Stephanie Zacharek
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For 1,504 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 2.3 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 Over Her Dead Body
Score distribution:
1,504 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The flaws in Flags of Our Fathers are at least partly attributable to Eastwood's attempts to do too much. Still, even when he overreaches, he somehow hits the mark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a teasingly complex political thriller, but it's also a sort-of romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Best of all may be the narration, by Sam Shepard: His voice, the kind of voice God might have if he'd ever smoked Camels, frames this gentle but potent little story with good-natured authority, making it feel modern and ageless at once.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture's ending -- which is satisfying, possibly even happy, depending on how you look at it -- is almost inconsequential; it's the texture of everything leading up to it that matters. The Pursuit of Happyness, even within its slickness, gets at intangibles that allegedly grittier movies fail to capture -- like how heavy a wallet can feel when you're down to your last dollar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    A solemn, haunting picture, but it's also a thrilling one, partly because of the sheer bravado with which it's made. It left me feeling more fortified than drained. CuarĂ³n, the most openhearted of directors, prefers to give rather than take away.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cooper also pulls off the near-impossible, making us feel dashes of sympathy for this twisted and unscrupulous man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    In the first 10 minutes, I feared the picture would be dull and earnest -- until, about a half-hour later, I realized it was lively and earnest, and also refreshingly, unapologetically movielike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    So refreshingly straightforward that at first you may not know what to make of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    At once deeply affectionate and sharply observed: There's never anything smart-alecky about Wright's approach as a director.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    As human beings, we're geared to desire an actual plot in our movies, and I regret to inform you that nothing really happens in Syndromes and a Century -- and yet the experience of the movie is all about the NOT happening.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The good news about Spider-Man 3 is that it's more of the same -- except better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Although there's plenty of music, and plenty of joy, in Once, it's ultimately a quiet, wistful picture.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    A beautifully shaped piece of work: There are no slack patches, no gratuitous feel-good moments -- if you walk out of Knocked Up feeling good, that means you've earned it.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture works because, despite the fact that it took nearly six years for the filmmakers to bring it to the screen, it doesn't strive for greatness. It's fleet, concise and clever in a nut-ball way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Instead of taking control of the movie in any overt way, Clooney commands our attention by swimming just beneath its surface. He's a disappearing act with staying power.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    This tale of filial love and family baggage is Wes Anderson's most heartfelt feature film yet. Its companion short, "Hotel Chevalier," is darn near perfect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Lovely and deeply touching picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    As lively and entertaining as Juno is, Reitman and Cody have also done the work of shaping the story into something emotionally direct, unsparing and generous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Philip Seymour Hoffman utters one of the year's most refreshing lines in this terrific tale of political wheeling and dealing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Entertaining and subtle at once, it doesn't just dazzle us with the hows and whys of a particularly wily brand of thievery; it transports us to a specific time and place that often seems to fall between significant eras. The Bank Job is set in a country that's in transition, an extended metaphor for the way its characters are in transition, too.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Watching McDormand navigate that transformation is the kind of thing that can keep your hope in movies, and in actors, alive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie's climactic battle scene is mildly thrilling -- although it's not nearly as exciting as simply watching Downey and Bridges work together. Bridges makes a great villain precisely because he's such a relaxed, affable presence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie "Munich" should have been. At the very least, it's got to be the first picture to use smelly-feet jokes as a means of parsing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But more than that, it's a mainstream movie that dares to make jokes about the kinds of complex political realities that most of us don't dare bring up at dinner parties.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    So unapologetically loopy and lush and ridiculous that I found it irresistible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Ghost Town is a rarity, a contemporary romantic comedy that honors the traditions of the genre without checking them off some plasticized list. The picture is breathing, and alive, every minute.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Howard has made a picture for grown-ups, a well-constructed entertainment that neither talks down to its audience nor congratulates it just for showing up.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Statham isn't an actor who coasts, not even in a recklessly enjoyable picture like Transporter 3. He does the work, so we don't have to: His Frank Martin is the personification of pleasure without guilt.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Such an exhilarating, spirited piece of work that its embellishments and omissions cease to matter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Coraline is essentially faithful to the spirit of its source material. But it's also so visually inventive, and so elaborately tactile, that it stands apart as its own creation.

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