For 913 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Twilight Samurai
Lowest review score: 0 Armageddon
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A brilliant film--vivid, haunting, intelligent and in good taste, wonderfully acted, wonderfully written and directed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a celebration of young American women, finding them smarter, tougher, shrewder, more rigorous, more persistent and more honest than any movie in many a moon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    But [Raimi]'s instructed his fabulous Style to take a hike, and, working from Scott Smith's brilliantly reconfigured script from Smith's own (much darker) novel, delivers a piece that is severe and disciplined in its evocation of the cold terrors of fate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A wonderful, piercing and hilarious examination of high school politics and how bitter and ruinous it can become.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Gripping, whole and nourishing. Certainly of the fantasy film series currently in American theaters -– I include "Harry Potter and the Secret Toity" and "Star Trek: Halitosis" -– The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the best, and not by just a little.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A beautiful story, told in measured cadences by a master of old-timey narrative compression and expression.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Payne is a comic miniaturist, who works in a small compass, as if through a magnifying glass with tweezers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The story is told so passionately that it demands as much of you as it does of its performers, all of whom are up there, giving everything.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's brilliantly acted. But best of all, it's brilliantly made.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a trip to Hell and back, and testimony for embittered cynics of all that a movie can be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's wondrous, it's fabulous, it's -- all but unprecedented.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Surely the most creative trick of the year and grimly funny throughout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It never disconnects from two values: its honesty and its intensity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Delivered with such high panache and brio, it's mesmerizing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The results are as riveting as any action movie ever made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's funny, it's heartbreaking, it's scary, it's exhilarating. It's got love stuff and lots of laughs and cool gunfights. It's really long and it feels like it's over in 15 minutes. It does something so few movies do these days: It satisfies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Misanthropic, cruel, hostile, corrupt, blasphemous and basically pretty evil. I loved it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A terrific piece of filmmaking. It's taut, believable as it unspools. It's charismatic, with a slow buildup of tension in near-real time that finally explodes into a blast of violence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The sheer joy of letting go as a tale overwhelms your senses and drives the known world away -- that's the story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    In some ways Soderbergh does a much better job than Tarantino. He handles the time shifts more adroitly, always keeping us on track; he goes easy on the violence, and when he does unleash it, it's short, fast and ugly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a terrific movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Jackson's big monkey picture show is certainly the best popular entertainment of the year. The film is a wondrous blend of then and now: It honors its mythic predecessor of 1933 while using sophisticated movie technology to seamlessly manipulate the fantastic.