Stephen Hunter

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For 939 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Lowest review score: 0 Stardom
Score distribution:
939 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    As for Damon, this may not be a performance so much as an appearance. But he cares so utterly, it works.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's a pretty good sub movie, with some pretty good performances, that, alas, somewhat disintegrates in the last half-hour.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    What's so good about the movie is Gyllenhaal's refusal to show off; he doesn't seem jealous of the camera's attention when it goes to others and is content, for long stretches, to serve simply as a prism though which other young men can be observed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The cast and the direction are too good, in the end, for the rather desultory place the movie ends up.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Anthony Hopkins, with a toothpick and a slouch. Fabulous!
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The script is adroit: It doesn't force the humor, and it steadily keeps track of Jim's growing maturity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    An enigma inside a conundrum inside an escargot shell, the French puzzler La Moustache will delight some people even as it annoys others.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    A triumph of place over sense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's a great style, it's a fabulous performance, but it never quite finds what it's searching for.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Each moment feels real, but the movie wears you out in some way. High naturalism is just as much a stylization as High Stylization. The groping nature of the conversations comes to feel as artificial as iambic pentameter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    More political allegory than horror movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that a movie need not be good to be cool.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    In truth, I didn't care much for it, while respecting it a great deal. It's self-consciously childish and "innocent," and everything is overdrawn to cartoon dimension.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It has the big themes that obsessed Kurosawa at his greatest, and that alone makes it worthwhile.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's surrender to banality is all the more dispiriting because it gets off to such a good start.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    This dame is as sick as a sick dog on a hot day, if still always perversely amusing, and the story is constructed as a survivor's ordeal, not a colorful picaresque.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's funny and violent and fast and, er, Danish.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    On the technical side, The Invasion has several first-rate, terrifying action sequences and grips totally from start to finish. But a subplot involving the Russian Embassy doesn't really pay off, and the relationship between Kidman and glum paramour Daniel Craig (another doc) isn't much.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Seems to go sideways as often as it goes forward. Altman can't help noticing things more interesting than the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It never answers the key question: Why should we care?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    But for all the meta-movie excitement, the content danced somewhere between mildly interesting and moderately enjoyable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    That said, what must be added is that, disappointingly, Night Falls on Manhattan doesn't quite add up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Folks, I think I'm speaking for all of us when I say this is pretty darn fine American entertainment
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    More than watchable, if less than compelling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    But the best thing about Jakob the Liar is that it's not "Patch Adams at Auschwitz."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Cocaine is the most aggressively edited film in years: It pounds, it churns, it spurts, it spray-paints.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Reminded me somewhat of Archibald MacLeish's famous line that a poem "should not mean but be." That's the reality of The Apostle: It does not mean, it simply is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Fitfully amusing but nothing remarkable

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