For 421 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Under the Skin
Lowest review score: 10 The Internship
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 421
421 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Buirski clearly shows that the spark that made her great couldn't be snuffed out so easily.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Making this kind of thriller has all but become a lost art, yet Mira clearly believes that high style is worth bothering with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Now we know just what to expect from Coogan and Brydon, although as long as you're willing to settle in for the ride, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Charlie Victor Romeo shows us how much of life's weight and meaning can be packed into one second of thought or action; it's a work of shivery intimacy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent tries to sweep the evanescent butterfly Yves into its net: The movie isn't enough, but it's something.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    This odd little wonder captures the delicate textures and shadowy half-secrets of family life, mapping them out in a mosaic of fragmented dialogue and half-poetic, half-prosaic images.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a love story in which one of the partners repeatedly does some really bad stuff, and while it's easy enough to admire him for his ability to get away with it all, it's harder to square the way he so cheerfully dupes innocent people, including his beloved.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Eat Pray Love works quite serviceably as a light comedy and a pleasing travelogue.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's a degree of gruff integrity at work for at least two-thirds of Alexandre Aja's grindhouse piranhapalooza Piranha 3D, in which a megaschool of man-eating fish thought to be extinct burst through an underwater fissure to terrorize a normally placid lake in Arizona.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Those of us who love Michael Caine have to recognize that his capacity for coldness is part of what makes him great. And in that respect, what he does in Harry Brown is something of a bookend to his extraordinary, and extraordinarily chilly, turn in Mike Hodges' cold-blooded 1971 Get Carter.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    This picture belongs to Jason Bateman, who, after years of playing the second or third banana (and plenty of times being the best thing in a given film), finally gets to show off his considerable gifts as the co-lead in a mainstream comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Sometimes, maybe, it's a little too unoffensive: It's Kind of a Funny Story is so gentle, so anxious not to put a foot wrong, that it doesn't have much sticking power. But its casually compassionate perspective is also what makes it work.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    These are all people you feel you've met before in other movies, if not all at once. But the movie's saving grace is that they don't always behave as you expect them to.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    But what makes Burlesque truly delectable - for the first half, at least, before its going-nowhere storyline really heads south - is its less obvious camp value.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    The plot is worked out with care, and it takes its time, unapologetically, in a manner that's perfectly suited to thinking adults. The whole enterprise reeks of class.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Leaving is a bit too dry and controlled, as well as too relentlessly bleak, to be a satisfying melodrama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's even a shootout sequence that plays out, from start to finish, while our hero is in flagrante. That's something I don't believe I've ever seen in a movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    To paraphrase something Quentin Tarantino once said about Sergio Corbucci, Verbinski loves the uglies. They return the favor by looking almost beautiful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's either genius or madness to put Diesel and Johnson in the same movie, or the same scene. They're both enormously appealing performers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's the most imaginative picture in the franchise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Furman keeps the drama taut when it needs to be, and loosens the reins easily when it's time to kick back - he has good control over the movie's rhythms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Everything in The Adventures of Tintin is meticulous - this is a Steven Spielberg movie, after all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even the gags we've all seen before are handled so deftly you almost forget how ancient they are.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is, for the most part, an effective love story, but the two figures in thrall to one another aren't the ones you think: The magnetism between the movie's two male stars, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, is what really makes the movie tick.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's painful to watch a movie like Dream House - well-acted, beautifully shot and directed with extraordinary care and attention to craft - only to realize that the story, the alleged backbone, is absurd.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Ifans takes dorky, grandiose dialogue and turns it into something almost - well, Shakespearean.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's such a thing as having too much reverence for your material, and although Davies is an extraordinarily gifted and principled director, The Deep Blue Sea may suffer for that reverence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture could be so much better than it is, and yet it's also the kind of movie that makes you want to grade on the curve, adding extra points for good intentions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    One thing My Week with Marilyn does get right is that women were as enchanted by her as the men were, if perhaps in a different way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even if Dolphin Tale hits every note square on the nose - or maybe because it does - watching it is surprisingly pleasurable.