For 421 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 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 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 421
421 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a household in which the rules are very formal, and they're matched by the formality of the filmmaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The idea, in the end, is that even lovable loonies can do a lot of damage.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Stephanie Zacharek
    That she makes it all look so effortless is part of the fun – as long as you're not unlucky enough to be the guy with his nut in the nutcracker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Ides of March doesn't cut as deeply or as sharply as Clooney might like, but at least he found the right actor to navigate its dark emotional twists and turns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's action here, too, and a great deal of vitality that feels true both to the spirit of Collins' book and to the idea of movie entertainment as it exists.
    • 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?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Like so many movie love stories before it - from Murnau's "Sunrise" to Linklater's "Before Sunrise," and beyond - Cairo Time is about two wandering lovers, people spending time together without realizing how precious that time will come to be.
    • 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!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Barney's Version is too much of a sprawl to have much of a lasting emotional effect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Zacharek
    Coppola is a filmmaker who fills up a big canvas with small moments: That's the opposite of working in miniature, even though she's attuned to the tiniest details.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's either genius or madness to put Diesel and Johnson in the same movie, or the same scene. They're both enormously appealing performers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    Wheatley drops enough unnerving bread crumbs in the first two-thirds to leave you wondering where the hell he's headed, and even the big finale should be satisfying enough: It just belongs to a different movie, and it's unsettling in a way that doesn't feel earned.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    What’s remarkable about Looking for Eric is the number of ways in which it ALMOST works.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Suspenseful in a few places and absurd in plenty of others; if she were a real person, Lisbeth Salander herself would have no patience with it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Van Warmerdam keeps such a calm, firm hold on the material that he practically hypnotizes you into following along to the end. The craftsmanship is precise; the result is enigmatic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Byzantium isn't Jordan's first movie about bloodsuckers—that would be 1994's Interview with the Vampire—but it's the right vampire movie for today, poetic and elegant in an artfully tattered way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even though Coppola is one of our most compassionate storytellers, she can't bring herself to like these kids much. She's not cynical enough to turn this story into satire.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's a comedy that moves with a sense of purpose, as Gordon-Levitt does in the title role.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Stephanie Zacharek
    The subject of Spurlock's movie is Spurlock, and while he may be reasonably affable, and sometimes extremely goofy, it's a stretch to call him controversial.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    A smart, sophisticated songsmith in the tradition of Cole Porter, or an inscrutable, pretentious twit? In the course of his near-20-year career, Stephin Merritt - the sort-of frontperson for the indie-rock collective Magnetic Fields - has been considered both.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Daniels is that rare contemporary filmmaker who's not afraid of melodrama. The Butler is so old-school it feels modern: Stylistically, it could have been made 30 years ago, but its time is now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Probably not as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Stephanie Zacharek
    Your enjoyment - if that's the right word - of Buried will hinge on two things: Your ability to tolerate situations in which characters are confined to very tight spaces, and your willingness to be emotionally manipulated in the cheapest way imaginable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Charlie Victor Romeo shows us how much of life's weight and meaning can be packed into one second of thought or action; it's a work of shivery intimacy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    On the surface, The Salt of Life may seem like a movie made just for old folks. The trick is that it really is about the youth that stays with you, even when your aging body is working hard to convince you otherwise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    One thing My Week with Marilyn does get right is that women were as enchanted by her as the men were, if perhaps in a different way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Stephanie Zacharek
    Like its star, Salt is a spare and lean piece of work; it's everything a modern action movie should be, a picture made with confidence but not arrogance, one that believes so wholeheartedly in its outlandish plot twists that they come to make perfect alt-universe sense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a love story in which one of the partners repeatedly does some really bad stuff, and while it's easy enough to admire him for his ability to get away with it all, it's harder to square the way he so cheerfully dupes innocent people, including his beloved.