For 224 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 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. Positive: 89 out of 224
  2. Negative: 53 out of 224
224 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This pastiche of sitcomy episodes never gels into a plot.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Writer/director Andrew Levitas needlessly pads this captivating theme with over-used tropes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Son of a Gun, from first-time feature director Julius Avery, begins with an enticingly dark first act in jail, but descends steadily downward into a mass of clichés.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Small Time has its heart in the right place, but its screenplay’s in serious need of a tuneup.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Hate to say it, but this film ain’t half the satire it could have been.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    For piquing kids’ interest in history and nature, you could do worse than this goofy Ben Stiller franchise. But its third installment is more meh than manic, too reliant on wide shots of the ragtag Museum of Natural History cohorts striding down corridors. You get the feeling returning director Shawn Levy is ready to hang it up.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Antarctic Edge will make good viewing for science classes of all levels, and ideally inspire a new generation to continue this hardy mission.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    As much fun as it is, this all-star tribute is awfully one-note, never questioning Gordon’s seemingly casual habit of befriending only the ultra-famous.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    As apocalypse scenarios go, this one feels both retro and commendably topical: Nuclear bombs, remember those? (Also: Edward Furlong, remember him?)
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Like the artificially sweetened junk food it is, this all goes down pretty easily.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This Disney sequel to 2013’s “Planes” is a lot like flying coach: serviceable, but not trying that hard.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Perhaps faithful to the spirit of the man, but frustrating if you’re actually curious about the facts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The Pretty One does find a handful of genuinely sweet moments in which Basel and Laurel bond on letting their respective freak flags fly. Like the film itself, Kazan is at her best when she’s not trying so hard to be cute.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    None of this is particularly innovative, although Garcia and the elder Farmiga develop a nice spark and a gentle humor in their characters’ stolen day together.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Concert sequences are engaging, though I was disappointed not to see any animated flourishes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Kelly & Cal is at its best when focused on Lewis and Weston.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Like Cam, Tracers is fun to look at, if not too bright, and even includes a line I can only assume is a winking reference to Lautner’s claim to fame: “There can only be one alpha in every pack.”
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Despite the dramatic dystopia, performances here are uniformly low-affect, which isn’t helpful given the exposition-heavy dialogue and unremarkable set (though Nick’s extraterrestrial visions have a pleasantly kitschy look). Also puzzling is the fact that the pivotal song is not actually performed by Morissette.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    There's also a refreshing lack of wrapping everything up in a neat, happy bow at the end.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Are Some Girl(s) like this? Yes. But I left this movie with no additional insight on why.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    “Gatsby” meets “Gossip Girl” in this outsider-among-the-wealthy story set, like Fitzgerald’s novel, on Long Island.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It is admirably unsparing and gloomily atmospheric. And I looked at my watch a bunch of times.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Despite all its problems, The Last Days on Mars serves up a deliciously shivery hypothetical: Wouldn’t we all secretly love it if the Mars rover sent back footage of a “walker” or two?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The film strains credulity as it hurtles toward its conclusion.

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