Stephanie Merry

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For 281 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 3.7 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: 62 out of 281
281 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Merry
    The Look of Silence is as beautiful as it is bleak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Dark Horse is earnest, sweet and told with sentimentality, featuring shots of horses frolicking in fields set against beautiful string music by Anne Nikitin. Surprisingly, the effect isn’t melodramatic or overbearing, but disarming and endearing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    A riveting, moving and beautifully animated film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    For all its simplicity, Tracks the movie is a poignant, deeply emotional story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The movie, not to mention the company, deserves praise for showing the challenges as well as the triumphs; Dior and I doesn’t shy away from conflicts when they arise. This isn’t marketing material. It’s a real look at a fascinating line of work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The Second Mother feels lovingly handcrafted. All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The film serves an effective marketing tool after all, with some lively footage and funny interviews. It’s just too bad viewers can’t see the actual play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Embrace of the Serpent has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting.
    • 89 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Experimenter’s most striking quality is the way it encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it’s just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The movie masterfully crystallizes the unruly, episodic nature of memories, re-creating the way certain small things stay with us while other, much larger events recede into a haze of cigarette smoke.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The story itself never wavers when it comes to portraying the truth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Overall, the movie presents a worthy and historical look at the link between genius and mental illness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The movie has an unhurried pace, lulling the teens — and by extension the audience — into occasional complacency with the regular rhythms of each chugging train.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Ivory Tower covers a lot of ground, and sometimes the focus feels diffuse.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Starving the Beast is still a worthwhile documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Comedy today is less about punch lines and pratfalls and more about eliciting that laugh-gasp hybrid. And those jokes come constantly in Appropriate Behavior.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Sunshine Superman might seem like a niche story, with its focus on stunts that most people wouldn’t dream of actually doing, but the documentary feels universal. It’s simply an examination of how one man fully embraced life while charting his own path.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    As Alice, VanCamp is exceptional, eliciting our sympathy even when the character is making maddeningly self-destructive decisions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The acting across the board is top-notch, especially by Banks, who is probably best known for her comedic roles. She doesn’t get to flex any of those muscles here; Little Accidents is a serious movie, but, to its credit, it’s never entirely bleak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Kids for Cash proves that the abuse was both more nuanced and more tragic than the public understood.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    None of the movie’s faults can undo the power of Binoche and Owen. Their interactions look so naturalistic that they seem unscripted.
    • 69 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.

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