Stephanie Merry
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For 130 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 1.6 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: 77 out of 130
  2. Negative: 25 out of 130
130 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Ivory Tower covers a lot of ground, and sometimes the focus feels diffuse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The story itself never wavers when it comes to portraying the truth.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Hart is clearly working overtime; there’s nothing effortless about his histrionic delivery, but it works.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Riddick can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it’s also fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The documentary transmits plenty of positive vibes, but it offers nothing fresh about the Fab Four.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Although his character might be a one-trick pony, Bateman’s directing proves he’s got skills to spare.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    If you can suspend your incredulity for a moment, What If has its bright moments. And that’s thanks in large part to its leads, who manage to do what Radcliffe has always done well: conjure up a little magic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Palo Alto starts strong but runs out of momentum. Strangely, as aimless vignettes give way to bigger life events.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The movie doesn’t always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Fans of the play will be pleased. And for those that love the Four Seasons’ music but haven’t made it to the play, you can put your fear of missing out to rest. This is a much more affordable way to very nearly re-create the experience.
    • 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.

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