Stephanie Merry

Stephanie Merry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Washington Post
Total Reviews:
224

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 63% May In The Summer (2014) " It's diverting to watch and has moments of brilliance, but even with all its refreshing female characters, "May in the Summer" doesn't leave a lasting impression." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The aesthetic quality is still there, even if there haven't been too many great leaps since Rodriguez unveiled "Sin City" in 2005. But the stories aren't nearly as engrossing." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 88% The Kill Team (2014) " It's a beautiful way to lose faith in humanity." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 88% Siddharth (2014) " "Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 46% About Alex (2014) " Like the online medium it fitfully critiques, the movie never digs very deep." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 69% What If (2014) " If you can suspend your incredulity for a moment, "What If" has its bright moments. And that's thanks in large part to its leads, who manage to do what Radcliffe has always done well: conjure up a little magic." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" consists mainly of watching characters run from various little tornadoes before they have to take cover from a very large one." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 93% Closed Curtain (2014) " 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." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " It may not be wholly original or without its flaws, but "Magic in the Moonlight" offers a pleasant vacation from reality, and what more could you want from a summer movie?" — Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2014
86% Home (2013) " Oliver is off to a promising start. Let's hope it's enough to get his next go-round a wider theatrical release." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2014
1.5/4 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " When he wasn't silent, Yves Saint Laurent could be cruel and selfish. He may have been a genius, but if he was at all likable, this movie doesn't show it." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Whether you're among the 46,520 Kickstarter contributors or an avowed member of the anti-Braff brigade, you may just find yourself trying to stifle a sniffle." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " One thing that makes the dialogue-heavy movie so compelling (and also something that Polanski does so well) is an undercurrent of dread." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/4 —— The Perfect Wave (2014) " Christian moviegoers will no doubt appreciate a family-friendly movie with a message they can endorse. But it's going to take more than pretty pictures to convert doubters." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The viewer becomes keenly aware that she is only getting part of the story. But when the truth is so troubling, sometimes part of the story is more than enough." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Knappenberger's documentary is smart and focused, homing in on a recurring theme of independence." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " There are so many action sequences related to so many story lines, that midway through an epic fight, you might find yourself wondering what exactly started this particular battle and what the objective is other than destruction for the sake of it." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2014
—— OJ: The Musical (Orenthal: The Musical) (2013) " Writer-director Jeff Rosenberg is on to something with his offbeat comedy OJ: The Musical, even if the finished product doesn't always live up to its promise." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " One of the most interesting discoveries is that it's not just students who are in debt. In the spirit of competitiveness, colleges have had to up the ante." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 67% Flex Is Kings (2014) " It doesn't always seem like the directors knew where they were going, but they ended up in the right place." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " For those that love the Four Seasons' music but haven't made it to the play, you can put your fear of missing out to rest. This is a much more affordable way to very nearly re-create the experience." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Good-natured and an enjoyable watch. If Myers really just wanted to show his appreciation, he went above and beyond." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " This may be the first and last time anyone says this, but if "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is this good, why stop at 3 and 4?" — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " This may be a buddy comedy on its surface, but "Bicycling With Molière" also gives some insight into the way art imitates life, and also the way life informs art." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " The filmmaker's novel approach to memoir deserves a wider audience. Maybe everything has been done before, but never quite like this." — Washington Post
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 91% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) " "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" may not be entirely brilliant, but it's at the very least inspiring." — Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) " Each sweet moment is inevitably punctuated by some in-your-face joke that's at least as stupid as the preceding moments were heartfelt." — Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 41% A Night In Old Mexico (2014) " The movie doesn't have the same kind of emotional depth that Duvall and Wittliff managed to pull off decades ago. Worse, the dialogue often sounds stilted." — Washington Post
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " The adaptation of this coming-of-age tale is stylishly brought to the screen, even if it feels a bit light on substance." — Washington Post
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 34% God's Pocket (2014) " What began as an intriguing snapshot begins to feel grotesque and inscrutable." — Washington Post
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 81% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " "The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through." — Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 83% Belle (2014) " The movie packs a lot in, and the quick pace of early scenes can feel like running on a treadmill, but "Belle" settles into a nice rhythm." — Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 36% Just a Sigh (2014) " "Just a Sigh" lives up to its name. It disappears without a trace." — Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " The film serves an effective marketing tool after all, with some lively footage and funny interviews. It's just too bad viewers can't see the actual play." — Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 90% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids's ballroom competition makes up for any quibbles." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " A simple retelling of these stories would have been more dramatic, more effective and more powerful." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 24, 2014
8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " "A Haunted House 2" is so bombastically stupid that its well-earned R rating doesn't seem sufficient. The movie should come with another warning: The following 87 minutes would be better spent alphabetizing your spice rack." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 18, 2014
1/4 43% Make Your Move (2014) " Scenes from the competing clubs include impressive choreography and gravity-defying moves. If only the poorly delivered, trite dialogue and predictable plot aimed as high." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 80% Watermark (2014) " It's as if the movie's many pieces are supposed to be like impressionistic brush strokes. When seen together, the result is pretty to look at. But it's not as meaningful as it should be." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " If writers Scott Rothman and Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Rajiv Joseph had stuck to the basics - if the plot was just business - it might have worked." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 83% On My Way (2014) " These series of vignettes still leave an impression, thanks in no small part to Deneuve." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
77% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " The technology impressively embraces the audience, putting us in the middle of the rain forest, face to face with curious, beady eyes." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 76% Anita (2014) " It's a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Hill, how far we've come." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " What's most fascinating about "Afternoon of a Faun" - and what the movie could spend more time delving into - is ballet's grueling and fleeting nature." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Bateman, who's so often the put-upon straight man, really stretches himself here. His deadpan delivery works just as well in the role of a wicked antihero as it does when he plays Michael Bluth in "Arrested Development."" — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Luckily, the action picks up when the dialogue stalls, with startling car crashes, cat-and-mouse games and unexpected gunshots that make for a spellbinding climax." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " What sets the engrossing "Stranger by the Lake" apart is that its excesses seem to point to a moral purpose beyond shock or entertainment value." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " In his directorial debut, Robert May examines in granular detail the causes and effects of the scandal, and interviewed dozens of people over a number of years." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
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