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 The Pool
Lowest review score: 25 The Condemned
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    More than anything, the film lacks a rapport with its audience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A mess of a movie – a sprawling PowerPoint argument that covers too much ground way too fast, dispensing Wikipedia-calibre essays on a variety of subjects, from a blurred bio of J. Robert Oppenheimer, creator of the atom bomb, to an unsatisfying sidebar on A.Q. Khan, the world's first door-to-door nuke salesmen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Though beautiful to look at and graced with moments of ticklish camp, The Skin I Live In is also sluggish, arbitrarily conceived and, especially in its sagging middle, unaccountably dull.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Has a provocative, ticklish premise – five North England Muslims become suicide bombers, but can't decide who or what to take with them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    There just isn't the same zingy rapport. Seth Rogen's praying mantis and Jackie Chan's monkey have no more than a dozen lines between them. Even Jack Black's Po is more subdued.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    It's really a lazy comedy that is content telling a crude and corny Hollywood story with a Mexican accent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Theodore Braun's work may well reach and convert one thousand more Adam Sterlings. Here's hoping it does. There is, however, a difference between a worthy cause and a worthy film.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The 131-minute, car-racing film is adolescent guy date histrionics – screaming tires, snappy putdowns and, because we're in Rio, an occasional influx of bodies beautiful in Band-Aid bikinis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The film's broad attempts at humour are all mouldy bits from Hollywood films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What a disappointment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A comedy should provoke more than smiles. Should have characters instead of show-offs. Although often charming, Micmacs seems so pleased with itself that it hardly needs an audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Broken Arrow conforms faithfully to the tongue-in-cheek, post-Die Hard action genre, with the usual spectacularly choreographed action sequences and rudiments of a story line. Even considering the meagre demands of the genre, though, character and plot seem woefully underbaked and the reliance on improbable solutions soon makes the groans of incredulity outnumber the gasps. [9 Feb 1996, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    So Dead Snow fulfills one zombie-movie prerequisite. It's different.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The mistake filmmakers Tucker and Epperlein (Gunner Palace) make here is assuming that fighters reveal their true characters in discussing their craft, when in fact just the opposite occurs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Machete is a drinking man's "The Expendables."
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Three years in the making, seems fussed over and, occasionally, a little dull.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    All outrageous stuff. Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Hatchet is further evidence of the decline of Western civilization.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Are any of his stunts funny? Yes, one scene is worthy of Borat and Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Too much diary, not enough movie.
    • 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."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    No, there isn't anything wrong with comfort entertainment. Then She Found Me could have, should have been something special - a "Knocked Up" for weary boomers. The only hitch is that it isn't all that entertaining. Nor comforting for that matter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    They're not much company, our Marcus and Esca. But there we are, mucking through crazy Scotland with them.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A bad-cop, worse-cop movie.

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