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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1536
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
77% 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
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Winter's Tale switches from a lavish mystical fantasy into a ponderous fable about destiny and miracles and stuff." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The Grand Budapest Hotel brought out my inner Hunca Munca, of Two Bad Mice fame: This meticulously appointed dollhouse of a movie just went on and on, making me want to smash many miniature plates of plaster food in frustration." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 6, 2014
89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " Even in a wheelchair, Le Clercq, who died in 2000 at age 71, commands authority with little more than her captivating, wicked smile." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men feels loose and disorganized, even though all the requisite cogs (including a jaunty ascot of a score by Alexandre Desplat) have been accounted for." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
82% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " A taut, effective little picture whose dialogue consists wholly of transcriptions of actual cockpit recordings, most of them from flights that ultimately crashed." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
93% Veronica Mars: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " Season 3 did set up the intriguing and perfectly realistic possibility that Veronica Mars could not only survive but continue to find ways to reinvigorate itself. " —
Posted Jan 23, 2014
100% Veronica Mars: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2006) " like any great TV show, Veronica Mars is so much more than just the sum of its elaborate (sometimes perhaps too elaborate) plot machinations. The really interesting things on Veronica Mars all happen in the margins. " —
Posted Jan 23, 2014
95% Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) " There are a million stories in the naked city, but there are a million more in high school. Veronica Mars has dug up some of the best ones. " —
Posted Jan 23, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " I overheard someone call it a "midlife crisis drama." The comment was clueless for lots of reasons, most notably because there's no crisis in Gloria at all, which is what makes it so marvelous." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " The filmmakers know just what our vulnerabilities are. ... But as we wince, they're laughing with us, not at us." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is half silliness, half swagger, but Branagh's arms-akimbo impudence as a director makes it work. He takes it all seriously, but with a wink." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " You could ask for more -- an actual script, maybe? -- but Harlin covers most of the basics. Or, perhaps more accurately, he leaves them uncovered." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2014
15% Open Grave (2014) " The road to the finale is littered with dead bodies and red herrings, but Open Grave is more notable for its laid-back approach to storytelling than for its plot twists." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Landon co-wrote three of the previous entries, though this is his first time directing one, and he doesn't seem to know, or care, about the kinds of questions audiences may want answers to." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " August: Osage County, however, bitterly funny in some places and numbingly earnest in others, is just too much Streep." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 24, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As a highly detailed portrait of true-life corruption and bad behavior in the financial sector, Wolf is pushy and hollow, too much of a bad thing, like a three-hour cold call from the boiler room that leaves you wondering, "What have I just been sold?"" — Village Voice
Posted Dec 19, 2013
94% Her (2013) " There are many, many feelings stuck into Her, pin-cushion-style, but the result is a kind of overstuffed stupefaction." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " With those eyes that are a little too close together, and that confident swagger that looks as if it could disintegrate into a pratfall at any time, Ferrell makes a grand ringleader for all this nonsense." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " There may not be much behind the sparkling tinsel curtain of David O. Russell's extraordinarily entertaining American Hustle. But what a curtain!" — Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
88% Ms. 45 (2013) " The sexual politics of Ms. 45 are blunt and easy to read, and the picture is riotously cathartic." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " The charm of the whole enterprise wears off even before this movie's trim 80 minutes are up." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The picture is earnest to a fault, coming off like an exploration of how "the little people" live, so carefully written that it veritably trumpets how remote it is from the grittiness of its subject matter." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " The remake that came too late, so benign and unmemorable that not even people who loved Park Chan-wook's 2003 original will be able to muster much outrage." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery." —
Posted Nov 19, 2013
74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " Much of the movie consists of footage and stills from Page's life and career, and face it: Looking at Page for some 90 minutes is a pleasure unto itself. But her actual voice gives the movie its richness." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Jennifer Lawrence, of course, is the real draw. Female role models come and go, and Lawrence's Katniss is one of the better ones." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2013
68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Like the dazzling, canny comedy of Key and Peele, it acknowledges that it's futile to speak of a single black experience; at this point in America, we're all a mess of experiences." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
63% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " Most people hold dearly to the memory of certain things they loved as kids, but those much-fingered scraps of security blanket aren't always enough to hold a documentary together." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " Percival -- who has directed numerous episodes of Downton Abbey -- approaches the material earnestly, but when it veers into the territory of literary preciousness, he doesn't know how to rein it in." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
18% Free Birds (2013) " Like so many modern animated features, Free Birds packs too much in; the picture feels cramped and cluttered, and, despite its occasionally manic action, it moves as slowly as a fattened bird waddling toward its doom." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " What's remarkable about Dallas Buyers Club is its lack of sentimentality. The movie, like its star, is all angles and elbows, earning its emotion through sheer pragmatism." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Somehow Seydoux and Exarchopoulos manifest an idea of desire, a mood that performers and directors often fail to capture even when there's good on-set chemistry." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Aside from a characteristically nuanced lead performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor... it's a picture that stays more than a few safe steps away from anything so dangerous as raw feeling." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 16, 2013
90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " Tillman seems to know that we need to go home feeling hope for Mister and Pete, who, it turns out, aren't so easily defeated." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia has a knack for orchestrating violence: The brutality is just stylized enough to have a kick, though you always feel its emotional weight." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Even when his story starts getting serious, Gordon-Levitt always keeps it funny, and his cast is in on the joke." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Anyone who can get to the theater on two legs, or four wheels, should see it on the big screen." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " As always in Holofcener's films, people in Enough Said say terrible things to each other. You hear them and think, No one would ever say that in real life-until you recognize that yes, of course they would." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The Selfish Giant earns all of its emotion the honest way. If it's at times painful to watch, in the end it gives back much more than it takes. It's generous and steadfast, like true friendship itself." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2013
37% Child Of God (2014) " Time and again I found myself looking at a wobbly shot of somebody's slouched shoulder, or a not-very-interesting left ear, wondering what information, exactly, these visuals were intended to convey." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2013
86% Joe (2014) " The whole thing makes Winter's Bone look as cheerful as a Li'l Abner strip, and there's something distastefully condescending about it. " — Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2013
93% Mother Of George (2013) " Mother of George is a seemingly straightforward film with some complex underlayers. Why do we want what we want?" — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
86% Night Moves (2014) " At times I thought I was bored, only to realize that I was actually feeling anxious and more than a little queasy." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2013
93% Le M├ępris (Contempt) (2008) " Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ..." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
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