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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    One doesn't come away from it with any sense of what the victory cost in human terms.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Endearing if slight, Superstar at least knows what it's doing the whole way.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's not great; it's also not idiotic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is content to be a kind of middling expression of human decency: It's never either terribly funny or terribly dramatic, but Latifah's quiet solidity and common sense root it in ways that larger, louder pictures never achieve.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    He got too much movie. That's the scoring total on Spike Lee's He Got Game, which ultimately must be judged a mild disappointment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    All the King's Men hasn't been directed so much as over-directed, although the result, when you make an effort to filter out all the film school pyrotechnics, is an honorable run at Robert Penn Warren's classic novel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Andrew Dominik's long and bizarre movie about the American outlaw appears to stick close enough to the facts so that historians won't be able to complain. But it languishes toward torpor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The films are bloody, stupid and buoyant in a kind of infantile way, celebrating mayhem, flesh and gore. Planet Terror is by far the livelier.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    What we have here is a genuine outlaw work of art.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Works far better as journalism than as drama. One weakness is that poor Linklater has to keep bringing in guest explainers, who lay out one policy or another but have nothing whatsoever to do with the story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's a cult movie in search of a cult. It'll probably find one. It certainly looks and feels like no other movie ever made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    No, it's not great. No, it's not a disaster.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    I liked, too, some late plot reversals, sorely needed after the numbingly simple straight-ahead plunge of the first hour of the movie. Things aren't quite what they seem and the twists are neatly done.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    And though brilliantly acted, it's not. For some reason, the director and the writer (Paul Bernbaum) have chosen an exceedingly awkward path into the materials. They break the narrative into two strands and play them off each other in cheap and easy ways for insubstantial effect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's surface of bright, brittle patter, initially off-putting, comes finally to serve as camouflage for the sinister movement of large and powerful forces.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's like a "Saturday Night Live" sketch on a $60 million budget.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Short is a professional choreographer, and his dancing seems unstuck in time. How he can break his movements down to such small elements, keep them so precise and in such rigorous rhythm, yet keep the whole thing on track and moving forward with Nureyev's beauty and discipline is something to see.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Awake is a pleasing if negligible diversion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's handsome, well-populated and offers beautiful scenery and settings. But "House of Flying Daggers" it ain't; maybe "House of Fallen Arches"?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It seems almost disrespectful to weave in a provocative re-creation of the killings -- somehow a massacre of unarmed innocents that shocked the world should be more than just fodder for ginning up the tension at the end of a commercial movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    You have a movie in which sharks with triple-digit IQs hunt humans with double-digit IQs. It’s no contest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's hardly a muckraking piece but more a celebration of racing at the high end and the extremely prosperous folks who play it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    You can feel Hoodlum hungering to be bigger than it possibly can be. It wants to be "The Godfather" of African Americans, a vast tale of crime and heroism and nerve and ambition. But it tries too hard and ends up feeling spotty rather than deep. [27Aug1997 Pg D.01]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Ali
    For a movie, Michael Mann's Ali is great radio. It's almost better to squint, so that you see the film in soft focus, just fury and motion and blurred faces; meanwhile, with your ears cranked open wide, everybody sounds much more like they should than looks like they should.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Unfortunately, while Stallone can carry the weight, the movie can't. Too much of it is too busy -- too many undeveloped subplots -- and some of the main plotting feels murky.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    What compels then isn't the overwrought plot, but the simpler things, the dynamics between the actors, the avuncularity between old pros Costner and Hurt and the class condescension between Costner and Cook. It has a fascinatin' rhythm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    American director Jim Sonzero has taken the same campus setting and plot and added some rationale by "science-fictioning" it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The film is visually mannered and full of posing and longueurs. But it is stylish, very French (despite its American origins) and diverting if well short of brilliant.

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