For 348 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Trainwreck
Lowest review score: 0 United Passions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 348
348 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Not surprisingly in this tale of desperate men, the only women are top-heavy cartoon characters — literally, animated sequences illustrate Frank’s stories — or live-action betrayers, like Dakota Fanning’s Annie, Frank’s ex-girlfriend. I found the cartoons more interesting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Jane Fonda brighten the screen momentarily, all in too-small roles.

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