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
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Merry
    Watching “Transfomers” is like sitting in a car that’s revving its engine while stuck in the mud. It sounds like it’s getting somewhere, even though all it ever does is spin its wheels.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    The big thrills and few laughs are no match for the cumbersome, convoluted story, not to mention the nonexistent chemistry between Cruise and Wallis.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Dean has its moments. The cast is solid, and the story moves along smoothly. Slight though it may be, it’s a sweet enough tale, while it lasts.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Merry
    If anything, Baywatch is a litmus test for how low Johnson can sink while still winning us over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Stephanie Merry
    Davies is a master of the slow build, lyrically evoking the dreaminess and gravity of his subject and her verse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Director Matt Tyrnauer mixes lively archival footage, including a memorable news interview with an angry Italian grandmother, with testimony from passionate experts to demonstrate the importance of city design.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    In an effort to make Fawcett a logical, upstanding guy, the story never fully convinces us of his obsession with returning to find the lost city.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    “Fate” gives fans of the franchise exactly what they want, provided they can ditch logic as easily as the movie does.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    At its worst, the movie is a blunt critique of materialism, but there are some smart moments along the way in this methodically paced drama, which puts more emphasis on atmospherics than storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    It’s a story that promises major suspense, which only materializes occasionally.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    The story takes a couple of sharp turns, ultimately revealing that it isn’t a romantic comedy after all, but a shambling drama with a few mildly amusing pratfalls.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Although the relationship lacks a certain fire, the acting is superb.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    In the end, The Founder is little more than a deflating reminder, as if we needed one, that the winner takes all, and integrity isn’t always the key to success.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    The Bye Bye Man had a relatively modest budget, and it shows in the special effects, which tend to be more funny than scary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The whole endeavor runs a high risk of drowning in melodrama. But the movie avoids that pitfall, because nothing about the story or characters is easy or straightforward.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Lion is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves. A smartly understated approach to Brierley’s story holds it all together. Sometimes the truth alone is enough.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The movie manages to be simultaneously superficial and heartbreaking. That’s no easy feat — nor is it a laudable one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Stephanie Merry
    The Duelist will leave viewers scratching their heads over any number of questions, but the most gnawing one might be: Why did everyone get so dressed up for a bloodbath?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    If Beatty was not trying to make a movie about Hughes, he utterly failed, because the love story of Frank and Marla is more like a framing device — a gateway drug to get the audience into the theater so that Beatty can chew some scenery. Even so, he chews it quite well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The halfhearted attempt to tweak the boxing-movie formula is a diversionary tactic. No amount of feints will change one fact: Bleed for This has no new moves.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    The film’s subtly observed moments are more powerful than any of its technical wizardry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    The victims are impossibly brave as they sit for interviews, revisiting the worst moments of their lives. Their stories are the strongest part of the documentary, making up for uneven pacing and some otherwise strange editing choices.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    Miss Hokusai is more adept at delivering beautiful visuals than anything deeper. That’s perhaps not all that ironic, given that the movie’s portrayal of Hokusai is as a man who valued art above all else.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    We’ve seen these poignant lessons before: Ove is destined to learn that he can’t do it all on his own and that life is still worth living. Yet the moving twists and turns of the love story and the bright comedy elevate an otherwise familiar story line.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Stephanie Merry
    Of course, action movies don’t have to be believable or poignant. They just have to get your adrenaline pumping. But the movie lacks inspiration in that department, too, owing to action sequences you’ve seen before, familiar music and dialogue so predictable you could make a game out of guessing the next line.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Even without the guidance of narration or a single story arc, it becomes clearer and clearer that the war on terror has unwittingly spawned another war: between police officers trained to fight like soldiers and the people they’ve sworn to protect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephanie Merry
    Girl Asleep isn’t easy to categorize. It’s a wild curiosity that shifts on a whim. In that sense, there couldn’t be a better metaphor for the inner workings of a teenage girl’s mind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Stephanie Merry
    The movie may be competent at telling its story, but it’s missing one key ingredient: feeling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephanie Merry
    Front Cover is weighed down by heavy-handed dialogue and a melodramatic score.

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