Stephanie Zacharek
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For 1,523 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 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 Speed Racer
Score distribution:
1,523 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture might be entertaining if it didn't take itself so seriously.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is the kind of work a great actor does when he's not preoccupied with giving a great performance. Its very casualness is its big selling point.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's not quite as crazy as it needs to be: There's something listless about Life After Beth — it starts out as a reflection on the potentially morbid nature of grief and then doesn't seem to know where to go.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Ends up being nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    How much you enjoy Damsels will depend on your tolerance for Stillman's particular brand of duct-taped Sperry Topsider whimsy. It's a comedy! It's a musical! It's a trip down memory lane to revisit the blissful confusion of our - or someone's - college years!
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    At the movie's end, nuance is all we have left; beyond the admirable efforts of some of the actors, the picture leaves behind nothing so human as a fingerprint.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Begins as a perfectly reasonable thriller and ends up rather an inane one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Beyond its easy-on-the-psyche message, the picture is reasonably pretty to look at.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A pleasingly disreputable trifle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Pleasurable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    If nature -- if life -- is as wild and precious as the movie makes it out to be, Hirsch needs to give us something, someone, to watch on-screen. We need to feel a presence before we can take the measure of an absence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A handsome-looking thing, with fairly grand period costumes and reasonably lavish sets. So much for production values: In every other way the picture is stiff and unyielding, hampered by a clumsy plot and diorama performances. The whole thing has the feel of a second-rate living-history exhibit.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    May be far from perfect, but those small, odd Hartley touches help you warm to it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    As it ticks by, laboriously, it leaves you feeling that you should be enjoying it more than you are.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's a good-natured if flimsy comedy that, at the very least, suggests that Murphy hasn't completely lost whatever made him funny in the first place.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Host gets bogged down in its “who’s kissing whom now?” dynamics, and it becomes all too easy to snicker at it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Well-meaning but remote picture.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Crass, stupid and crudely made. It's also, in places, weirdly brilliant, a picture that plays to the largest possible audience with mechanical efficiency but also, here and there, betrays glimmers of self-deprecating cleverness, as if it were striving, perhaps even unconsciously, to transcend its own dumbness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture coasts along quite nicely on the strength of its contemplative sensuality, its macaron colors, and the exquisite beauty of its three chief actresses, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen and Diane Kruger. Oh, and there's nudity in it too, not to mention lesbian undertones – or are they overtones?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's so almost moving -- a meticulously crafted mechanical bird -- that it nearly feels like the real thing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Kutcher finds compassion without going for anything so cheap as an explanation for Jobs's bad behavior; it's a wily, understated performance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It’s a relief just to watch the actors act once in a while, and thankfully, Snyder is astute enough to punch some breathing holes in this steel-clad colossus.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    By the end of Trembling Before G_d, you desperately wish that at least some of DuBowski's subjects would see the light.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    An odd and not wholly successful little comedy. Its pacing is slack, and although it has a gentle heart, it treads so gingerly across the minefield of potential offensiveness that it sometimes snuffs out its sparks of life as quickly as it throws them off.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mick Jagger acts his age, finally, in an entertaining but ultimately disappointing fable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Braff, and Garden State, give it the old college try, and at least some, if not all, of the sparks catch. Even if the movie doesn't quite take off, it doesn't leave you feeling stranded, either.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Might have been an oversized Hollywood dazzler. Phoenix keeps it firmly and modestly on a human scale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    I was with the movie every step of the way, right until the final credits began rolling – at which point I realized that the whole thing made no sense whatsoever, and that none of my nagging questions about what the hell was going on would ever be answered. There's a distinction to be made between being a dupe and being had.

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