For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Broken Circle Breakdown
Lowest review score: 0 10 Rules for Sleeping Around
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 154
  2. Negative: 42 out of 154
154 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    How to Survive a Plague, while a shaggier-structured documentary than many, is a heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most heroic chapters in American history.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    I’d like to see a sequel about her freshman year at college, please. There were still a few items on that list left unchecked.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    Not since “American Movie” has there been such an entertainingly clumsy, warts-and-all documentary about making a movie, this time courtesy of Cincinnati filmmaker Tom Berninger.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    As in the original “Despicable,” masterful physical comedy is what raises this animated pic so far above most of its competitors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Yes, it’s the middle chapter and feels like it, but it’s never dull.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A big, dark film that should satisfy the many fans of the Orson Scott Card novel and engage newcomers, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Scrappy and unsettling, V/H/S puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Sure, it’s got its horror aspects. But for my money, this movie belongs alongside “Secretary,” “Ginger Snaps” and “Thirteen” in the family of deliciously dark female coming-of-age stories.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Harris, a talented comic actress who looks more like a real person than a Hollywood facsimile of one, makes every scene she's in shine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, Sleep Tight makes a sounder case for nocturnal Webcams than the "Paranormal Activity" franchise ever could.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    There’s not a bad performance in the bunch. Hendricks’ and Fanning’s Brit accents are nicely un-showy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    This indie, female-centric riff on “Deliverance” is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Maybe my favorite thing about this About Last Night, though, is that it’s proof romantic comedies don’t have to be so predictable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The upstart Sapphires are a smash to watch as they cover soul tunes like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What a Man” and “I Can’t Help Myself.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In a film that’s often sad but not without its triumphs, director Morgan Neville smartly explores the complex role that ego and self-promotion play in this profession.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In some ways, it feels like an indie meditation on the eternal “When Harry Met Sally” question: Can men and women be just friends? Here, though, the focus is on the small, often unsaid moments that define a friendship — and a murky attraction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    My own voice-over would go something like this: “This summer. One woman. Will see this movie. Again.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The real treat here is the science, not the fiction. The film’s sleek aesthetic was developed in consultation with NASA about what such a mission would actually require, and look like as viewed on surveillance cameras.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Daunting though it may be for the aspiring pick-up entrant, this is a fun and worthwhile ode to one of New York’s greatest summer pastimes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and “Richie” is palpable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    After Tiller is groundbreaking in giving voice not only to the doctors, but to those who always seem to get overlooked in the high-volume political debate about this topic: the women themselves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Though it boasts an eye-catching roster of supporting performances — Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie — most of the running time is spent with Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon), and both child actors hold your attention impressively.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A first-rate example of good storytelling and well-timed — while not excessive — gore. Its disgusting, hilarious conclusion left me eager to see what’ll be next from director Jim Mickle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The result is a thoughtful, dreamlike (at times, nightmarish) tour through the day-to-day lives of several suburban California teens.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Schechter’s soul-scored film is impeccably styled for the time period, and its easy pacing reminds me of the gold standard for Leonard adaptations, “Out of Sight.” It’s not that good, but it’s within striking distance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In Abuse of Weakness, Breillat, notorious for her sexually explicit films, casts the excellent Isabelle Huppert as her avatar, Maud, to tell the tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s slightly tough to get onboard with the regal Naomi Watts sporting badly sprayed hair and frosted lipstick; surely there are more flattering shades at the Walgreens?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In one of Hugh Hefner’s least creepy moments ever, he describes how they became friends later in life; with his help, she finally obtained the legal rights to her rampantly used image.