Stephen Farber
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For 77 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Farber's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Prisoners
Lowest review score: 30 America
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 77
  2. Negative: 4 out of 77
77 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    Director David Weissman brings a rewardingly fresh and personal perspective to the subject.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Hawke’s film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour’s selfless devotion to his art.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Throughout the film Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is fascinating to watch even when the film turns into a frustrating head-scratcher.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Vallee’s latest offering is alternately harrowing and heartbreaking, but laced with saving bursts of humor.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    While the film is too convoluted to stir boxoffice excitement, it offers some rewards for sophisticated moviegoers
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    The film turns out to be highly effective, thanks to the skills of the actors and director Zaza Urushadze.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Two excellent performances bolster a thoughtful script, and the result is that the discomfort we feel seems perfectly controlled by the filmmakers. The movie is candid and disturbing but never exploitative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    There isn’t a tremendous amount of new information in this generally well-crafted documentary. But it makes a potent, urgent case against the merchants of doubt who play games with the planet’s future.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    While the concept may sound schematic, it is brought to vivid life by wonderful characterizations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Farber
    This intense, painful movie lingers in the memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Farber
    Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Skillfully edited and energetically paced, Smiling Through provides a memorable time capsule for those who miss the smart magazines that will never return.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Farber
    While the beats of the story are often stock, the picture benefits from sensitive direction by New Zealander Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) and from a most appealing performance by Kevin Costner.
    • 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.

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