For 379 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 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 Everly
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 379
379 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Director Mark L. Mann seems to be searching for the meaning in aimlessness, and in lowered expectations. But too often the narrative left me feeling the titular “um.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Nobody does the rebellious-elder thing as well as Duvall, and whenever he’s center stage in A Night in Old Mexico, this scrappy film from Spanish director Emilio Aragon is entertaining enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The many silences in Hide Your Smiling Faces don’t speak quite loudly enough, and the film ultimately gets bogged down by its own ponderousness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Here's the thing: Found footage is scary when - because - it leaves you to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. But actually watching whole families have terrible things done to them - well, hard-core horror fans may dig it, I guess. I'd call it forced voyeurism of the worst sort.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The script’s by Robert Ben Garant, also behind last year’s scary-movie spoof “Hell Baby,” and this one teeters right on the edge of laughable, with its V.C. Andrews-like series of goth twists.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Love is the weak link in this clumsily titled rom-com, which plays a bit like a hipster infomercial for Austin, Texas.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Fans of the cartoon should stick around for Lewis’ after-credits sequence, which introduces a dastardly rival band. It’s the movie’s best scene, setting up a sequel we’ll never see.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Unfortunately, the cast of characters you’ll find here is a pale imitation of her Hogwarts heroes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    For parents of very young children looking for a weekend distraction, “Color City” is passable fare — and will at least inspire kiddies to finish what they start, coloring-wise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Like the rest of Dear Mr. Watterson, it’s a good-hearted gesture. But unlike Calvin’s alter ego Spaceman Spiff, this film never manages to achieve liftoff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust, including an amusingly gory meditation on the notion that the person you think is your beloved might just rip your heart out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Given the scarcity of movies about lust from the female point of view, this is kind of a bummer.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Lee may not want to let anyone in, but it’s hard to engage fully with a film that doesn’t seem to want to, either.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It’s refreshing to see a nonwhite lead, and the husky-voiced pop singer is likable as a brave-hearted kid searching for her mother. But man, is there a lot of Rihanna in this movie: She also provides what seems like the entirety of the film’s soundtrack, making it feel like a vanity project (is “vanimation” a thing?).
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Teen house-arrest thriller Dark Summer gets out ahead of any ripping-off-“Disturbia” talk with an early Shia LaBeouf joke. But its sleepy, hallucinogenic aesthetic is an entirely different — and rather less engaging — style, anyway.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Watching this yoga documentary mirrored how I feel about taking weekly classes: The ancient Eastern tradition is demonstrably beneficial for both mind and body, but its execution can be so boring and its teachers so painfully earnest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Gregg, who previously directed the very dark comedy “Choke,” never quite settles on a tone; from the opening scenes, in which Molly Shannon plays a neurotic stage mom and Allison Janney a chilly casting agent, it seems he’s going that way again, but a dramatic twist sends the film into less plausible territory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    An inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Alas, the film’s relevance — and ultimately sane upshot — is buried beneath a meandering and oftimplausible plot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Too bad the film around Brody is fairly by-the-numbers, with a mean-spirited kicker that doesn’t imbue much originality to its imperiled-female plotline.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Sweet and funny — largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role — it’s never particularly surprising.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This is hardly reinventing the wheel, but it is serviceable, if you're looking for a few shivery communal scares.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It’s all headed for a showdown, of course, and duly delivers, though Crudup and Taylor are the only ones who really seem to have a handle on the New Yawk accent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    A so-so heist movie whose dirty-cop character’s personality must have been described in the screenplay as “Nicolas Cage-esque.” Fortunately, Cage was available.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    So why isn’t They Came Together more uniformly hilarious? Perhaps it’s that elusive problem of trying to explain why a thing is funny in the first place: Spelling it out deflates the joke.
    • 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.

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