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 Catch Me If You Can
Lowest review score: 0 Armageddon
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Reminded me somewhat of Archibald MacLeish's famous line that a poem "should not mean but be." That's the reality of The Apostle: It does not mean, it simply is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    11 minutes longer than the original, and 11 minutes worse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's a cult movie in search of a cult. It'll probably find one. It certainly looks and feels like no other movie ever made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Suffers from what might be called colonitis. It comprises too many equal parts, and they tangle each other up. Everything is important, which comes to mean that nothing is important.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The first section of Three Times is fabulous; the second is fascinating if remote; and the third a jangly, modernist mess.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    In this film, Nolan seems overwhelmed by the budget, the egos of the stars, the thinness of the script, and he doesn't impose much personality on the picture. It's all Pacino.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    That's exactly the problem with this movie: It's not about a killer, or his victims, or the manhunt or the cops. They're all in it, of course, more or less. But it's about a writer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It takes what could be called the Chinese equivalent of chutzpah to make a movie with three of the world's most beautiful and talented women -- Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi -- and to be more interested in the male character.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Though 45 minutes longer than the original release, still feels thinner, less complex, more mythic and far less compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The films are bloody, stupid and buoyant in a kind of infantile way, celebrating mayhem, flesh and gore. Planet Terror is by far the livelier.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    As spectacular as it is dense and as dense as it is colorful and as colorful as it is meaningless and as meaningless as it is long.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The remake adds 24 minutes and subtracts most of the suspense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that a movie need not be good to be cool.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    One wishes the same wit and energy had gone into the story. That's Shrek 2 in a nutshell -- very pretty to look at, very hard to care for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It's of an odd genre: a formally scripted (by Tony Grisoni) feature with a musical score that adheres totally to journalistic accuracy and willfully ignores formula, melodrama and uplift. It's a real down-lift.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Ladies and gentlemen, I think we can agree on two things: The American health-care system is busted and Michael Moore is not the guy to fix it. His Sicko, an investigation and indictment of a system choking on paperwork, greed, bad policy and countervailing goals, turns out to be a fuzzy, toothless collection of anecdotes, a few stunts and a bromide-rich conclusion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It seems almost disrespectful to weave in a provocative re-creation of the killings -- somehow a massacre of unarmed innocents that shocked the world should be more than just fodder for ginning up the tension at the end of a commercial movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    So insidey it's almost parochial.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    I had some trouble with the plot, but I'm not the only one -- so did the screenwriter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The sad truth is that Wonder Boys is little more than a sentimentalized encomium to the disheveled, childish life it ascribes to writers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's surrender to banality is all the more dispiriting because it gets off to such a good start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It seems to celebrate him more for his attitude, his fashionably leftist politics, his fame and his friendships than for any meaningful accomplishment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Under its scope and reach and passion, Gangs of New York is pretty ordinary stuff.

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