For 908 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
908 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Gibson may not be much of a deep thinker, but he's a heck of a storyteller. Apocalypto turns out to be not a case of Montezuma's revenge but of Gibson's: It's something entirely unexpected, a sinewy, taut poem of action.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Then, finally, there are the endings, all six of them...For us outsiders, it seems like too much of a good thing...But all those are minor rants: The big fact is that The Return of the King puts you there at Waterloo, or Thermopylae or the Bulge, any desperate place where men ran low on blood and iron and ammo, but not on courage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    From the very first seconds a viewer believes totally in Downfall.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Anyhow, either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    He gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    For my generation, Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant consummation to a promise made a long time ago, far, far away, in a galaxy called 1977.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Nuanced, exquisite and predictable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What emerges is quite extraordinary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Superb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    May be too much suspense for some, but it's vividly powerful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Well told, handsome, stirring and loads of fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    There are complications, extremely cleverly worked out. Jones is in just about every scene in this taut, provocative film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Laurent's crime is really the crime of being European and conquering people of color. That understood, Cache is brilliant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    All in all, A Good Woman retains ye olde Wilde's zing, his sense of pace and place, but most of all his snappy one-liners, and it finds a new way to showcase them brilliantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Water, set in 1930s India, is something pretty rare in the world of movies: an artistic muckraker. It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Down in the Valley is exactly what we don't have enough of: It's singular, unusual, unexpected, fresh and familiar at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It feels so real it hurts, and it's the perfect antidote to all those movies where all sorts of stuff blows up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower is a kind of feast, an over-the-top, all-stops-pulled-out lollapalooza that means to play kitschy and grand at once.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    To see seemingly reg'lar guys utterly stripped of dignity and defense is cruel enough, but crueler still is the laughter that you cannot seem to stop from rupturing your lungs and aorta.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, we're about a third of the way through the great Khan's life; he hasn't even begun to take down the cities of Cathay or spread his seed. That suggests two sequels. I, for one, can't wait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie avoids sensationalism. What it requires and what it delivers is performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Stephen Frears's stunning Liam, -- a vivid, intense evocation of another British time and place.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The trick of this movie is that it's so changeable: You think you've got it nailed and it slithers away to become some other new, fabulous thing.