Stephen Farber

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For 119 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Farber's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Attack
Lowest review score: 30 3 Nights in the Desert
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 119
  2. Negative: 4 out of 119
119 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient during the journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    The first-rate cast cannot be faulted. Chandor has assembled an extraordinary ensemble.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    The actors do what they can to supply the texture missing from the script. Vaughn and Wilson riff together with pleasing professionalism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Although it is overlong, it manages to be fascinating for much of its running time. But it also disappoints on many counts, providing another example of hype outpacing actual achievement -- a syndrome that Salinger himself would probably have deplored.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    All of the cast members deliver smooth, capable performances, but this sequel clarifies why Howard has become the biggest star from the original ensemble. (He also gave one of the strongest performances in Lee Daniels’ The Butler this past summer.)
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    None of the other economic gurus of the era is interviewed, so the film comes across as a 90-minute monologue, which is intriguing to a point but also wearying.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    The narration is overused, but at least Fey makes an engaging hostess.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Despite these lapses and a padded running time, this film does burst with fascinating inside lore.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    One wonders if A Brave Heart might have been more effective as a short film than as a feature. The characters and the story compel our attention, but the film runs out of steam before the end.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    It’s always entertaining to tag along with these attractive actors on their photogenic journey.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Jim ultimately raises more questions than it can answer, so it cannot be considered a completely satisfying documentary. Nevertheless, it builds undeniable emotional force as it reaches its somber conclusion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Director Michael Damian does not bring any special spark to the film, but he recognizes the talents of his cast and allows them to shine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    Ferguson certainly has some strong, even encouraging points to make. And he has brought impressive filmmaking skills to his cinematic essay. Still, one wishes that he had presented his thesis with a little more energy and a little less didacticism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    The picture doesn’t fully succeed, but it showcases strong performances.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    The acting in the film is outstanding down to some of the smallest parts, and here director Taylor Hackford (who hasn’t had a major hit in several years) deserves considerable credit for guiding these performers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    This film about family dysfunction and ethical crises never reaches a fully satisfying conclusion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Farber
    What the film doesn’t have is the visceral impact that would take it from a well-intentioned treatise to a searing work of art.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    A thriller element that has not been present in earlier Sparks movies is designed to draw reluctant male viewers to see the picture, but they won’t respond with the same enthusiasm as his core audience of woozy romantics.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    The picture has enough entertainment value to tickle its target audience and even offers a few chuckles for accompanying adults. A strong cast and bright -- if uninspired — animation help to offset a thin story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    Despite the solid work of cast and crew, the film dawdles and fails to justify its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Midnight reaches its tender conclusion without ever achieving the emotional or dramatic heft that such an epic tale requires.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    The filmmakers may have hoped to make a timely commentary on the amorality in our executive suites, but they end up merely restating the obvious. Maybe the whole thing would have played better as a corporate comedy, the kind that Doris Day and Rock Hudson made some 50 years ago.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    A couple of scenes toward the end do generate the suspense that the whole movie needed. But the impact is too muted, and an air of tired familiarity ultimately curdles the entire enterprise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    Their inside jape is unfortunately not as much fun for the audience as it may have been for the filmmakers, though it does have its piquant moments. But it’s not consistently entertaining enough either as a spoof or as a thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Farber
    Some of the film’s acerbic touches are welcome, but Snitch doesn’t offer nearly enough fresh variations on the Scarface formula.

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