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 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Stardom
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Stands with the best movies of this young century and the old one that preceded it: It's passionate, honest, unflinching, gripping, and it pays respects. The flag raising on Iwo might have indeed become a pseudo-event as it was processed for goals, but there was nothing pseudo about the courage of the men who did it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A brilliantly amusing couple of hours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    This Tarzan doesn't bellow, he kvetches; he doesn't dominate, he persuades; he doesn't rule, he seeks consensus. He isn't the king of the apes, he's a citizen of the animal planet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Held together by the intensity of its focus.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the bitter cold in which it's set, Affliction bites hard and true.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't much of a movie, but it's a whale of a story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    May be too much suspense for some, but it's vividly powerful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It gets frenetic, in the French way, but it never stops getting amusing. This is what happens when you let grown-ups make movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Manufactured Landscapes makes an inelegant point elegantly. The point: Humanity is altering the landscape drastically and by implication irrevocably.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is exquisitely directed by Anand Tucker in an anti-documentary style that sometimes fractures the time sequence, sometimes re-creates moments impressionistically instead of objectively and is vivid in style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its images of the destruction of the cities is far more powerful than in American films, where the cities are trashed for the pure pleasure of destruction, without any real sense of human loss.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks. The characters, not the montages, speak the loudest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    One of the year's best films.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A big, fat, gorgeous, mesmerizing mess.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This film is much more atmospheric; it builds, not so much logically as viscerally, until you feel you can't escape. Lurid and overdone as it is, it's still a real disturber of the peace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Far from an amusing romp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    First and best, it's got a rip-roaring story. It sweeps you along, borne effortlessly by believable if flawed characters, as it flows toward the inevitable tragedy. But it's also got a heart: It watches as a child harsh of judgment learns that judgment is too easy a posture for the world, and it's best to love with compassion. [07Nov1997 Pg G.01]
    • Washington Post
    • 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
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Any film where a beer baroness's glass leg (filled with beer) shatters when a high note is struck is okay by me.
    • 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
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Incisive and possibly a bit melodramatic as it lays out the reasons and the results of the violent campaign and marshals indignation on behalf of the victims while crying out for Western engagement.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sad and lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie avoids sensationalism. What it requires and what it delivers is performance.
    • 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
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    One of the excellent attributes of Shut Up & Sing is that it lets the cards fall where they may and really doesn't try to spin the Chicks themselves. It's quite possible, then, to watch the film and come to the conclusion that Maines has a big mouth. Spectacularly talented, the young singer is also a spectacular blowhard.
    • 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.

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