Stephen Hunter

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For 933 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 Dark City
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
933 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Is it funny? Now and then. Stupid? Very. Racist? Possibly. Ugly? Profoundly. Wild? Undeniably. Singular? Completely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Sadly, the last 40-odd minutes are essentially one fight, pushed to the point of absurdity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Mild pleasures are available in Mr. Woodcock.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    All in all -- well, there is no all in all. There are just parts. Some fit, some don't. Some are cool, some aren't. It's the craziest thing you ever saw.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    While the music slops and churns and the ground-level bathos rises, the aerial stuff is occasionally stirring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is gross but not unfunny as it covers the Zohan's rise through hair culture, aided by his steamy heterosexuality, his lack of inhibition and his stereotypical career aggressiveness, until the old ladies are lined up all the way to the Bronx for a few minutes of bliss in the Zohan's chair.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Still, if the movie is mediocre, the history it represents is not. For that correction to our collective Western amnesia, then, Annaud deserves some special award.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's highest level of artistic expression was the ingenious Internet campaign that catapulted it to culture phenom months before it even opened. The thing itself turns out to be pretty much an afterthought, cheesy and not very well worked out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Clever as it is, the film lacks charm. One problem: too many bugs. Second, bigger world for two purposes: to feed birds and to irk humans.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The good part about this okay, but way less than great, thriller is that you won't notice how cheesy it is until the heartburn from the popcorn has eased. In these jaded times, that's a bargain.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It's pretty elementary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The rhythms excite expectations that go unanswered.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The film, therefore, is like a child's view of these events, untroubled by complexity, hungry for myth and simplicity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, directed by Steve Miner, a "Friday the 13th" vet, never quite gins up the giddy, sick, politically incorrect power of the more high-powered "Screams" of late.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Smith and Lawrence have great comic energy and for at least half an hour are sublimely enjoyable -- until the movie's spirit of bloated gargantuanism takes over. [7 April 1995, p.5]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    There's just too much death, it comes too quickly, it has no moral import, it becomes ultimately meaningless. It's not that hyper-violent movies are axiomatically a bad thing, it's just that this particular example is so laden with shootings that it becomes somehow tedious.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The animation is first-rate...But the story needs to catch up to the magic. Otherwise, what's the point?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Overpublicized and underbrained,Basic Instinct is a bitter disappointment, worth maybe a 10th of the hype that the media have so obligingly ladled out for its benefit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The biggest disappointment in the film, however, is Piven's Adam. This film idealizes his character too much and thereby jettisons any case for serious respect.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It's like the longest just-say-no commercial in history, only you'd say no not because drugs are evil but because you don't want to get a serious foot fungus.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is a feast of miscalculations. It turns out that neither a bat nor a ball make for an enchanting child's companion, lacking as they do the ability to move or express emotion.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The upshot is that the film is technically superb and quite enjoyable as long as you don't bang your head against the plot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    But it's not what the Wayans brothers do, it's how they do it. They do it funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    So I expect the Janeites who love the author will feel themselves ill-served by the film, which appears to have even less basis in fact than "Shakespeare in Love." As for the rest of us, the question is simpler: Is it worth the eight bucks?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The New World is stately almost to the point of being static and thus has trouble finding a central story around which to arrange itself; it's not quite the thin dead line, but it's close.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    This Psycho seems a little nuts.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It gets duller and duller as it turns out to have used up all its amusing tricks in that first 30 minutes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It more or less self-destructs in a ridiculous last few minutes when it becomes a noble sacrifice-o-rama.

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