For 228 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Every Little Step
Lowest review score: 25 Just Like Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Max Manus (the title role is played by Aksel Hennie) feels so familiar that audiences watching it are likely to experience a numbing sense of déjà vu. Nothing seems particularly fresh or involving.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    An inferior "Napoleon Dynamite." Call it Napoleon Firecracker. The film steals one of the best laughs of Jon Heder's surprise 2004 hit, the scene where Napoleon nosedives over a bicycle jump, and stretches the gag into an 86-minute movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Cold Souls begins to lose its comic focus, however, when Giamatti comes to realize that he needs his soul back.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Doesn't work because it isn't much of a ride. The action scenes are strictly by rote. The incidental characters are all incidental.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Anyone interested in a no-seatbelts, out-of-control action flick will find much to enjoy in Faster; although even they may prefer seeing it in Blu-Ray at home, which would allow for trips to the fridge for fuel when the film begins to idle in the last reel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Dark Shadows only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor. And the kick here, as always, is watching him try on funny accents and hairdos.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    It should be a better, more authentic movie, considering that screenwriters Maupin and his ex-partner, Terry Anderson, are retelling parts of their own story here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    As for Vaughn, he seems exhausted by his strenuous efforts to bring a few sparks of spontaneity to such an overcalculated Christmas product.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A bad-cop, worse-cop movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    It's a bright, busy imitation of independent moviemaking. But it's hardly an independent film. Hopefully, next time out, director Crowley, a promising storyteller, will find his own story to tell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Leaves us with is sporadic showers of laughs for kids under 10. That's a shame, because the film could have been a delight for everyone, if only it hadn't learned to behave.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The Super Bowl MVP is awarded a trip to Disneyland. Maybe in the future, he should be awarded a part in an Adam Sandler movie. There is no bigger male fantasy land.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    How to Eat Fried Worms arrives just in time to placate preteen boys who resent being unable to see the frankly more adult though equally immature "Snakes on a Plane."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A meagre, occasionally funny affair.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    They're not much company, our Marcus and Esca. But there we are, mucking through crazy Scotland with them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Halfway through, everyone starts drinking heavily and the film turns into agreeably sloppy fun. (Isn't that always the way – class reunions often perk up when someone spikes the punch.)
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    If you have kids who are easily frightened, bring them to Alpha and Omega, a 3-D movie with training wheels. Kids may not like it, but they'll never fall off the ride.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A football story that deserves a penalty flag every other play for piling on the sentiment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    It's an action-comedy. It's in 3-D. There's a video-game tie-in. Throw in a fluorescent Slushie from the candy counter and your eight-year-old will be in heaven.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A furious 90-minute trailer of a movie that exceeds the speed limit for action films established by Quentin Tarantino's recent "Grindhouse."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The humour in Accepted is maddeningly safe.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Brian and Dom could drive from L.A. to Mexico City and back blindfolded, but would require a GPS to find the zipper of a dress. The only time they smile here is when they are alone in a garage, tinkering with their dream cars.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Are any of his stunts funny? Yes, one scene is worthy of Borat and Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What's so distressing about Michelle Pfeiffer taking a mooning calf for a lover, though, is that it robs her of the quality that has always made her such an interesting actress.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What the film needs more than anything is Perry's alter ego, Medea – a rampaging bowling ball who might knock all these stiff, upright characters spinning.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    If 1911 doesn't impress as historical spectacle, neither does it rank high as a Jackie Chan film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    More than anything, the film lacks a rapport with its audience.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Once Bullock's character clears her head at the top of the thrill ride, Premonition becomes inescapably dull because it is her mental health, not her purposefully dull husband's fate, that interested us.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Barrymore's charm helps make Beverly Hills Chihuahua a congenial family outing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Fails to ever come alive as a human comedy in the manner of the best mockumentaries.

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