Stephanie Zacharek Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) " The vainglorious pas de deux between Philip and Zimmerman is entertaining for a while, though the novelty gradually wears off. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 16, 2014
93% Birdman (2014) " It's a relief to see Keaton in a role worthy of him. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
92% Dear White People (2014) " One of the sharpest and most audacious comedies of the year ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " Do we really need to see Robert Duvall playing a withered grouch for the millionth time? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
95% Whiplash (2014) " If Whiplash doesn't quite hang together, Chazelle has still managed to pack it with some wonderful ideas ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
95% Nothing But a Man (1963) " So astute about the economic and racial politics of the Jim Crow South, and particularly about the trauma suffered by black men struggling for respectability, that it's hard to believe it was made by two white guys ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
8% Drive Hard (2014) " If you're not expecting too much, Drive Hard is mindlessly entertaining, but it lacks that spark of madness that might have made it truly fun. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2014
92% Pride (2014) " Pride hits some bumpy patches when it switches gears between comedy and gentle pathos, which it does often. But its spirit is bold enough to power through the rough spots. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) " The movie, while entertaining and extremely well crafted, is too self-conscious about its depravity to be either truly disturbing or disturbingly funny. Ticking along with metronome-like efficiency, it's more slick than sick. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " It at least has a spark of life to it, and Ridley's decision to focus on Hendrix's first year in London - from 1966 to 1967 - frees rather than limits him. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
39% Tusk (2014) " There's too much forced winking in it; everything is a goof, a lark, a Smith-style in-joke for the in-crowd. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2014
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " This is a doc with, among other things, a firm sense of place, and not just your random filmed Q&A with an interesting guy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2014
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Too bad the story tucked around all that production design is such a futuristic drag. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2014
73% Fedora (1978) " Wilder may have been a genius, but not everything a genius does is a work of genius. Fedora is a curiosity, not a lost masterpiece. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2014
52% Frontera (2014) " Frontera is a showcase for actors: Ed Harris, in particular, does something we've seen him do before -- play the laconic man of principle -- but he's so good at it, you warm right up to his rhythms. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2014
29% 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
99% 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
86% 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
36% 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
95% 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
86% 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
45% 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
70% 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
68% 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
80% 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
91% 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
73% 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
81% 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
46% 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
98% 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
80% 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
44% 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
No Score Yet 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
85% 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
81% 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
86% 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
74% 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
87% 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
73% 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
23% 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
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