Stephanie Merry
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For 127 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Merry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 88 NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 127
  2. Negative: 24 out of 127
127 movie reviews
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    For all its simplicity, Tracks the movie is a poignant, deeply emotional story.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    A riveting, moving and beautifully animated film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For all the spectacular weirdness, Jodorowsky manages to generate real emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Kids for Cash proves that the abuse was both more nuanced and more tragic than the public understood.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    [A] sometimes fascinating, often convoluted, movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The story itself never wavers when it comes to portraying the truth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Palo Alto starts strong but runs out of momentum. Strangely, as aimless vignettes give way to bigger life events.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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