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 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 10 Oldboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 421
421 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Blue Jasmine is so relentlessly clueless about the ways real human beings live, and so eager to make the same points about human nature that Allen has made dozens of times before, that it seems like a movie beamed from another planet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Everything he (Nolan) does is forced and overthought, and Inception, far from being his ticket into hall-of-fame greatness, is a very expensive-looking, elephantine film whose myriad so-called complexities -- of both the emotional and intellectual sort -- add up to a kind of ADD tedium.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    With Scott Pilgrim, Wright leaps over the line from chattery cleverness to all-out self-consciousness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Zacharek
    Rubber could have been a modest horror novelty, a wicked, malevolent version of "The Red Balloon."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bateman, as both director and star, digs his heels in too hard to make the movie's points, using lots of ho-hum close-ups and wriggly camera work along the way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Stephanie Zacharek
    Paranormal Activity 2 sinks much lower than it needs to in order to get a rush out of us - and in the end, the rush isn't even that great. The movie puts us through the paces with minimal payoff.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Book Thief is just too tidy to have much impact.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 35 Stephanie Zacharek
    A moneygrubbing extravaganza, ugly to look at and interminable to sit through. No movie about the evils of excessive taxation should be this taxing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Stephanie Zacharek
    Colorless and soulless in the extreme, it bears no one's fingerprints at all. There's no reason for this Oldboy to exist. It's so DOA, you stumble out of it wanting to eat something alive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Big-name star Liam Neeson looks on, trying to add some class to the joint, though even he seems to know it's a losing battle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The whole exercise has the trying-too-hard vibe of a bad toupee.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Stephanie Zacharek
    For those of you on a really tight entertainment budget, you'll be paying at least 8 cents per minute not to laugh. Your money is better spent on beans and rice.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 15 Stephanie Zacharek
    Take Me Home Tonight isn't nearly as much fun as the '80s actually were. Even worse, it's less fun than most '80s comedies were - and that's bad.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hop
    There's nothing in it to inspire excitement or even a mild glimmer of delight; it's almost offensive in its dullness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 35 Stephanie Zacharek
    Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 35 Stephanie Zacharek
    Peep World barely seems like a movie. Withered and shrunken, it feels even too small for TV.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hits a new low of idiocy and crassness.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It takes too long for the story to come around to the fact that Will is just plain nuts - and even then, he gets over it in a heartbeat.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Stephanie Zacharek
    Skyline is a piece of junk, even in a movie climate littered with expensive - though sometimes fun - junkiness.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Zacharek
    "Piranha 3D" was ridiculous, gory and fun, everything Piranha 3DD is not.