For 263 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 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 United Passions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 263
263 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    It often seems like an acting workshop: Behave as if you are the parent of a dead child.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    A forgettable — and occasionally borderline offensive — animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    Ultimately, though, the lack of story and relentless suffering make Raze appealing for hard-core genre fans only.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The bloodshed is artful, at least.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    The film alternates between shoving its confusing plot forward and dropping dialogue bombs that fizzle.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Parental Guidance kicks off with a mean-spirited joke about an overweight woman and heads downhill from there.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    I only laughed once, and it was when Whit Stillman made a cameo to be snubbed by the newly self-actualized Imogene. But it was mostly in disbelief; pretentious or not, Stillman represents a caliber of smart writing that’s wholly absent from Girl Most Likely.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    The innovation of Refn’s latest is mostly just in the way it manages to merge gory and boring. At least it’s created a new movie adjective for me: goring.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Like some hybrid beast out of Greek mythology, this young-adult sequel has the body of a “Harry Potter,” the head of a “Twilight,” the feet of a “Hunger Games” and the tail, oddly, of a “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Nothing in this movie would actually happen, so what’s irritating is that it presents itself as a savvy, “Am I right, ladies?” dating commentary.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    At the start of Insidious 2, a young woman opens her mouth to speak and someone else’s voice comes out of her. Demonic possession? Nope, just some inexplicable dubbing to kick off this clunker of a horror sequel.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Director Anthony Leonardi, in his feature debut, litters the film with inconsistencies.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    This overlong drama plays like a threefold infomercial: for Christianity, the cheesy resort chain Sandals and Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, the rapper-turned-actor playing drug kingpin Miles Montego.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Minus its smirky twist ending, it’d make perfect material for New York’s new “That’s Abuse” domestic violence awareness campaign.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    A clunky movie that feels as if it’s underwritten by the Roman Catholic Church.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    With any luck, this’ll be the death knell of the idiot-savant rom-com.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    This blathery, misogynist indie from first-time director David Grovic — which seems to be aiming for “Pulp Fiction” territory with its blend of crime, banter and the mysterious contents of a bag — falls far short, rife as it is with noir and gender clichés.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    Yelchin is an immensely likable actor who does what he can, but his charm isn’t enough to save this awkwardly worded — and paced — wannabe thriller.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    There is virtually nothing in Mac Carter’s horror flick that deviates from the standard haunted house plot (or, in this case, plod).
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    The dancing’s fine here, but there’s little else to distinguish Make Your Move, an entirely generic drama.

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