For 229 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Lowest review score: 25 Saw IV
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 229
229 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Though bathed in ecclesiastical light and a work of obvious craft and ambition, Bee Season is grimly serious and rather full of itself.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Contains fascinating footage – material from the 1980s that looks to be the work of angry, ancient Norse warriors. There is, however, almost no perspective here. Perhaps the filmmakers succumbed to a condition associated with a city east of Oslo – the Stockholm Syndrome.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Fails to ever come alive as a human comedy in the manner of the best mockumentaries.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    One of this enlightened B-movie's many pleasures is French director Jean-François Richet's handling of atmosphere and setting. Shot almost entirely at night in a blinding snowstorm, the crime drama is an intriguing remodelling of a classic film noir.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Like "Rebel", directed by Nicholas Ray, this film excels at capturing the nervous posturing of adolescent boys marking their territory by pissing on each other's shoes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A football story that deserves a penalty flag every other play for piling on the sentiment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Like most modern action films, Shooter is too explicit, more interested in mayhem than motive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Stephen Cole
    Palindromes is a cracked American picaresque.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    An enjoyable time-waster, distinguished by an unexpectedly sharp comic turn by McConaughey, lots of boisterous horseplay and some stirring emotional clinches. All in all, an entirely serviceable night out for buddies looking to locate hidden feelings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    An okay thriller with lots of smart flourishes, The Next Three Days has us hooked early on but never quite gets us in the boat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Young male earthlings should like everything about Race to Witch Mountain. Just make sure you race your caffeinated charges to the washrooms right after the movie to defuel so there won't be any accidents on the space shuttle home.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Playing a blonde with her roots showing, Beckinsale seems up for a scrap, but the film gives her nothing to do but get clobbered.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Once it becomes clear that the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an equal-opportunity offender, and that it is the politically correct modern family that is being picked on, rather than young Greg, the film becomes cheerfully mischievous fun for everyone.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A meagre, occasionally funny affair.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A big, bloated, though frequently engaging gangster movie, Kill the Irishman should properly be viewed late night on TV, flipping back and forth between the film, David Letterman and a west-coast ball game.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    David Bowie, flaunting a Marianne Faithfull hairdo, stars in Jim Henson's latest puppety film, the flagrantly unoriginal Labyrinth. [1 Jul 1986, p.A1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    Last Night is a New York morality play: A film in love with (lower) Manhattan that is suspicious of real romance. What it lacks is Allen's sense of horseplay; his appetite for lunatic adventure. When you take a bite of the Big Apple, you're not supposed to nibble.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Though The Stoning of Soraya M.'s heart is in the right place, its head is lost in storm clouds of anger.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    One smart thing Green's character Ezekiel does is split from Sex Drive as soon as his two scenes are over.
    • 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.)
    • 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."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    It's amazing to see, but potentially unsettling. Green is now 37. And it may be more than some mothers can take, imagining themselves cleaning up after their "little boy" when he's crowding 40.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Except for one memorable interlude, the film just doesn't have near enough fun blasting spitballs at "Pirates of the Caribbean."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Starbuck is unapologetic genre filmmaking with a winning performance from its lead, Huard ( Bon Cop, Bad Cop), a shambling, likeable comedian who can flip, flop and fly off a diving board while maintaining his sex appeal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A fantastic holiday toy that, amazingly enough, doesn't require batteries.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The humour in Accepted is maddeningly safe.

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