Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,532 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 Phoenix
Lowest review score: 0 Over Her Dead Body
Score distribution:
1,532 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is an exercise in exploitation joi de vivre, and your enjoyment of it will depend on your tolerance for shameless, reckless, unredemptive violence with relatively little artistic or spiritual value. After all, there's a time and a place for everything.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    These interlocking stories don't move along as swiftly or as urgently as they should, and much of the dialogue thumps along on square wheels.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie is designed to stir up controversy. (Linklater and Schlosser have admitted as much.) But can you really stir up controversy with a lesson plan?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Comes off not as topical but as opportunist. The picture is brushed with a fine glaze of slickness, a product sealed in a blister pack. It's like airplane air -- it has a packaged freshness that isn't really fresh at all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is like a Tony Scott movie on quaaludes: Words and pictures are matched up in counterintuitive ways, and although the cutting is much slower than in Scott's hyperactive showboating, it makes just about as much sense. The movie's leisureliness is aggressive; the picture is artfully designed to make you feel that if you're bored, it's your own damn fault.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    A very gentle picture, intended to soothe us, not to jolt or shock us. But it's so gentle that it lacks any discernible energy; sometimes it seems there's barely enough tension in the story to keep the images from sliding off the screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It might not measure up to the 1967 original, but now Satan's got sooty pussycat eyes and a kitten-cruel smile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    But as badly as the younger women in The First Wives Club are treated, none of the three central characters, with whom we're supposed to identify so strongly, comes off that well either.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It has its charming, lively moments, but also many that just feel tired and listless, as if the filmmakers were working off a checklist of all the things two well-past-middle-age travelers would say and do while trekking through the wilderness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    I would have hated Love Actually less if it had been a total, clumsy disaster; the problem is that Curtis does pull off some amazingly well-tuned moments, as well as some very funny ones.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even as a nostalgia ride, Starsky & Hutch poops out before it ever gets going.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie overall is painless if not exactly electrifying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hawke gives his all here -- or maybe just half his all -- and it isn't quite enough: He's trying to be soulful, but he really just looks a little tired. The real delight is Willem Dafoe, as the rednecky leader of the survivor humans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even as dystopian dramas go, the picture is arid and lusterless in its more serious moments and unpleasantly kitschy when it tries to soar over the top.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's rare to see process — the making of anything — dealt with as clearly and poetically as it is in Saint Laurent. It's too bad the movie feels like a confusing, misshapen muslin.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Never as delightful and silly as it needs to be. The action is often manic, and there's a veneer of unapologetic corniness to it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's all perfectly OK, and even, at times, delightful.... Yet Minions doesn't add up to all that it should.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    I wasn't sure a movie musical could be worse than last year's styrofoam-and-gilt swan-boat travesty "Phantom of the Opera," but I'm afraid Rent proves me wrong.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is clever, somber, quiet: There's just no reason it has to be as deadly boring as it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    In the end, Tupac: Resurrection gives us too much raw Tupac, and yet somehow not enough. He remains a mystery -- one who still sells lots and lots of records.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie has a perversely unifying effect: Muslims, Christians and Jews may not be able to agree on exactly who the heck Jesus is, but they're fully capable of bonding in boredom.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    If The Marked Ones is mildly brilliant in the first half, it stumbles witlessly into its own dumb pentagram in the second.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    So bloodless that it feels like an act of arty dishonesty.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The finest effect in this visceral gouge of a picture is Korean pop star Rain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Toothless, gutless, one-note political movies like Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, a picture that purports to have a galvanizing, liberal-minded theme (big business is taking over our country and our lives) but is really just ploddingly pedestrian.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Isn't emotionally manipulative but simply dull.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's enough sweetness, and enough just-under-the-surface intelligence, in The Education of Charlie Banks to suggest that Durst may have a future as a filmmaker.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The big screen doesn't seem to like Kutcher much, or even to GET him, whatever there is to get.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    So unself-conscious and breezy that you find yourself sailing along with it; its flaws become as negligible as harmless barnacles nestled well below the water line.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    With its wiry twists and turns, ends up buckling under the weight of its own cleverness.

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