Stephanie Zacharek

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For 1,730 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Zacharek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Wonderstruck
Lowest review score: 0 Collateral Beauty
Score distribution:
1730 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    Southpaw is an exhausting brutalist melodrama, but if nothing else, Fuqua always works with fine actors, and he's got a passel of them here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    If it's a far less flashy film than The Act of Killing, it's also a better and possibly more honest one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    Schumer, writing and performing a character close to the one she’s been presenting to the public, may never be this funny again, but funny she is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    In the early minutes you might not be sure what you're watching. Tangerine's a comedy, of course, laced with rambunctious, exuberantly ragged dialogue. But by the end, Baker and his actors have led us to a place beyond comedy — you may still be laughing, but your breath catches a little on the way out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's all perfectly OK, and even, at times, delightful.... Yet Minions doesn't add up to all that it should.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Amy
    A surprisingly seamless biographical documentary, one that, even though it's been constructed largely from found elements, feels gracefully whole.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    MacFarlane's comedy may not be sophisticated on its face, but the mechanisms behind it are delicately calibrated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Much of what happens in Infinitely Polar Bear could be unbearably painful, but Forbes sees the cracked humor in everything
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    A quiet, raggedly beautiful mini-epic, Eden isn't a success story; it's a failure story. But it's also a glittering acknowledgement of the fact that failing is the only path toward growing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    Jurassic World is pretty good fun. Especially for a here-today, gone-tomorrow summer blockbuster, the picture is better-crafted than it needs to be: If you ignore some extraneous plot threads, and the stop-the-presses revelation that, in the end, “what really matters is family,” Jurassic World hangs together surprisingly well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephanie Zacharek
    It’s so carefully designed to feel laid-back that its breeziness comes off like a calculation; its emotional pull is sometimes irresistible, which may make you want to resist it all the more. But the movie has flashes of wit and originality and feeling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Zacharek
    The beauty, and the horror, of Bill Pohlad's exhilarating and inventive Love & Mercy...is the sense it gives us of the world passing through Brian Wilson's ears.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's immediate and vital, and it doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve got all the right answers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's crucial to note, too, that this isn't just a nice little movie for older people: There's some real bite to the way it deals with the life questions that come with aging, and whatever sweetness it has is just an undertone, not a feel-good frosting overlay.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    The story is stuffed with subplots and gags that are sometimes fun by themselves but don’t quite cohere into a whole — the picture has a melismatic waywardness, as if it’s singing as fast as it can yet is never quite sure where it’s going.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 80 Stephanie Zacharek
    Hot Pursuit is a quiet triumph of tone and timing. Nearly every scene is cut at just the right point, often topped off with a fantastic kicker of dialogue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    It's rare to see process — the making of anything — dealt with as clearly and poetically as it is in Saint Laurent. It's too bad the movie feels like a confusing, misshapen muslin.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    There's a wry sweetness to this picture.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Zacharek
    As written by Hardy, Bathsheba is bracingly whole and human; here she’s been outlined, and thus circumscribed, by an eager student’s highlighter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Like all good documentaries, Iris is about much more than what we see on the surface, no matter how dazzling that surface may be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Don't Think I've Forgotten is a testament to how much a song can mean: You can destroy the vinyl it's been recorded on, but the sound itself, and all it stands for, is indestructible. Groove is in the heart.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    This is a dignified piece of filmmaking, and one that uses brutality to great effect.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Stephanie Zacharek
    Especially for a movie that springs from a horrific and grisly crime, True Story feels undershaped and indistinct; it’s too dispassionate to be genuinely chilly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it's also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie's true center, the meteorological phenomenon that makes it so pleasurable to watch, is the half-prickly, half-affectionate interplay between Binoche and Stewart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Stephanie Zacharek
    You can feel the good intentions vibrating off the screen, but it's still a listless affair, one that takes forever to go almost nowhere. The picture struggles so valiantly to be a woman's empowerment fable that it leaves you wishing for just a little romance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    For all the full-throttle dazzle of Furious 7, the best scenes are the quietest ones, in which these characters make observations about love, life, and family that would seem overcooked in any other movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stephanie Zacharek
    If director Tim Johnson -- adapting Adam Rex's book The True Meaning of Smekday -- can't do much with the story's confused, if well-intentioned, agenda, at least he's got some charming, vivid characters to work with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Zacharek
    Baumbach has made some fine pictures (Frances Ha) and some deadening, hermetic ones (Margot at the Wedding), but it's While We're Young that really fulfills the promise of his brash but fine-grained debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie Wenders and Juliano have made is a tribute that feels both grand and modest in scale: Just as Salgado's photographs do, it extends the notion of friends and family to include every citizen of the world.

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