Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,530 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dallas Buyers Club
Lowest review score: 0 Over Her Dead Body
Score distribution:
1,530 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is entertaining and brutal (it's a movie about tough convicts fighting, after all), but it can't figure out what kind of movie it would like to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Almost all of the movie's romantic lunacy is too calculated and sly; the picture never quite sweeps us away.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    May be far from perfect, but those small, odd Hartley touches help you warm to it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    If The Animal -- co-written by Schneider and Tom Brady -- never quite gets fired up, at least it chugs along efficiently on its mildly inspired ridiculousness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    If you're looking for thrills, you should know that you have to wade through a good seven-eighths of the movie before Sade does anything remotely disreputable, and even then it's a rather mechanical bit of business that would have been more effective (and more disturbing) if it had been handled with a bit of humor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Marginally romantic and only the tiniest bit thrilling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    By the end of Wonderland, I might have felt completely pistol-whipped if not for the gracefulness of some of the movie's actors.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's too bad that the glamour wears off about halfway through Entrapment, when it stops being a movie about art heists and starts being one about stealing (ho-hum) money.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Undone by simply trying too hard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The sad thing about All the Real Girls is that Green seems more in love with his perceived unconventionality than he does with his characters. If that's not a town without pity, I don't know what is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A pleasingly disreputable trifle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Weitzes haven't come up with a masterpiece in Down to Earth, but they have put their stamp on a perfectly pleasant 90-minute diversion
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Promising in its first third, only to end up shambling too aimlessly in the last. But as flawed as this picture is, there's one sequence in it that has already burrowed deep in my memory, and of everything in the movie, it's the one element that convinces me that Tykwer has it in him to one day make a truly great picture.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture never quite finds its footing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mick Jagger acts his age, finally, in an entertaining but ultimately disappointing fable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This well-cast adaptation somehow feels obvious and overblown.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's an intelligently made (and beautifully edited) picture that at the very least has a spark of life to it -- more than you can say for plenty of movies that flow through the Hollywood pipeline without a hitch.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Sabotages itself by trying too hard. The worst of it is that Maybe Baby feels very much like an Englishman's attempt to make a Nora Ephron movie, all warm and squishy in a decidedly American way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's to Stiller's credit that he can sustain the joke for the length of the movie, but just barely. Ten more minutes of Zoolander would have been 10 minutes too many.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just the latest forgettable thriller that might have been enjoyable if only its conclusion lived up to its windup.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Witherspoon's sophisticated-pixie brilliance practically makes the movie, and her easy, confident, curvaceous carriage doesn't hurt, either -- she's the thinking guy's cupcake, maybe because her mind is just as supple as her curves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Starts out, and ends up, as a thriller trying valiantly to show us layers of moral depth. But in between that beginning and ending, Paxton's vision (as well as that of Brent Hanley, who wrote the script) becomes wavy and indistinct, a blurry muddle of sensationalistic, prurient grisliness masquerading as a meditation on the nature of evil.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    At times fun but mostly maddeningly uneven, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back feels less like a full-fledged movie than a side project Smith took on to amuse himself and his buddies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Alfredo de Villa's Washington Heights feels stiff and overworked in places, and sometimes the acting is a bit awkward. And yet the story is both compelling and easy to identify with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just doesn't give us enough to hold onto, perhaps partly because it's executed with so much restraint and subtlety. It's often a tense, uncomfortable little movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A feebly pleasant surprise: It's not as cheap, loud and sleazy as it might have been, but it's also too eagerly well-meaning and indistinct to really stick. It's a piece of mildly entertaining, inoffensive fluff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Maybe it's only half of what it could be, but at least it's a healthy half. And in this era of mainstream cookie-cutter moviemaking, that's a feat in itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    To paraphrase a line from another Dickens' novel, Nicholas Nickleby is too much like a fragment of an underdone potato. The chef tended it very, very carefully, and still, it didn't turn out quite right.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Tricked up with so many points that there's barely any flow to it.

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