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.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"As long as there's suburbia, there will always be movies about near-middle-aged couples reckoning with their dull lives." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Christine (2016)

"Christine has every chance of going wrong-of courting, wittingly or not, the interest of gruesome curiosity seekers. But this is a case where one performance can make all the difference-and Rebecca Hall's does." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2016

13th (2016)

"13th ... is dense with information, and it moves fast. But it's also a story told in images, and the ones DuVernay has chosen ring not just with sadness and horror but also cautious optimism." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Certain Women (2016)

"Certain Women burns slow, but it leaves behind a mysterious, shimmering aura. You feel you know these women-even if their feelings are at times elusive even to themselves." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"Sometimes raw but mostly just raucous, Hart generally pulls it off in his third concert film ..." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Newtown (2016)

"Modest but devastating ..." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2016

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Blunt gives Rachel multiple dimensions -- we could never view her as just a stewy mess. But the movie's surprise (or perhaps not-so-surprising) twist doesn't serve its lead character well, at best merely justifying her stalkerish behavior." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Berg succeeds in balancing Deepwater Horizon's unnervingly believable special effects with the human element: when the rig first erupts in flames, it's as if some grim beast were gnashing at it with fiery teeth." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Denial (2016)

"The picture is methodically constructed, to the point that it's sometimes dull. But here and there it sets off a mini charge, building up to a subtly satisfying conclusion." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016

American Honey (2016)

"Over and over, American Honey calls attention to how observant it is, rather than just being observant." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"What's happened to Burton's gift for storytelling? In the movie's second half, it's impossible to follow the story's gnarled-vine logic." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Storks (2016)

"Harmlessly enjoyable ..." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"If the best westerns have always been, in some way, studies of contemporary manhood, it's worrisome to think about what this Magnificent Seven says about men today." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Blair Witch (2016)

"Was I supposed to be scared by this thing?" ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Moonlight (2016)

"Leaves you feeling both stripped bare and restored, slightly better prepared to step out and face the world of people around you, with all the confounding challenges they present. There's not much more you can ask from a movie." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The Birth of a Nation isn't a great movie -- it's hardly even a good one. But it's bluntly effective, less a monumental piece of filmmaking than an open door." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2016

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

"Both gentle and staggering, an examination of the way our personal experiences can spur creativity-or render it inconsequential." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"In the end, Nocturnal Animals barely feels like a film made by a human being. You could just dub it a "stylish exercise" and call it a day. But I just can't shake the fact that Ford somehow wants it to be more." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Morgan (2016)

"Morgan is an unassuming little thriller, nicely put together and engaging enough while you're watching, though its memory is likely to vaporize hours, or even minutes, after you've seen it." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"A movie that reaches out toward the idea of goodness in the world. And whether you or I like Gibson as a person or not, it's no one's place to deny his reach." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Arrival (2016)

"Arrival gives us a lot to take in, and the picture is big, somber and grand, if in the end somewhat sterile." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016

La La Land (2016)

"It's a movie with the potential to make lovers of us all. All we have to do is fall into its arms." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Don't Breathe (2016)

"You could treat it as a casual primer on suspense-film craft, or you can just watch through splayed fingers, like the women who sat next to me at the screening I attended." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Southside With You (2016)

"As a work of imagination inspired by fact, the film shimmers with warmth." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Hands of Stone (2016)

"[Ramirez's] performance works as a miniature study of machismo, which can be both a show-offy radiance and a kind of shade-a safe, sheltering rock for a man to hide behind." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs is based on a true story, and even if you think you can't believe it, you sort of can. Efraim and David seem just ordinary enough, and just under-the-radar smart enough, to make their jaunty little schemes work. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Hell or High Water (2016)

"The plot is clever, and its intricacies are beautifully worked out." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"It has a distinct hippie-folktale aesthetic, riffing on the idea that the natural world holds breathtaking secrets if we just know where to look." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016)

"So much happens in David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad that by the end, it's as if you've seen nothing." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Equity (2016)

"You don't need to be a woman working in finance to get a shivery thrill-and possibly a few chills-from watching Equity, a modestly scaled but perceptive drama about an investment banker who just happens to be a woman." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2016

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Damon, his eternal boyishness finally settling into the inevitability of middle age, brings the personal touch this movie needs. Its action is generic, but he's always special." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Lin keeps this tense adventure ... from stumbling over its own excess: he knows that any good Star Trek needs wit as well as spectacle." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2016

The Infiltrator (2016)

"This is a summer movie for grownups, the kind that reminds you how gratifying it can be to sit down uninterrupted and watch actors work on the big screen." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Feig's Ghostbusters is its own definitive creature, an affable, inventive riff on Ivan Reitman's proton-packing caper that exists not to score points, but only to make us laugh. For a summer comedy, there's no nobler purpose." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"The movie's real value is that it's crude and funny for no defensible reason." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"You have to laugh a little at its audaciousness, but it's so completely irony-free that to deride it would only be cheap. Why not just enter its CGI-heavy bubble of wonder?" ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"The cranky charisma of the performers, plus the cheerfully idiosyncratic rhythms of Waititi's filmmaking, keep it clicking." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Even though its conclusion feels rushed, the movie still works as a portrait of an unorthodox family that's well adjusted in its own odd way." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"You can forgive Independence Day: Resurgence for being ridiculous -- its predecessor was too. But you can't forgive it for being boring." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Central Intelligence (2016)

"No one can steal the show from Johnson and Hart. Their dual rhythms, alternately laid back and hyperactive, end up in a glorious and ridiculous kind of syncopation, unicornlike in its rarity and oddness." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2016

Free State of Jones (2016)

"The movie works as a quasi-historical ramble, thanks largely to Matthew McConaughey as Knight and the quietly valiant Gugu Mbatha-Raw as his second, common-law wife, the freed slave Rachel." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2016

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"The film's contrived quirkiness grows wearisome, and essentially the movie is really just two guys talking in the wilderness for 90 minutes." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

"Although DeGeneres' Dory, with her breathless stream-of-consciousness patter, is unavoidably likable, the cast of supporting characters here may be even better." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2016

Warcraft (2016)

"Almost worth watching, if you still find yourself at loose ends after you've given the dog a bath, organized 10 years' worth of tax returns and completely moth-proofed your closet." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016

The Fits (2016)

"The Fits riffs on the power and mystery of adolescent beauty, and on the joy of what it means to move." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"Samberg's Conner swaggers through it all, but he never lets us forget he's just an overtattooed white guy riddled with self-doubt." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Me Before You (2016)

"A harmless enough entry in the "adorable mite tames surly masculine beast" romantic-weeper genre, hitting all the right beats with the clink of an expertly struck cowbell." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"This is purely an exercise in style, and what style!" ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 25, 2016

Loving (2016)

"Nichols ... tells the Lovings' story in a way that feels immediate and modern, and not just like a history lesson." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016

The BFG (2016)

"Though Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison-with the permission of the author's estate-have somewhat expanded and changed Dahl's story, The BFG honors the author's whimsical, waggishness impropriety." ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 18, 2016
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