For 252 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 Would You Rather
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 252
252 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Yes, it’s the middle chapter and feels like it, but it’s never dull.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Will Forte continues his transition into serious actorhood with this indie.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The star gives us a generous and hilarious portrait of life as an aging legend.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A mouse and a bear defy social convention to forge a friendship in this lovely, charming and Oscar-nominated French animated feature (now available dubbed into English with the voices of Forest Whitaker and other notables).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Sparse of dialogue, terrifically ominous and full of low-key, high-quality performances, Blue Ruin is a vigilante tale even haters like me can get behind.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The striking Thierry brings her character to nuanced life on screen.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In a move sure to infuriate “nanny state” critics, director Stephanie Soechtig names the US government and food corporations responsible for a campaign to get Americans addicted to junk food — particularly, and most dangerously, sugar — as early as possible.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The film doesn’t wallow in grief; it’s a thoughtful and nuanced portrait of a stage of life we often choose not to see.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    If Michael Fassbender wears a giant papier-mâché head for most of a film, is he still mesmerizing? Happily, yes.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Director Catherine Gund most successfully depicts the visceral impact of Streb’s work with her footage of the 2012 Olympics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Finally, a post-“Bridesmaids” film that lets Kristen Wiig shine — and brilliantly taps into co-star Bill Hader’s vulnerable side, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Curran (“The Painted Veil”) never imposes any additional structure on Davidson’s story, which may test the patience of some viewers. But I found the sprawling, wild visuals in Tracks, and the long silences as the sunburned Robyn traverses some of the world’s least hospitable lands, meditative and moving.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Fogel’s focus is female friendship, and the challenges presented by growing older and pairing up. It all makes for a rocky road, regardless of the romantic rival’s gender.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    You may well emerge from The Search for General Tso with a hankering for the titular spicy dish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Weirder and more contemplative than many of its time-traveling brethren, Predestination is a stylish head trip. It also marks Australian actor Snook as one to watch, as she demonstrates some serious gender-bending range.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Director Uberto Pasolini (“Machan”) has a gem in Marsan, a virtuoso actor who plays the role delicately where another might have laid on the pathos too thick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s not quite “Once,” but Song One, featuring original music by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, captures a similar, unselfconscious beauty in the way music can make sense of big, ungainly emotions — as James puts it, “for three to five whole minutes.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A few university officials talk on camera, but not many do, and it will be fascinating to watch the fallout from this scathing indictment of a system that, the movie claims, has all but encouraged sexual predators to do their worst.
    • 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.

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