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 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 Speed Racer
Score distribution:
1675 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The tragedy of The Fighter is that Wahlberg's performance suggests a character who wants more. And yet Russell barely seems to notice how much subtlety Wahlberg brings to his role, or to the movie at large.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    A massive wedgie of a comedy, which is to say it's a comedy of extreme discomfort.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is good-for-you, arthouse-style horror. Which doesn't mean it's necessarily any good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Takes great pains to be a compassionate love story; but the filmmaking itself, self-consciously restrained and desiccated, is inert and inexpressive.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Everything about You, Me and Dupree, even the toilet humor, is tepid and rigorously inoffensive
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's not a full-on go-for-broke love letter to rock 'n' roll or a broad, joyous spoof, but something stuck awkwardly in between.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Vallée, working from a script by Bryan Sipe, packs in too many symbols and potent signifiers – some are harmless, others are literally sledgehammer heavy. The movie doesn’t need all that when it’s got Gyllenhaal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    If there's any reason to bother with Meet the Fockers, it's to see Hoffman and Streisand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    May be a weightless picture, but it's hardly torture to sit through. Just watch out for those angel rays.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Sometimes stylish flashiness can be fun, and the movie does have a terrific, bleached-out, ice-blue look. But anyone who cares about what actors do has a right to be distrustful of a director who puts more emphasis on the look of his movie than on the performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Gunn has to juggle so many plot elements — so many booming galactic battles, so many whisker-close brushes with death — that it's little wonder he loses his grip on the thing. He inserts occasional moments of wonder but doesn't bother to smooth over the seams.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The big problems with Iron Man 3 are less specific to the movie itself than they are characteristic of the hypermalaise that’s infected so many current mega-blockbusters—too much plot, too much action, too many characters, too many pseudo-feelings.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Fine actors do their damnedest to make this dumb movie look sharp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mystery Men is supposed to be an action comedy, but there isn't nearly enough of either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bolt is just too knowing; it keeps reminding us, loud and clear, of how culturally savvy it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The super-duper whiteness of Ashton Kutcher is funny. Just not funny enough.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Depp aside, the movie is higher on style than it is on substance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The experience of watching The Night Listener didn't make me feel "real" at all, only stuffed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    A maddeningly indistinct picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    If Appaloosa is something to look at, it's also unnecessarily lethargic. Even an intentionally slow-paced picture needs to have its own internal source of energy, and as a filmmaker, Harris can't quite get that motor running.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Although The Brothers Grimm is partly an inventive fantasy, it's also a cluttered, jangly action picture, and there's too much noise and commotion for Gilliam's subtler ideas to really resonate.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Like so many disappointing movies, it's peopled by performers who do their damnedest to make the whole thing work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Feels like a movie that keeps wishing it were something else: an award-winning play, a grand novel, an epic poem, anything but that populist thing we call a movie. Mendes makes movies as if he hates them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Good Shepherd, soft when it needs to be sharp, is all cloak with very little dagger.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Accountant would be more entertaining if it just acknowledged its own nerdy outlandishness. Still, it’s something to watch Affleck play a man who has trouble expressing his feelings and struggles to read those of others.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The penalties for drug trafficking in Thailand are very, very stiff. If there were any justice in the world, the penalties for saddling fine actors with terrible dialogue would be even stiffer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Matchstick Men isn't even remotely intricate; it's not even particularly interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Proof isn't just a movie about mathematics; it's a mathematical movie. The scenes may as well have been laid out by diagram.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mel Gibson may have changed the face of cinema forever. I think he has: He's made the first true Jesusploitation flick, a picture that, despite its self-righteous air of grave religiosity, is barely spiritual at all.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    You have to give Leatherheads this much: It's like no other comedy, or movie, out there these days. Clooney, one of our few old-style Hollywood movie stars himself, obviously loves old-fashioned moviemaking.

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