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 2.8 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 Jonah Hex
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Horror fans anticipating grisly laughs are in for a jolt. Because the new Last House, though terrifying, is never, ever fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The humour in Accepted is maddeningly safe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Letting Shrek get grumpy again has freshly animated this cartoon series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    For all North Country's blockbuster elements, the film remains a curiously uninvolving affair.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Brian and Dom could drive from L.A. to Mexico City and back blindfolded, but would require a GPS to find the zipper of a dress. The only time they smile here is when they are alone in a garage, tinkering with their dream cars.
    • 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)
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    Who wants to watch any film where Sarandon, the sexiest 60-year-old woman alive, is first prize in a corn-eating contest?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Are any of his stunts funny? Yes, one scene is worthy of Borat and Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The film is never as powerful or convincing as it should be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    By hiring James Earl Jones to narrate, Disney has prepared youngsters to understand that man is equally capable of heroism and villainy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    Scott means for his entertainment package to be hip, hysterical fun. But his stylistic embellishments and indiscriminate appetite for sensation crowds his title character right out of the film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    More than anything, the film lacks a rapport with its audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    As expected, it has gaping holes where back stories used to be. Still, it's a historical war movie with impressive sweep, strong characterizations and the kind of idiosyncratic flourishes that made Woo such an irresistible storyteller.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Your Mommy Kills Animals works best as a fast-moving carnival of faces and feature stories. Like most amusement-park rides, it lets you off dizzy and confused, whereas the best documentaries leave you feeling that you've come to a settled perspective on a subject.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    It's Duvall and Murray who make Get Low a small, wonderful thing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    A little bit of "Crime and Punishment" and a whole lot of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," Revanche, the Austrian candidate for last year's Best Foreign Language Film, is a surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Tetro is Coppola's best film since Apocalypse Now because the filmmaker has abandoned conventional drama – what for him had become a straightjacket – indulging in a collage style that allows him to honour favourite filmmakers.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Barrymore's charm helps make Beverly Hills Chihuahua a congenial family outing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Fails to ever come alive as a human comedy in the manner of the best mockumentaries.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The best Brit noir since "Croupier" is a complex, marvellously twisty thriller.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Still, what makes Sly's new film fascinating is that, 35 years after he created and starred in the ultimate little-boy fantasy, "Rocky," Stallone remains such a guileless, big-dreaming innocent.

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