For 303 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Wetlands
Lowest review score: 0 Would You Rather
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 303
303 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    This featherweight comedy from director Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners Movie”) is a lot more fun than many heftier, supposed rom-coms, thanks to the timing and chemistry of its leads.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Though its resolution is a bit pat, most of The Girl in the Book is a smart and pointed look at abuses of power and roles women too often play in the literary world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Virtually dialogue-free and animated in a cacophony of playful bright colors and ominous industrial landscapes, Boy & the World plays like a dream segueing into a nightmare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A witty and occasionally wise take on sibling bonds and adulthood — even if the latter only arrives kicking and screaming.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s substantial food for thought, but too scattered for a two-hour running time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    If you’re willing to overlook some monstrously big plot holes and logic gaps, this half-animated Chinese blockbuster is an agreeably bonkers, occasionally disturbing cinematic ride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Sudeikis, often cast as genial everyman, is quite good in a more prickly role, and Hall brings her characteristic nuance to a smart but lost character.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    A serviceable animated movie about a soft-hearted Dracula.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    If you can handle the glacial pacing and lack of dialogue, there is a certain squirmy satisfaction to watching this well-worn story of love, cruelty and madness play out minus the long-winded speeches and romantic catharsis.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The mellow Laue... makes a likable enough subject, if sometimes low-key to the point of dull. Watching other people watch him play, though, is definitely not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Jane's friendship with Sadie is the one thing that cuts through the numbness - though the film's so low-key, even emotional revelations feel pretty muted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Finally, someone took the source material at its terribly written word and stopped treating the whole affair so seriously.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    In a movie season - and a month - filled with so much gunfire, bloodshed and human despair, it's refreshing to sit back and bask in the sheer joy with which these brightly costumed, stunningly agile performers navigate fire, water and air.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Mostly, though, it all ends up feeling like a lost, minor episode of “The X-Files:” A little scary, a little silly and catnip for those who want to believe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    A trove of home videos, vintage commercial and propaganda footage and black-and-white animation dress up this energetic if somewhat unfocused look at the birth of skateboarding in the German Democratic Republic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Director Daniel Algrant chose well with Badgley, who transcends the rather made-for-TV vibe with a decent rendition of Buckley’s haunting falsetto.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    This documentary, a love letter to their sisterly bond, gives a reasonably engaging look behind the scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Still, the proceedings move so quietly and thoughtfully as to be occasionally somnolent, though they’re punctuated with spasms of the violence that marked the Troubles.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Leong’s film isn’t particularly stylish, but it makes the most of the climactic Knicks footage, as well as showcasing a sweetly goofy side of the 25-year-old, now playing for the Houston Rockets.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Overall, Gibney does a fine job documenting the timeless nature of Armstrong’s fall from grace. It’s undeniably satisfying to see the man himself lay it out: “It’s very hard to control the truth forever,” he says, awkwardly. “This has been my downfall.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The element that really makes it work — when it does, which is not always — is Edward James Olmos, playing to perfection a weary retired police detective.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The Giver is at its best when Bridges expounds on civilization’s lost beauty and savagery; at other times, it’s strewn with implausibility: For a totalitarian society in which everyone is monitored constantly, our hero is able to sneak around an awful lot.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The considerable charms of Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton elevate this middling rom-com.
    • 79 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    The best thing about the film – which is true of most of his roles – is Rockwell.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Farrell feels like a weak link here, never quite as masterfully manipulative or brutish as the role calls for.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    There are a lot of parallels with “Breaking Bad” here: the Southwestern setting, the dorky husband turned criminal, the blond wife and the scene in the carwash. But if you can avoid dwelling on its derivative qualities, After the Fall has its own case to make about how far the middle class has fallen — and continues to slide.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, for the show’s fans, it may not matter if “Sponge Out of Water” shows a hint of mildew. After all, my co-critic’s most enthusiastic note — “Hilarious!” — was written before the lights even dimmed.

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