For 908 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
908 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Hunter
    A crackpot Looney Tune, pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie has the sense of being embalmed, or pickled. With its stilted dialogue not quite kitschy enough to be funny and not quite authentic enough to be realistic, the whole movie feels as if it's taking place in formaldehyde.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie made almost no sense whatever to me. I literally could not follow it, even as I was dazzled by it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, I'm wondering what's so special about a film that has but one guilty pleasure and that's Ben Kingsley spraying saliva-lubricated variants of the F-word into the atmosphere like anti-aircraft fire for 10 solid minutes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It orders you to love it. It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    This is another unhelpful screed, uncontaminated by sense or perspective, that preaches loudly to the choir.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    As long as it stayed mainstream dirty it was okay, but when it got into perversions the American Psychiatric Society hasn't even named yet, it left me behind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The new Dutch film Black Book manages to turn World War II into a large piece of cheese. A lurid, pulpy, slightly perverse potboiler, the movie suffers mainly from its utter lack of seriousness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    A few minutes of inspired lunacy aside, The Yes Men is largely a case of the same old preachers preaching to the same old choir.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Crazy? Crazy is too mild a word by far to describe the twisted worm at play inside the skull of the Canadian director David Cronenberg -- And that craziness is given full vent in the vomitorium called eXistenZ.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Hunter
    In the end the movie goes nowhere a hundred movies haven't already been and tells us nothing we don't already know. It does so with so much violent energy, however, it's like four brutal years at film school crammed into an hour and a half.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest. Good Lord, what an epic sit. My rear end deserves a medal...I wish I could say it wasn't so, but for most of us, this "X" marks a splat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Hunter
    It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's too bloody to be funny and too silly to be dramatic and too self-indulgent to be anything other than what it is, one more bad movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Like so many technological marvels, at the human level it's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is so disturbing that it seems nearly blasphemous. I wouldn't wish it on an anthrax spore. After all, anthrax has feelings, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Elf
    The first and possibly the last Will Ferrell star vehicle. It's a clumsy, tedious ride that wears out its welcome as it wears out the seat of your pants and the circulation in your lower limbs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Meant to be a sleek, dark, disturbing David Cronenberg-style thriller, Olivier Assayas's film is just an annoying concoction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Friends, Washingtonians, countrymen, I come not to praise Gladiator but to bury it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't juvenile, it isn't even infantile. It's prenatal!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, alas, is shackled somewhat by Waugh's original, pedestrian plot, which is too full of discrete incidents and slow to form an overarching story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It seems such a waste to go onto the actual streets of Lower Manhattan and shoot a movie this stupid. Think of the money, the logistics, the interruptions in the city's life -- all that trouble for what? For this? For shame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, Unfaithful leaves you dispirited and grumpy: All that money spent, all that talent wasted, all that time gone forever, and for what? It's an ill movie that bloweth no man to good.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It grinds on and on without mercy. You're in the cross hairs. There is no escape. Where is that Secret Service when you need it?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Big, dull and empty -- nobody associated with this production appears to have thought hard about storytelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    Del Toro will probably get an Oscar nod for his Jerry, because the film is so full of Oscar moments, including a cold-turkey detox bit. He rumbles and shivers and screeches and bangs his head on the wall and takes a shower in his clothes. I never believed a second of it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The director, Patricia Rozema, has a rare talent: She gets third-rate performances out of first-rate performers with almost startling efficiency. All are bland, some hardly exist at all, and as performance, the whole thing seems a waste.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Hunter
    A piece of pulp claptrap; it has no insights whatsoever into totalitarian psychology and always settles for the cheesiest kinds of demagoguery and harangue as its emblems of evil. They say they want a revolution? Then give us a revolution, one that's believable, frightening, heroic, coherent and not a teenagers' freaky power trip.