For 496 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Baby Driver
Lowest review score: 0 United Passions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 496
496 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    These dynamos don’t need a screenplay to hold anyone’s attention.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    The plot swerves around just enough to make you think something more complex is going on. Ultimately, it really isn’t — certainly not enough to make up for the clichés and sexist tropes that litter Lucas’ path toward a confrontation with the bad guys.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    As an addiction memoir, it works well enough; there are a handful of deeply felt moments.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Sara Stewart
    A masterful ode to one of life’s most universally awkward phases.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Sara Stewart
    There’s no better time than summer for a fun, brainless thriller. All you need is three key ingredients: a charismatic hero, a hateable villain and a snappy screenplay...Skyscraper, regrettably, cuts likable star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson off at the knees by failing to deliver on the other two.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Without a humanizing element like Blunt’s character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    As a snarky, stylish Santa Fe couple, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan deploy a wit drier than the sprawling landscape surrounding their desert mansion. If you enjoy your comedies devoid of easy sentimentality (as this reviewer does), this one’s for you.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    More wobbly moments of Woman Walks Ahead seem to teeter on the edge of both white-saviorism and becoming a Harlequin romance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Charmingly profane, with a buzzing riot-grrrl soundtrack, “Izzy” is a stylish twist on an ’80s trope: Here it’s the woman as pathetic supplicant, trying to win back someone who’s moved on.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Superfly escapes superficiality thanks largely to strong performances from Jackson; Jason Mitchell as Priest’s workmanlike partner, Eddie, and Michael Kenneth Williams as Priest’s mentor, Scatter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    This sequel to the 2004 movie is an impressive feat of animation, particularly in its action sequences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Like a cubic zirconia knockoff of a priceless diamond necklace, this female “Ocean’s” update looks the part but just ain’t got that sparkle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Adrift is paced like its title, and the story’s momentum is slowed somewhat by constant toggling between past and present.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    American Animals takes an appropriately wild approach to its subject, biting off a little more than it can chew, but nevertheless coming up with a truly novel entry in the overcrowded heist genre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    If you’ve got comics-movie fatigue, with frequent fourth-wall breaks to point out lazy writing, blatant foreshadowing or heavy reliance on CGI for fight scenes, Deadpool 2 is here for you. That doesn’t mean those things aren’t there (they are) — but the eagerness of Deadpool to call out its own shortcomings earns this trash-talking franchise a lot of goodwill.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    Though both Tierney and Bomer’s characters also veer into stereotype — her uptight disapproval, his sassiness — writer-director Timothy McNeil still crafts a fairly moving tribute to the notion, as Lin-Manuel Miranda once put it, that “love is love is love.”
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    More perplexing than any of the supposed mysteries of Terminal is what Mike Myers, of all people, is doing here, playing a train-station janitor with a creepy “Danny Boy” whistle.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Life of the Party is undeniably at its best when Falcone is showcasing McCarthy’s aptitude for physical comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Bad Samaritan plays like an unambitious episode of “Black Mirror,” low on techno-savvy but enhanced by the always-compelling David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, an Irish actor best known for his role on the British series “Misfits.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    Reitman directs with an empathy for mothering that never shies away from its darker side.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    McAdams gives one of the best performances of her career as her character wrestles with the enormous question of whether, and how, to give up everything she’s ever known.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    All the past decade’s Marvel movies have been heading toward this showdown. Turns out the payoff was worth the wait.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Sara Stewart
    With seemingly no understanding of how tone-deaf it might be to cast a straight, white, able-bodied blonde like Schumer as victimized by society’s judgment, the lazily written I Feel Pretty takes a talented comic and casts her in the worst possible light (and I don’t mean that literally — she looks fine).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    A supernatural “What’s Happening to My Body?” parable in company with “Carrie,” “Ginger Snaps” and last year’s “Thelma,” Wildling is low-key with an undertone of menace, skillfully directed by Fritz Böhm in his feature debut (though some of his nighttime scenes are so dark it’s genuinely hard to tell what’s going on).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Sara Stewart
    It’s big, bloated, and, if you give in to the familiar charms of its jacked leading man, not unenjoyable. (Alternately, you could easily just let it induce a little nap.)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    The Scottish director’s short, blunt thriller is so violently nerve-jangling that it feels like a stretch to recommend it, exactly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    My main beef is with Spielberg’s choice to leave out his own work, both as producer and director: “I didn’t corner the ’80s market,” he told Entertainment Weekly. But yeah, he kind of did.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sara Stewart
    If there’s a flaw in Unsane, it’s that the screenplay by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer doesn’t play its hand closer to the vest. The pleasure here is in watching and wondering what’s real and what isn’t, but all too soon it’s spelled out for us. Nevertheless, it’s great fun to watch it all come together — or, more accurately, fall apart.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Too often content to smile beatifically instead of delivering the necessary thrills.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Stewart
    Even an 11th-hour cameo from the late Dick Gregory as Ella’s long-ago boyfriend can’t keep The Leisure Seeker from being, well, forgettable.

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