Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,669 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Elle
Lowest review score: 0 Youth Without Youth
Score distribution:
1669 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bits of the picture are fascinating to look at, but eventually, exhaustion kicks in, to the point where we're not sure what we're looking at, or why.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Incredible Hulk suggests only that we've bottomed out on special effects: They're not necessarily getting better -- they're just getting bigger. Technically, Leterrier's Hulk is as realistic-looking as a rampaging green giant could be. But that doesn't make him credible.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    A picture that's dramatically compelling in some places and plodding and didactic in others.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The difference is that Michael Caine delivered the impossible; Jude Law can't.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's a refreshing surefootedness in the way Amiel, his screenwriters Cooper Layne and John Rogers, and most of his actors recognize how preposterous the idea of traveling to the center of the earth in a souped-up Rototiller really is.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Does feature one or two jump-out-of-your-skin moments.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a movie about two people in pain; the last thing they need is for Mendes to turn his cool camera on them. But that's all Mendes knows how to do. He's a clinical director, and whatever feeling he puts into a movie is measured out in careful quarter-teaspoon increments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Should have been either a whole lot worse or a whole lot better than it is: If it were worse, we could simply toss aside the things that are fun and entertaining about it and not even think twice. And if it were better -- well, we'd have fewer complaints all around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Godzilla is one of those generic, omnipresent blockbusters that's undone by the very spectacle it strives to dazzle us with: Everything is so gargantuan, so momentous, that nothing has any weight.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Gets more cluttered and confused as it moves along.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is directed with such a loose, slack hand that you'd think Craven had never directed a slasher-thriller before: I didn't jump once; I never even felt vaguely scared or creeped out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture throws off no feeling, not even the misanthropic kind; at best, it manages a dull, throbbing energy, as if Burton were dutifully pushing his way through the material instead of shaping it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    A Perfect Murder is more like a handful of anemic ice cubes floating in a lukewarm puddle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    So captivating to look at that you can almost forget there's virtually nothing to it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Isn't so much a movie as a tract, a parable in which the charred wisdom of its characters is much more significant than the intricacies of their lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is one of those lazy, lukewarm pictures that's even more disappointing than a purely bad one, and for one glaring reason: How could Marshall, his writers, and even his actors have let these dogs down so badly?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Beneath its drab veil of self-seriousness, Mr. Brooks is nothing but just plain silly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Penn and Teller are bright guys, and their act can be fun in small doses. Yet Tim's Vermeer accentuates one of their worst impulses: They think they're mischievously raining on our parades when, really, they're not telling us much at all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The big problem with it is that the setup is treated as just that, a scheme around which many things that are intended to be funny (but aren't very) are packed like ice around a fish.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Isn't really a movie but a blatant girls' night out vehicle.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Grant takes every stupid line and makes it funny, just by underplaying.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Reader feels weighty, all right; but it's an unsatisfying kind of weight, and Fiennes' presence, as the grown-up Michael, doesn't help much.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Overburdened with knowingly charming touches. It's waterlogged with whimsy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just when you think you've got a handle on the central characters in Bobby, yet more of them appear: The thing is a little like the stateroom scene in "A Night at the Opera."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization -- they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    If you dare to keep track, the dumb stuff in The Space Between Us piles up quickly.... But it's not as easy to make fun of the mild sweetness at the heart of the movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Dahan's filmmaking damn near sabotages the performance.

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