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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Simply Irresistible
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Tasteless and without redeeming social value, and also dank with the stench of decomposition masked by not enough formaldehyde, Nightwatch is the best kind of movie pleasure, a completely guilty one. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Washington Post
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is full of invasions, assassination attempts, chases and escapes in seemingly random order, the result being completely chaotic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Afterglow is a lazy river of a movie that chooses beauty over sense and rhythm over reason. It goes nowhere slowly. [16Jan1998 Pg B.06]
    • Washington Post
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Too busy trying to make remarks to be much fun in the end. But it really only has one remark, which it reiterates about a thousand times, and it's not all that remarkable: Fame is overrated.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The performances are so monotonic that you understand depicting authentic humanity is not the writer-director's goal: Each character has been reduced to a single unpleasant primal trait from which deviation is not permitted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Though 45 minutes longer than the original release, still feels thinner, less complex, more mythic and far less compelling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Riveting in its low way. It traffics in imagery profoundly disturbing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    I had some trouble with the plot, but I'm not the only one -- so did the screenwriter.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    A magical child movie in which the child is magical, yes, but the movie is not.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Kind of like watching a John Waters film on fast forward with all the good parts cut out. It's empty of charm and meaning, but it certainly kills time, for those who wish it dead.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Despite its brilliant evocation of this great city at this most provocative time in history, the movie just gets sillier and sillier.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    What's funny to Broken Lizard? Let's try: What's not funny? The answers are, everything and nothing. They'll do anything for a laugh, no matter how puerile, silly or offensive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The French now proudly prove they can make a big stupid violent cop movie, just like our gifted Hollywood professionals.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    You may have as much fun tearing it apart in its aftermath as you do watching it, but the fun is still genuine.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    It's a movie of great dynamism and energy, but very little discipline. It probes issues but it never really thinks about them. It seems smart, but it's dumb.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    It's still got some panache.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    It is one of those soap bubbles of a film, fleeting, ephemeral, seemingly there when it is not. As you leave the theater, it diminishes with each step, collapsing into shards of imagery and sensations of movement. It's the film that never was.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    It's kind of -- hmmmm, less than good, a little better than not bad, almost all right, mediocre without being grating, sort of in the C-minus-to-C-minus-minus range.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The Jackal is based on a fabrication so absurd that it almost made me laugh out loud.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    More than predictable. It plods along with the inevitability of a doomed soldier going off to war.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    In an era of careful cost accountancy and focus-group testing, it's remarkable that a movie as truly, deeply, madly foolish as The Wicker Man escaped the asylum. But we must be grateful for the endless guffaws and gasps and outright stunned silences it unleashes on lucky audiences.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    If the movie is meant to uncover any "big scandals," it's a disappointment. The investigator, in one surprising sequence, goes through a number of alleged "torture" photos and acknowledges that the vast majority of them represent "standard operating procedure." That is supposed to be the film's kicker: not what was illegal but how much was legal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Haggis also appears to have no respect for his audience. At its crudest, the film settles for agitprop...it's no Hollywood guy's call, particularly as he's extrapolating from a single case that could have occurred anywhere, at any time.

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