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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 We Were Here
Lowest review score: 25 The Virginity Hit
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    No matter who you side with here, Waste Land – the title should come with a question mark – is a fascinating adventure, populated by memorable characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Patricio Guzmán's documentary, Nostalgia for the Light, pays equal attention to the astronomers and searchers, regarding their quest as the same – a search for life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Michelle Monaghan's clowning response to her boyfriend's sudden histrionics lends the drama a giddy fizz.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A film with enough sexy one-liners to tempt Mae West from the grave.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    As Blank City proves, the all-night, every-night party was fun while it lasted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Contagion isn't meant to provide delicious roller-coaster chills. Released two days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it's a film meant to scare the bejesus out of us.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's "Long Day's Journey into Night."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Dragonslayer documents what happened when California stopped dreaming.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The star of Sound of My Voice is co-screenwriter, female lead Brit Marling, who plays Maggie with melancholy, amusement and scorn. Compulsively watchable, she can change who we think she is by simply turning her face. In profile, she's Vanessa Redgrave. Laughing, she becomes Debbie Reynolds. Marling might become a great character actress. Let's hope the movies use her well.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    An anthropological marvel and an animal-drive movie that belongs beside the classics of the genre - Red River and Lonesome Dove.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Will Ferrell is a scream, no doubt about it. And Anchorman contains some of his best work. But, Knights of Columbus! Wouldn't it be great if TV-based comedians weren't afraid of making movies that were funnier than they are?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The film is never as powerful or convincing as it should be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The Israeli film works best in isolated spots early on as a series of intriguing character studies. Upon reaching to become a lesson to the world, however, Walk on Water goes off the deep end.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Although In My Country is charged with moments of grace and feeling, the film is ultimately betrayed by the clunky Jackson-Binoche romance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Surely the real story of Enron is that so many accountants, lawyers, bankers and politicians were willing to call a dog a duck in order to remain happy insiders in the world's biggest pyramid scheme.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    There's the roller-disco music and skating, which isn't so much hot as a hoot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    For all North Country's blockbuster elements, the film remains a curiously uninvolving affair.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Rallies in the last reel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    In a better work, the filmmaker would talk to hardcore punks about their parents, affairs, regrets, dreams and day jobs in an effort to explore the fledgling movement. Here, however, we get little more than a marathon MTV rap session, as Rachman drives about North America, yakking with aging punk heroes about the good ol' bad ol' days.
    • 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
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Like most modern action films, Shooter is too explicit, more interested in mayhem than motive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Robocop isn't going to win Verhoeven any medals - the focus remains on action, guns and gore - but it's a flashy movie with enough wit to be more than just another dumb bucket of bolts. [17 Jul 1987]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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