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 Stardom
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    There are complications, extremely cleverly worked out. Jones is in just about every scene in this taut, provocative film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Water, set in 1930s India, is something pretty rare in the world of movies: an artistic muckraker. It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    About as good a picture of a writer's real life as we are likely to get. It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    That's the movie: It's taking us inside the burqa to the woman.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    And that's the surprise of the movie, beyond even the humor and humanity of its inside look at contemporary American Indian culture. It's really the oldest and most primal story forms, the one about the old man and the boy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A deft, tense, pure thriller, the movie has great star turns and is brilliantly directed, but it began as an extremely well-crated screenplay by Russell Gewirtz. It's professionally entertaining.
    • 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
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It is kept watchable and empathetic by the energy of the superb performances and the sense of complete freshness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The remake adds 24 minutes and subtracts most of the suspense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Certainly no feel-good flick of the summer. But it's always tough and honest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    In its insistence on the centrality of the war to the collective consciousness of mankind, it's of a piece with "The English Patient," rather than "Saving Private Ryan."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The "Citizen Kane" of twisted-geek movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is one of those brilliant and rare blends of paradoxical elements -- both the tragedy and the folly of history, the weight of inheritance, the pressure of the ideal, lots of fairly steamy sex, even a secret agent or two.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The film is nowhere near the level of Pontecorvo's masterpiece, or even his subsequent flawed allegory on Vietnam, "Burn!," but is clearly the work of a natural coming into the full range of his powers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The director isn't much on orgies; he's all talk. But that's good, not bad, because his talk is so brilliant. Stillman is the Balzac of the ironic class, the Dickens of people with too much inner life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Andre Hennicke is particularly chilling as the yappy mad dog judge who sends them to death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's brilliantly acted. But best of all, it's brilliantly made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Enter the world of the sociopathic killer and enjoy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    It all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Well told, handsome, stirring and loads of fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A portrait of a hero.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's a document that suggests that the road to hell is paved with bad communication skills.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Here are old people in all the magnificence of their elderliness. The movie doesn't pretend like getting old is any fun. But it's about the transcendental power of -- well, yes, music; and each of these folks has a talent whose expression is a fuel to survive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This is a great liberal movie, which is to say, it will be loved most passionately by great liberals, and despised by the conservatives it contemptuously fails to notice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What a good movie. Sometimes you get tired of 'splaining and you just want to say: Hey, this one's really very good. That's all, folks. It's a damn good movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In noir, everybody's guilty, and that's one of the pleasures of Joy Ride. The three youngsters aren't exactly innocent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    If you view it passively, as a well-crafted melodrama set in danger among passionate antagonists, The Boxer is rewarding enough. If you attack it intellectually, you see the degree to which it is informed by ideas and realize the power of its argument.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The result is a panorama of European radicalism. Depending on your politics, you may think "long live the revolution" or "curse the day the CIA ended its assassination program."

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