Stephen Hunter
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For 913 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 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a strange enough film, yet weirdly great. No movie has quite gotten the clammy weight of fear, the sense of hopelessness that would necessarily haunt underground workers. To see it is to sweat through your underclothes. It'll melt the pep out of your weekend.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Great American movies are, these days especially, few and far between, so let's everybody take a deep breath and mark the moment: Hoop Dreams, all three hours' worth, is a great American movie. It's got the sting of drama and the ache of truth; it's even got the sting of truth and the ache of drama.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Then, finally, there are the endings, all six of them...For us outsiders, it seems like too much of a good thing...But all those are minor rants: The big fact is that The Return of the King puts you there at Waterloo, or Thermopylae or the Bulge, any desperate place where men ran low on blood and iron and ammo, but not on courage.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Superb.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    I appreciate No Country for Old Men for the skill in the film craft. I understand No Country for Old Men for its penetrating disquisition on narrative conventions and its heroic will in subverting them. I admire No Country for Old Men for the way it tightens its grip as it progresses, taking us deeper and deeper into a hellish world. I just don't like it very much.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Hanson delivers something ever rarer in film culture, not a new film noir but an old-fashioned total movie, somehow of a single piece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    As a terrifying example of what can happen when too many angry people are crowded into too small a space, it's a gripper.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The chronological looseness is part of the pleasure of the piece, which magically reassembles in the last reel into something strong, lucid and compellingly powerful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The genius of the film is its utter commitment to the Pekar point of view.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's a very funny movie in that sniffy Brit way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, while no fun, faces hard truths and asks hard questions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It gets at something exquisitely human, so human that even movie stars feel it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The sheer joy of letting go as a tale overwhelms your senses and drives the known world away -- that's the story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Ferguson builds a compelling case of bad judgment, error, stubbornness and arrogance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It is in fact a traditional mystery more reminiscent of Agatha Christie than the reigning film noir aesthetic of 1947. But it's fabulously entertaining.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A terrific piece of filmmaking. It's taut, believable as it unspools. It's charismatic, with a slow buildup of tension in near-real time that finally explodes into a blast of violence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In the last half-hour, the story, like the Japanese, loses its way; lacking any clear-cut goals except survival, the film becomes repetitive. Letters From Iwo Jima is a necessary movie; too bad it's not a great movie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The Blue Angel it's clear to Von Sternberg, and to us, that he's connected with some pure being of cinema, whose power to ignite an audience was unstoppable. She became a great star.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Gripping, whole and nourishing. Certainly of the fantasy film series currently in American theaters -– I include "Harry Potter and the Secret Toity" and "Star Trek: Halitosis" -– The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the best, and not by just a little.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie becomes something quite rare and magical: a text about a text that is also full of life. In other words, it's a true first: It's both postmodern and fun!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    You may not want to hang with the haunted Caouettes, but the movie is so compelling, it doesn't give you a choice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    For the truth is, given the audacity, the organization, the seriousness of purpose, the movie isn't nearly as provocative as you think it might be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The longest, hardest sit of the season -- you are stuck there, a single tube of puckered muscle, waiting for the extremely ugly violence to occur -- but it is driven by performances of such luminous humanity that they break your heart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Charlotte Rampling takes you so far inside the pain of Marie Drillon it leaves you stirred, shaken and a little in awe.