Stephanie Zacharek
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For 1,470 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 Love Is Strange
Lowest review score: 0 Speed Racer
Score distribution:
1,470 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Perfectly inoffensive and harmless, but it's also drab and inert.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's an English movie doing its best to masquerade as the shallowest kind of Hollywood romantic comedy, as if somewhere along the way someone had made a calculated supposition that would be the only kind of comedy American audiences would buy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Fragmented and contrived, like a badly mapped-out scrapbook.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    It hovers somewhere in that never-never land of movies that try to do too much and don't quite live up to any of their ambitions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just a string of cute gags and pouting on Isabella's part that's supposed to signify soul-searching.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    A dismally unfunny comedy, but that's not what's depressing about it. Worse by far is the palpable desperation in Goldie Hawn's performance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    The air leaks out of Gaudí Afternoon gradually but steadily, until all we're left with is a limp rag of a balloon.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Deadly dull.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Every scene is coated with Marshall's thumbprints, ultimately connecting into a manhandled, mangled, misshapen whole, its themes written out in thunderously obvious cues.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Leaving the theater, I couldn't quell those waves of disappointment: It just should have been funnier.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Life in the Bronx is hard, all right. Getting through a movie shouldn't be harder.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    All noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Stumbles along laboriously, its jokes following one after another in a sloppy, flat-footed walk.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    A vehicle for teen singing sensation Mandy Moore. As vehicles go, it's an Edsel.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Poops out before it ever really gets going.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Just slides off the screen and disappears.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Dragonfly wants desperately to be the spiritual heir to "The Sixth Sense," but it's not even as effective a thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Cruise pedals hard through The Last Samurai, and the exertion shows. In fact, the whole picture is belabored and lumbering.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    If it were terrible, you could at least sink your teeth into it; but Welcome to Mooseport is like a biscuit soaked in water, ready to be gummed instead of chewed.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    If you can get past the goofy writing, there's lots of noisy action in The Punisher, but little of it is particularly exhilarating. In fact, it's more of an endurance test. If you can sit through it, you should consider yourself duly punished.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephanie Zacharek
    Unless you're a lover of tigers, there's probably no reason to see Jean-Jacques Annaud's Two Brothers. And maybe not even then.

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