Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
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
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
Official Websites: http://villagevoice.com/movies

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% The Green Knight (2021) A movie that's both of its time and splendidly out of step with it, an act of necromancy in a CGI world. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
90% Val (2021) Draws us deep into the life and career of a bold and sometimes headstrong performer. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
51% Old (2021) The possibilities are rich. But Old is just dumb. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
54% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Even if The Last Letter hovers around the Close, But No Cigar reading on the melodrameter, there's something subliminally enjoyable about it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
90% No Sudden Move (2020) Part of the fun of No Sudden Move is that we figure out what's going on almost as the characters do. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
84% The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) [A]s it wends toward that conclusion, The Loneliest Whale is both invigorating and calming to watch. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) Pursuit of the nameless something just out of reach is the motor that keeps Black Widow whirring. If nothing else, it puts the self-serious quest for a dumb jeweled glove in perspective. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) All of these acts are extraordinary. But the real miracle of Summer of Soul is the audience, vast and varied and nearly all Black... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
47% False Positive (2021) False Positive doesn't sustain its most suspenseful ideas. The big revelation at the end is something of a letdown, and the movie's final image spells out a metaphor that ought to have been left to suggestion. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) [It] has its blunt charms, and offers more than one instance of Neeson punching a guy in the face. And admit it: that's part of what you came here for, isn't it? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) Summer of 85 delights in romantic excess, ending up as an almost literal evocation of one of the songs on its era-specific soundtrack. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) It saps your will to live. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
88% Skater Girl (2021) Skater Girl belongs to Rachel Saanchita Gupta-her face is the movie's heartbeat. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) The movie's spirit-animated by Miranda's free-flowing affection for the part of New York where he grew up, and where he still lives-keeps it afloat. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
92% All Light, Everywhere (2021) A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, meditation on the acts of "seeing" and "interpreting"... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
88% Undine (2020) Petzold loves his romantic bargains, his meditations on longing, obsession and deceit, and he unfurls all of that seductive cloth of gold in Undine. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
96% Plan B (2021) For all the ways in which Plan B is sometimes thunderously obvious, there's still a lot going on beneath the surface. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski, once again, teases out an overarching vibe of near-despair that's effective for sure: Even more than the first film, this is a vision of neighborly Americana, shattered. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The Army of the Dead is too scattershot, perhaps too derivative and definitely too long. But it's definitely a movie, as well as a perfectly acceptable turn-your-brain-off entertainment. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
26% The Woman in the Window (2021) A modern gothic tale of obsession, voyeurism and possible madness, as prismatic and furtive as a leaded-glass window. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Watching Street Gang is a largely joyous experience, but there's also something heartbreaking about it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
68% Monster (2019) It's harrowing in its believability alone. If only it were a better movie. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
92% Limbo (2021) Set on a remote Scottish isle, Ben Sharrock's second feature maintains a lightness of touch, despite its serious underpinnings. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) It's a tonic for listless times. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) It takes itself more seriously than it should, but you can take it with as much seriousness as you like. Personally, I advise little to none. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
77% Stowaway (2021) Stowaway pulls plenty of pages from the generic space-movie handbook, but it still builds a mood of dread and contemplative ennui... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) The Courier is almost two films in one: the second half is much darker and more intense than the first, but the shift is so delicately abrupt that at first you barely register it. That's part of the movie's edgily engaging artistry... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Through too much of Thunder Force, McCarthy makes do with dialogue and situations that are serviceable at best. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Your classic story about an irritable young man redeemed by an animal, and the embrace of a community. But it's satisfying even so, largely because watching Elba is such a pleasure. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The CGI-created creatures that now populate these movies will never have the pure, stop-motion soul of the miniatures used in earlier films; somehow, especially as filtered through memory, those figures seem more real than real. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Izzard, so dazzling as a live performer, is always fun to watch onscreen: As Miller, she has a vibrant, inquisitive energy. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
98% The Father (2021) The Father is a polished piece of work but an unsparing one, offering no false assurances. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Even here, as a character with no discernible personality, Mikkelsen casts a sympathetic, believable shadow. His Martin is a nowhere man of great distinction, stuck in a nowheresville of a movie. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Holland shows us, in one small scene, this movie's otherwise missing-in-action soul. But there's not much he can do about its tedium. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
76% Kid 90 (2021) Even if Frye covers some painful territory, there's something joyous about Kid 90. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Coming 2 America has a clumsy gait; it doesn't hold together with as much verve and style as the earlier film. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
66% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) The movie is an act of loony generosity we shouldn't refuse. This is ludicrous entertainment for frazzled times. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) The story leaves most of its most potentially interesting ideas on the table. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) The United States vs. Billie Holiday may be at times unfocused, but it's never boring. And as always, Daniels rounds up the finest performers and gives them great characters to dig into... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Minari is a gentle, lovely picture, one that acknowledges there really is no "immigrant experience," beyond the pure human experience of finding yourself adjusting to a new environment. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
29% Blithe Spirit (2021) Director Edward Hall and writers Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft have taken Coward's premise and pumped extra sugar into it, as well as some unnecessary preservatives. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) Marla, in her spiky stilettos and even sharper-edged blond bob, is barely a sketch, let alone a character; there's no charisma for her cool greed to latch onto. And she makes it hard to care much for I Care a Lot. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) William O'Neal wrote his own tragedy, and Stanfield breathes life into it here, a confused, twisting spirit forever trapped in a hell of its own making. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) How could a picture with so much going for it go so terribly wrong? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) A movie that's especially attuned to the sensuality of older women, Two of Us morphs from romance to woman-gone-mad psychothriller territory - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
96% First Cow (2020) A picture that's both tranquil and dazzling, two qualities that should be at odds with one another yet somehow bloom in tandem under Reichardt's gentle touch. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) The Sparks Brothers runs a whopping two hours and 15 minutes, though it feels as fleet as a three-minute pop song. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
86% Passing (2021) A good director can make you feel the vibrating summer heat, the hushed tranquility of a winter night, and the deepest feelings of a person who is seemingly nothing like you. Rebecca Hall does all of those things in Passing... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
83% The Way Back (2020) Affleck carries the movie both in his muscles and in his subtle shifts of expression. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
87% The Dig (2021) The Dig is a movie steeped in the inevitable passage of time, but it's also a reminder that the past lives on through the things we leave behind. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021