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 Summer Hours
Lowest review score: 25 Labyrinth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 229
229 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    A third of the way into Soul Plane, maybe earlier if you're in the right mood or with the wrong company, you might actually start to enjoy disliking the movie. Like, say, Prince's "Purple Rain," certain Joan Crawford movies, and Leslie Nielsen at his best worst, the film inspires cathartic ridicule.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Think of Sleepover as a girl gang movie with training wheels.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    There is no getting these boys down. They are just like Lloyd and Harry in the Farrelly brothers' breakthrough 1994 hit, "Dumb & Dumber." Except that they are never, ever funny.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The movie feels like something parents want their kids to see. Harold and Kumar wouldn't want anything to do with Beth Cooper or Denis Cooverman. You're probably not going to like them much either.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The plot feels both familiar and far-fetched.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The Viral Factor is deliriously far-fetched. And one wishes director Dante Lam (The Beast Stalker) could have at least had some giddy fun smashing all his toys around. But his new film is tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    A film willing to cheat whatever way necessary to scare you... The good news is that once you leave the theatre, you'll never think of Boogeyman again.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    A lamentably slack and dishonest genre exercise.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    Fails as a comedy-drama because it’s neither funny nor involving. But it fails as a buddy movie because Willis and Morgan make for a dull couple.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Adolescent boys will savour My Way's bombast and solemnity. Cringing adult audiences will more likely beat a retreat before final call.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Handsomely mounted, emotionally involving sci-fi movies don't often show up in the darkened galaxies of our theatre chains. So Alvart's English-language debut is definitely a film you want to catch on the big screen. Just don't sit too close, lest you end up with a dose of pandorum.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Delgo is blocky and hastily coloured in. Characters are stiff; there is little variety in movement. It's a cheapo product ideally suited for a Saturday-morning pyjama vigil in front of a small screen. And the film suffers from a poverty of imagination to boot.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    A 105-minute cringe-a-thon that reduces the Katharine Hepburn of her generation to a sitcom harpy presiding over a brood of Valley Girl chicks.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Piranha 3DD is overcrowded and pointlessly mean. The stunt casting of David Hasselhoff playing himself, riffing off his infamous 2007 drunken home video, gets in the way of the storyline.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    The Boondock Saints II does, from time to time, display a vulgar charm. Or maybe it just wears you out.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    It is hard to say what is more despicable about The Condemned: the overtly racist portrayal of Brekel-Goldman as Jewish-media bloodsuckers, or the film's sleazeball attempt to pass off lovingly attentive sequences of ritual torture - often scenes of incredible hulks bashing cowering women - as a critique of media violence.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    So here’s an idea: Maybe filmmakers should shoot what Ashton’s up to off-camera, because not many laughs are making it to the screen.

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