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 1496
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
92% 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
46% 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
83% 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
74% 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
34% Hell Baby (2013) " The movie is delightfully crude in places (including an instance of relay puking) and just plain silly-clever in others." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " I haven't yet fully recovered." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 29, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) " More entertaining curio than revelatory document." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " It's curiously lacking in urgency." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " The laddish pleasures of The World's End, Edgar Wright's comedy about a group of middle-aged guys drinking beer and facing mortality, come with a bittersweet edge." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
75% The Grandmaster (2013) " The 108-minute Grandmaster may not be the shimmering golden epic he originally intended, but it's fleet and silvery in its own right." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " The movie itself, ultimately worshipful, ends up being Jobs-like in the cold way it treats flesh-and-blood people." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 15, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Sometimes it's too didactic or sentimental. But unlike Daniels's previous pictures, Precious and The Paperboy, it doesn't pretend to audacious storytelling." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) " Bell has made a lively, modern screwball comedy with a terrible title; the dialogue moves fast and sometimes takes nutty, unexpected loops, like puppies scrambling over one another in a basket." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 7, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " It's hard to say if the movie sags around the weight of [Damon's] performance or if he's just working inhumanly hard to hold this heavy-spirited picture aloft." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2013
23% The Canyons (2013) " A movie can be highly imperfect, stilted, or implausible in all sorts of ways-and still be everything you go to the movies for." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
64% 2 Guns (2013) " All you need for a movie are two guys and two guns. Unless that movie is 2 Guns, in which case you probably need a good deal more." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine -- despite being an improvement on Gavin Hood's muddled 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- isn't worthy of Jackman's gifts." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 24, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Only Andrew Dice Clay, in a small role as Ginger's Low-Class(TM) onetime husband, pierces the movie's highly polished bubble world; he comes off as a person whose veins run with blood rather than some liquefied director's conceit." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
42% Red 2 (2013) " It should all be so much fun. But Red 2 just feels dutiful, as if it's relieved that all its parts somehow fit together properly." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 17, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " A restrained but forceful picture that captures some of the texture and detail of one human life." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " It's breezy and affable without ever going completely soft." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2013
91% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " DiNicola explores the specifics of Big Star's implosion as well as anyone can, considering band breakups are much like shattered love affairs: Who ever really knows what went wrong?" — Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The Lone Ranger has it all, but what you end up with is not much. It's an extravagantly squandered opportunity." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2013
65% The Heat (2013) " If you've never seen Sandra Bullock blow a peanut shell out of her nose, and you'd like to, The Heat is your movie." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2013
62% Byzantium (2013) " Byzantium, like all good vampire stories, is a romance, and Jordan opens himself up to its atmospheric lushness." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " Through it all, A Hijacking maintains its cinematic grandeur, balancing the open-sky thrill of being at sea with the claustrophobia that comes with being forced below deck for days at a time." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 18, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Forster moves the action forward deftly scene by scene, yet the movie ends up feeling sprawling and empty, a "zombies invaded the world and all I got was a lousy T-shirt" enterprise." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " There's almost a story here. And the actors, including the picture's quietly dazzling star, Henry Cavill, do their damnedest to draw it out." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " A movie so desperately unfunny it makes you want to slit your wrists ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 6, 2013
100% More Than Honey (2013) " It's a delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis, though in the end it does offer enough dewdrops of hope to fill up a bluebell or two." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The women of Pussy Riot have an idea of what the new Russia should sound like; Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer shows just how hard it is to make that new world audible. " — Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " It's a genre picture with an art-housey structure, an instance of Refn and the normally phenomenal Gosling trying too hard to make an ultra-violent movie that's also, you know, tasteful." — Village Voice
Posted May 23, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Behind the Candelabra is great fun, and even though the production and costume design are heavy on mirrors, gilt furniture, and sequins, it stops short of being kitschy." — Village Voice
Posted May 23, 2013
53% Jimmy P. (2014) " This is a superb, engrossing picture, strange in all the right ways, and one I long to see again." — Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Inside Llewyn Davis is the warmest picture [the Coens have] ever made, and though it will never attract the cultlike adoration of The Big Lebowski and Fargo, or earn the serious-lit-adaptation accolades of No Country for Old Men, it's possibly their best." — Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2013
93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Gibney, a prolific and skilled documentarian, marshals and organizes a raft of information as deftly as anyone could wish. But his conclusions are murkier than they might be." — Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " Proceed with caution and tissues, and possibly wearing armor." — Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2013
74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " The picture is reasonably compelling, particularly in the way Ozon outlines the tender relationship between Isabelle and one of her much older clients." — Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2013
67% Heli " I'm not sorry I saw Heli, but the squeamish should know what they're in for." — Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The Bling Ring is the first of [Coppola's] pictures that I actively dislike -- I sense no mystery, no depth there." — Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " Here [Baumbach has] found the sweet spot between being personal and taking everything personally." — Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2013
95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Polley's documentary, Stories We Tell, attempts to unravel some of the mysteries of her own family's life, even as it stretches far beyond the confines of your standard navel-gazing autobiography." — Village Voice
Posted May 7, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " It seldom, if ever, captures that fierce delicacy of feeling Fitzgerald packed into every sentence. And it's not an actors' movie." — Village Voice
Posted May 7, 2013
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