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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie sometimes dillydallies, but the unhurried rhythms ultimately have a hypnotic effect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    A comedy that, if not always better than the first, is certainly more uproarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For all the spectacular weirdness, Jodorowsky manages to generate real emotion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The comedy sails along, thanks to its charismatic leads.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    You wouldn’t exactly call the movie a thrill, but it’s curiously engrossing all the same.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Wish I Was Here touches on some timely themes and does so with an artistic vulnerability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    [The film] isn’t for everyone. But the story is astoundingly original. During the summer months, when theaters are occupied by superheroes and sequels, that’s something worth celebrating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Nerve is exciting, topical and potentially prescient, but it scores no points for character development, and the plot holes are so big that you could, well, drive a speeding motorcycle through them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    As Omalu, Smith gives an emotional performance, bolstered by capable supporting players. Albert Brooks is especially good as Omalu’s wry boss and chief advocate, Cyril Wecht, lightening the film’s otherwise gloomy mood.
    • 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
    Although his character might be a one-trick pony, Bateman’s directing proves he’s got skills to spare.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Danny Collins, like its central character, has a good heart, and sometimes that’s enough.

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