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 Armageddon
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    So insidey it's almost parochial.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's the latest and one of the best entries in a genre whose highest philosophical expression is the whiplash realization that the universe doesn't play fair.

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