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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Army of Shadows
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Bleak and post-industrial, this is no easy film to watch. It hasn't a conventional image of beauty anywhere within its grim 93 minutes, being shot in harsh natural light that somehow plays up the grime and chill of back-alley life. But by the end, it's suffused with something utterly rare: moral beauty. [27 June 1997, p.D6]
    • Washington Post
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    From the very first seconds a viewer believes totally in Downfall.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Is there anything new here? Honestly, not really. The content is the same, the plot the familiar litany of ordeals leavened by soapy interludes. But the fight that develops is taut, tough and extremely bitter; it's never showy in the grinding, big-movie Spielbergian way, but a portrait of the war's daily interface with hell in a very small space, as the four stand against a much larger unit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Nuanced, exquisite and predictable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's not the sort of film one can be said to enjoy, but it is the sort of film that has the clarity of a dream and lingers for hours.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You keep waiting for the movie to clarify, to settle down to its archetypal purity: icon of psychotic evil against icon of neurotic good. Music by Wagner in his "Götterdämmerung" mood, screenplay by Nietzsche, with additional lines by Babaloo Mandel. Oh, what a great big movie wallow, what a transformational blast of cine-pleasure. It never quite arrives
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film, built of interviews with participants, is fast-paced, utterly absorbing and ultimately tragic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    A superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    But [Raimi]'s instructed his fabulous Style to take a hike, and, working from Scott Smith's brilliantly reconfigured script from Smith's own (much darker) novel, delivers a piece that is severe and disciplined in its evocation of the cold terrors of fate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lynch's new movie, Mulholland Drive, is a trip and a half: It's like playing Twister and Scrabble simultaneously while high on LSD. Oh, and it's dark out.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It lacks Altman's wisdom, but its sense of humor is corrosive, if dispiriting, and its willingness to show the human animal at his most disgusting has a kind of anti-grandeur to it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It never disconnects from two values: its honesty and its intensity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I love the unsettling details.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Jackson's big monkey picture show is certainly the best popular entertainment of the year. The film is a wondrous blend of then and now: It honors its mythic predecessor of 1933 while using sophisticated movie technology to seamlessly manipulate the fantastic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Turns out to be cracking good entertainment, as well as a fresh start for the perdurable 21-picture franchise.
    • 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
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    When you think you've figured out Bielinsky's great game, that's when you're in the most trouble: He's the con, and you're just the mark.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    He treats jocks like humans, not stars or superheroes, and in the end has managed something unique for documentaries these days: It's as entertaining as it is fair.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The genius is in the writing and in keeping all gambits created by the individual writers in sync, so the piece has a tonal consistency and a narrative flow. A lost art in Hollywood? It's really one of the best movies of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's pretty funny. You don't actually watch it so much as indulge it and admire its cleverness.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great picture? No. Cool picture? Oui. Not as good, I must say, as the sort of thing we moron yanks were doing on our own over here – "D.O.A." is much better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It would be nice to report that director Stanley Nelson comes up with something new, some illumination, some revelation, some heretofore unglimpsed irony, but he doesn't.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a trip to Hell and back, and testimony for embittered cynics of all that a movie can be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and certainly possess the most moral authority. It's a film that emphasizes loyalty and sacrifice, values that have become jokes in most other films these days.
    • 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.

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