Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,530 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 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 Over Her Dead Body
Score distribution:
1,530 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Now that Woody Allen is no longer making acceptable Woody Allen movies, it's surprising we're not seeing more comedies like Prime, a slight but well-meaning picture that strives for the same kind of pleasurably neurotic sophistication that Allen, at his best, used to give us.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A not-very-good movie about a fascinating and underexplored subject: the unknowability of a marriage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a dignified piece of filmmaking, and one that uses brutality to great effect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Defiance comes off as plodding and workmanlike -- and even in the midst of Zwick's too-careful machinations, it's a movie that's unsure of what it wants to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The vainglorious pas de deux between Philip and Zimmerman is entertaining for a while, though the novelty gradually wears off.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    W.
    It's when Stone engages in shameless editorializing -- when he lets his freak-flag point of view fly, rather than tempering it -- that W. is most entertaining and most vital. The rest of the time it feels too much like awards bait: stiff, arch and knowing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Maybe it's only half of what it could be, but at least it's a healthy half. And in this era of mainstream cookie-cutter moviemaking, that's a feat in itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Roughly speaking, the characters in Kit Kittredge may be stereotypes, but they're stereotypes with soul. And they live in a very real place.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This isn't an art house crowd pleaser along the lines of the 2006 "Paris, je t'aime," a freewheeling mixed bag of shorts made by the likes of Olivier Assayas, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuarón. Tokyo! demands more patience, patience that it sometimes doesn't deserve.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's just not enough of Forster, who has a small role as Ford's work colleague and confidant. ..Sometimes star quality shines out from the corners of a movie, and not from the center.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    At times fun but mostly maddeningly uneven, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back feels less like a full-fledged movie than a side project Smith took on to amuse himself and his buddies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Sapphires may be your stock triumph-over-adversity show-biz story – but then, how is it that we never get tired of seeing that story?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Stephanie Zacharek
    It pulls off the tricky feat of being both commanding and subtle, emerging with its dignity intact.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Season of the Witch is barely even a Nicolas Cage movie. He wanders through the picture, zombified.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's hard to know how much of what's wrong with Hereafter stems from Morgan's screenplay, which lacks the characteristic tartness (and brains) of other movies he's written, like "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon."
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Moretz brings some natural gravity to a role that hasn't been adequately fleshed out.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    None of it quite works, but it seems Beresford did his damnedest to try to pull it off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's an extravaganza of bad taste that in the end just tastes bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Parts of Dark Shadows look lovely. So what happened to the story?
    • 21 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    It’s so ineffectual and unfocused that after it’s over, you’re not even sure you watched a movie.

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