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 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 25 Paparazzi
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
228 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    We don't get a good look at a painting until 35 minutes into the film biography of Séraphine de Senlis, the early 20th-century French painter discovered by German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. The film Séraphine is not about paintings.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Watching Moon is kind of like seeing a booster rocket thrust seventies' sci-fi films deeper into orbit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    So Dead Snow fulfills one zombie-movie prerequisite. It's different.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Benefits from one standout performance: Timothy Olyphant ( Deadwood ) plays the part of Nick with ingratiating comic relish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Cold Souls begins to lose its comic focus, however, when Giamatti comes to realize that he needs his soul back.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A convincing, reasonably co-ordinated action movie. Nothing special, but lovers of the genre will enjoy the workouts, especially if they bring night-vision glasses.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A football story that deserves a penalty flag every other play for piling on the sentiment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    More than anything, the film lacks a rapport with its audience.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Good Hair is also about how African-Americans spend $9-billion annually chemically treating and straightening their hair, buying 80 per cent of America's hair products. It's such a fascinating, complex tale that you hope one day some probing filmmaker will make a conclusive documentary on the subject.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Best when Fraser is on screen. Ian McKellen, who starred with Fraser in "Gods and Monsters," called him the most natural actor he'd worked with, marvelling at Fraser's ability to disappear into roles.
    • 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
    Frozen would get props for a novel plot, except that its storyline appears to be ski-lifted from the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode where Larry is stuck on a chairlift with an Orthodox Jewish woman who is terrified of being seen with a man after sunset.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Yes, it’s really complicated, life with the Rizzos. City Island probably has too many moving parts. Still, writer-director Raymond de Felitta (Two Family House) understands that a proper farce, like a good campfire, needs plenty of friction to get started.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Too much diary, not enough movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A chilling film best experienced bundled up in a sweater and scarf.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    An impressionistic work that is perfectly in tune with its subject’s hallucinatory music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    It’s a corny, old fashioned boy-dog love story, as adorable as anything Walt Disney ever signed off on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Letting Shrek get grumpy again has freshly animated this cartoon series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Trotsky goes down easily and, for what it’s worth, is better mannered than most contemporary youth comedies.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Stephen Cole
    The best part of Jonah Hex is Josh Brolin on a horse. Especially when he's not saying anything, just moseying into or out of town. Too had he never moseys into a better movie.

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