Stephanie Merry

Stephanie Merry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Washington Post
Total Reviews:
187

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 33% 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 79% 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 63% 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
—— Home (2014) " 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 Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 79% 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
73% 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 77% 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 90% 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 63% 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 77% 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 95% 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
2/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " There's just one problem: The story." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 45% The Pretty One (2014) " It would take a lot of charm for "The Pretty One" to overcome that creepy premise, but the movie doesn't have it." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1.5/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " Harington transformed his body for the role, but here's the real disaster: His startlingly defined six-pack abs are the most memorable part of his character." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " "Winter's Tale" is ambitious with its otherworldly ingredients and temporal leaps. It's not always a success, but the movie has one thing going for it: spot-on casting." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " What does this new version offer? A different set of actors, a Valentine's Day release date and kissing. Lots of kissing. Kissing in place of character development and dialogue, even entire kissing montages where a meaningful plot should be." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/4 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " The only thing that distinguishes this teen-magnet wannabe from its predecessors is how lazily it appears to have been slapped together." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " The documentary's greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 99% Gloria (2014) " For the most part, "Gloria" is a day brightener of a character study about finding someone new and making the same old mistakes." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " That feeling of been-there-done-that is pervasive, with many of the jokes sounding like they were ripped off from other movies." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " You might think of the movie as a long car trip you've taken many times before. The same old roadside attractions may not be exciting, but when you've got great company, who cares?" — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
0.5/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The only thing epic about The Legend of Hercules is what a failure it is." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1.5/4 0% Chander Pahar (2014) " The source material ends up shoehorned between splashy images of springboks and hippos, and any gaps are filled with CGI. But when adapting an acclaimed book, it's probably smart to let the plot steal the show." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Despite its ultimate sense of optimism, the Glasgow-set dramedy nevertheless carries a sense of foreboding. And yet, that might not have been the intention." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2014
1.5/4 57% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) " A documentary that supposedly chronicles the 2012-2013 tour but stays so relentlessly on message, it offers no insights and few anecdotes about the real Justin Bieber." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom does a worthy job of honoring both its subject and its audience." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " When Razor and the Kid are supposed to be publicly promoting their bout and instead devolve into bickering buffoonery, there's nothing but ill-timed punch lines where the chemistry between Stallone and De Niro should be." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1.5/4 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Aesthetic attention to detail, even when it's painstaking, goes only so far when the content is mediocre." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 83% The Punk Singer (2013) " The way Hanna burst onto the scene is just as interesting as how she faded from it." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
1.5/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " "The Last Days on Mars" seems like it could deliver ... thought-provoking goods - at least until the plot devolves into Zombies in Outer Space." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 69% Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013) " "Enzo Avitabile Music Life" succeeds at conveying one-quarter of its title." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 89% Frozen (2013) " "Frozen" may be a nod to the pleasures of vintage Disney and old fairy tales, but there's nothing outdated about it." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 26, 2013
67% Redlegs (2012) " At slightly longer than an hour, the movie comes and goes before you know it, but some of its scenes, both funny and achingly sad, won't disappear so quickly." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/4 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " "The Christmas Candle," based on a book by Texas minister Max Lucado, might be the ideal movie for Christians in search of family-friendly entertainment, but its appeal won't stretch beyond that demographic." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Some moments of the movie might leave viewers feeling bereft or gut-punched, but the sublime sounds (along with the sweet and silly scenes of the pair falling in love) provide respites from the sorrow." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The movie tries heartily to contain writer Markus Zusak's myriad plot points, but the result is a rushed conclusion, which tempers the intended tear-jerking climax." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " The movie doesn't always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 73% The Motel Life (2013) " For all its melancholy and grey, snowy landscape, "The Motel Life" never feels totally hopeless ..." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2013
1/4 8% Diana (2013) " "Diana" isn't just an egregious case of rewriting history, but one of oversimplifying it." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " Finally, there's a movie vegetarian parents can enjoy with their impressionable offspring." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 68% American Promise (2013) " The fact that the pair pulls off the nearly 21 / 2-hour run time without making the audience tire of the subjects is a feat itself." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " It's the actors, plus an exuberant Mary Steenburgen as quick-witted lounge singer Diana, who make the movie more than a middling copycat." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 6% I'm In Love With A Church Girl (2013) " We're apparently supposed to root for these two to make it, although Vanessa is outlandishly jealous and pushy." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1.5/4 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " If there is one novelty in director Carlo Carlei's take on the world's best-known ill-fated lovers, it's that the words aren't entirely Shakespeare's. It's a fresh approach, indeed, but maybe not the wisest." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " The film manages to be extremely efficient, conveying its points, making the audience laugh, getting viewers invested and even breaking our hearts in just 90 minutes." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1.5/4 35% Salinger (2013) " Given the many stories about Salinger and the dearth of images, it would have been more efficient just to skip the documentary altogether." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " The result is quite stunning and a lot less gimmicky than it could have been." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
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