Stephen Farber
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For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Farber's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Attack
Lowest review score: 30 The Word
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63
63 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Farber
    Prisoners can at times be a hard film to watch, but thanks to all the talent involved, it’s even harder to shake off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Farber
    Although the subject matter is inherently disturbing, it’s hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved by this mournful tale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    Director David Weissman brings a rewardingly fresh and personal perspective to the subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    Pray does not browbeat viewers into applauding the artist’s achievement. The filmmaker thoughtfully documents a phenomenon and allows the arguments to continue to rage after the lights come on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    While the concept may sound schematic, it is brought to vivid life by wonderful characterizations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    This fascinating documentary about famed photographer Bill Cunningham features interviews with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, author Tom Wolfe and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Dori Berinstein's tender but sharp portrait finds a lot of depths in the woman whom many see as a camp figure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    It's a pleasure to surrender to the movie's lush visuals, which are accompanied by wonderful jazz classics performed by Valdes, Estrella Morente, and Freddy Cole (Nat King Cole's brother), among many others.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    The basic story has been told many times before, but it’s intriguingly retold by screenwriter Philip Gelatt and director Sebastian Cordero in this low-budget, bare-bones rendering of a familiar theme.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Sparkling dialogue would count for little without two actors to deliver it expertly. Garcia (who is also one of the producers of the film) is generally cast in more serious roles, but he revealed a gift for comedy in "City Island" a few years ago, and he revisits that terrain rewardingly here. Farmiga is marvelous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Vallee’s latest offering is alternately harrowing and heartbreaking, but laced with saving bursts of humor.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    So even if Sex and the City 2 consisted of nothing but a two-hour fashion show, it would draw crowds. But it also has the returning cast members in fine comic form, and it has more cutting-edge humor than the first movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    The stunt work is amazing, and the pace is breathless enough to keep one watching right up to the somewhat ambiguous conclusion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Perhaps the best way to appreciate the picture, its few intellectual pretensions notwithstanding, is as a classy horror film with a particularly nasty edge. It's not exactly entertainment, but it casts a poisonous spell.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences, but of course it won't come anywhere near those megagrosses, and it's too scary to be wholeheartedly embraced by children.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    While the film is too convoluted to stir boxoffice excitement, it offers some rewards for sophisticated moviegoers
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Morris clearly invested so much time and energy in McKinney's story because he saw her as emblematic of our crazed times. Others might wonder whether the sad saga deserves quite this much attention, but there's no denying the film's morbid fascination.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    The picture is far from great, but it's a serviceable B-movie with some A-list talent on a slumming expedition.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Palmer keeps his focus tightly on the families, which makes the movie admirably unpretentious but also incomplete. Nevertheless, the picture has a vibrant central character in James McDonagh, the leading fighter in the clan who begins to question the rites of violence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    It may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, but in a summer of bloated spectacles, this modesty should not be underestimated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    This material would never have attracted a major studio, so Christy Walton — heir to the Wal-Mart fortune — financed the picture herself, not because of any desire to become a movie mogul but simply because of her passion for the novel. She allowed the filmmakers to work without major stars or obvious commercial hooks added to the story. Although the film doesn’t always sustain dramatic impact, its fidelity to the spirit of the novel is impressive.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    No one who sees the film will feel it breaks any new ground, but as a cinematic equivalent of comfort food, it goes down easily.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    While the movie’s theme is familiar, even a little stale, the vivid details help to freshen the story, and the actors sock the movie home.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Expertly acted, impeccably photographed, intelligently written, even intermittently touching, the film is also too parched and ponderous to connect with a large audience.