For 391 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 10 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 391
391 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Why can't heroines just be heroines anymore, instead of micromanaged personalities who may as well have the words "Role Model" tattooed across their foreheads?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Johnny English Reborn never quite ignites, even though it starts out promisingly enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don't tell much of a story – what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Most wonderful of all is Josh Brolin as the young Agent K. It's so easy to believe that Brolin could turn into Jones, given a couple of decades.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's imaginative only in a stiff, expensive way. Scott vests the movie with an admirable degree of integrity – it doesn't feel like a cheap grab for our moviegoing dollars – but it doesn't inspire anything so vital as wonder or fear, either.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Unfortunately, Silver's movie doesn't cut deep enough: It glosses over some thorny questions and hammers too fixedly on others.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Getting a movie's setup right is one thing. But following through on an intriguing premise is the hard part, and that's where Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, a thriller that wrangles with intricate ideas about faith and religious extremism, goes splat.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    In the end Red Tails is mostly about the coolness of flying. Its heart is in the clouds, instead of with the men at the controls.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's no doubt that Being Flynn is an attempt at something painful and genuine – the movie itself yearns to make a connection, even if it can't quite locate the most effective channels.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    As lukewarm as We Have a Pope may be as a piece of filmmaking, Moretti doesn't tread particularly gently into sacred territory. The picture could be more irreverent, but at least it dares to suggest that popes are people too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's hard to say whether Sound of My Voice is a wholly bogus and pretentious indie enterprise or a weirdly compelling bit of low-budget storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Actually, The Intouchables isn't bad - its merely shameless, but at least it's overtly so.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Its occasional entertainment value aside, the picture is also blithe to the point of being flimsy.
    • 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?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    To be bewildered by Upstream Color is to be human; the story is obtuse by design, though the filmmaking is X-Acto precise. But it's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cooper may have gone overboard in delineating the hardships of blue-collar life in Out of the Furnace. But he has a gift for getting actors to put some muscle into their work, and enough finesse to make sure the sweat doesn't show.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Winter's Tale, however imperfect, is that rare beast on the movie landscape: an unapologetic romance (for the first two-thirds, anyway), with attractive stars and special effects designed to give audiences something other than the experience of watching worlds get blown up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even though Papushado and Keshales raise some ticklish questions, it's hard to know exactly what they're going for, beyond some mischievous, grisly thrills. At least they're skillful at delivering those.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    A massive wedgie of a comedy, which is to say it's a comedy of extreme discomfort.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Season of the Witch is barely even a Nicolas Cage movie. He wanders through the picture, zombified.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mostly, though, African Cats is extremely tactful about the truly harsh stuff that goes down in the world of nature.