Stephanie Merry

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For 327 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephanie Merry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Look of Silence
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 327
327 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Stephanie Merry
    The Look of Silence is as beautiful as it is bleak.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Some of the characters make more of an impression than others, and the vignettes aren’t always entirely thrilling or well-acted. But Panahi’s movie remains a political coup considering his significant constraints.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Boynton’s most impressive feat in Big Men is how she takes an impossibly convoluted scenario, makes sense of it and tells a story that’s riveting on its own but also serves as a parable about greed and human nature.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The Overnighters is commendable for many reasons, not the least of which is the way it allows complex issues to remain complex.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    National Gallery could have used a few more edits; its long run time may limit its appeal. But the film is remarkably engaging and, with close looks at so many important pieces of art, bursting with beauty.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Hoss’s breathtaking portrayal, especially in the film’s final minutes, makes it clear why director Christian Petzold has made a habit of working with her.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The drama is a realistic and methodical meditation on family obligation, personal sacrifice and — of course — the power of architecture. That makes Columbus as lovely to look at as it is to ponder.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    A charmer from its first action-packed frames to its over-the-top jailhouse-musical scene during the end credits.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Details count in this movie, whether it’s well-executed camera work or the affecting score.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The movie masterfully crystallizes the unruly, episodic nature of memories, re-creating the way certain small things stay with us while other, much larger events recede into a haze of cigarette smoke.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Haute Cuisine provides no huge revelations or profound messages, but it is sweetly and consistently engaging — a tasty treat that’s not entirely filling but perfectly enjoyable all the same.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    In truth, the story is practically beside the point with all the spectacular visuals. The steampunk aesthetic might be overdone, but there’s still a lot here worth marveling at.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Editing these unwieldy stories into a cohesive, meaningful way must have been a massive undertaking. Editors Jenny Golden and Karen Sim did such an impressive job that even at two hours — an eternity for a doc — the movie never feels too long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Much of the humor derives from how despicable these characters can be, and Jude doesn’t so much push the envelope as turn it into a paper airplane and let it fly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    For the most part, Gloria is a day brightener of a character study about finding someone new and making the same old mistakes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    There’s never any question where this is all headed: a huge blowup argument and a tidy resolution. That being said, the cast is excellent.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Ixcanul is, among other things, a movie about the resilience and savvy of women who are continually disparaged by their cultures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Most footnotes don't get a passing glance, but this one proves worthy of careful study.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    The Second Mother feels lovingly handcrafted. All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Unfortunately, the movie’s second act tends to drag, getting bogged down by uninspired twists, while the first flies by with witty dialogue and a steady stream of novel details.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The Age of Adaline works best as a simple story of boy meets girl; girl falls in love; girl mulls whether or not to reveal that she’ll stay young forever. Everything else is just a lot of unnecessary noise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Embrace of the Serpent has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Writer-director Alain Guiraudie takes an all-natural approach to his material, and not just because most of the men spend the movie in the buff. He takes long, lingering shots, never rushes a scene and uses no score, just organic sounds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Every scene of calm, potentially, is trip-wired for an explosion. But for all its chilling tension and horrific imagery, Sicario is also a beautiful movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Experimenter’s most striking quality is the way it encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it’s just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Not only is it a wholly original story, but it also honors a culture that’s so often overlooked by the movie industry. That alone might have made it a hit, but Coco has so much more to offer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    5 Flights Up is far from perfect, but it’s also undeniably touching.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Closed Curtain is at times slow and constantly puzzling. It doesn’t carry the impact of some of Panahi’s more conventional films. It’s not his best movie, but the fact that he’s making a movie at all is remarkable.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    Morality is hardly the main concern of The Ottoman Lieutenant. Instead, it’s content with hackneyed romance and soaring strings.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    All of The Last Days on Mars feels like it’s been done before.

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