For 228 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Days of Being Wild (re-release)
Lowest review score: 25 Rambo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    So Dead Snow fulfills one zombie-movie prerequisite. It's different.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Bourne fans will find much to enjoy about The Bourne Legacy, even if they are forced to do without the title character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    9
    Watching 9 , we know how 8 feels. Sci-fi fans will find heaven in Shane Acker's feature-film debut.
    • 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
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    If Under the Same Moon is formula melodrama, the film is well acted and its lead character perceptively drawn.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    There's the roller-disco music and skating, which isn't so much hot as a hoot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Trotsky goes down easily and, for what it’s worth, is better mannered than most contemporary youth comedies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Three years in the making, seems fussed over and, occasionally, a little dull.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Letting Shrek get grumpy again has freshly animated this cartoon series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    It's no fun looking after a determined, self-justified alcoholic; or even watching him waste away. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life accepts its subject on his own terms. And the compromise feels like capitulation before its hero's last record spins to a close. The death of a ladies man is pretty grim sport after the ladies have gone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    There is also a capable, wisecracking stewardess (Julianna Margulies) and, what a surprise, a steward who appears to be doing a Paul Lynde impersonation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Here's something you don't see every day: a high-school comedy for old poops.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
    • 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
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Jumping the Broom also benefits from a great soundtrack (Al Green, Aretha, El DeBarge, Curtis Mayfield).
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The result, which could be entitled There's Something About Curly, is an unabashedly moronic celebration of slap shtick.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    If this sounds intriguing, we should add that System of a Down is a lousy live band. And director Garapedian, for all her public-minded zeal, isn't capable of corralling her interviews and opinions into a coherent polemic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Hunting Party does a good job of illustrating Winston Churchill's observation, "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."

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