Stephanie Merry

Stephanie Merry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Stephanie Merry's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% Eden (2015) ""Eden" serves as a time capsule, giving us some sense of what it feels like to be in the midst of a musical high. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 89% Fresh Dressed (2015) "A lively history of style, from the street to the stage. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 40% A Little Chaos (2015) "It's a shame such a talented artist couldn't create a more memorable film, but the overlong "A Little Chaos" bogs down in a lackluster love story. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 100% Every Last Child (2015) "The documentary is more hopeful than most issue-based movies, which educate the audience about a major dilemma and then call it a day. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 76% Love at First Fight (2015) "What starts out as a promisingly unique tale of a macho woman and the meek guy who falls for her turns into something else once Madeleine leaves for training camp and Arnaud follows. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/4 57% Gemma Bovery (2015) "How is it possible that such blatant male wish fulfillment came from a female director and a graphic novel by a woman, writer-artist Posy Simmonds? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "The themes are life and death, but the tone stays breezy. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 74% The Connection (2015) ""The Connection" isn't all that different from a lot of police procedurals that have come before, but there's something about this particular gritty true-crime story that still fascinates all these years later. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/4 0% Freedom (2015) ""Freedom's" story could be so powerful on its own. Samuel's escape is a nail-biter, and the devastation of slavery is obvious. Adding intentionally stirring scenes does nothing but blunt the impact of a harrowing pair of tales. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 81% Results (2015) ""Results" is a smooth transition for Bujalski from the fringes to more commercial work. It's heartening that he didn't give up his calling-card observational humor to do it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/4 8% Survivor (2015) "There's no question where any of this is going, and although the chase can be entertaining at times, the movie is ultimately forgettable. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 89% Sunshine Superman (2015) ""Sunshine Superman" might seem like a niche story, with its focus on stunts that most people wouldn't dream of actually doing, but the documentary feels universal. It's simply an examination of how one man fully embraced life while charting his own path. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
91% Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 7 "We hopscotched from King's Landing to Castle Black to Meereen and back again. Pretty much the only character missing was lovable galoot Podrick. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 25, 2015
2/4 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) ""In the Name of My Daughter" has good intentions of taking a sensationalistic riddle and turning it into a human story. But the pendulum ultimately swings too far, leaving an explosive tale behind in favor of one that fizzles out. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "The drama serves as a pleasant reminder that no matter how old we get, we never really become experts at life. And who would want to? The fumbling is often the most interesting part. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Maybe the ultimate goal of "Tomorrowland" remains obscure because once you know where the story is headed, you realize it's a familiar tale. The movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "A comedy that, if not always better than the first, is certainly more uproarious. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 86% Noble (2015) "Writer-director Stephen Bradley may make some missteps, but he capitalizes on this underdog story's inherent thrills. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 54% 5 Flights Up (2015) ""5 Flights Up" is far from perfect, but it's also undeniably touching. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 85% 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 44% 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 89% 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 30% 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 77% 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 69% 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 55% 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 39% 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 27% 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
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