For 196 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 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: 74 out of 196
  2. Negative: 48 out of 196
196 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    So why isn’t They Came Together more uniformly hilarious? Perhaps it’s that elusive problem of trying to explain why a thing is funny in the first place: Spelling it out deflates the joke.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This pastiche of sitcomy episodes never gels into a plot.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    “Gatsby” meets “Gossip Girl” in this outsider-among-the-wealthy story set, like Fitzgerald’s novel, on Long Island.
    • 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?)
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This Disney sequel to 2013’s “Planes” is a lot like flying coach: serviceable, but not trying that hard.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Concert sequences are engaging, though I was disappointed not to see any animated flourishes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Lee may not want to let anyone in, but it’s hard to engage fully with a film that doesn’t seem to want to, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    On the whole, the film would probably be more at home on cable and at a reduced running time. I’d like to see a competition series of the same name, in which rival engineers compete to see who can endure having the hard-driving Cameron for a boss.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Compared to another recent teen weepie, “The Fault in Our Stars,” this one comes up wanting. That film’s strong point was the delight its heroine took in detonating romantic clichés; If I Stay seems determined to keep them on life support.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Kelly & Cal is at its best when focused on Lewis and Weston.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Perhaps faithful to the spirit of the man, but frustrating if you’re actually curious about the facts.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    For parents of very young children looking for a weekend distraction, “Color City” is passable fare — and will at least inspire kiddies to finish what they start, coloring-wise.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Sweet and funny — largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role — it’s never particularly surprising.
    • 67 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Like the artificially sweetened junk food it is, this all goes down pretty easily.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    As for the magical-realist horns, they make a nice bad-boy look for Radcliffe and a handy plot device, but are never really explained in a satisfactory way. They have the side effect of making anyone who sees them immediately forget them — which I suspect may be the case with this movie as well.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The script’s by Robert Ben Garant, also behind last year’s scary-movie spoof “Hell Baby,” and this one teeters right on the edge of laughable, with its V.C. Andrews-like series of goth twists.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    From time to time, it works.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Heavy on quirk and light on wit, first-time director Gillian Greene’s comedy leans too heavily on the badly wigged Kranz.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It’s well-executed but familiar territory, with a dearth of jarring moments. Those of us who aren’t friends and family of the crew could use a little wake-up shove here and there.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Director Tom Harper (“War Book”) defaults too often to gotcha scares, which is disappointing.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Teen house-arrest thriller Dark Summer gets out ahead of any ripping-off-“Disturbia” talk with an early Shia LaBeouf joke. But its sleepy, hallucinogenic aesthetic is an entirely different — and rather less engaging — style, anyway.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    I know this is a teen-boy fantasy — it was produced by Michael Bay, after all — but the female characters in Project Almanac are lamely retro, little more than props in short shorts.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Aside from these curious role reversals, though, Alex Cross is a mess. Drawing on every conceivable '80s B-movie action cliché and treating its beleaguered female characters like pieces of meat (literally, in one scene of butchery), director Rob Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    You'd hope a political-insider indie reuniting "West Wing" stars Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, and informed by the experiences of an actual former spin doctor, would be a small delight. You would be wrong.

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