For 388 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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Broken Circle Breakdown
Lowest review score: 0 United Passions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 388
388 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Scary and sad, Trapped is for anyone who cares about the precarious future of reproductive health for American women.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Be advised: The film opens with a warning about “flashing lights and hallucinatory images,” and, while effectively unsettling, these do eventually get a little hard on the eyes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    By the time its credits rolled, I was ready to forgive Rogue One any imperfections. Its last 10 minutes are spectacular and dark, with a final flourish that should give any “Star Wars” fan goose bumps — and a new hope that the next main installment will be this good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Though its resolution is a bit pat, most of The Girl in the Book is a smart and pointed look at abuses of power and roles women too often play in the literary world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Virtually dialogue-free and animated in a cacophony of playful bright colors and ominous industrial landscapes, Boy & the World plays like a dream segueing into a nightmare.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    My own voice-over would go something like this: “This summer. One woman. Will see this movie. Again.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Author is one of the most entertaining documentaries in recent memory — and, possibly, the origin story of catfishing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Girlhood veers between being a celebration of sisterhood (albeit an occasionally violent sort) and a chronicle of the cycle of poverty.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The film never pretends to be other than what it really is: soft-core porn for the ladies, diluted with an “R” rating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The star gives us a generous and hilarious portrait of life as an aging legend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    With a mischievous, metaphysical flourish, Doctor Strange administers some much-needed CPR to the flagging superhero genre. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel — a power-hungry villain (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to unleash hell on Earth, blah blah blah — but it’s a heck of a lot more fun than I’ve had at a Marvel movie lately.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Ryan Reynolds is chillingly perfect as a nice-guy factory worker struggling with schizophrenia and murderous impulses in this tonally wild indie, which is nearly too horrifying to be funny — but not quite.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A witty and occasionally wise take on sibling bonds and adulthood — even if the latter only arrives kicking and screaming.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    On the whole, though, you couldn’t do much better than Monkey Kingdom to get kids invested in learning about, and protecting, the natural world.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Grim but worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Kinnear brings heart and nuance to a character in the terrible position of being asked to evict the mother of his son’s best friend. It’s a no-win situation in which no one is the bad guy — a gentle, intelligent oasis in this summer of heated name-calling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Khaou’s film features masterful performances from Whishaw and Cheng, whose dialogue is somehow intensified, rather than diluted, through the third-party voice of the translator. But some emotions, the film suggests, are impossible to adequately articulate in any language.
    • 60 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    There is an honesty and realism to Driver’s performances that work well in the part of a blue-collar poet who feels no need to court the spotlight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Writer/director James Ward Byrkit, in his feature debut, achieves effective chills with only eight actors and a living room, intermixing quantum physics (shout-outs range from Schrödinger’s cat to “Sliding Doors”) with the very mundane human tendency toward bad judgment calls in a crisis.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Casting aside warnings and physical threats from the townspeople, this once-demure teen girl embraces her wild side with a gory, punk-rock abandon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    As they’re akin to spectators at a magic show, viewers ought to keep an eye out for what the Merchants of Doubt don’t want us to see.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s substantial food for thought, but too scattered for a two-hour running time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Overall, though, Paul Feig’s (“Spy”) reboot of the 1984 classic is a goofy, big-hearted romp.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Only in his early 20s, Zephyr Benson makes a remarkably assured debut as writer, director and star of Straight Outta Tompkins, his tongue-in-cheek title for his past as a middle-class drug dealer in lower Manhattan.

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