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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
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.

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