For 391 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Only Lovers Left Alive
Lowest review score: 10 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 391
391 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mostly, though, African Cats is extremely tactful about the truly harsh stuff that goes down in the world of nature.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The subject of Spurlock's movie is Spurlock, and while he may be reasonably affable, and sometimes extremely goofy, it's a stretch to call him controversial.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The plot of Cars 2 is both overly convoluted and thin, and it folds in so much unvarnished toddler-instruction that it almost feels like an educational film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    To invoke Pauline Kael's review of Diane Kurys's "Entre Nous," it's about two women not having a lesbian affair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    We need to wait nearly 20 years for the romance in Lone Scherfig's One Day to get cooking, and for long stretches it seems as if we're watching this particular pair of nonstarters hem and haw in real time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture, the debut feature of Irish director Gary McKendry, is rote and joyless, an exercise in disposability.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Moretz brings some natural gravity to a role that hasn't been adequately fleshed out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's an extravaganza of bad taste that in the end just tastes bad.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    As Lily Tomlin's Ernestine once said, "There's nothing like a Hoover when you're dealing with dirt." Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar could use more dirt: This is a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of a scummy little man.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Descendants is an ultra-polished picture in which every emotion we're supposed to feel has been cued up well in advance. There's nothing surprising or affecting about it. Not even Clooney, who works wonders with the occasional piece of dialogue, can save it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    W.E. is actually two intertwining stories - or maybe, more accurately, two stories clumsily rubbing against each other in an awkward attempt to set off a spark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Wheatley drops enough unnerving bread crumbs in the first two-thirds to leave you wondering where the hell he's headed, and even the big finale should be satisfying enough: It just belongs to a different movie, and it's unsettling in a way that doesn't feel earned.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is good-for-you, arthouse-style horror. Which doesn't mean it's necessarily any good.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    It has neither the Red Bull–fueled crudeness of "Crank" nor the Frenchified lunatic vitality of the "Transporter" movies; it's not even as cheaply entertaining as the generic hit-man retread "The Mechanic." Safe shows Statham comfortably treading water, proving all the things he no longer needs to prove.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Walks the jittery line between being exploitative and too sensitive, and while it's probably a relief that it tips more toward the latter, the movie also seems a bit unclear in its motives.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Parts of Dark Shadows look lovely. So what happened to the story?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Actually, the picture is perhaps not quite as painful as you might be expecting, though probably not as enjoyable, either.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    None of it quite works, but it seems Beresford did his damnedest to try to pull it off.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Stone's moralism, coupled with discreet but bloody beatings, shootouts and all manner of tawdry goings on, rings hollow. The picture is neither entertaining nor preachy – it is simply very loudly meh.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Weitz, an openhearted director if not always a precise one, can't bring himself to whet the knives. Only Fey drills to the center of what Admission might have been—her performance has more layers of emotion than the picture does.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The big problems with Iron Man 3 are less specific to the movie itself than they are characteristic of the hypermalaise that’s infected so many current mega-blockbusters—too much plot, too much action, too many characters, too many pseudo-feelings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even though Coppola is one of our most compassionate storytellers, she can't bring herself to like these kids much. She's not cynical enough to turn this story into satire.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie -- too much of it -- is spent testing the boundaries of how loud and obnoxious McCarthy can be. Feig doesn't hand this able comic actress the gift of freedom; he simply gives her enough rope, which isn't nearly the same thing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Refn may be taking himself too seriously or not taking anything seriously enough—it's hard to tell. But Only God Forgives, so brazen in its double-scorpion-bowl vision, is at least good for a giggle or two. Its sins are many, but after a while, it's not even worth keeping count.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Red 2, disappointing in so many ways, isn't torture to watch, in part because Mirren has even more to do than she did in the first installment.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Wolverine—despite being an improvement on Gavin Hood’s muddled 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine—isn’t worthy of Jackman’s gifts. It’s a reasonably engaging summer diversion, a semi-rousing adventure that doesn’t make you feel robbed of two hours of your life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a here today, gone tomorrow trifle, albeit one with lots of gunplay. In midsummer, that may be enough, but it's still a shame that 2 Guns shoots so many blanks.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    To Crowley's credit, Closed Circuit is decidedly unflashy. But maybe that's a liability: There's a fine line between restrained and drab, and Closed Circuit falls just on the wrong side of it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Like so many modern animated features, Free Birds packs too much in; the picture feels cramped and cluttered, and, despite its occasionally manic action, it moves as slowly as a fattened bird waddling toward its doom.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    [A] heartfelt but largely inarticulate documentary.