Stephanie Merry

Stephanie Merry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 82% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) " If there's one complaint about "Far From the Madding Crowd," it's that the chemistry between Mulligan and Schoenaerts doesn't totally spark. But then, how much pizzazz does one really expect from Victorian England? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3.5/4 81% Dior and I (2015) " The movie, not to mention the company, deserves praise for showing the challenges as well as the triumphs; "Dior and I" doesn't shy away from conflicts when they arise. This isn't marketing material. It's a real look at a fascinating line of work. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " "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. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 29% Blackbird (2015) " Anything that can go wrong, will - often in spectacular fashion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 45% Adult Beginners (2015) " It glides along the surface where conversations that include the question "Are you really happy?" pass for bonding. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " In addition to the tremendous acting, Assayas's direction has a novel feel, with clever fade-outs reminiscent of theater, which happen just when some bit of action is about to take place. But there are also some curious decisions. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 56% The Human Experiment (2015) " In the end, this film will persuade only those who already believe. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 28% The Longest Ride (2015) " People don't go to Sparks movies for subtlety; they go to warm their hearts by bearing witness to true love. Of course, that requires a story that rings true. In "The Longest Ride," authenticity is in short supply. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) " The movie has a very methodical pace, which sometimes verges on sluggish. And the soft focus of certain light-filled scenes doesn't make Effie look angelic so much as it makes the director appear amateurish. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1/4 18% Serena (2015) " It's painful to watch all that talent get wasted. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) " "Danny Collins," like its central character, has a good heart, and sometimes that's enough. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " " '71" succeeds as an action thriller, but with enough complexity to keep the brain engaged. The film is also a reminder of the byproducts of hatred. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) " If the director wanted to rehumanize Shepard, she has succeeded. Her other goal, though worthwhile, was not so easy to accomplish: to make sense of a horrific event and move on. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 70% The Salvation (2015) " Surprises are few and far between in "The Salvation," but for Western fans looking for a fix, it'll do the trick. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 86% Ballet 422 (2015) " For fans of dance, "Ballet 422" will produce plenty of pleasures. But as with great ballet, great movies always benefit from a little drama. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1.5/4 52% Road Hard (2015) " You can make a movie that's both sweet and crass; just look at Judd Apatow's comedies. But the mix doesn't work here, maybe because both the vulgarity and the cheesiness are so amped up. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) " The movie can be over-the-top and the characters are rarely anything more than vile. And yet, the whole thing is mesmerizing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) " You've seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what's left? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) " A very funny, deeply affecting portrait of love lost and found. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 85% Boy Meets Girl (2015) " Often, it feels conspicuously educational. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " In the end, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But there's also nothing as agonizingly awkward as James's prose. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " There's simply not enough time to give any of these stories their due, so instead, each one feels abbreviated. Sometimes, during conspicuous editing, you can almost see where more movie was supposed to exist, like a narrative with phantom limbs. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 37% Black or White (2015) " The title suggests there are no easy answers. So why does everything feel so tidy? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/4 36% Song One (2015) " Like the music, which is easy on the ears though never catchy, the movie doesn't stick with you. Once it's over, it's gone. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " It seems poised to become a similar cult classic for young urbanites. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 53% Little Accidents (2015) " "Little Accidents" is a serious movie, but, to its credit, it's never entirely bleak. Revealing the truth always remains an option, just waiting to set the characters free. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/4 84% Predestination (2015) " By the time the final minutes roll around, the requisite big reveals are both bizarre and predictable, even if they don't make complete sense at first (or ever). But seeing what's coming doesn't blunt the overall impact of the story. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 8, 2015
1.5/4 46% The Gambler (2014) " Watching a hostile pessimist purposefully sabotaging his own good fortune just isn't as fun as it sounds. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Some of the musical's superfans will feel shortchanged by the movie no matter what, but you have to give credit where it's due. The adaptation is pretty faithful to the original - for better and worse. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2/4 27% Annie (2014) " Ultimately, "Annie" is so fixated on being current that it will never be more than a passing fancy. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " It's understandable that people were angry about the whitewashing of Egypt. But no aspiring actor of color should think of this as an opportunity missed so much as a bullet dodged. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 88% Remote Area Medical (2014) " "Remote Area Medical" is an incredibly tragic movie. It's also an important one, reminding viewers that America is more than its coasts and cities. There are corners of the country we all too easily forget. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/4 58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) " Some of the portrayals are over-the-top in their villainy, and the dialogue, acting and music all tend to be melodramatic. But all of the overt heartstring-pulling doesn't add much. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) " Some recent interviews with Jones paint him as a bit of a curmudgeon. But he's right to push back against being put into a box. "The Homesman" succeeds mainly because it and he don't neatly fit into one. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 41% The Better Angels (2014) " Just as those around Lincoln grow frustrated by his obscurity, so may audiences watching "The Better Angels." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/4 96% National Gallery (2014) " "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. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Overnighters (2014) " "The Overnighters" is commendable for many reasons, not the least of which is the way it allows complex issues to remain complex. There is a clear conflict between the pastor and the town, but there's no good vs. evil. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/4 51% Low Down (2014) " The squalor alone isn't enough - this would be a more affecting story had if it showed us what was happening beneath the decaying exterior. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 90% The Great Invisible (2014) " Brown seamlessly blends the emotional, intimate stories of people with bigger pictures, using the explosion as the starting point for a ripple effect that just keeps growing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/4 67% Bitter Honey (2014) " It would be nice to know if the troubling images we see are a sweeping problem or just a small glimpse of a minority. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/4 73% Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014) " Yogananda's story is a fascinating one. And although the documentary will likely attract a discrete group, it has the potential for broader appeal. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2/4 71% Plot for Peace (2014) " If you're not steeped in the recent history of southern Africa, the timeline can prove hard to follow. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 84% Watchers of the Sky (2015) " Even at two hours - an eternity for a doc - the movie never feels too long. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/4 100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) " There are slow bits, as Baumane delves into stories that are less interesting than others. But overall, her family history is rife with complex characters, and she brings them all to life in a loving, if scrutinizing, way. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) " Brawls that are exciting in the beginning become dull as each sequence attempts to outdo the last. But John Wick has a more interesting story and better fights than most, not to mention, if too briefly, a puppy. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/4 74% Felony (2014) " It's a rare treat to see a suspenseful crime drama delivered with so much nuance and restraint. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 81% Lilting (2014) " It is, as the title suggests, sweet - but also slight. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 67% Fishing Without Nets (2014) " Hodierne allows space for the tension to build, and the result is almost sickeningly suspenseful. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 75% Pump (2014) " "Pump" is fascinating at times, although the quick cutting and constant music take away from some engrossing moments. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) " The movie is inspiring and tragic, and, directed by street artist One9, it's captured in an artful, emotional way that will speak to an audience beyond rap fans. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
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