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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Spectre (2015)

"In the end, Spectre is just too much of a good thing. Though each scene is carefully wrought, there's little grace, majesty, or romance in the way the pieces are connected." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Burnt (2015)

"Screenwriters Steven Knight and Michael Kalesniko pack as much stuffing as possible into this rubbery squid of a film - and then jam in yet more, and the movie gets duller and less focused as it wears on." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2015

The Wonders (2015)

"The Wonders has an intimate, subtly buzzing power." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2015

I Smile Back (2015)

"Silverman shows us a person we've never seen before. She's playing a character, not stroking her own neuroses; she's too much of a pro for that." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2015

The Martian (2015)

"As elaborate and expensive-looking as The Martian is, it's almost totally lacking in poetry." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2015

The Walk (2015)

"The Walk, in its last half at least, is a dazzling piece of work, particularly in 3-D; even so, its most luminous effect is an actor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2015

The Intern (2015)

"The spongy subtext of this and every Meyers movie is "We're being serious, but we're also being FUN!" No viewer must ever be made to think too much, feel too much, or be left out. She doesn't so much tell a story as lead a team-building exercise." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2015

Black Mass (2015)

"Black Mass is a tightly wound piece of work, and Cooper keeps its many small parts moving with ease." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

"Pawn Sacrifice clicks along with crisp efficiency. Zwick, the director behind movies like Glory and Blood Diamond, is old-school in his attention to craftsmanship, alive to telling details." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Everest (2015)

"Everest is visually splendid, though it loses a few points for its murkiness in rendering its main characters as distinct individuals." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Breathe (2015)

"It's a chilly, elegantly assured little picture, a horror story with its roots not in fantasy but in the reality of hurt feelings." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2015

Coming Home (2015)

"I'm unembarrassed about giving in to Coming Home. Sometimes you just have to ask yourself one question: Why else go to the movies?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2015

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"Redford isn't loose enough to be funny, and his stolidness makes this walk in the woods more like a trudge." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 1, 2015

Z For Zachariah (2015)

"The story might have evolved into your ho-hum exploration of romantic and sexual jealousy, but Zobel and his trio of performers dig into something murkier and more primal." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015

She's Funny That Way (2015)

"Before long, the story's mechanics become wearisome and all too visible." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015

Quay (2015)

"Concise and supremely satisfying ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015

Grandma (2015)

"It gradually settles and deepens into something nuanced and moving, a character study that's not so much about aging, specifically, as it is about the great and awful process of getting to know yourself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"Though it's made with lots of modern tricks and technology, it's old-fashioned in the best sense, and not just because it's set in the Sixties." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2015

Ten Thousand Saints (2015)

"Steinfeld is lovely, and sometimes heartrending, as a young woman whose independent swagger masks swirls of uncertainty. And Hawke, who becomes a better actor with each passing year, is marvelous ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 11, 2015

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"It's like a tone poem drawn from the actor's inner and outer life, narrated by the man himself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Vacation (2015)

"This new Vacation is hardly an improvement on the old Vacation, and may in fact be worse. Neither of them, to borrow the immortal words of the Go-Go's, is all we ever wanted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"It's fascinating. It's horrible. It's fascinatingly horrible." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Southpaw (2015)

"Southpaw is an exhausting brutalist melodrama, but if nothing else, Fuqua always works with fine actors, and he's got a passel of them here." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015

Phoenix (2015)

"So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

"Apatow and Schumer probably believe they've made a feminist picture, but the reality is something different. This is a conventional movie dressed as a progressive one." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015

The Look of Silence (2015)

"If it's a far less flashy film than The Act of Killing, it's also a better and possibly more honest one." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Ornette: Made in America (2012)

"Though Ornette: Made in America is hardly a straight-up biographical doc ... it's the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Minions (2015)

"Minions isn't a disaster; it's probably just too much of a potentially good thing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015

Tangerine (2015)

"Tangerine is all about possibility, and about becoming. Trans or not, we're all becoming, every day." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015

Ted 2 (2015)

"I laughed and laughed at Ted 2 - as I did at the 2012 Ted - and I can hardly tell you what that says about me, let alone about you." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2015

The Third Man (1949)

"The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015

Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

"Infinitely Polar Bear stands as a reassurance that even in imperfect households, everything can still turn out all right. The key, maybe, is in laughing at what's truly ridiculous, and in laughing your way through what hurts, too." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2015

Eden (2015)

"Even if you know nothing about techno, let alone garage, Hansen-Løve's exploration of the ways music can nourish you or swallow you whole is instantly, perhaps painfully, recognizable." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2015

Jurassic World (2015)

"The picture is sleek and impressive, although, as with its predecessors, how much you enjoy it will depend on your tolerance for watching dinosaurs chomp down on terrified humans." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"It's so carefully designed to feel laid-back that its breeziness comes off like a calculation; its emotional pull is sometimes irresistible, which may make you want to resist it all the more. But the movie has flashes of wit and originality and feeling." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 9, 2015

Love & Mercy (2015)

"The performances in Love & Mercy are key to its power: Dano can be a dispassionate, affected actor, but all his arty coolness slips away here." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015

Amy (2015)

"Even if the last third of Amy is painful to watch, Kapadia takes care not to lose sight of the human being behind the mythology." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 16, 2015

Good Kill (2015)

"The picture is quiet, tense, and thoughtful." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

"Pitch Perfect 2 tries to fork over many of the pleasures of the first movie without changing them around all that much." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)

"It's hopeful and realistic in equal measure, and it's anchored by a quietly resplendent performance from Danner, who brings a featherduster touch to everything she does." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

Hot Pursuit (2015)

"[Witherspoon] seems unafraid to cut loose, and she and Vergara make a terrific team." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2015

Apu Trilogy (1954)

"The family love I saw onscreen was instantly recognizable and comfortingly permanent, unaltered by death. For me, these were the right movies at just the right time." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015

Saint Laurent (2015)

"It's rare to see process - the making of anything - dealt with as clearly and poetically as it is in Saint Laurent. It's too bad the movie feels like a confusing, misshapen muslin." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015

Ride (2015)

"There's a wry sweetness to this picture ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

"Tom Sturridge is too numbly featureless to channel the cruel but sexy Sergeant Troy; they don't call them wooden soldiers for nothing. Sadly, his performance is perhaps the perfect counterpart to Mulligan's." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015

Iris (2015)

"Iris is more than just a movie about an amusing lady who likes clothes an awful lot. It's also a celebration of the revivifying power of creativity ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"Everything is just a little off: The plot is resolved too tidily, and Lively appears ill at ease - she's stiff and self-consciously ladylike, as if she were a little embarrassed by the material." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2015

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015)

"The first two-thirds of Don't Think I've Forgotten is a pure and joyous celebration of the music. The last third is an avowal of just how potent rock 'n' roll can be." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015

Child 44 (2015)

"For long stretches, it's dull and plodding, chugging along on the fumes of its earnest intentions. Still, there are worse ways to kill two hours than watching Hardy work his sturdy magic." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2015

True Story (2015)

"Especially for a movie that springs from a horrific and grisly crime, True Story feels undershaped and indistinct; it's too dispassionate to be genuinely chilly." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015