Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% On the Basis of Sex (2018) Its pace is a little slack, and sometimes it feels too predictably prepackaged. But Jones and Hammer keep the picture moving even through its shakier phases.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
83% Ben is Back (2018) The movie is so assertively about the social issue at its heart-the way opioid addiction tears families apart-that it barely leaves room for its characters to breathe.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
68% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) You probably know how this story ends, but Rourke makes the getting-there suspenseful even so.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) Creed II is a perfectly OK sequel. There's some comfort to be found in the predictability of its beats. But only at the end does it muster any real vitality.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) All those sunflower yellows and twilight blues translate very nicely to our coffee mugs. But Schnabel reminds us that they were, in fact, the very colors of one man's life.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) Whether you've been following politics for three years or 30, you'll learn something from The Front Runner-but buckle up, because it's gonna hurt.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't suck. There's a soul inside it, and some anguish, too.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton has a lot to say with Boy Erased; it's a virtuous film. But Hedges is the movie's heartbeat.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) It's so gripping to watch-as well as being, in places, just delightfully funny-that you never feel you're being preached to. It picks you up in one place and sets you down in another.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
28% Venom (2018) On the Marvel scale of greatness, with 1 being the least pleasing and 10 the most amazing, Venom might be around a 3.5, a 4 if you're in a really good mood.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
29% Night School (2018) Haddish is now in high demand, but her glorious-and deserved-ascent doesn't mean every project is worthy of her.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) So perversely jaw-dropping in its attempts to extort feelings out of us that it could almost be a black comedy. But no, this one is playing it straight.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Holofcener reassures us that it's O.K. to laugh at human foibles-we have to, since so much of life is ridiculous and awful-but we'd better not consider ourselves exempt from them.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
64% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Purser is a radiant presence, unafraid to reckon with how unlikable some of Sierra's behavior is.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
63% Suspiria (2018) This new Suspiria is bland, grisly, boring and silly. There is nothing poetic or erotic about it. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is storybook lore, enjoyable in the way we always enjoy tall tales that have been handed down from one generation to the next. But it's also laced with melancholy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) You come away feeling something for these people, flawed individuals who are trying to hold their cracked pieces of self together-or to mend the cracks of those they love.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) A fantastic little cupcake of a movie laced with thistle frosting.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
98% Roma (2018) Roma follows in the tradition of neorealist filmmakers like Vittorio De Sica and Satyajit Ray. No one else is making movies like this today.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
88% First Man (2018) This is a respectful movie, even a genuflecting one; there's never a moment when Chazelle fails to let you know he's doing important, valuable work. But that's the problem: The movie feels too fussed-over for such a low-key hero.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's simply great fun, a winsome romantic comedy and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post may not hit as hard as it should. But it at least suggests that the only real losers in life are those who presume to read God's mind.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
71% Christopher Robin (2018) Has a charming, low-key vibe that is, here and there, brushed with just a trace of adult melancholy. It's good for kids, but maybe even better for adults who could use a little calming something.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me isn't quite sure what it wants to be, though that's not always the worst thing: You might call it an ambitious hybrid.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise is an unhinged stickman, outrunning the devil, the aging process, time itself. He will outrun us all.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is entertaining, but it also packs an emotional punch.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is terrible. And irresistible. How a movie that's almost not even a movie can be both of those things at once is one of the mysteries of filmgoing, and one of its puckish pleasures.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) Of course, in real life, Johnson doesn't really leap from cranes into burning buildings. But in the unapologetically absurd Skyscraper, boy, does he make you believe he could.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) If you had to boil the unruly inventiveness of Sorry to Bother You down to one sentence, it could be this: Doing the right thing always involves risk. Get ready.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If Ant-Man and the Wasp is hard to love, it's also hard to actively dislike.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A little goes a long way, and despite the presence of the sleepily charismatic del Toro-his beleaguered Alejandro carries heavy baggage both in his heart and beneath his eyes-the Soldado man show does grow tiresome. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is a gorgeous story about adolescence, about basic human kindness, about separation and reconciliation, about the limits of what parents can teach their kids.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
78% The King (2018) Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it's headed.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is so committed to thunderous spectacle that it fails to capture the poetry of these beasts in all their spiky, scaly, long-necked wonder. They deserve better.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Even in the midst of its many boundless pleasures, Incredibles 2 charges us with a mission that's not for the faint of heart: to choose to look at one another instead of being fixated on the screens all around us.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley's films are things we can reach toward-there's an intimacy and candor about them that feels welcoming.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
48% Superfly (2018) The new Superfly isn't a great work of artistry or of cheap thrills - it's so in between it's practically bourgeois - but in the swagger department, it just squeaks by.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 should be great fun. Instead, it's a kind of noncommittal semi-fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Unsettling in its arid, controlled creepiness, but largely distinguished by Toni Collette's intricately layered lead performance, a portrayal of a woman whose love for her family spirals into mad decay.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Together, Howle and Ronan...make a bumpy contour map of the way society's mores, plus basic personal fears, can really do a number on a human's expectations of romantic partnership.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader...has made a fine existential-crisis movie. And for all its serious intent, it isn't torture to watch.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
65% Summer (Leto) (2018) Even if Leto doesn't trumpet any obvious political agenda, it still feels dangerous, like a sidelong glance that shoots daggers.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
95% 3 Faces (2018) Although 3 Faces is far from Panahi's best work, it's still a solid primer on how much a skilled filmmaker can achieve with very few resources.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
91% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It deftly walks the line between appropriately somber and great, sophisticated fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
81% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Disjointed and direct, exhilarating and soporific, cerebral and squirrelly: The Image Book is lots of contradictory things at once.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
64% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Feels meandering and indistinct.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) A multifaceted, bittersweet delight.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
83% Disobedience (2018) Cuts deeper than your standard forbidden-love story, largely because the actors are so attuned to their characters' anguish.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There's no pacing in Avengers: Infinity War. It's all sensation and no pulse. Everything is big, all of the time.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018