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 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Lowest review score: 0 Crush
Score distribution:
1669 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Only half a mess -- and even with all its flaws, it's an enjoyable diversion that shows both respect and affection for the formidable legacy of the "X-Men" comics.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Nine out of ten gags in this crude pub crawl of a comedy are indefensible. Maybe ten out of ten. Tragically, perhaps, I laughed anyway: It’s so hard to know what to laugh at anymore, and what it’s OK to laugh at.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    August: Osage County, however, bitterly funny in some places and numbingly earnest in others, is just too much Streep. But all is not lost. Some of her fellow actors are resourceful enough to reconstruct themselves after being obliterated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Condon's tone is gentle and lifeless and at times baffling: The picture is a weird cross between clinical and whimsical.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The chief problem with Thank You for Smoking, isn't that it's over the top; it's that it fits so neatly UNDER the top.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just about gets us off the ground on its dreamy, feathery angel wings; it just doesn't have the strength or the stamina to keep us aloft.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    While the filmmaking overall suffers from a kind of tasteful, low-key blandness, Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of Capote keeps the blood coursing through it. He's the bright, chilling spot of color at the center of an otherwise beige movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    All of these women, and Day-Lewis too, sing and dance vigorously and enthusiastically throughout Nine, and the results are spotty, though you can't accuse anyone of not trying.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    I have to hand it to Hardwicke: I was a lot less bored by The Nativity Story than I feared I'd be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    After that kick-ass opening, the picture devolves into an action-action-plot-action-plot-action monotone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Prince Caspian is elaborate filmmaking, all right. It's the magic of the human touch that's missing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Frank Coraci's '80s-nostalgia comedy is predictable and unevenly paced, and it lunges too often for the easy joke.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    There’s visual thinking everywhere you look in Blackhat, which is great until you realize that it’s bled into a kind of overthinking — the movie is too much of a good thing, an exercise that flattens any potential exhilaration or excitement into the sensation of grading a term paper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Gibney, a prolific and skilled documentarian, marshals and organizes a raft of information as deftly as anyone could wish. But his conclusions are murkier than they might be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A sweet-tempered, mildly entertaining picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie’s ending is little more than a fizzle. But wow, what a dog. The extraordinary animal actor Jumpy, a border collie mix with fabulous speckled legs and alert triangles for ears, listens attentively to every word from his master’s mouth, comprehending nothing yet understanding everything.
    • 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.

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