Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,675 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 Happy-Go-Lucky
Lowest review score: 0 Miss March
Score distribution:
1675 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley manage to sparkle, but this overstuffed sequel is no treasure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Perhaps only a marginally effective movie about 9/11, because, I suspect, there can be no such thing as an effective movie about 9/11 -- at least not right now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Never lets us forget that it's a nonmainstream story about a nonmainstream subject, when ideally, it should simply be a story about a person. The picture too often feels like a lesson in tolerance.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Why can't heroines just be heroines anymore, instead of micromanaged personalities who may as well have the words "Role Model" tattooed across their foreheads?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Its occasional entertainment value aside, the picture is also blithe to the point of being flimsy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Tricked up with so many points that there's barely any flow to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The animation itself is technically gorgeous, a class act all the way. But there's so little to be found in the faces of the characters, or even in the way their limbs move (much of it adopted, cleverly enough, from Tati's own physical style), that it's not clear what we're supposed to feel for them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This Diane Arbus, as she's portrayed by a tremulous Nicole Kidman, radiates warmth and empathy that's nowhere to be seen in the work of the real Diane Arbus. Fur is intended to be a tribute to Arbus, but it's more a fancifully embroidered tapestry of wishful thinking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The novelty of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies wears thin in the last third: How is it that the threat of a zombie apocalypse is always more thrilling than the event itself? But Riley and James help carry the picture to the finish line.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Robin Williams, who's sometimes too overbearing in real-life live action, makes a great cartoon-character voice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    To be bewildered by Upstream Color is to be human; the story is obtuse by design, though the filmmaking is X-Acto precise. But it's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even though Brody works hard -- and he's got those magnificent drooping eyes, which suggest both innocence and a seen-it-all-before weariness -- his scenes don't spark, and the movie drags around them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A gentle, easygoing picture -- it's not exactly dramatically gripping, but somehow, its spirit carries it through.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Wish I Was Here is at least stretching toward something, and even if its reach exceeds its grasp, Braff's earnest determination as a filmmaker and performer helps smooth out some of the awkward bumps.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Fault in Our Stars doesn't quite capture the discreetly twisted humor, or the muted anger, of Green's book, and its problems can be attributed to a constellation of little annoyances rather than any one serious, North Star–size flaw.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Takes forever to get going and then goes nowhere.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hancock is just intriguing enough that I kept wishing it were better. But Berg doesn't have the subtle touch that this material needs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Pearce may be the other big star in Traitor, and while his performance is serviceable, it doesn't cut deeply. Taghmaoui, as a radical motivated by moral certainty, is the real actor to watch here.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Schumer, writing and performing a character close to the one she’s been presenting to the public, may never be this funny again, but funny she is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    As shot by the gifted cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals is beautiful—or at least arresting—every minute, and it sure isn’t boring. But it’s unclear exactly what Ford is trying to say, though it’s clear he’s trying hard to say something. And that’s the most frustrating thing about this picture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Undone by simply trying too hard.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Winter's Tale, however imperfect, is that rare beast on the movie landscape: an unapologetic romance (for the first two-thirds, anyway), with attractive stars and special effects designed to give audiences something other than the experience of watching worlds get blown up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Lowery stumbles, working too hard to squeeze a response from us.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    As a story of courage and personal growth, The Guardian is perfunctory, a saga of character building that could (and may, advertently or otherwise) serve as a Coast Guard recruitment vehicle. But it's far more interesting as a tale of two faces: Kutcher and Costner have a kind of visual chemistry that's just as elusive as the other kind. And the connection and contrast between them remind us that Hollywood isn't as forgiving of older male actors as we like to think.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Unwieldy, long-winded, self-indulgently nutso and, in places, very, very boring. It also caps off its two-and-a-half-hour run time with an extended finale – partially orchestrated to David Bowie's "Cat People" theme song, no less – that I could watch again and again with pleasure

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