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 Condemned
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy fails to live up to either its promise or title.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The film's broad attempts at humour are all mouldy bits from Hollywood films.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Broken Arrow conforms faithfully to the tongue-in-cheek, post-Die Hard action genre, with the usual spectacularly choreographed action sequences and rudiments of a story line. Even considering the meagre demands of the genre, though, character and plot seem woefully underbaked and the reliance on improbable solutions soon makes the groans of incredulity outnumber the gasps. [9 Feb 1996, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Still, even Romero's staunchest fans might conclude their hero is going through the motions here. Yes, almost like a zombie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Hugh Grant's Martin Tweed is nowhere as menacing (or interesting) as the callous bruiser who makes every episode of American Idol a chilling psychotic adventure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Though beautiful to look at and graced with moments of ticklish camp, The Skin I Live In is also sluggish, arbitrarily conceived and, especially in its sagging middle, unaccountably dull.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The 131-minute, car-racing film is adolescent guy date histrionics – screaming tires, snappy putdowns and, because we're in Rio, an occasional influx of bodies beautiful in Band-Aid bikinis.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    As for children's entertainment needs, well, having seen both "The Golden Compass" and Alvin and the Chipmunks with a full theatre of four- to 12-year-olds, this reviewer is honour-bound to report that Alvin wins the kids' vote, paws down.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A superior entertainment to both "RE 1" and "Alien vs. Predator."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Too much diary, not enough movie.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Unfortunately, both Bridges and Anderson are only intermittently in the movie. And when they're not around, How to Lose Friends loses its satirical edge, becoming an alarmingly safe, almost corny romantic comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Despite an evident appetite for mayhem, however, Bay is not the right guy to produce slasher movies. Horror requires intimacy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What a disappointment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Sorry to disappoint anyone who saw the cast list of this film and presumed Julie Andrews was going to play the horrific serial killer Tooth Fairy from the Hannibal Lecter movies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A botched adult romantic comedy that strands its leading player, and its audience, in a wearying, sitcom-slight battle of the sexes.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Anyone interested in hearing the artist's heart-to-hearts properly translated is encouraged to seek out Leonard Cohen's flamenco serenade, "Take This Waltz."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The plot feels both familiar and far-fetched.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    It's possible to admire the performances of stars Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in The Burning Plain , even as you backpedal from the film, hoping the ponderous megasoap will just go away.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A comedy should provoke more than smiles. Should have characters instead of show-offs. Although often charming, Micmacs seems so pleased with itself that it hardly needs an audience.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A farther-fetched fantasy: In addition to asking we believe our loosely packed academic can play Rocky, Here Comes the Boom imagines a world in which butterball Everyman Scott and the fabulously lush Bella (Salma Hayek) might argue and bill and coo and eventually fall in love.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A mess of a movie – a sprawling PowerPoint argument that covers too much ground way too fast, dispensing Wikipedia-calibre essays on a variety of subjects, from a blurred bio of J. Robert Oppenheimer, creator of the atom bomb, to an unsatisfying sidebar on A.Q. Khan, the world's first door-to-door nuke salesmen.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Aniston's constituency will enjoy seeing her again in Love Happens . She's lovely and fun to be with, as always.
    • 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.
    • 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."

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