of the '30s.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Katz, however, is great with gentle moments (his most dear and haunting is the final scene), and he handles the balance of mystery and family drama quite adeptly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Lovers of Hate would be a family tragedy if the immature antics of the three characters didn't send you ping-ponging from sympathetic chuckles to guffaws of disgust.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    David Lowery's St. Nick provides plenty to marvel at.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    As divisive as his documentary "Kurt and Courtney," this made-for-British-TV doc by Nick Broomfield begins with the promise of neutrality - but it's a promise the film can't keep.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    OKA!, like the mysterious horn the characters hunt, is a real find.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The messy uplift audiences can expect from this butterfly awakening they'll get in spades.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's full of really subtle dichotomies and internal conflicts, but what makes Julius' story seem authentic is how totally incongruous it feels.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A family drama that looks for answers in coincidence (is it really ever coincidence?), this endearing and breezy comic fable watches Jeff's coming of age and promises nothing after his moment of truth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's a mixed blessing to see these dramas play out in Norwegian, surrounded by what we tend to imagine are more liberal perspectives on sex.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    You'll laugh and be offended, but if you watch it and don't want to be part of the solution, you'll know which side of the line you're on. Activism takes some unique forms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    What it provides (instead of the thematically clever dialogue of typically subtle French comedy) is biting wit, poignancy and, forsaking some structural nuisances, the summer's best bromance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The Master is big screen marvel intended for 70mm projection (a rare treat), with some beautiful imagery, but often inaudible dialogue. Phoenix's lived-in mumble comes off about as clear as Fenster from The Usual Suspects and Amy Adam's precise diction can't even save her harshest talking points.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    In sum, the film is not without its sweetness. Carell's Barry retells the story of his life in dioramas populated completely with costumed, stuffed mice.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The film knows the aesthetic of enlightenment, the filmmakers demonstrate adoration for their subject, but whether or not the film grasps the principle further is very arguable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A visually rough retreading of Superbad territory with a slightly more treacherous journey, The Virginity Hit has a surprisingly softer ethical edge than you'd expect.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Directorially, the film takes a few too many trips into prosaic slow motion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A small film about enormous fears.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    This rags-to-sequins tale may be schmaltzy in its sincerity, but 'tis the season. Glitter is optional, but certainly encouraged.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The feature directorial debut of Martin Zandvliet, Applause has moments of flourish and moments that reach towards something as pared down as Thea's play.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's a wonderfully moving meditation on the capacity of animals to inspire our imaginations and something applicable to educational markets as well as regular documentary audiences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The film is a twisty and playful primer that suggests the best thing to do when beset with ugly forces is to publicly laugh them off. What happens in private is your business.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Panettiere's performance has the straightforwardness of a jumbo crayon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Italian audiences are bound to like it and the broadness of plot and appeal suggests casual fans of foreign film should, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Formally, everything's in order-it's an attractive film with some ingenious action sequences-but the problems overwhelm the pleasures, leading to the conclusion that this film's trouble is under the hood.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A traditional southern gothic, Septien delivers oddities from the perverse to the parochial with a straight face, and in the process restores the oddball genre to what might be called authenticity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Contrary to all of my bitter nudging, I found both sweet and charming. It's just me: I hate precocious children.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Far more charming, quick-witted and high spirited than anyone could have expected...for a film that didn't screen for press. It's gimmicky up the wazoo (not just 3D, but scratch-and-sniff "Aroma-Scope" cards handed out at screenings) and it's all the better for it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Surprisingly, George Clooney's direction is somewhat underwhelming with crucial conversations oddly lacking in tension.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Upbeat, bitter, sweet and always gripping, Shut Up! Little Man gives remix culture the ucky origin story it likely won't heed, but could sorely use nonetheless.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's a trenchant modern western and fans of the genre should embrace it for more reasons than just the presence of the epic Sam Shepard who, by the way, owns this Butch Cassidy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The mix of groin injury and over-explanation could totally reach 9-year-olds and a greying Atkinson is still relentlessly lovable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The pace is solid and engaging without putting you on the edge of your seat-you won't be looking at your watch, which means it's at least worth the time spent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Michael Fassbender (Fishtank, Inglourious Basterds) is reliably great, severely outclassing costar Knightley's grating performance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    With a powerhouse cast that also includes Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon and Ice Cube, the carefully crafted and trenchant drama will appeal to more audience members than it will to critics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    You'll be happier with the film if you don't expect fidelity to source material, but that doesn't mean you'll hate it if you loved Niels Arden Oplev's movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Such a story is made to be colored in jumbo crayon, and at first you might long for a more nuanced approach, but this film was produced in the 1940's serial style that's made Lucas Films enormous.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Clichés and thin thrillers are what we can expect from January releases and while Man on a Ledge has predictability to spare, it also has something that makes your time spent worthwhile: legitimate suspense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Repression is one thing, but discontent generally breeds self-knowledge and rich interior lives, two things that are eerily absent here. Regardless, the film features some really intriguing conflicts and solid performances throughout.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    So Watching TV is less a story loosely bound by cause and effect than a kind of scrapbook of memories, all of which convey the concerns of being super smart and mostly confused in a culturally mixed Manhattan, circa 1980. The affection is sweet and precise, if even the terms we use to define them aren't.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A dating fantasy for girls and an action bromance for guys, This Means War wins the Valentine date crowd in swoops and strokes, but does it lead to swoons? Not really.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    This is one of the super rare docs that packs an unbelievable punch despite its misguided aesthetics. It's a strange triumph of content over form, which is the province of journalists to report.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A coming of age story in which the children better the world for the adults, Kore-Eda's heart is in the right place.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Though the film is a fairly plastic British period piece with all the intimacy of a Hitachi Wand, the script captures some delicate and intelligent facets of a tensely conflicted era.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A film about how outwardly alienating our circles are (much to the detriment of our careers) and how caustic our supposedly nurturing intimacies can be at the same time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    He's either daring you not to laugh or daring you not to care, but either way, you'll laugh, care and worry about the consequences in Dark Horse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The shadow of Whitney Houston's stardom and crushing recent death hang heavy over this midrange movie that promises its female audience at least three good cries during its somewhat overlong run time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Premium Rush has a rewarding relentlessness and a payoff that suggests that whirring city that surrounds us in is full of supporters who see past the system.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The song and dance interaction of kids hollering advice during Blue's Clues happens here on the big screen, which is meant to transform the movie into a social event of sorts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    With an incredible performance by young Natasha Calls and surprisingly effect direction by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) you'll be surprised how this horror gets you just when you think you're safe.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The laughs are proportionate to the stakes, which are middle-of-the-road.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's never boring but the relentless twists do get a bit tedious.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Trash-action director Paul W.S. Anderson's (Alien vs. Predator) finds no cultural purpose for this rather literal adaptation of the Musketeers, but it's not so horrible it deserved to be protected from the cold eye of film critics.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Surrogate fathers and family values are at the foreground, making the film a quick sell to parents - especially as it boasts the added value of literary roots.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The film's biggest (and saddest) crime is malaise - it's not that John Carter doesn't care about what it's doing, it just can't make us care, even though the magnitude of every event, conflict and emotion is as melodramatic as its Victorian roots.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Still, the fans are lovable no matter how mixed the Comic-Con bag is, and Morgan Spurlock is precisely the doc maker to tell us about it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    It's a great (if middle-of-the-road) family comedy to seek out.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    To say the franchise is coasting along on fumes suggests it once ran on a full tank, which may not even be true for "Meet the Parents," the surprise hit that kicked off this broad comic franchise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The Rite might have been more affecting if the performances gave just a hint that its histrionics were more than just that.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    From Prada to Nada might appeal to tweens but word of mouth won't be nearly as strong as Austen's parlor gossip.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    This foreign view of the subject is anthropologically useful, however the film's photo animation technique transforms family photos (used extensively to fill in historical plot holes) into something that resembles zombie-resurrection.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    On the surface Monte Carlo is charming, oddly down-home wish-fulfillment, but it's riddled with unexplored class issues and generic filmmaking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    A chick flick for do-gooders, The Help suffers from a malady common to the discrimination drama: its treatment of inequality is more condescending than the prejudice it aims to remedy.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The mother/daughter drama should have played a bigger part in this film as the 87-minute runtime passes quickly and leaves us feeling utterly short-changed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The film's strength isn't its shock tactics - it's the rapid-fire, party montage editing that finds a million natural ways to put mundane actions and moments up against each other for comic effect.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    While A Thousand Words features some reverent flashes and even has the potential to touch audiences (a moment involving a mother with Alzheimer's particularly hits home), it suffers from being too broad.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Killer Joe isn't as outlandish in premise as it is in execution, which is saying something.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    ParaNorman is easily one of the most charming, imaginative and quirky comedies to come out of Laika Entertainment (Coraline), but for all its cleverness and urbane wit, it's in no way appropriate for kids.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The soulless-ness of their empty plot of track homes and super-store existence invokes both "Poltergeist" and "Employee of the Month."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    We all have to make jokes around the water cooler, and if enough people bother to see Killer Elite, its silly nonsense could make for a great comedy routine by Greg from IT.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    If this horror movie cashes in on the audience that echoes its character's awareness ("That's where the nucular thing happened, right?") then we're about to learn how low our national academic standards are.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Even the presence of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his pint-sized straight man Boo Boo, couldn't save the movie.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    Apollo 18 is a drab horror that tries to plant fears about untrustworthy authority (Nixon, NASA, etc) that are as stale as a freeze-dried peas.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    The real problem is, when the film blindsides us with a mystery we didn't know existed, we're already too busy not caring about mystery we knew was there.