For 250 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 6.1 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. Negative: 59 out of 250
250 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Gregg, who previously directed the very dark comedy “Choke,” never quite settles on a tone; from the opening scenes, in which Molly Shannon plays a neurotic stage mom and Allison Janney a chilly casting agent, it seems he’s going that way again, but a dramatic twist sends the film into less plausible territory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    An inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Alas, the film’s relevance — and ultimately sane upshot — is buried beneath a meandering and oftimplausible plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Sweet and funny — largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role — it’s never particularly surprising.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Not surprisingly in this tale of desperate men, the only women are top-heavy cartoon characters — literally, animated sequences illustrate Frank’s stories — or live-action betrayers, like Dakota Fanning’s Annie, Frank’s ex-girlfriend. I found the cartoons more interesting.
    • 31 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Aloft is less like a story than a dream, populated with gorgeous people and symbolism you can interpret any way you like.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    A forgettable — and occasionally borderline offensive — animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    First-time feature director Jeff Preiss has a top-notch duo in John Hawkes, as the affable but troubled Joe, and Elle Fanning as his teen daughter, Amy, but neither can really get out from under the film’s heavy-handed tone, a one-note trip down a bleak memory lane.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    None of these seemingly plot-rich questions are explored; instead, we’re stuck with a greasy-haired Mark Ruffalo, as his detective character flounders along in their wake, muttering that he doesn’t have time for this magic crap.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Predicated almost entirely on the repeated juxtaposition of innocent girlishness and mindless violence, Violet & Daisy could still have been campy fun — instead, it wilts for lack of wit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Like the reanimated corpse of a teen queen, this would-be cult movie looks the part, but has little going on inside.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    This female revenge thriller starts out promisingly, but squanders its girl-power capital quicker than you can say "Rihanna."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The film alternates between shoving its confusing plot forward and dropping dialogue bombs that fizzle.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The dialogue is so vague, and the plot so minimal, it all feels like a rather pointless exercise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Rockwell is incapable of being boring, so there’s some small entertainment to be found in watching his buttoned-up beta male blossom into full Sam Rockwell.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    It often seems like an acting workshop: Behave as if you are the parent of a dead child.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Shooting in South Africa and Botswana, director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee never lacks for atmosphere, but his film is painfully awkward in execution, from the stiff dialogue to the time-padding slo-mo sequences and glaring CGI.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    There’s a secret at play in After, which director Pieter Gaspersz communicates via many side-long glances. I won’t give it away, but it’s a fairly far-fetched twist that feels out of place in this realism-based drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    I’ll say one thing for The Call: Its ending is actually a bit of a surprise. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, pow! I’ll be damned, Hollywood, you still have the power to blindside.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, though, the lack of story and relentless suffering make Raze appealing for hard-core genre fans only.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The bloodshed is artful, at least.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    There are a lot of casualties in this stylish, unoriginal thriller, but James McAvoy’s knee was the only one that moved me.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    With the exception of “Tape 49” — the Simon Barrett-directed segment about the PI — the films are ridiculously shaky, their camerawork so determinedly guerrilla-style that it’s difficult not to look away, sometimes at crucial moments. Found footage is all well and good, but if it’s unwatchable, it might as well have stayed lost.

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