For 170 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Broken Circle Breakdown
Lowest review score: 0 Would You Rather
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 170
  2. Negative: 43 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    “It’s a little self-congratulatory and light on story,” says one student of another’s film project in Dear White People, which feels like director Justin Simien getting out ahead of inevitable (and accurate) criticism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    A refreshingly naturalistic depiction of the dynamic of traveling companionship — at any age.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    As About Alex moves toward its conclusion, it devolves into some plot resolutions that were a lot less predictable back in the ’80s.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The considerable charms of Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton elevate this middling rom-com.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    There’s little sense of urgency, or — oddly, given the film’s title — of scale. You never really think that the 47 are truly outnumbered, and the large action scenes are often just incomprehensible.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Yes, there are the requisite jump-in-your-seat scares, many of them false alarms, and it all plays out basically exactly like any other horror movie, but Lawrence does elevate the proceedings.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Adapting the author’s cornball formula for a second time around is once-ambitious director Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”), who delivers a cinematic valentine you’ll be reasonably content to watch on a flight in a year or so.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Sure, violence in movies isn't violence in real life. And when you combine it with intelligent dialogue and pointed social commentary (a la "Django Unchained"), it can be cathartic. But The Last Stand, absent either of these things, just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    For a movie called Sparkle, the absolutely least interesting or central thing about it is Sparkle (and Sparks), although the "Idol" singer does bust out one impressive performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    At the risk of sounding 100, I think it’s regrettable this film had to be shot in digital 3-D. Both those formats actually do a frustrating disservice to the depiction of the action, making them look choppier, more flickery and occasionally blurrier than they would otherwise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    An inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Director Ben Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy. As Abigail's spirited young trainees, Alexandra Metz and Meredith Apfelbaum give Backwards their all, but can't row their way clear of its clichés.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    There's also a refreshing lack of wrapping everything up in a neat, happy bow at the end.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    While Caplan works well in theory as an antiromantic-comedy heroine, director and co-screenwriter Michael Mohan just doesn't give her enough to do.
    • 39 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The Maze Runner isn’t based on a video game, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. In it, our hero must lead his comrades through a dingy gray concrete maze while dodging cyborg monsters, and it all looks like every gaming trailer you’ve ever seen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Alas, the film’s relevance — and ultimately sane upshot — is buried beneath a meandering and oftimplausible plot.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Director Christian Charles gets some comic mileage from the inimitable Walsh and Rae, but it’s ultimately hard to care too much about a caddish protagonist like Norman — or, for that matter, about the clichéd “women are crazy!” sentiment that hums nastily under the antics of Dori’s unorthodox family gathering.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Twi-hards, Beliebers and Whovians have nothing on the cult of Jane Austen, whose beribboned ranks are ripe for satire. Unfortunately, this scattershot comedy only occasionally hits the mark.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    No personal revelations surface in “This Is Us.” Also, no narrative, no conflict — no differentiation between band members, even, besides the designation of dark-eyed Zayn as “the mysterious one” (he likes to paint).
    • 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.”
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This pastiche of sitcomy episodes never gels into a plot.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It is admirably unsparing and gloomily atmospheric. And I looked at my watch a bunch of times.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Just in time for Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday comes this gloriously colorful animated musical, which almost (but not quite) makes up in visuals what it lacks in snappy dialogue.