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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 10 Stephen Hunter
    A crackpot Looney Tune, pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a classic story in form, and in this country it used to star Jimmy Cagney.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A beautiful story, told in measured cadences by a master of old-timey narrative compression and expression.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Payne is a comic miniaturist, who works in a small compass, as if through a magnifying glass with tweezers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The story is told so passionately that it demands as much of you as it does of its performers, all of whom are up there, giving everything.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Still, the movie -- as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is -- has the annoyance of incredible smugness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's the last thing anyone expected: an old-fashioned monster movie with a heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    In some ways Soderbergh does a much better job than Tarantino. He handles the time shifts more adroitly, always keeping us on track; he goes easy on the violence, and when he does unleash it, it's short, fast and ugly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You want a happy ending? You want sunshine, sentimentality, a sense of justice and honor and duty? Me too. But you won't find it here.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's wondrous, it's fabulous, it's -- all but unprecedented.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    He gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It feels so real it hurts, and it's the perfect antidote to all those movies where all sorts of stuff blows up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a brilliant movie, fluent, spectacular, breathtaking and basically, uh, wrong.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Surely the most creative trick of the year and grimly funny throughout.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The results are as riveting as any action movie ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The cutting is so sinuous and breathtaking, the music (by Danny Elfman after too much coffee) so onrushing and the camera so penetrative of the depths and heights of midtown Manhattan at cloud level, that the illusion, despite its artificiality, works. You don't believe it but you "believe" it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    An eensy-weensy movie sustained by two utterly gigantic performances.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Laurent's crime is really the crime of being European and conquering people of color. That understood, Cache is brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A wonderful, piercing and hilarious examination of high school politics and how bitter and ruinous it can become.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What emerges is quite extraordinary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Director Ken Loach is full of astonishments. An avowedly leftist filmmaker, he has always seen beyond political cant to compassionate reality. He's also incredibly sensitive to what might be called the nuances of life, and he always brings a high sense of spontaneous reality to his films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    As an example of the art of casting, the movie is brilliantly engineered. It allows two major stars to each play the showy villain for a time, and also for each to do an imitation of the other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lord God, can she take control of a scene, dominate a movie, project to the last seat, radiate power and personality unto the rafters. It's a great performance. I love the way Knightley's eyes light with furious intelligence when she cuts the pompous Darcy a new something or other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    11 minutes longer than the original, and 11 minutes worse.