Stephanie Merry Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Stephanie Merry

Stephanie Merry
Stephanie Merry's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 91%

The Confirmation (2016)

"One of the selling points of "The Confirmation" is how it steers clear of melodrama or tidy perfection in favor of a taste of life on the margins, where even living paycheck to paycheck would be a luxury." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 33%

The Bronze (2016)

"When it comes down to it, "The Bronze" is just another movie about overcoming arrested development. It's not as funny as it tries to be, but, for a few, fleeting minutes, it leaves an impression." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"Like Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (and the movie it inspired, "Apocalypse Now"), the drama examines the idea of progress and what it means to be civilized." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/4 82%

The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)

"Usually disaster movies tend to delight in destruction; there's an almost pornographic feel to all those buildings being leveled and bridges getting washed away. "The Wave" has none of that." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
0.5/4 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

""London Has Fallen" is remarkable only because of how much worse it is than its inane predecessor, 2013's "Olympus Has Fallen."" ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/4 93%

The Last Man On The Moon (2016)

"Cernan is proud of what he accomplished, calling himself the luckiest man in the world for all that he got to see. But he also expresses regret at having done it at the expense of his family." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/4 69%

Touched With Fire (2016)

"The production values and melodrama sometimes seem better suited for a small-screen movie. But the drama deserves points for its measured, realistic view of mental illness." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Along the way, Moore circles back to a fascinating insight: A lot of these progressive ideas originated in America." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 98%

Aferim! (2016)

"Shot in black and white with fade-out transitions, the movie harks back to classic westerns. But it's also distinctly modern." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1.5/4 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

""Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" delivers what its title promises: a little romance and some undead villains, plus a bit of comedy. But this overly busy riff on Austen's winning formula doesn't justify all the tinkering." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 61%

Monster Hunt (2016)

""Monster Hunt" has visual appeal to spare, but the allure ends there." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1.5/4 14%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"As always, Hart unleashes his manic energy on the audience, but his heart doesn't seem to be in it the way it was in the original. Maybe he's getting tired of the shtick, too." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1/4 9%

Point Break (2015)

"Basically a cavalcade of extreme sports, but with less drama than a highlight reel." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 25, 2015
2.5/4 61%

Concussion (2015)

"As Omalu, Smith gives an emotional performance, bolstered by capable supporting players." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/4 91%

The Girl in the Book (2015)

"As Alice, VanCamp is exceptional, eliciting our sympathy even when the character is making maddeningly self-destructive decisions." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"Most likely, the real Elizabeth never had such a memorable, action-packed evening. But it's fun to imagine, if only for a moment, that behind the facade of stately hats and matching suits, the queen is hiding some wacky stories." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/4 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"On its own, it seems fine; just don't compare it to its capable siblings." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
1.5/4 39%

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"As the movie wears on, the plot points become increasingly far-fetched, and what started out as a moody if by-the-book thriller becomes increasingly silly." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 66%

The Night Before (2015)

""The Night Before" is hardly a Christmas miracle, but it's good for a laugh or two. And that's not a bad way to get into the holiday spirit." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 34%

By The Sea (2015)

""By the Sea" is dazzlingly gorgeous, as are its stars. But peeling back layer upon layer of exquisite ennui reveals nothing but emptiness, sprinkled with stilted sentiments." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 84%

Victoria (2015)

"With or without the crazy, single-shot experiment, the German drama is thrilling." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
1/4 41%

Love (2015)

""Love" drags on and on, alternating between arguments and intimacy, breakups and makeups. The movie never passes the authenticity test; if this is what sex feels like, we'll all soon be extinct." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 29%

Burnt (2015)

"It's not pretty, but it captures something that few cooking movies do: reality." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"If it's satire, it's neither sharp nor especially funny. Yet it doesn't deliver emotionally, either." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 88%

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

"The movie, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, begins to feel like a bait-and-switch." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 88%

Experimenter (2015)

""Experimenter's" most striking quality is the way it encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it's just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"He looks like he's having a wonderful time, but a sordid reality is never far off: Panahi's films are acts of defiance, and each one could be his last." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/4 76%

Goosebumps (2015)

"The production values are better suited for a television movie, and the music, by Danny Elfman, is distractingly intrusive." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 27%

Pan (2015)

"The movie doesn't so much enhance our understanding of the flying boy as it demonstrates how little thought went into crafting his back story." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

""Labyrinth of Lies" is an eye-opening story about the importance of seeking the truth - even when it's complicated, ugly and buried beneath years of secrecy and deceit." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"Director Ramin Bahrani, who wrote the script with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi, spent significant time researching the housing crisis, including witnessing actual evictions, and the episodes he has re-created feel powerfully realistic." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3.5/4 96%

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015)

"All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 94%

Sicario (2015)

"Villeneuve's movies occupy a spectrum between thought-provoking and mind-bending, and it's clear that he wants to guide Taylor Sheridan's script into similar territory." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 78%

Time Out Of Mind (2015)

"Like George, the movie sometimes dillydallies, but the unhurried rhythms ultimately have a hypnotic effect." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 63%

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

"Why Lainey would be enamored by such a dud remains a mystery. So is the reason why Lainey would model lingerie for Jake, considering that the two are trying to keep things platonic." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 72%

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

"Overall, the movie presents a worthy and historical look at the link between genius and mental illness." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 88%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015)

"What these kids endure could easily read as melodrama on the page, but the movie - with its shaky camera work and amateur cast, including extras who were actual migrants - maintains a stark realism." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/4 46%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"The book didn't deal in platitudes. It was content to be lightly educational but mostly just entertaining. The movie aspires to be more than that, only to reveal how much less than that it really is." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 2, 2015
1.5/4 45%

No Escape (2015)

"Every Asian character is either a ruthless murderer or anonymous collateral damage. A lot of locals have to die, the film suggests, in order for one white family to survive." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1/4 8%

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

"Is 47 the good guy? That's unclear. This leaves little reasons to root for him - other than his super-chill demeanor, his ability to use two guns at once and his impeccably defined cheekbones." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 55%

Ten Thousand Saints (2015)

"Jude, our narrator, is paper thin. His most memorable qualities are his gangly frame and his bright blue eyes." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 98%

Phoenix (2015)

""Phoenix" takes its time and leaves us guessing until the final electrifying scene." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/4 96%

The Look of Silence (2015)

"A ... profoundly shattering movie." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 52%

A LEGO Brickumentary (2015)

"Overall the movie is a fun peek at the birth of Lego bricks and their ever-evolving place in the world." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
0.5/4 26%

Vacation (2015)

"No one expects originality, but the new movie may end up making history: It's already looking like the worst movie of the year." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
1.5/4 16%

Pixels (2015)

"Sandler doesn't appear to be trying terribly hard, and Gad gets sucked into that humor vacuum, going after laughs with a palpable desperation and adopting Sandler's signature move of yelling for no apparent reason." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 89%

A Borrowed Identity (2015)

"Under Riklis's direction, the film's first act lulls the audience into a sense of familiarity, before plunging into a darker reality. The effect is shattering." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1.5/4 33%

Lila & Eve (2015)

"Davis ends up a wasted resource. She does her best to elevate the material, but the story fails to live up to her considerable talents." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 88%

Mr. Holmes (2015)

"McKellen is impeccable as the aging investigator, who has always prized logic over emotions. And the young Parker holds his own in every scene he shares with his elder." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 83%

Tap World (2015)

"The movie is at its best when Hargrove shows rather than tells. Anyone can appreciate these artists in motion, all of whom prove the infectious appeal of a dance that doesn't just respond to rhythm but creates its own." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
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