Stephen Hunter
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For 914 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Nicely done, sweet, delicately comic and a complete delight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Let it swindle you; it's part of the fun. In fact, it's all of the fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like nothing else that's played in months.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Endlessly interesting. It's about people who thought ideas and art mattered, which makes it a rarity today.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What makes the film so affecting, however, is its matter-of-fact evocation of character. Each person in the four-character cast is vivid and specific and believable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    You don't really watch the film; you survive it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    First and best, it's got a rip-roaring story. It sweeps you along, borne effortlessly by believable if flawed characters, as it flows toward the inevitable tragedy. But it's also got a heart: It watches as a child harsh of judgment learns that judgment is too easy a posture for the world, and it's best to love with compassion. [07Nov1997 Pg G.01]
    • Washington Post
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Bleak and post-industrial, this is no easy film to watch. It hasn't a conventional image of beauty anywhere within its grim 93 minutes, being shot in harsh natural light that somehow plays up the grime and chill of back-alley life. But by the end, it's suffused with something utterly rare: moral beauty. [27 June 1997, p.D6]
    • Washington Post
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Phone Booth is 82 New York minutes long, all of them exciting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The original was about social manipulation as blood sport. Amazing how easily it transports, themes intact, to our blighted decade, and to our children.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film, built of interviews with participants, is fast-paced, utterly absorbing and ultimately tragic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is postmodern folk art, a tricky transaction in which the work isn't just a story, it's a genre survey, a homage, a meditation, a parody and, oh yeah, while it's at it, still a pretty good story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't quite a great espionage movie or a great Africa movie, but in a summer of heat and wind, it's the next best thing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So closely observed, so funny and so true to the junk that is everybody's real--as opposed to movie--life that it comes to feel like some kind of a miracle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The documentary is fascinating, but hardly enjoyable. It's like watching ants eat an elephant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It is kept watchable and empathetic by the energy of the superb performances and the sense of complete freshness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks. The characters, not the montages, speak the loudest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film occasionally drags -- a money transfer scene set in a department store lasts longer than several geologic epochs -- but it's so funny and the plot twists are so sudden and violent it's great fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Full of astonishments, not the least of which are its ideas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A deft, tense, pure thriller, the movie has great star turns and is brilliantly directed, but it began as an extremely well-crated screenplay by Russell Gewirtz. It's professionally entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    There's a kind of liberating, almost transforming energy in this film; it lights you up and sends you out all giddy with silliness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's good fun for bad boys.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It may stir you, it may make you laugh. I am of the stirred variety. I do not want to meet this guy in the dark, though I've been meeting him in my dreams for years. We all have.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Delightful, delicious and destructive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great picture? No. Cool picture? Oui. Not as good, I must say, as the sort of thing we moron yanks were doing on our own over here – "D.O.A." is much better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Stars Audrey Tautou, gaminelike, waiflike, vivid and completely adorable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Yes, it's a hyped, hip "Sting" for our times, with goatees, mousse and attitude as part of the update package. It's also Burns's best film since "Saving Private Ryan."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Macdonald has a fetching feel for the continent, and the movie has a powerful sense of what Africa looks and feels like; you can almost smell it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    May be the most ruggedly decent film to come along in a couple of decades.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The two women relate brilliantly, and the movie has lots of fun creating an erotic subtext between them.

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