For 411 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 The Missing Picture
Lowest review score: 10 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 411
411 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is well-crafted; it just doesn't breathe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Barney's Version is too much of a sprawl to have much of a lasting emotional effect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The idea, in the end, is that even lovable loonies can do a lot of damage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Nothing says "Awards Season" like feel-bad cinema, and with Biutiful, Iñárritu hauls out the big guns. He also, maddeningly, has one hell of a weapon in his star, Javier Bardem.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's all just too cute for words, and more's the pity. Because in the end, No Strings Attached is more meaningful for what it does rather than for what it says along the way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    A small movie with modest ambitions, and accordingly, it packs only a modest emotional punch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cold Weather is partly a movie with an actual plot, not just a portrait of young twentysomethings adrift in unfulfilling circumstances.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Thus ends one of the most understated shark-attack sequences, ever; it's almost Bressonian, except it's not boring.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Foster's performance is crisp and forthright and surprisingly moving. There's something affecting about watching this disciplined, no-nonsense actress deliver her lines to a hand puppet - she's always game, if not exactly relaxed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    So while X-Men: First Class at first takes its source material with just the right amount of self-deprecating seriousness, it founders in the second half, when it becomes overburdened with squirrelly plot mechanics and an excess of self-evident dialogue.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The whole enterprise is surprisingly painless, albeit in an icy-cool, numbed-out way.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bay doesn't care about your soul, he just wants your money - but he at least makes sure you go home feeling exhausted and spent rather than vaguely dissatisfied. It's a fair exchange.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Aside from having murder on their minds, these three are a lot more well-behaved than the "Hangover" guys.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's an amusing enough story, all right, and it adequately fills up Tabloid's 88 minutes - but a minute longer would have been too much.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's the kind of movie whose value lies between the lines, not directly on them, and if the pleasures it offers are slender ones, at least there's something good-hearted about them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is so fluttering and tender, so guileless, that you almost can't believe it was made by an old hand like Van Sant. Then again, maybe you can.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It goes through all the motions, properly and efficiently, and yet it's missing some core warmth. Watching Real Steel, I kept thinking of Brad Bird's retro-modern cartoon "The Iron Giant," and of how that picture humanized a metal alien so effortlessly.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Tower Heist is overstuffed with actors, and yet Ratner manages to give each of them one or two good moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's valuable for both the vintage footage Rostock has collected and for the observations provided by Belafonte, who is as charming, handsome and persuasive in his mid-80s as he ever was.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    For now, 21 Jump Street is a small puff of fresh air simply because it's not, like umpteen other releases coming down the pike, based on a comic-book series.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    The picture is devilishly entertaining, not least because it's laced with just the sort of dumb raunchy jokes you hate yourself for laughing at. But it also preserves, to a degree, the elemental sweetness that made the original so distinctive.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It offers glancing pleasures of the atmospheric kind – the impact is the equivalent of a filmy cobweb brushing against your cheek. It tickles more than it bites.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Seeing Tom Cruise swathed in leather pants and fake tattoos, as Axl Rose-style metal god Stacee Jaxx, is supposedly Rock of Ages' big draw. But the movie is much more fun when he's not around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Probably not as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    The big problem with Iron Man 2, maybe, is that it so dutifully gives the people what they want, instead of giving them what they didn’t know they wanted.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    MacGruber never gathers any momentum. Once in a while a funny line or absurd sight gag will amble into the foreground, only to recede immediately in the rear-view mirror of memory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    The point of Babies, to the extent that it has one beyond allowing us to revel in unstoppable baby cuteness, is to underscore that infants everywhere are more similar than they are different, regardless of what country they’re born and raised in.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Nothing Cruise does seems to come from the inside -- every eye crinkle, every grimace, every brow furrow seems plucked from the air, collected from the universe around him and bent to do his bidding. Maybe that’s one kind of acting. But it’s not cool. Never will be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    What’s remarkable about Looking for Eric is the number of ways in which it ALMOST works.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Stephanie Zacharek
    Nearly everyone, and everything, in Micmacs is at one point or another guilty of trying too hard.