Stephen Hunter

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For 934 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Opposite of Sex
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
934 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is neither good nor bad, but in its clever packaging of boy fantasy and girl fantasy, extremely cunning. As for Princess Diaz, no force on Earth can stop her now.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The highest accomplishment of Buffalo Soldiers is its wise invocation of that weirdest of all precincts, the post, and the odd culture it spawns.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Woody Allen's new film has a few shortcomings but it's a heartfelt cry from what may be the last serious man left in the America as he contemplates what his native land has become.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Seems to me, teenage suicide isn't that funny, and nothing in this movie changed my mind.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    A celebration of the actor's art – but not the dramatist's.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    You keep expecting Shopgirl to get funny or sad or poignant; it never does. It just starts, then it's over.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is so tepid and inoffensive: It reminded me of a '70s Disney live-action product, with clean-scrubbed "hippies" like Johnny Whitaker chafing harmlessly under the wise ministrations of Suzanne Pleshette, whose job was to keep the kids in hand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    With its brilliant cast, its creative pedigree, Don't Come Knocking seemed as close to a sure thing as possible, but it only proves the sad truth that there's no such thing as a sure thing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    So insidey it's almost parochial.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Maybe it's me, but I find it difficult to dislike any movie that has horses, guns and big hats in it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Weirdly disjointed and uncertain as to tone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It's nothing but style and noise, threadbare of content, empty of ideas. Is it anything? Not really.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It takes what could be called the Chinese equivalent of chutzpah to make a movie with three of the world's most beautiful and talented women -- Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi -- and to be more interested in the male character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Of The Good German, it can be said that the operation was a brilliant success, even if the patient is not merely dead but most sincerely dead. The movie, in other words, lies there as if on a slab in a morgue, while you admire the corpse for its beauty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Now, they're together. You can't look at them, but you can't look away either. So it goes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The result is a cross between a hurricane and a tornado as run through a movieola dialed all the way up to 10.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Two Woody Allens, two kvetching, whining, neurotic incompetents bungling their lives . . . that's one too many Woody Allens.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    A lot of the film is illuminating; a lot of it is pointless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It's a diversion, well crafted by Mackenzie from a book by Alexander Trocchi, but little more than that.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Good message, mediocre movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    As spectacular as it is dense and as dense as it is colorful and as colorful as it is meaningless and as meaningless as it is long.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The story fails to really engage on any level save the kinetic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The result is a movie that feels weirdly disconnected from reality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    In all, it's not too bad and it's not too long.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    All this stuff is probably right. It's just that the director, Victor Salva, underscores his points with thunderous obviousness and manipulates us through ham-handed plot gambits.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    As the movie's tag line has it, it's based on a hell of a story. Too bad they didn't just tell it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    This mid-level, pretty-but-not-hugely-funny Allen film slips into the top spot by regretful default. I enjoyed every single second of it, a little bit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is bittersweet, adult, with a fair eye toward men's eternal spirit of the infantile, and knowing. Possibly it's too slick, but in some awkward way it sums up the true essence of adult life, which is just sort of getting along without doing too much harm. [30 Apr 1999]
    • Washington Post
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    54
    The movie is almost completely uninteresting on the story level but fascinating as a work of imagined reconstruction and anthropology and as a study of the theory and practice of Studio 54.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Everyone in the movie, from Dillane to (especially) Serbedzija down to the child actor Robbie Kay (as young Beer), is fabulous, and Podeswa has an ability to distill history into a few powerful images. The movie, however, is circular in structure and keeps reiterating points it has already made. For some, it will be a long sit.

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