For 226 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Broken Circle Breakdown
Lowest review score: 0 Everly
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 226
  2. Negative: 53 out of 226
226 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The very German lack of emotion is so acute it can be hard to tell when Hausner’s playing for laughs, but Friedel is hilariously — if morbidly — tedious as the tortured writer whose pickup line is, “Would you care to die with me?”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The upstart Sapphires are a smash to watch as they cover soul tunes like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What a Man” and “I Can’t Help Myself.”
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s slightly tough to get onboard with the regal Naomi Watts sporting badly sprayed hair and frosted lipstick; surely there are more flattering shades at the Walgreens?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A first-rate example of good storytelling and well-timed — while not excessive — gore. Its disgusting, hilarious conclusion left me eager to see what’ll be next from director Jim Mickle.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and “Richie” is palpable.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The real treat here is the science, not the fiction. The film’s sleek aesthetic was developed in consultation with NASA about what such a mission would actually require, and look like as viewed on surveillance cameras.
    • 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
    Though it boasts an eye-catching roster of supporting performances — Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie — most of the running time is spent with Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon), and both child actors hold your attention impressively.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    After Tiller is groundbreaking in giving voice not only to the doctors, but to those who always seem to get overlooked in the high-volume political debate about this topic: the women themselves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Will Forte continues his transition into serious actorhood with this indie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The striking Thierry brings her character to nuanced life on screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    There’s not a bad performance in the bunch. Hendricks’ and Fanning’s Brit accents are nicely un-showy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, Sleep Tight makes a sounder case for nocturnal Webcams than the "Paranormal Activity" franchise ever could.
    • 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).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A big, dark film that should satisfy the many fans of the Orson Scott Card novel and engage newcomers, too.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Crowe makes the most of his own quiet presence, and this ode to the world’s never-recovered soldiers and their families is a fitting meditation on the insanity of war.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Unlike many working in this genre, Mitchell doesn’t punish young women for having sex: This is a gender-blind demonic delivery vehicle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Scrappy and unsettling, V/H/S puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Yes, it’s the middle chapter and feels like it, but it’s never dull.

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