Stephanie Zacharek
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For 1,479 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 Speed Racer
Score distribution:
1,479 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    While End of the Century feels a bit straggly toward the end (the rise of the Ramones is exhilarating; their slow, unfair demise is a downer), and its chronology is sometimes a little vague, the movie captures the spirit of both the band and the era they helped shape.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bully is much better when it sticks to simple storytelling. And storytelling, not grandstanding, is the thing that just might grab the attention of, say, school administrators, people who can have some effect on how bullies are dealt with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Munich is both astonishing and frustrating. It's not easy to tell how much of the tone comes directly from Spielberg and how much comes from Kushner, who was called in to polish the script after Roth completed it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    A sweet little picture with a sense of humor as well as a mission. If money can't buy you love, at least it can buy you 90 minutes of warmth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 20 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cameron manhandles the real story, scavenging it for his own puny narrative purposes. It's a film made with boorish confidence and zero sensitivity, big and dumb and hulking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Anguished, beautiful and desperately alive, Oldboy is a dazzling work of pop-culture artistry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Watching it is like being trapped in one of those nightmares where you need to get somewhere, fast, and you're distracted and delayed at every turn. Only in this case, the nightmare is happening to someone else, and it's costing an awful lot of money.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Whatever his strengths may be, Nolan lacks the human touch. His movies are numbingly sexless, and by that I don’t mean they need sex scenes or nudity -- those things are rarely really about sex anyway. But in all of Nolan’s films, human connection is such a noble idea that it’s beyond the grasp of flesh-and-blood people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The material has crackle, but its vibrancy feels far off and muted, like a fireworks display going off in a neighboring town.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    That sense of one small, private world shattering within the larger and even more unstable one around it is the essence of Michael Winterbottom's unmooring, bleakly beautiful film version of A Mighty Heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Beyond its easy-on-the-psyche message, the picture is reasonably pretty to look at.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    A mildly rousing and reasonably satisfying picture about one man's efforts to mend the rifts among his countrymen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture has an unsettling, haunting quality that I haven't been able to shake.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Sin City is the first mainstream American picture I've seen this year that feels even remotely brash or original. It's a hard, viciously funny little movie, one with all the subtlety of a billy club. But there's artistry here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Berlinger covers lots of territory, including heartrending accounts from the family members of some of Bulger's victims. The whole exercise is fascinating, if vaguely unsatisfying.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cooper also pulls off the near-impossible, making us feel dashes of sympathy for this twisted and unscrupulous man.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's mournful and troubling in a way that goes beyond ordinary movie manipulation. It burns clean.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Beneath the veneer of fake dicks and fart jokes, it's really a righteous paean to saying whatever the hell you want.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Mysterious Skin isn't a picture about existential vacancy; it isn't even about anything so simplistic as the horrors of child abuse. It's more of a meditation on the necessity of making your way past, or through, any obstacle that prevents you from being a thinking, feeling person.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    If nature -- if life -- is as wild and precious as the movie makes it out to be, Hirsch needs to give us something, someone, to watch on-screen. We need to feel a presence before we can take the measure of an absence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    A clever picture, and something of a novelty -- it's not going to change the face or direction of horror filmmaking in any drastic way. But it's fun to watch something that's so obviously made with love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    At its best when Creadon is burrowing deep into the world of the puzzles themselves, particularly when he sits down with puzzle constructor extraordinaire Merl Reagle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    One of the most inventive and joyous movies of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    There’s plenty of prickly tenderness, for both mother and son, at the heart of Bad Hair. All children yearn for things beyond their reach, and if they’re honest about it, adults do too. It’s a feeling you never outgrow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    De Niro's performance works because it isn't exactly likable -- he's totally at ease with his own jokes, but he's not out to make us feel relaxed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    A movie isn’t a cliché when it can sing like this.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Super Size Me is exploratory, as opposed to being just numbingly didactic, and that's what makes it so engaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Heading South is a seemingly straightforward and simple picture that's really defiantly complex, sexually, politically and emotionally.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    I'd put To's Exiled -- into the category of Hong Kong movies that even people who think they don't care about Hong Kong movies should see.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cold Mountain is a romance, refreshingly free from the taint of any political realities other than the "War is hell" variety. It's also completely juiceless.

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