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
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Hillbilly Elegy isn't as terrible as the trailers make it look, but as an enterprise it's just all-around sad, a movie that courts sympathy for its characters yet ends up only as a requiem for itself. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
95% The Life Ahead (2020) ...it's pure in its sentiment, direct but eloquent. And if it draws a few tears, just go with the flow. You may very well need it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
89% Mank (2020) As one of Hollywood's great wags, Mankiewicz deserves an anthem of his own, and if Mank is the only one he ever gets, it's not too shabby. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) As with all of Coppola's pictures, it's the layering of details that counts, the accretion of sly but not minor observations that come to form the whole, like the stippled strokes of a Seurat painting. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Now isn't just the right time for a Borat sequel; it may be the only time. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) The more you watch Letter to You, the more you may find yourself creeping closer to this little figurative campfire, hugging your spackleware mugful of coffee close, adjusting your bandana if you've tied it too tightly. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) Sometimes dumb, sometimes dull and sometimes entertaining; it just doesn't know what it wants to be, and that lack of vision drains its potential power. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) American Utopia is about facing the person in front of you, or next to you, or standing behind you, and doing the work of seeing. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) If the movie is sharp, it's never sour, and that's thanks both to Blank's writing and her very presence: her creation Radha is radically, raunchily truthful, but we can see her fragility too. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
81% Charm City Kings (2020) In its view of a world where kids make their own fun and also, sometimes, their own bad choices, it rings true. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Dick Johnson Is Dead is an odd and novel film-there has never been anything like it, and it's not something that could be easily imitated by anyone else. Its tones shift gently, like the rocking of the sea. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
88% Save Yourselves! (2020) It takes itself just seriously enough, but not too seriously. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) This version, produced by Ryan Murphy and performed by the same cast that appeared in the play's 2018 revival on Broadway, is like an unusually strong telescope, giving us a clear and vivid view into a not-so-distant past. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) It has a breezier, more relaxed vibe than either of July's earlier movies thanks to one glorious, effervescent performance: when Gina Rodriguez appears, she turns the picture around... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 details events that happened more than 50 years ago. The time to look away is never. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Even if we didn't live in a country where a shockingly large fraction of people think Confederate monuments are A-O.K., Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz's Antebellum would resonate like the boom of a Union Army cannon. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Watching it is like spending two hours and change on a hard church pew, with nothing to show but a few splinters. Deliver us from evil-please. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
97% Nomadland (2020) Nomadland at times has the feel of a documentary, but with none of the earnest flatness that mars even some very well-meaning documentaries... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
89% Unpregnant (2020) What follows is part road-trip comedy, part meditation on the trials of friendship. One segment even has the unhinged vibe of a John Waters farce. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Nimble, appealing and attuned to the nuances of Dickens' spirit, Patel is a good Copperfield for today, a bright young man who's able to overcome adversity and go far. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Its ramshackle earnestness, its certainty about nothing beyond the fact that we need to get our act together as human beings, is its great strength. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
84% Lingua Franca (2020) A gorgeous and delicate picture, an understated work that opens a window on an intimate world. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
61% Chemical Hearts (2020) Chemical Hearts... invites you to relive the trauma of teen romance, and don't be surprised if you get sucked right in. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) If... She Dies Tomorrow were a song rather than a movie, it would be the anthem for our current age of anxiety, an artfully atonal ode to the eternal question, Am I imagining this, or is it really happening? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) Some movies can get away with just being a scenery sandwich, a few fat slabs of gorgeous vistas with a sliver of plot slipped in between. Made in Italy is that kind of movie. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle has an acidic zing that neutralizes any sentimentality. Rogen has a great feel for Yiddish humor, for its lilting rhythms and its joy, but also for its bleakness. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
78% Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020) [A] superb documentary... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Howard is especially sensitive to the way the community banded together after the disaster, - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
29% The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Should you watch The Kissing Booth 2? That depends on how much you want to be reminded of loving someone so much that you think you'll be able to hang on forever and ever. Or at least though all of senior year. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
91% Father Soldier Son (2020) Father Soldier Son has a somewhat freeform shape; sometimes it makes tiny leaps-you just have to trust and follow along. But its easygoing structure may also be what makes it feel so intimate. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
35% The Sunlit Night (2019) The Sunlit Night feels somewhat incomplete, less a full-blown oil painting than a sketch skimmed over with a veil of watercolor. But Slate's vibrance shines right through no matter what. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
91% Relic (2020) This is a horror movie with a soul. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Watch Greyhound with a dad you love, or in memory of a dad you love. And know that there's no shame in having dad taste. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) The movie is so light on its feet that it never feels forced or didactic, even when it asks us to confront piercing truths about love and the elusive meaning of happiness. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Though the summer is young, The Old Guard is almost certainly the best action entertainment of the season. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) [A] delightful and open-hearted documentary... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Good Trouble shows that Lewis has never lost sight of the principles that are essential to his country's survival and well-being. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) It's perfectly entertaining as you're watching, but when it's over, you might not feel any smarter-or humbler-than you did going in. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Stevens is so absurdly lascivious that he supercharges the movie every time he shows up, which, thankfully, is often. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Miss Juneteenth is universal and specific at once. But the movie also has a strong sense of place, a quality that makes it feel both immediate and transportive. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Loose-jointed and openhearted, a wink of reassurance in our age of anxiety, it's that rare comedy that may actually play better in the living room than it does in the theater. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lee will never be satisfied with the status quo, and he reminds us we shouldn't be either. Da 5 Bloods gets its energy from that jolt of defiance. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Moss' channeling of Jackson keeps the movie crackling. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) What would the world at large be like if women like Dixon weren't driven away from work they were good at, work they loved? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) The plot is dumb-but then, it's just a conveyor belt for the performers' charm. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) At a time when international travel is close to impossible-and laughs are in short supply too-The Trip to Greece is just what Hippocrates ordered. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
40% Capone (2020) At times weirdly engaging but often so bizarrely muddled that you might identify a little too closely with its perpetually unglued protagonist. But Hardy is always worth watching. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) It's all perfectly grand and inspiring. But it's also everything you expect from an authorized documentary about Michelle Obama. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
92% Blue Story (2020) Blue Story, at its essence, is a narrative you've seen before. But Onwubolu vests it with firecracker energy-the pace never drags, even when you think you know what's going to happen next. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) It's enraging that society made them feel they had to hide. But their happiness is the ultimate triumph. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020