For 388 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 20th Century Women
Lowest review score: 0 United Passions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 388
388 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    It’s a creepy little gem, and its imagery will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    Despite being set in the late 1970s, 20th Century Women feels like the perfect movie for this moment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    It’s very funny and sweet and even a little weepy, and it has maybe the best scene ever filmed of dirty talk gone wrong. In other words, it’s a Schumer/Apatow production — may there be more of them to come.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    Take note, Lars von Trier: This is how you do a truly funny, subversive movie about a woman’s obsession with the human body and sex.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    Capping off the year that transgender stopped being transgressive, the story of artist Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) makes for one of the year’s finest films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    It’s his home movies with Love and baby — some playful, others drugged and drooling — that fans will find the most emotional viewing. As the credits roll, it’s hard not to just root for the sensitive, progressive, fiercely creative Cobain and wish that he’d lived long enough to find a little peace of mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Stewart
    Many of the images — and Salgado’s accounts of taking them — are as soul-shattering as they are breathtaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    The two working girls at the center of Tangerine are played by engaging newcomers: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as the freshly out-of-jail Sin-Dee Rella, and Mya Taylor as her best friend Alexandra.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    Naz & Maalik does what all great New York movies do: ground unique, engaging stories in the middle of the glorious chaos that is our city.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    Moana stands head and shoulders above this year’s earlier aquatic animated hit, “Finding Dory”; it’s so transporting it will have your kids begging you to book the next flight to the islands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    The film’s slightly confusing ending doesn’t spell anything out, but that’s all right: We’re left sitting in the dark shivering, reassured there are still some directors who can leave us well and truly creeped out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    How to Survive a Plague, while a shaggier-structured documentary than many, is a heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most heroic chapters in American history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    Arrival makes a moving case that we’ve only scratched the surface of what we think is possible — and what we define as intelligence.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    There is so much pain in Moonlight that it’s a little hard to breathe at certain moments. But there are others, of connection and redemption, that positively glow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    Not since “American Movie” has there been such an entertainingly clumsy, warts-and-all documentary about making a movie, this time courtesy of Cincinnati filmmaker Tom Berninger.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    I’d like to see a sequel about her freshman year at college, please. There were still a few items on that list left unchecked.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Despite a traditional-seeming quest for a suit of armor and a sword, the film’s intrinsic message is all about the transformative powers of music and love. It’s a movie the whole family can rock out to.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The result is a thoughtful, dreamlike (at times, nightmarish) tour through the day-to-day lives of several suburban California teens.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Marie’s Story will feel familiar, which is mostly a tribute to the enduring power of Helen Keller’s biography.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Fogel’s focus is female friendship, and the challenges presented by growing older and pairing up. It all makes for a rocky road, regardless of the romantic rival’s gender.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A funny, shambling buddy comedy that mostly serves as a vehicle for our two stars to do what they do best, which is riff on race and pop culture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In one of Hugh Hefner’s least creepy moments ever, he describes how they became friends later in life; with his help, she finally obtained the legal rights to her rampantly used image.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    This indie, female-centric riff on “Deliverance” is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Director Catherine Gund most successfully depicts the visceral impact of Streb’s work with her footage of the 2012 Olympics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Finally, a post-“Bridesmaids” film that lets Kristen Wiig shine — and brilliantly taps into co-star Bill Hader’s vulnerable side, too.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    It’s not quite “Once,” but Song One, featuring original music by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, captures a similar, unselfconscious beauty in the way music can make sense of big, ungainly emotions — as James puts it, “for three to five whole minutes.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Even the most extreme punishments are softened by hilariously neurotic dialogue. Vive la Delpy!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    In a move sure to infuriate “nanny state” critics, director Stephanie Soechtig names the US government and food corporations responsible for a campaign to get Americans addicted to junk food — particularly, and most dangerously, sugar — as early as possible.

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