Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

10 Favorites (Always Subject to Change): The Wild Bunch, Irma Vep, The Right Stuff, Blowout, Top Hat, The Godfather Part II, A Hard Day's Night, Breathless, Before Sunrise, L'Atalante
Publications: , , Los Angeles Times , Movieline , NPR , , , Sight and Sound , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
Brooklyn, NY, US

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
25% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " Like Lolita, it's a love story, one that acknowledges there's a cost attached to love - if it cost us nothing, it would be worth nothing." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
98% Starred Up (2014) " As harrowing as some of the depicted incidents are - this is prison, after all - Mackenzie resists sensationalism, preferring to keep his sights on the human element. By the end, he's worked a kind of alchemy." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
83% L'homme de Rio (That Man from Rio) (1964) " That Man From Rio is a crazy delight, a stylish, early-'60s pastiche that folds in every adventure-movie cliché you've ever seen, and possibly invents a few new ones." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
39% If I Stay (2014) " There's something morbidly gratifying about the supercalifragilistically supernatural elements of If I Stay, even if the movie isn't ultimately as effective as it could be." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
97% Love Is Strange (2014) " That's the mercurial beauty of Love Is Strange: It's about things that actually matter in life and in a partnership, including the debit column in the checkbook." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Now we know just what to expect from Coogan and Brydon, although as long as you're willing to settle in for the ride, that's not necessarily a bad thing." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
41% Life After Beth (2014) " There's something listless about Life After Beth - it starts out as a reflection on the potentially morbid nature of grief and then doesn't seem to know where to go." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
69% What If (2014) " While What If does have its blemishes -- there are times when it's just too cute for its own good -- it's so enjoyable from moment to moment that it's easy to forgive." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 8, 2014
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Almost embarrassingly enjoyable, despite the fact that - or maybe because - it's ridiculous in a shiny, Hollywood way." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2014
78% Get On Up (2014) " It's one of those experiments that's both flawed and amazing, a mainstream movie that fulfills old-fashioned, entertainment-value requirements, even as it throws off flashes of insight." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " By the end, you'll have been winked at so much you may think you've been staring at a strobe light for nearly two hours." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
71% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " The words "student film" can strike terror in the bravest of hearts, but fear not The Strange Little Cat." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
75% A Master Builder (2014) " A modestly scaled but potent film version of the adaptation, which hews closely to Ibsen's original - except when it doesn't." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Wish I Was Here is at least stretching toward something, and even if its reach exceeds its grasp, Braff's earnest determination as a filmmaker and performer helps smooth out some of the awkward bumps." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It lives so confidently in its invented universe that you almost believe a society of apes could thrive on the outskirts of San Francisco ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " A quiet stunner of a movie that yields to time rather than try to bend it to its will." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " Let's talk about joy, and about wistfulness, because one so often trails the other, and both are woven into the DNA of A Hard Day's Night." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Life Itself seems about as comprehensive as it could be, though perhaps it doesn't adequately stress Ebert's generosity toward younger critics, even those not so much younger than himself." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2014
77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Bulger himself doesn't appear, of course; at age 84, he's currently serving two consecutive life terms, plus five years. Somehow, it just doesn't seem long enough." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Even as dystopian dramas go, the picture is arid and lusterless in its more serious moments and unpleasantly kitschy when it tries to soar over the top." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Yves Saint Laurent gives us some idea of what it cost to be Yves Saint Laurent. But it also makes us feel for the guy who wasn't ashamed to leave his fingerprints on the money." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Polanski orchestrates this cat-and-mouse game with devilish delight, dancing around Ives's play as if it were a pagan bonfire, jabbing at it with his figurative pitchfork." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
—— Breakthrough Weekend " Its wayward pacing and peculiar rhythms recall early Jim Jarmusch, though it has a New York-centric spirit all its own." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 13, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " DeBlois keeps the story moving efficiently enough, and despite the fact that the film has too many structural arms and legs wiggle-wagging in all the wrong places, there are some finely tuned dramatic moments ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Tatum is, predictably, adorable. His Jenko is a pumped-up naïf bumbling through life with a crooked smile, and Hill again makes a great sparring partner." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " There needs to be a place for teen melodrama. The Fault in Our Stars at least tries to fill it." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) " Don't let this one slip through your fingers." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
85% Borgman (2014) " The picture is fascinating for the way it introduces the kernel of an idea and then builds on it slowly, sustaining suspense rather than just leading the audience right up to the "OK, I get it" moment and running out of steam." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " We Are the Best! captures perfectly the aimlessness of adolescence, the waiting to become something that's so often intertwined with the desire to make something, to leave your mark on the world in some small way." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " Godzilla is one of those generic, omnipresent blockbusters that's undone by the very spectacle it strives to dazzle us with: Everything is so gargantuan, so momentous, that nothing has any weight." — Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2014
86% The Immigrant (2014) " It's as if the ghosts of an older, vanished New York have been freed from the tyranny of faded photographs and allowed, once again, to move, think, and feel." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " The plotlessness of Palo Alto is its own kind of structure, forming an irregular net studded with both golden promise and opportunities for its characters to make some very bad decisions." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Belle is handsome-looking, shot in golden, faded-brocade tones by Ben Smithard, but it moves stiffly, encumbered by too many petticoats of expository dialogue." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
24% The Other Woman (2014) " The Other Woman doesn't give these actresses much to do except look ridiculous, if not sneaky and conniving." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2014
92% The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (Othello) (1952) " Othello came together in defiance of any unifying principle beyond the scrappy vision of its director. It's a work of seat-of-the-pants grandeur." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " One of those "control technology or it will control you" sermons that nonetheless enlists the usual heap of technically advanced special effects." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 18, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Resolute if somewhat off-kilter, it always keeps moving. And where else are you going to see the très adorable French pop star and actress Vanessa Paradis as a Brooklyn lice-picker?" — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " You may think you're not interested in a sturdy little dramatic comedy about the intricacies of the NFL draft process. But with Draft Day, you're in the hands of a master." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 11, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " This is Jarmusch's most emotionally direct film since Dead Man, and maybe his finest." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " There are dozens of mysteries in Under the Skin that don't cohere in any logical way but work like gangbusters on the imaginative subconscious." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky doesn't want to instill wonder; he's more interested in drab yet expensive-looking wrath. He's made a movie about judgment that itself feels judgmental." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The Missing Picture is so immediate, so vital, it practically breathes. Not all memoirs need to exist. But the gentle urgency of Panh's story is right there in the filmmaking." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The story matters only in that it creates opportunities for heaps of ridiculousness, and writer-director James Bobin (who also directed The Muppets), along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller, mines them skillfully and breezily." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
78% Veronica Mars (2014) " For people who loved the show, as I did, it's like fan fiction without the delusional megalomania. We don't have to keep writing these characters' stories for ourselves; Thomas has done it for us - and, trust me, he's better at it." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
65% Bad Words (2014) " Bateman seems to be looking over his shoulder to make sure we're getting the gags, but all he's come up with is a Bad Santa wannabe, with none of that movie's glorious Rabelaisian spirit." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
82% Grand Piano (2014) " Even after the story falls apart, you still feel you've seen something. Grand Piano has savoir-faire to burn." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Mere mortals of Athens, Sparta, and every city from Mumbai to Minneapolis, behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!" — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) " On the most basic level, Stalingrad is a simple war picture, straightforward in its brutality. But there's another movie nestled inside, a more complex, somber one. And that one needs no special 3D effects." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " Nobody's demanding an action-thriller plot that's 100 percent plausible. But is 55 percent too much to ask?" — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
54% Adult World (2014) " Adult World captures beautifully, and with a great deal of self-deprecating humor, what it's like to feel trapped in a place you think is too small to hold you." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
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