Stephanie Zacharek
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For 1,507 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Missing Picture
Lowest review score: 0 Over Her Dead Body
Score distribution:
1,507 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 35 Stephanie Zacharek
    Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 35 Stephanie Zacharek
    Peep World barely seems like a movie. Withered and shrunken, it feels even too small for TV.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cassandra's Dream, an earnest meditation on greed, desire, murder and class struggle, is one of Woody Allen's funniest movies in years -- except Allen doesn't know it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    So bad it's almost like performance art, or those cheap records from the '60s, where the Chipmunks sing the Beatles' greatest hits.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    With The Good German, Soderbergh -- generally a terrific and creative filmmaker -- apes a style, and a way of seeing, that he clearly doesn't understand. It feels like a hit to the stomach.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Anything Else isn't just the latest Woody Allen movie; it's also the smallest. His pictures seem to be getting tinier and tinier, and after you've seen them they leave nothing but a tinny echo and a bad taste. Anything Else is misanthropy writ small. Allen is too stingy to be generous even with his contempt.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    For a movie that's supposed to be about speed and movement, Torque is a peculiarly slow kind of torture. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition -- especially not in an action movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Unlike the original -- which, in a crazy stroke of genius, allowed Shakespearean thespians like Claire Bloom and Maggie Smith, plus Bond babe Ursula Andress, to mix it up as jealous goddesses -- the new Clash of the Titans is frightfully low on babes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cinderella Man is ostensibly the kind of old-fashioned drama that sends audiences home with a satisfied glow. But like so many of Howard's movies, there's something canned and phony about it -- it left me feeling cooked and dehydrated, as if I'd fallen asleep on a tanning bed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a love story, all right, but it has less to do with the flaws of capitalism than it does with Moore's unwavering fondness for the sound of his own voice, and for what he perceives as his own vast cleverness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    A vehicle for teen singing sensation Mandy Moore. As vehicles go, it's an Edsel.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Boring at best and insidious at worst.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It pretends to examine how self-absorbed we are as a culture, only to be consumed by its own self-absorption. It's also badly constructed, humorless and emotionally sadistic .
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's not much fun, and it's not particularly edifying. Even people who are curious about Holmes (he was better known by his screen name, Johnny Wadd; here, he's played by Val Kilmer) won't find out much about him.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    This film "Phantom" takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It would be destined for the trash heap of Shakespeare adaptations, if not for its female lead, and its heart, 17-year-old Claire Danes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Bug
    A humorless picture, a somber, arty exercise in deep denial of its exploitation roots. The dialogue is stiff and mechanical and the performances are too.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    No director in the history of moviemaking has expended so much effort in the service of drying up and blowing off the landscape.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's sad when a bit of grim futuristic silliness like Repo Men falls short on all counts, down to the most basic level of entertainment value.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    With Scott Pilgrim, Wright leaps over the line from chattery cleverness to all-out self-consciousness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Poops out before it ever really gets going.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The Book Thief is just too tidy to have much impact.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The most sterile of bodice-rippers, a genteel soap opera in which the sex and intrigue are so muted, so tasteful, that they practically blow off the screen in a scattering of dust.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Even with the outlandish characters, gaudy colors and gay satire, this smug John Waters knockoff can't stand up to the real thing.

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