For 412 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 10 The Internship
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 412
412 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is at least spirited, a jaunty trifle that's low on eroticism but high on cartoony coquettishness. Like the little motorized whatsit that is its subject, it does have its charms.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    So why can't I love Moonrise Kingdom? For all the movie's technical meticulousness, the storytelling still has a wiggly-waggly quality, like a dangly loose tooth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Though it's a bit of an oddity, it's an affecting curio suitable for both Hardy enthusiasts and Winterbottom fans alike.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Fault in Our Stars doesn't quite capture the discreetly twisted humor, or the muted anger, of Green's book, and its problems can be attributed to a constellation of little annoyances rather than any one serious, North Star–size flaw.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Wish I Was Here is at least stretching toward something, and even if its reach exceeds its grasp, Braff's earnest determination as a filmmaker and performer helps smooth out some of the awkward bumps.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Completely harmless and inoffensive, and at the very least, Shyamalan appears to be having a little fun here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hickenlooper too often approaches his subject with the filmmaking equivalent of a wry chuckle.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The animation itself is technically gorgeous, a class act all the way. But there's so little to be found in the faces of the characters, or even in the way their limbs move (much of it adopted, cleverly enough, from Tati's own physical style), that it's not clear what we're supposed to feel for them.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Takes forever to get going and then goes nowhere.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    In the end, the action sequences are just overblown and dollar-squandering, with no particular payoff in the entertainment department. The supporting actors - particularly Jones, Tucci and Luke - are the thing to watch here; they do all they can to keep the movie's gears running smoothly.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Del Toro loves his creatures. Maybe he loves them too much: He always wants us to get a good look at them, and that's one of the things that saps the spookiness from this Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Johnny English Reborn never quite ignites, even though it starts out promisingly enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Robin Williams, who's sometimes too overbearing in real-life live action, makes a great cartoon-character voice.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Jennifer Westfeldt's sort-of romantic comedy Friends with Kids is on to something, even if in the end it suffers from a failure of nerve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    How much you enjoy Damsels will depend on your tolerance for Stillman's particular brand of duct-taped Sperry Topsider whimsy. It's a comedy! It's a musical! It's a trip down memory lane to revisit the blissful confusion of our - or someone's - college years!
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It was a stroke of genius, at least a miniature one, to cast Black in this role – he's made to play the affable teddy bear who could snap at any moment.