Stephen Hunter
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For 914 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Opposite of Sex
Lowest review score: 0 Wet Hot American Summer
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The only impressive thing about it is the monotony and thoroughness with which it replicates cliches from older, better movies and hammers them into pop alloy to an up-with-me beat beat beat of its musical score.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Put another movie on the barbie, mate; maybe it'll be better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The director, Patricia Rozema, has a rare talent: She gets third-rate performances out of first-rate performers with almost startling efficiency. All are bland, some hardly exist at all, and as performance, the whole thing seems a waste.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    There's some cool sword-fighting. But still, it's junk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    So rancid is Brooks's fury that it's clouded his judgment, so that each of his main characters is a stereotype of the most broad-brush, malodorous nature.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The cast is too good for the script and the script is too good for the director and the director is too good for the horny dog jokes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is very loud. It is pointlessly loud, arbitrarily loud, assaultively loud.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Perhaps as a publishing phenomenon the concept works, but on-screen it's pretty dull, with good actors in bad roles and bad special effects.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    So tame and limp, it may actually give mothers-in-law a good name.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Vaughn's con-man jive doesn't get much play in this one; he spends most of his time as a bitter creep, and the writing (by Dan Fogelman) isn't sharp enough to make the hipster-at-the-North-Pole theme pay off in any meaningful way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Directed by Vincent ("A Map of the Human Heart") Ward, who is either a genius or a crackpot, and derived from a long-ago novel by Richard Matheson, the film is overproduced and underpopulated, with either characters or ideas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is so disturbing that it seems nearly blasphemous. I wouldn't wish it on an anthrax spore. After all, anthrax has feelings, too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    You can't make an epic about a mouse.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Where is the suspense part? There is no suspense part. Suspense demands clarity of motive and action, and this screenplay never provides it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    the movie comes on as a novelty item, meaning it's so full of disparate parts and so unable to approach coherence, it just sits there and burns out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's too bloody to be funny and too silly to be dramatic and too self-indulgent to be anything other than what it is, one more bad movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, as its title suggests, means to be one of those Tarantino-esque in-your-face jobs, amusing on the audacity of its outrageousness. Here's how "outrageous" it is: Zzzzzz-zzzz.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The new Dutch film Black Book manages to turn World War II into a large piece of cheese. A lurid, pulpy, slightly perverse potboiler, the movie suffers mainly from its utter lack of seriousness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    I'll tell you what's gone in 60 seconds, all right: my attention.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    There's nothing wrong with Uptown Girls that not seeing it won't fix.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Elf
    The first and possibly the last Will Ferrell star vehicle. It's a clumsy, tedious ride that wears out its welcome as it wears out the seat of your pants and the circulation in your lower limbs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, Gerry is beyond the simple question of pleasure. Seeing it may be no fun at all, but then discomfort is part of the price one pays in learning.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Instead of gold-medal-winning, last-minute heroics, the movie weirdly becomes about the scandal of arbitrary gymnastics judges. Is it a movie or an episode of "Real Sports"? It veers into fresh territory but not dramatically satisfying territory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    As long as it stayed mainstream dirty it was okay, but when it got into perversions the American Psychiatric Society hasn't even named yet, it left me behind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Friends, Washingtonians, countrymen, I come not to praise Gladiator but to bury it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It seems such a waste to go onto the actual streets of Lower Manhattan and shoot a movie this stupid. Think of the money, the logistics, the interruptions in the city's life -- all that trouble for what? For this? For shame.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Just another thriller, utterly disposable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's like a summer stock "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," with the proviso that occasionally a giant snaggle-tooth monster slobbers onstage and eats George or Martha.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It continually crashes and burns on its own banality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's not really a movie. I suppose it's what could be called a recorded behavior.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Between bad hair and tonal irregularity, the movie doesn't give you much to like.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    You are likely to encounter more surprises on the way to the bathroom each morning than you do in this film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    For the most part, Daredevil doesn't take a single dare; it travels the road much trod, even if it's through the midtown air.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    All in all, it's like a bachelor's apartment: a complete mess.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Now and then sputters to comic life but more usually wheezes along.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    A vicious anti-Catholic diatribe disguised as an audition tape for MTV.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Illustrates the law of returning diminishments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It orders you to love it. It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, directed (and written) by Zach Helm in grotesquely bright colors, means to approach the creepy wonder of Roald Dahl but gets only the creepy part right.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The comedy is strained to the point of lameness, most of it exaggerated clumsiness, stupidity or inappropriateness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Let's blame it on poor Robin Williams, who tries so desperately to be likable, whimsical, lovable, smart and funny all at once that he just wears you out. Blame it also on the behind-the-scenes engineers at Disney who think that effects are more important than story and character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie falls from grace to clunkiness and continues its herky-jerky, way-unfunny trek around the amusement park. Who needs it?
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Not merely Pacino's over-mannered, near-histrionic performance, but the movie itself could be characterized as busy, busy, busy. It's so full of plot twists and revelations and exploding sports cars that its very perkiness comes to seem comic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It never makes much sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    This is another unhelpful screed, uncontaminated by sense or perspective, that preaches loudly to the choir.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    He still sees dead people, only now they're the best thing in the movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    A few minutes of inspired lunacy aside, The Yes Men is largely a case of the same old preachers preaching to the same old choir.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Give Woody Allen credit for ambition. Failing at one movie wasn't enough. Nearly anyone can do that; it happens all the time. He's chosen to fail at two simultaneously.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's such a great story, you have to ask two questions: Why didn't they make this movie before? And why did they make it this way?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Big, dull and empty -- nobody associated with this production appears to have thought hard about storytelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Meant to be a sleek, dark, disturbing David Cronenberg-style thriller, Olivier Assayas's film is just an annoying concoction.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    There's not enough story in it to fill a shoebox.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It grinds on and on without mercy. You're in the cross hairs. There is no escape. Where is that Secret Service when you need it?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It never makes you laugh that hard. Not even close. And so the thing becomes a bloody assault on the senses that commingles atrocity with tedium.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Big Fish stinks from the head.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Utterly shatters the illusion with a trite plot, banal dialogue, clunky sentimentality and, worst of all, a sort of narrative arbitrariness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Never manages to make its characters anything other than cartoons.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    This feels like a cramped, TV-style retelling, with small groups of people, no special effects, in some ways almost cheesy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    A whodunit so bafflingly constructed that you can't even figure out what it is, so the whodun part is superfluous.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Like every other second of more than 10,000 seconds in Alexander, it doesn't engage in the least.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is loud, dark, bumpy and not even a little fun. You emerge into daylight bruised and battered, suffering a case of movie abuse.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The story the film tells ruins the movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Ultimately undone by its sheer busyness. The screenwriters never get the story to settle down, and it becomes a case of one damn thing after another.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Duvall is a great actor in the homestretch of a great career; it's hard to hold this trifle against him, and certainly nobody will.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Everything in it is a cliche including the end.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest. Good Lord, what an epic sit. My rear end deserves a medal...I wish I could say it wasn't so, but for most of us, this "X" marks a splat.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The baseball half of the story just slightly works. ... Nothing in [the other] half of the film works.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    There are many ways to define the shrieking awfulness of The Family Stone, from the general lack of wit to the cheap exploitation of cancer to its casual cruelty, but it's writer-director Thomas Bezucha's casting that really goes awry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    A nasty bit of counter-programming, Wolf Creek is for people sickened by the sentimental excesses of the day and the holiday season and want to hide from them in mayhem, slaughter, torture and degradation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The film has no discipline, but that's okay because it has no suspense, either.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    This gives nobody, least of all me, any pleasure, but a truth must be faced: Scoop is the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Like so many technological marvels, at the human level it's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, alas, is shackled somewhat by Waugh's original, pedestrian plot, which is too full of discrete incidents and slow to form an overarching story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's fundamental problem is that Cusack's character isn't very interesting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    What Kalin fails to provide in the slightest degree is energy. The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It just never began to work for me, and the sub story behind the ghost story is far more interesting than the ghost story in front of the sub story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie has the sense of being embalmed, or pickled. With its stilted dialogue not quite kitschy enough to be funny and not quite authentic enough to be realistic, the whole movie feels as if it's taking place in formaldehyde.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Max
    Mad Max just sails off into nonsense.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's just silly, loud and goofy. The dragon needed a bigger part and the two stars smaller ones.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Hanks is great; the movie isn't.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Each plot twist trumps its predecessor into ludicrousness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    They made a movie without one basic ingredient: the story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Fast and furious, shallow, empty, casually racist, merry, jaunty, silly and utterly weightless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's like a music video of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" filmed in the Chevy Chase Pottery Barn.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    300
    It's kind of a ghastly hoot, and while I suppose it does no harm, it also contributes nothing. It's a guilty unpleasantness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Thankfully, after its terrific start, Don't Say a Word transmogrifies so totally into Hollywood hooey that it's actually a relief. I'd hate to see a disturbance in the karmic perfection of Douglas's pitch-pure mediocrity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    An ordeal for all save the most ardent Treksters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Palmetto, directed by the German genius Schlondorff, who memorably brought "The Tin Drum" to the screen, somehow never quite finds the right line through the materials.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie made almost no sense whatever to me. I literally could not follow it, even as I was dazzled by it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Tries so hard to be cool that it forgets to be alive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    What a waste of talent, time and money. And guess what else? Not only is The Legend of Zorro stupid and boring but -- ta-da! -- it's also really long!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, Unfaithful leaves you dispirited and grumpy: All that money spent, all that talent wasted, all that time gone forever, and for what? It's an ill movie that bloweth no man to good.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Relentlessly beautiful and wholly annoying.

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