Stephanie Merry

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For 302 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Merry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Look of Silence
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 302
302 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    We’ve seen these poignant lessons before: Ove is destined to learn that he can’t do it all on his own and that life is still worth living. Yet the moving twists and turns of the love story and the bright comedy elevate an otherwise familiar story line.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Director Matt Tyrnauer mixes lively archival footage, including a memorable news interview with an angry Italian grandmother, with testimony from passionate experts to demonstrate the importance of city design.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The victims are impossibly brave as they sit for interviews, revisiting the worst moments of their lives. Their stories are the strongest part of the documentary, making up for uneven pacing and some otherwise strange editing choices.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    In an effort to make Fawcett a logical, upstanding guy, the story never fully convinces us of his obsession with returning to find the lost city.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Girl Asleep isn’t easy to categorize. It’s a wild curiosity that shifts on a whim. In that sense, there couldn’t be a better metaphor for the inner workings of a teenage girl’s mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The whole endeavor runs a high risk of drowning in melodrama. But the movie avoids that pitfall, because nothing about the story or characters is easy or straightforward.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Goat doesn’t shy from showing us monstrous behavior, which might be more than some viewers can bear. This isn’t an easy film to watch. But it’s even harder to forget.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    There are no huge revelations here — certainly nothing that would shock superfans. The movie offers a taste of the go-go-go pace of touring the world, which led to exhaustion and frustration, but mostly focuses on the happier times.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The documentary is unwieldy, unfocused and frustrating at times... But the movie is also, somehow, dazzling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Even without the guidance of narration or a single story arc, it becomes clearer and clearer that the war on terror has unwittingly spawned another war: between police officers trained to fight like soldiers and the people they’ve sworn to protect.
    • 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.

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