Stephanie Merry

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For 255 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 255
255 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    With the exception of one heartbreaking and well-acted scene towards the end of the movie, the atmosphere is oppressive and the characters act as if their personalities have been shot with novocaine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The movie doesn’t offer much more than fleeting and superficial pleasures.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It’s hard to imagine this tale of tradition and miracles leading skeptics to contemplation, much less faith.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Enzo Avitabile Music Life succeeds at conveying one-quarter of its title. It is full of beautiful sounds that should delight fans of Avitabile and world music in general. The life portion is a bit trickier, but you get the sense that Avitabile wanted it that way.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Luckily, a strong supporting cast makes up for the protagonists’ tepid interactions. The brilliant duo of Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin steal the show.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Sometimes the punch lines land and sometimes they don’t, but overall the result is pleasantly nostalgic.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Winter’s Tale is ambitious with its otherworldly ingredients and temporal leaps. It’s not always a success, but the movie has one thing going for it: spot-on casting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    As quickly as the technical elements pull the audience in, the plot pushes us away.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It seems like a waste of talent, but worse still, Cesar Chavez squanders an opportunity to revisit a story worth retelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    This isn’t a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That’s no easy feat, but it’s also one sequel-makers probably shouldn’t aspire to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It’s as if the movie’s many pieces are supposed to be like impressionistic brush strokes. When seen together, the result is pretty to look at. But it’s not as meaningful as it should be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    A simple retelling of these stories would have been more dramatic, more effective and more powerful.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Without much to go on, Just a Sigh lives up to its name. It disappears without a trace.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    A Night in Old Mexico succeeds when it comes to suspense, and the ever-evolving plot will keep viewers guessing. But the movie doesn’t have the same kind of emotional depth that Duvall and Wittliff managed to pull off decades ago. Worse, the dialogue often sounds stilted.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Each sweet moment is inevitably punctuated by some in-your-face joke that’s at least as stupid as the preceding moments were heartfelt. Blended has other problems, too, including some faulty editing and a typically predictable finale. But there are some genuinely sweet and funny moments, which are more than enough to exceed expectations.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The movie’s great strength is the way it captures these dancers, sometimes in slow motion, as they contort their bodies in ways that don’t seem possible. When it comes to the narrative, though, the movie struggles a bit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The plot is so similar to “The Big Chill” that it almost could be called a remake, except that it isn’t nearly as funny, it follows millennials instead of baby boomers and the characters tweet.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is as visually imaginative as its predecessor.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The music is catchy and sounds sufficiently Elvis-like, and The Identical occupies a neglected niche as a family-friendly movie that isn’t geared just toward kids. But living up to a legend is an uphill battle, and the movie doesn’t ever reach those heights.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The tone is all over the map, switching from fantastical one moment to naturalistic the next... It all gives God Help the Girl a disconnected, haphazard feel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Horovitz may have made a questionable decision in adapting this particular play for the screen, but his casting was flawless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The whole thing is so inconsistent, with intermittent slow motion and curious motivations, that you have to finally just accept things like a disappearing narrator as par for the course.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    [A] sometimes fascinating, often convoluted, movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It would be nice to know if the troubling images we see are a sweeping problem or just a small glimpse of a minority.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It’s appropriately melancholy, and yet there’s a sense that the movie only scratches the surface.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Some of the portrayals are over-the-top in their villainy, and the dialogue, acting and music all tend to be melodramatic. But all of the overt heartstring-pulling doesn’t add much. Given the awful calamity, the truth would have been enough to amp up the emotions.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    There are some very funny moments in the movie, even for grown-ups, including a video of Will that goes viral. The absurd machinations of Will’s smarmy political adviser are also good for a laugh. But ultimately, Annie is so fixated on being current that it will never be more than a passing fancy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The movie, which marks the feature debut of writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland, has the low-key appeal of “Once,” with its extended scenes of music and drama-free romantic subplot. But the characters in Song One are stubbornly bland, despite their quirks.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The performances are fantastic across the board, with Costner acting in his trademark low-key naturalistic style and Spencer as the picture of no-nonsense maternal love. But their efforts can’t make up for overly simplified characters, not to mention melodramatic exchanges that sound exactly like written dialogue.

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