Stephen Hunter

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For 920 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
920 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is pure pro-choice agitprop, as it tracks Homer's conversion to the cause of choice and posits the heroism of the abortionist. Pro-lifers will hate it on that point alone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Janet McTeer doesn't imitate Mary Jo Walker, and she doesn't act her. She becomes her. It's almost spooky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that a movie need not be good to be cool.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What you get for your entertainment dollar in Lady Vengeance is Korean director Chan-wook Park's brilliantly orchestrated story of how Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae ) got her groove back.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The summer's most rousing action picture.
    • 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
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Surprisingly effective re-creation of a Latin American Bing and Bob on the Road to History.
    • 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
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Macdonald has a fetching feel for the continent, and the movie has a powerful sense of what Africa looks and feels like; you can almost smell it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The moral purity of After Innocence is so overwhelming that it simply leaves you with nothing to say or do. It's kind of beyond criticism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It conforms to that twisted French genius's typical opus: grisly, ironic but minuscule and sordid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, we're about a third of the way through the great Khan's life; he hasn't even begun to take down the cities of Cathay or spread his seed. That suggests two sequels. I, for one, can't wait.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, though quite funny in parts, turns organically dark, and it refuses to paint a picture of a cotton-candy world. It prefers the real one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    You have to see this to believe it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Cameron captures the majesty, the tragedy, the fury and the futility of the event in a way that supersedes his trivial attempts to melodramatize it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Stephen Frears's stunning Liam, -- a vivid, intense evocation of another British time and place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The documentary is fascinating, but hardly enjoyable. It's like watching ants eat an elephant.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Brilliantly played by Denzel Washington
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    It orders you to love it. It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    With its sophisticated psychology, its brilliant story structure and its riveting performances, The Duchess of Langeais feels very new, even if everything about it is old.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.

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