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 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 10 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 421
421 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Either in spite of or because of its whimsically convincing quality, Man on a Ledge is reasonably fun to watch along the way.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Seyfried has spent too much time lately in vehicles that aren't worthy of her, "Red Riding Hood" being the most egregious example. Gone at least takes her seriously – except when, to delicious effect, it doesn't.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    We Need to Talk About Kevin is a little too facile in the way it sets up the horrific climax: Just one look at this kid and you know he's trouble, yet no one besides mom can see it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Between the Truffautish voice-overs and Jacques Demy-style musical interludes, it's a wonder anyone in this sort-of drama, sort-of comedy ever gets any rest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    A movie like Norwegian Wood is a peculiar case – its intentions are sterling, and it's hard to pinpoint any technical flaws. The problem, maybe, is that it's trying too hard; Tran has such firm control over the storytelling that the resulting picture has no room to breathe.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is also weirdly compelling, maybe most notably for the way Dafoe's character - who is, in this respect, perhaps a stand-in for the Bronx-born Ferrara - seems to be grappling less with the idea that the world is ending than that the city is ending.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Completely harmless and inoffensive, and at the very least, Shyamalan appears to be having a little fun here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Takes forever to get going and then goes nowhere.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Robin Williams, who's sometimes too overbearing in real-life live action, makes a great cartoon-character voice.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A handsome-looking thing, with fairly grand period costumes and reasonably lavish sets. So much for production values: In every other way the picture is stiff and unyielding, hampered by a clumsy plot and diorama performances. The whole thing has the feel of a second-rate living-history exhibit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Why can't heroines just be heroines anymore, instead of micromanaged personalities who may as well have the words "Role Model" tattooed across their foreheads?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Johnny English Reborn never quite ignites, even though it starts out promisingly enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don't tell much of a story – what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Most wonderful of all is Josh Brolin as the young Agent K. It's so easy to believe that Brolin could turn into Jones, given a couple of decades.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's imaginative only in a stiff, expensive way. Scott vests the movie with an admirable degree of integrity – it doesn't feel like a cheap grab for our moviegoing dollars – but it doesn't inspire anything so vital as wonder or fear, either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.