Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Stephanie Zacharek's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "Whenever Moore's onscreen - which, thankfully, is often - Maps to the Stars works like gangbusters. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
96% Wild Tales (2015) "Wild Tales has so much feral, prickly energy that it gives off warmth rather than coldness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "What We Do in the Shadows is never as self-conscious as you fear it might be, and it has some of the loose, wiggy energy of early Jim Jarmusch, only with more bite. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
55% Jamaica Inn (1939) "Laughton is compelling from the first instant: His Pengallan is at least five of the seven deadly sins rolled into one, a cheerfully loathsome creature with wide-set eyebrows and a multitude of chins ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
52% The Humbling (2015) "Levinson and Pacino's willingness to explore the creakier end of life isn't a drawback; it's what gives The Humbling its bittersweet vitality. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "Black Sea is so almost-terrific that it's ultimately more disappointing than a movie that's merely badly or carelessly made. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
90% Mommy (2015) "Mommy is first and foremost a mother-and-son story, but it's also a surprisingly delicate exploration of lonely lives, and the temporary islands of companionship that make them bearable. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "A complex and ultimately moving essay on the privileges of victimhood and the nuances of what it means to suffer for love. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) "The triumph of Still Alice is that it's not about an illness; it's about a person. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "It's acceptably entertaining while you're watching it. But how depressing that Michael Mann should settle for being acceptably anything. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
95% Chimes at Midnight (1965) "Of all the movies Welles made, it may offer the most clues to his imposing pachyderm soul. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) "The Spierigs had the framework for something wonderful here, if only they'd trusted themselves to keep things simple. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
74% Beloved Sisters (2015) "Tensions mount in the film's somewhat creaky second half. Still, Graf maps these complications with deftness and sensitivity. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "It's really just sort of...dumb. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 30, 2014
99% Selma (2015) "With Selma, DuVernay has pulled off a tricky feat, a movie based on historical events that never feels dull, worthy, or lifeless; it hangs together as a story and not just part of a lesson plan. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2014
46% The Gambler (2014) "Wyatt ... brings some bristly, swaggering energy to the thing, and that in turn may have loosened Wahlberg up: He's both more intense and freer than he's been in years. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2014
99% Leviathan (2014) "The heart and soul of Leviathan is Serebriakov's Kolia, who carries deep sorrow in his eyes and on his shoulders, even as he fends off defeat for longer than you'd imagine possible. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2014
51% The Interview (2014) "Offers a few moments of casual brilliance but otherwise trips itself up in the threads of its contrived absurdity. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 19, 2014
50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "The third installment, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb may be the best, and even the generally wound-too-tight Ben Stiller - once again playing a bemused Museum of Natural History guard - is easy to tolerate. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "This is less your standard-issue biopic than a foray into the mystery of human feeling. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "A huge relief, as if a giant gas bubble had finally, with great effort, reached the surface of the pond with a cathartic blurp. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) "Top Five is a reminder that as often as comedy fails us, sometimes it's our best hope for resuscitation. Seeing it at the end of a crap week, I suddenly felt I could breathe again. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
71% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "How could anybody with ears and a brain resist that buttery voice, spinning out clause-laden sentences that take more twists and turns than the streets of Venice but always end, somehow, in a place that's ravishingly articulate? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "For the time being, Witherspoon - sometimes a wonderful actress and sometimes a maddening one - has found herself. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 2, 2014
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Not every joke hits its mark; maybe only even half of them hit. But the picture skips along briskly, thanks in part to its nimble editing. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2014
84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) "This is a film about many things, but maybe it's mostly about the mingled tragedy and glory of coming from where you came from. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
94% Bad Hair (2014) "There's plenty of prickly tenderness, for both mother and son, at the heart of Bad Hair. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "Dumb and Dumber To is mostly just a kick in the nuts, and not the good kind -- provided there is a good kind. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 14, 2014
81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "Sometimes the most seemingly conventional stories are the best tools for digging into knotty, everyday truths. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014
91% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (2009) "Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014
77% Rosewater (2014) "Rosewater is an earnest picture, but it's also got some juice - there's vitality and feeling in it, the secret ingredients so often missing from even the most well-intentioned first features. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014
80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Neatly constructed, heartfelt triumph-over-adversity pictures have their place. This one is particularly sly in the way it folds complex and sometimes painful ideas about love and commitment into a somewhat glossy package. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) "Whatever his strengths may be, Nolan lacks the human touch. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 30, 2014
35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "If the story is a smidge predictable, at least the movie is pleasingly old-fashioned and grown-up, with a '90s paranoid-thriller vibe. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 30, 2014
87% Revenge of the Mekons (2014) "What Angio captures, beautifully, is that the Mekons make great music because, together and apart, they're so alive to the world around them. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "In real life, nobody could obstruct as much justice as Louis does and get away with it. Still, Nightcrawler is unnerving because we never know just how far Louis will go. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "It probably can't be called a great film, but it's a teasing and exhilarating one, one that flirts with despair but somehow, I think, comes out on the side of joy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2014
85% John Wick (2014) "Reeves is wonderful here, a marvel of physicality and stern determination - he moves with the grace of an old-school swashbuckler. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 23, 2014
69% Laggies (2014) "The film is awkward in ways that are sometimes charming and sometimes off-putting. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2014
83% 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
92% Birdman (2014) "It's a relief to see Keaton in a role worthy of him. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
91% 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
94% 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
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