Stephanie Merry

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For 253 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Merry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Look of Silence
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 253
253 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Merry
    The Look of Silence is as beautiful as it is bleak.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Boynton’s most impressive feat in Big Men is how she takes an impossibly convoluted scenario, makes sense of it and tells a story that’s riveting on its own but also serves as a parable about greed and human nature.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The film serves an effective marketing tool after all, with some lively footage and funny interviews. It’s just too bad viewers can’t see the actual play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    A riveting, moving and beautifully animated film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    For all its simplicity, Tracks the movie is a poignant, deeply emotional story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Editing these unwieldy stories into a cohesive, meaningful way must have been a massive undertaking. Editors Jenny Golden and Karen Sim did such an impressive job that even at two hours — an eternity for a doc — the movie never feels too long.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The Overnighters is commendable for many reasons, not the least of which is the way it allows complex issues to remain complex.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The movie, not to mention the company, deserves praise for showing the challenges as well as the triumphs; Dior and I doesn’t shy away from conflicts when they arise. This isn’t marketing material. It’s a real look at a fascinating line of work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The Second Mother feels lovingly handcrafted. All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Experimenter’s most striking quality is the way it encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it’s just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Embrace of the Serpent has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The movie masterfully crystallizes the unruly, episodic nature of memories, re-creating the way certain small things stay with us while other, much larger events recede into a haze of cigarette smoke.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Dark Horse is earnest, sweet and told with sentimentality, featuring shots of horses frolicking in fields set against beautiful string music by Anne Nikitin. Surprisingly, the effect isn’t melodramatic or overbearing, but disarming and endearing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Farahani’s performance is outstanding. She comes across as both delicate and fierce, and her sad-eyed anguish is palpable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Don Jon is a disarming film that proves Gordon-Levitt’s deftness both behind the camera and in front of a computer screen, writing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The documentary is unwieldy, unfocused and frustrating at times... But the movie is also, somehow, dazzling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For all its melancholy and grey, snowy landscape, The Motel Life never feels totally hopeless, thanks in large part to colorful ancillary characters (not to mention occasional trips into Frank’s mind).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    With its exquisite depictions of suffering, The Broken Circle Breakdown is not always easy to watch. But, as in life, sometimes there’s beauty to be found in the pain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The animated comedy-adventure has a sweet and very modern message, plus strong characters. More important, the movie blends the music-minded mentality of yore with the more recent ambition (thank you, Pixar) of truly appealing to all ages.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The Punk Singer, like the best documentaries, captures more than just its subject, fascinating though she may be. Anderson manages to capture the feel of an era and the excitement surrounding a fresh feminist voice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It can feel, at times, both overlong and oversimplified, but the story propels itself along while awakening in viewers some profound emotions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For the most part, Gloria is a day brightener of a character study about finding someone new and making the same old mistakes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Writer-director Alain Guiraudie takes an all-natural approach to his material, and not just because most of the men spend the movie in the buff. He takes long, lingering shots, never rushes a scene and uses no score, just organic sounds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Kids for Cash proves that the abuse was both more nuanced and more tragic than the public understood.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    What’s most fascinating about Afternoon of a Faun — and what the movie could spend more time delving into — is ballet’s grueling and fleeting nature.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Mock’s biases are clear here, and her documentary does at times feel a bit too worshipful of its subject... Still, the documentary remains a powerful time capsule. It’s a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Hill, how far we’ve come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids’s ballroom competition makes up for any quibbles. If nothing else, it’s heartening to see the kids so transformed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie packs a lot in, and the quick pace of early scenes can feel like running on a treadmill, but Belle settles into a nice rhythm. It ends up having all the requisites of a period drama — a strings-heavy soundtrack, lavish costumes and passionate declarations of love — plus a good deal more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For all the spectacular weirdness, Jodorowsky manages to generate real emotion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    None of the movie’s faults can undo the power of Binoche and Owen. Their interactions look so naturalistic that they seem unscripted.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    This may be a buddy comedy on its surface, but Bicycling With Molière also gives some insight into the way art imitates life, and also the way life informs art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Ivory Tower covers a lot of ground, and sometimes the focus feels diffuse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Knappenberger’s documentary is smart and focused, homing in on a recurring theme of independence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    There is an obliqueness to In Bloom. Writer Nana Ekvtimishvili, who directed the movie with Simon Gross, doesn’t spell things out, and the complete story never comes into focus... But when the truth is so troubling, sometimes part of the story is more than enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    This may not be Roman Polanski’s finest movie; it may not even be his best adaptation of a play. But it’s masterfully done in a way that does justice to its source material.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action. It urges the audience to consider this small story in a broader context.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Closed Curtain is at times slow and constantly puzzling. It doesn’t carry the impact of some of Panahi’s more conventional films. It’s not his best movie, but the fact that he’s making a movie at all is remarkable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The story itself never wavers when it comes to portraying the truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The Kill Team is expertly edited, at one point overlaying interviews with the men who participated in the war crimes with B-roll of infantrymen milling about, weapons in hand. And it’s all set to a brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack. It’s a beautiful way to lose faith in humanity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It’s a funny, fascinating look at why Landis became an art forger, how he got caught and what he plans to do in the future, which may be more of the same.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Details count in this movie, whether it’s well-executed camera work or the affecting score.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie is inspiring and tragic, and, directed by street artist One9, it’s captured in an artful, emotional way that will speak to an audience beyond rap fans.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    One of the delights of the documentary is hearing Terry tell stories. Watching the movie feels as if you’ve sat down in someone’s living room to hear tales of other legendary jazz musicians, such as Count Basie or Miles Davis.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The three actors excel in their roles, and director Matthew Saville gives additional insight into the men through small yet informative details.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    There are slow bits, as Baumane delves into stories that are less interesting than others. But overall, her family history is rife with complex characters, and she brings them all to life in a loving, if scrutinizing, way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Brown seamlessly blends the emotional, intimate stories of people with bigger pictures, using the explosion as the starting point for a ripple effect that just keeps growing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    National Gallery could have used a few more edits; its long run time may limit its appeal. But the film is remarkably engaging and, with close looks at so many important pieces of art, bursting with beauty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It’s an oddity, and all that strangeness is what makes the movie hard to shake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Remote Area Medical is an in­cred­ibly tragic movie. It’s also an important one, reminding viewers that America is more than its coasts and cities. There are corners of the country we all too easily forget.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Comedy today is less about punch lines and pratfalls and more about eliciting that laugh-gasp hybrid. And those jokes come constantly in Appropriate Behavior.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The acting across the board is top-notch, especially by Banks, who is probably best known for her comedic roles. She doesn’t get to flex any of those muscles here; Little Accidents is a serious movie, but, to its credit, it’s never entirely bleak.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It’s more than great dancing and tragic strings that elevate The Last Five Years to a very funny, deeply affecting portrait of love lost and found. Kendrick and Jordan are both Broadway performers with powerful voices.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie can be over-the-top and the characters are rarely anything more than vile. And yet, the whole thing is mesmerizing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The latest film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd will delight fans of period dramas. It checks off the required boxes with solid acting, gorgeous cinematography and all the frustrating, glorious emotional restraint that you expect from a romance set in Victorian England.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    A comedy that, if not always better than the first, is certainly more uproarious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Sunshine Superman might seem like a niche story, with its focus on stunts that most people wouldn’t dream of actually doing, but the documentary feels universal. It’s simply an examination of how one man fully embraced life while charting his own path.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Results is a smooth transition for Bujalski from the fringes to more commercial work. It’s heartening that he didn’t give up his calling-card observational humor to do it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Director Cédric Jimenez, who wrote the movie with Audrey Diwan, has created a slow burn of a movie. The action is intermittent, but a steady tension keeps things interesting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    What’s true in Pakistan turns out to be universal: Misconceptions can prove as dangerous as any disease and are even harder to eradicate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The film doesn’t always dig deeply, glossing over why certain trends have emerged. And some of the interviews don’t add much to the movie beyond star power. Fresh Dressed nevertheless offers an original and worthwhile look at the history of hip-hop style. And the soundtrack doesn’t hurt either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Like any good Sherlockian case, the stories interweave into a satisfying conclusion. And the cinematic elements fit together as neatly as the plot lines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Under Riklis’s direction, the film’s first act lulls the audience into a sense of familiarity, before plunging into a darker reality. The effect is shattering.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Hoss’s breathtaking portrayal, especially in the film’s final minutes, makes it clear why director Christian Petzold has made a habit of working with her.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie has an unhurried pace, lulling the teens — and by extension the audience — into occasional complacency with the regular rhythms of each chugging train.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie sometimes dillydallies, but the unhurried rhythms ultimately have a hypnotic effect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Overall, the movie presents a worthy and historical look at the link between genius and mental illness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Every scene of calm, potentially, is trip-wired for an explosion. But for all its chilling tension and horrific imagery, Sicario is also a beautiful movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    99 Homes isn’t just a straightforward drama. It’s a suspense movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Some of the characters make more of an impression than others, and the vignettes aren’t always entirely thrilling or well-acted. But Panahi’s movie remains a political coup considering his significant constraints.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The acting, especially by Costa, is first rate. Exuding both a childlike openness and a tendency toward the recklessness of young adulthood, the actress backs up even her character’s most questionable choices with conviction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    As Alice, VanCamp is exceptional, eliciting our sympathy even when the character is making maddeningly self-destructive decisions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Much of the humor derives from how despicable these characters can be, and Jude doesn’t so much push the envelope as turn it into a paper airplane and let it fly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Moore’s latest movie is funny and touching, and it has a lot to say about what we settle for as Americans citizens, and how much better our lives might be if we raised some hell.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Cernan is proud of what he accomplished, calling himself the luckiest man in the world for all that he got to see. But he also expresses regret at having done it at the expense of his family.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The story can shift from uproarious to heartbreaking in the span of a scene, but Cheadle, in his feature directorial debut, controls the tone like a veteran.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    In truth, the story is practically beside the point with all the spectacular visuals. The steampunk aesthetic might be overdone, but there’s still a lot here worth marveling at.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The lead actresses, like the story, work in subtle ways. There’s plenty of potency in small gestures, anecdotes and shared glances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    It’s a lovely tale, even if it’s not quite the Cinderella story you might expect. The documentary also brings up some interesting points about how the Internet — the land of vitriolic trolls — can draw two very different people together to create great art from odds and ends.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    “Strangers” offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don’t need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    I’m on to you, Spurlock. There are holes in your story about five lads who don’t appear to ever drink, smoke, fight, curse or partake in romantic dalliances of any kind. At least, not on screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Riddick can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it’s also fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The story starts to feel crowded, especially when each character seems instantaneously at odds with another. One set of opposing forces would probably suffice.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    When it comes to writing the poetry that Kalindra recites, Murray knows how to do more with less; he needs to apply that lesson to his filmmaking, too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The documentary transmits plenty of positive vibes, but it offers nothing fresh about the Fab Four.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Haute Cuisine provides no huge revelations or profound messages, but it is sweetly and consistently engaging — a tasty treat that’s not entirely filling but perfectly enjoyable all the same.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    You Will Be My Son is not a subtle movie. Some of the characterizations and music feel heavy-handed, and one major plot point late in the film feels inauthentic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    It’s the actors, plus an exuberant Mary Steenburgen as quick-witted lounge singer Diana, who make the movie more than a middling copycat.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Free Birds has the colorful palette, zippy action and silly story to keep kids giggling, but it also delivers a few worthwhile winks to parents.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The movie doesn’t always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The Book Thief has its moments of brilliance, thanks in large part to an adept cast. But the movie about a girl adopted by a German couple during World War II also crystallizes the perils of book adaptations.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Hart is clearly working overtime; there’s nothing effortless about his histrionic delivery, but it works.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The documentary’s greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The movie lacks some of the verve and chemistry that made the series a must-see. I guess that makes the movie more of a good-to-see.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Although his character might be a one-trick pony, Bateman’s directing proves he’s got skills to spare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Bercot’s sense of atmospherics is more successful than her editing and camera work. Some pieces of the plot seem like they would make a bigger impact with a bit more backstory... But these series of vignettes still leave an impression, thanks in no small part to Deneuve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The Galapagos Affair spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    You might call it a black comedy of errors, but the humorous side of the film is less well executed than Slattery’s impeccable creation of a certain neighborhood feel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Palo Alto starts strong but runs out of momentum. Strangely, as aimless vignettes give way to bigger life events.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago may not be entirely brilliant, but it’s at the very least inspiring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The movie’s focus on good vibes and high times leaves little room to contemplate the more human story. Regardless, the movie is good-natured and an enjoyable watch. If Myers really just wanted to show his appreciation, he went above and beyond.

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