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
85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a featherweight delight, like the prettiest pink-and-white cake on the tea tray. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) It's an object lesson in what not to do in an adaptation, yet it's occasionally effective enough that you can see a much more successful movie buried within it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) The figurative runaway limo these women are riding in is headed for a crash. But oh, the ride is glorious! - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
75% The King (2019) Honors a classic story and opens its grandeur to a new audience-even as it gives an elbow-poke to those who have seen it all before, or who only think they have. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
45% The Laundromat (2019) Much of the movie is bitterly funny; some of it just amusingly droll. But the finale, a rallying cry that's both galvanizing and wistful, is a wrap-up worth waiting for. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
75% Joker (2019) Phillips may want us to think he's giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture, but really, he's just offering a prime example of it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
39% Seberg (2019) The picture is potent and engaging; even its fictionalized elements ring with the spirit of truth. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra works, not least because nearly every minute of it is gorgeous to look at. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% Marriage Story (2019) I suspect almost anyone who has dissolved a seemingly perfect union can relate to at least some of Marriage Story, especially if there are children involved. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell... knows her way around a wisecrack. She also plays Brittany's transformation subtly and intelligently, without courting our pity or even our approval. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) Mostly... it's more funny and charming than it is raunchy. If these boys are the men of the future, their parents have done something right. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Joyous and funny even as it strikes the occasional melancholy chord, Blinded by the Light is a testament to the small miracle of how the right music manages to find us at just the right time... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) There's not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there's nothing cool about it, either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It could all be so winsome and adorable-but it isn't. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Somewhere around the midpoint of Hobbs & Shaw, the action sequences become so elaborate that they start to weigh the movie down; it becomes less a lean machine than an unwieldy, chubby sausage. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
77% Skin (2019) You'd never expect a xenophobic, hate-filled skinhead to have the sweet face and demeanor of the actor Jamie Bell, which is what makes Bell's performance in Guy Nattiv's Skin so effective... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is a modest, wobbly picture, and it falls apart as it rambles toward its ending. Yet it never feels like a waste of time. Sometimes being invited along for the ride is reward enough. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) In that respect, this Lion King is a faithful remake, and in terms of its technology, it's at times quite beautiful to behold... But there's no sense of wonder in this new Lion King-its most visible attribute is ambition. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) But until all that nonsense gets rolling, Spider-Man: Far from Home is breezy and enjoyable, focusing on all that's most appealing about Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego Spider-Man. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The Beatles were larger than life, but at least part of their greatness was built on subtlety. That's a language Yesterday doesn't understand... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Beware the filmmaker who's exercising, when just making films will do. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Rose-Lynn is neither a wholly selfish character nor a selfless one, and her rough contours give Wild Rose-directed by Tom Harper and written by Nicole Taylor-its bite. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Even if no one needs a Toy Story 4, it's here, and the good news is that it's funny and imaginative and, in places, intriguingly strange. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) In Bob we trust. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It would be correct to call The Last Black Man a story about gentrification, but that word hardly captures the movie's mystery and its heartbeat. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe has that made-for-the-small-screen quality, almost a movie but not quite-it feels rushed, rough and a bit too casual, as if the script needed just another draft or two. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn't negligible either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Feldstein and Dever have a kind of mad, cartoon chipmunk chemistry, playing characters who know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences and step on each other's lines. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Pitt and DiCaprio are marvelous together, and though neither are what any of us should call "old," their faces, once as flawless as airbrushed high-school portraits, have now achieved a more weathered perfection. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
78% A Hidden Life (2019) [It] may be visually beautiful, in a mountains-in-the-mist way. But what is it saying? What is it doing? And oh, dear God, is he showing us those mountains again? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is magnificent and ridiculous, a feathered melanage of clichés and originality, of respectful homage and unrepentant nostalgia. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As always, Jarmusch knows how to get laughs with timing. It's so integral to his movies that he probably wouldn't be able to explain how he does it; it's probably more like waiting for a bird to land on a branch than anything. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country springs to life here and there, but there's something dispiriting about the way these women seem to be working hard for laughs rather than just being funny. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's an entertainment designed to please many, many people and disappoint as few as possible, extravagant without necessarily having a vision beyond its desire not to put a foot wrong. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) The "someone great" of the title isn't some mythical romantic object. It's each of them, bringing out the best in each other. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell is an uneven movie, occasionally dipping into clichés. But Moss's performance works... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
47% Little (2019) Although Little bears some similarities to... Big, it's a thoroughly modern comedy, one that lives comfortably with the idea that women can hold power and authority-though because they're human, they can misuse it, too. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
83% High Life (2019) High Life is a chilly, ruminative film, brilliant if not exactly likable. But Pattinson, the movie's thumping heart, is superb... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) Even if you've never heard of the Peterloo Massacre, this picture-beautifully staged and shot, with a you-are-there urgency-will reward your patience. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Best of all, Shazam! feels young, a world apart from that stone-cold cosmos in which self-serious villains descend upon humanity with their dumb jeweled gloves. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is barely a movie; it's more of a joyous squiggle adorned with a paper cocktail umbrella, a "What did I just see?" dollar-store trinket. But in these dark times, it's just the ticket. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The new Dumbo is ostentatious and overworked, less a work of imagination than a declaration of how imaginative Burton thinks he is. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Stories of people who are redeemed by animals are a dime a dozen, and that's fine by me: Give me dozens! Even so, The Mustang, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's debut feature, is one of the better ones. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) We're all so angry about "the other"-whomever that "other" might be-that it has come to stand in the way of understanding ourselves. Gloria Bell helps bring us back to that self, whoever he, she or they might be. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
91% Widows (2018) A thriller for modern women who identify more with the messiness of human lives than with flattened slogans about how great women, as a monolithic group, are. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Larson does get a few opportunities in Captain Marvel to be that regular, flawed-but-strong human-there just aren't enough of them, and they're hardly the focus of the movie. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The picture is honest about human hopes and disappointments, even as it acknowledges-and offers-the pleasures of a good romantic comedy. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
50% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Even hardcore Akin devotees should proceed with caution, and be ready for disillusionment. The craftsmanship is there. But Akin's judgment has gone AWOL, and with it, his heart. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The big problem is that Neeson drops out of the story for long stretches, and the movie needs him... - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019