Stephen Hunter

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For 969 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 House of Flying Daggers
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
969 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Hunter
    The menace never becomes palpable, whether because of illogical plot lines or questionable casting. The stakes are so high, but the suspense never rises to the occasion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This isn't a movie where story matters that much: It's a movie of character and milieu, both of which it evokes brilliantly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The new Bond movie is pure nonsense art of the dadaist school; it follows the rules of the ridiculous as it turns narrative convention, thriller formula and special-effects set pieces into a manifesto of the purest gibberish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It more or less self-destructs in a ridiculous last few minutes when it becomes a noble sacrifice-o-rama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that a movie need not be good to be cool.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Stephen Hunter
    What you get is the V trifecta: vile, vicious and violent. Oh, and incoherent and stupid. A mess. A mean-spirited completely worthless film that can never give back the two hours it seizes from you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The occasional big moments are stunning, and kids from the ages of, say, 6 years to 6 years and 3 days will love it. Anyone younger will be scared; anyone older, bored.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The director isn't much on orgies; he's all talk. But that's good, not bad, because his talk is so brilliant. Stillman is the Balzac of the ironic class, the Dickens of people with too much inner life.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Anthony Hopkins, with a toothpick and a slouch. Fabulous!
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie isn't about anything except acting, and although the acting it shows is brilliant, it makes exactly the point that is the opposite of the point it thought it was making: Acting isn't enough.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Hunter
    A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    You don't really watch the film; you survive it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's so gritty it'll get under your fingernails. And it harks back to one of Hill's greatest films from the '70s, "Hard Times."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    In truth, I didn't care much for it, while respecting it a great deal. It's self-consciously childish and "innocent," and everything is overdrawn to cartoon dimension.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It continually crashes and burns on its own banality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's good fun for bad boys.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Hunter
    A rambling wreck from computer tech and a helluva souvenir –- that is, for those interested in artifacts representing the American movie at its worst.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It is a rabble-rousing cheerfest, based on a true story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is postmodern folk art, a tricky transaction in which the work isn't just a story, it's a genre survey, a homage, a meditation, a parody and, oh yeah, while it's at it, still a pretty good story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's funny and human and really pretty damned wonderful, all at once.
    • Washington Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    First-class in all departments except clarity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great sword fights, great acting, fabulous sword fights and, of course, really cool sword fights.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's stroke of sheer genius is its wondrous ending.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Ali
    For a movie, Michael Mann's Ali is great radio. It's almost better to squint, so that you see the film in soft focus, just fury and motion and blurred faces; meanwhile, with your ears cranked open wide, everybody sounds much more like they should than looks like they should.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So the film has this weird postmodernist taint: It has a self-aware script that cleverly plays off the reality of its own cast and their famous real-life contretemps. It's smart and knowing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Such a feast of outlandish pleasures it'll send you home steam-cleaned and shrink-wrapped.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    I found it a rough night at the flickers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    I liked, too, some late plot reversals, sorely needed after the numbingly simple straight-ahead plunge of the first hour of the movie. Things aren't quite what they seem and the twists are neatly done.

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