For 382 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 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 10 Rules for Sleeping Around
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 382
382 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Witherspoon’s charge, Sofía Vergara as a recalcitrant witness in need of police protection, is an adept slapstick comic likewise hamstrung by director Anne Fletcher’s sluggish pacing, which reliably stays with a scene for three beats beyond the punch line.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    A well worn trope that’s tough to elevate beyond eye-roll level.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Aloft is less like a story than a dream, populated with gorgeous people and symbolism you can interpret any way you like.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    A forgettable — and occasionally borderline offensive — animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    First-time feature director Jeff Preiss has a top-notch duo in John Hawkes, as the affable but troubled Joe, and Elle Fanning as his teen daughter, Amy, but neither can really get out from under the film’s heavy-handed tone, a one-note trip down a bleak memory lane.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Note to Greek chorus of execs: Turning a space psychodrama into a “He went to Jared” commercial is pretty low, even for you.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    It’s too bad there’s already a movie out this week called “The Shallows”; it would work so perfectly for the new film from Nicholas Winding Refn (“Drive”).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    None of these seemingly plot-rich questions are explored; instead, we’re stuck with a greasy-haired Mark Ruffalo, as his detective character flounders along in their wake, muttering that he doesn’t have time for this magic crap.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Predicated almost entirely on the repeated juxtaposition of innocent girlishness and mindless violence, Violet & Daisy could still have been campy fun — instead, it wilts for lack of wit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Like the reanimated corpse of a teen queen, this would-be cult movie looks the part, but has little going on inside.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    This female revenge thriller starts out promisingly, but squanders its girl-power capital quicker than you can say "Rihanna."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The film alternates between shoving its confusing plot forward and dropping dialogue bombs that fizzle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Unfortunately, his machine fails en route; way more unfortunately, he comes up very short compared to Mark Watney, the red planet-stranded astronaut played with such humor and energy by Matt Damon in last year’s “The Martian.”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    I’ve never seen a restaurant documentary that seemed less interested in showing the joy of food.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The dialogue is so vague, and the plot so minimal, it all feels like a rather pointless exercise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Rockwell is incapable of being boring, so there’s some small entertainment to be found in watching his buttoned-up beta male blossom into full Sam Rockwell.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    It often seems like an acting workshop: Behave as if you are the parent of a dead child.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Shooting in South Africa and Botswana, director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee never lacks for atmosphere, but his film is painfully awkward in execution, from the stiff dialogue to the time-padding slo-mo sequences and glaring CGI.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    There’s a secret at play in After, which director Pieter Gaspersz communicates via many side-long glances. I won’t give it away, but it’s a fairly far-fetched twist that feels out of place in this realism-based drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    I’ll say one thing for The Call: Its ending is actually a bit of a surprise. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, pow! I’ll be damned, Hollywood, you still have the power to blindside.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    You'd hope a political-insider indie reuniting "West Wing" stars Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, and informed by the experiences of an actual former spin doctor, would be a small delight. You would be wrong.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, though, the lack of story and relentless suffering make Raze appealing for hard-core genre fans only.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    This flaccid comedy tries to spark your interest by undressing two of its four stars down to their underwear for significant periods of time. More outrageously, neither of those people is Jon Hamm.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The bloodshed is artful, at least.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    For a story whose appeal hinges on the saving grace of getting a "purpose-driven life," this one's got remarkably little of it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    There are a lot of casualties in this stylish, unoriginal thriller, but James McAvoy’s knee was the only one that moved me.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    With the exception of “Tape 49” — the Simon Barrett-directed segment about the PI — the films are ridiculously shaky, their camerawork so determinedly guerrilla-style that it’s difficult not to look away, sometimes at crucial moments. Found footage is all well and good, but if it’s unwatchable, it might as well have stayed lost.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Aside from these curious role reversals, though, Alex Cross is a mess. Drawing on every conceivable '80s B-movie action cliché and treating its beleaguered female characters like pieces of meat (literally, in one scene of butchery), director Rob Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Pineda is lovely, but I stopped believin’ in this documentary long before it was over.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Turn off your frontal lobe, and you just might enjoy it.

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