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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 Wet Hot American Summer
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's signal flaw -- that is, other than its degeneracy, its sloppiness, its love of dark things and pretty stains and arterial spray patterns -- is Moseley as the demonic Otis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Friends, Washingtonians, countrymen, I come not to praise Gladiator but to bury it.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Wes Craven, who started the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series, should know a lot better.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Illustrates the law of returning diminishments.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    So tame and limp, it may actually give mothers-in-law a good name.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.
    • 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?
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Just another thriller, utterly disposable.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Del Toro will probably get an Oscar nod for his Jerry, because the film is so full of Oscar moments, including a cold-turkey detox bit. He rumbles and shivers and screeches and bangs his head on the wall and takes a shower in his clothes. I never believed a second of it.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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