For 233 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 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: 94 out of 233
  2. Negative: 55 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 31 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Director Niki Caro, whose 2005 film “North Country” gave creative life to another true story, doesn’t allow this one enough narrative twists; it starts off at point A and heads straight for point B, much like one of its many racing scenes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    A horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that’s more interesting than its halfhearted scares.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    This Cinderella is all dressed up with nowhere very interesting to go.
    • 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.”
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    It’s refreshing to see a nonwhite lead, and the husky-voiced pop singer is likable as a brave-hearted kid searching for her mother. But man, is there a lot of Rihanna in this movie: She also provides what seems like the entirety of the film’s soundtrack, making it feel like a vanity project (is “vanimation” a thing?).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Despite James Wan’s capable direction and very game cast, the whole thing goes increasingly wobbly like a bad axle, until it’s just a tangle of metal and bullets and yelling.
    • 62 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Pollak obviously had fun, but you get the feeling the best bits never made it in.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Witherspoon’s charge, Sofía Vergara as a recalcitrant witness in need of police protection, is an adept slapstick comic likewise hamstrung by director Anne Fletcher’s sluggish pacing, which reliably stays with a scene for three beats beyond the punch line.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The trope of horror-suffused female friendships is a fertile one, but despite a screenwriting credit from the very capable Nicole Holofcener (director of “Enough Said,” among others), Every Secret Thing comes up short.
    • 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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