For 913 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Bus 174
Lowest review score: 0 An American Werewolf in Paris
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    As long as it stayed mainstream dirty it was okay, but when it got into perversions the American Psychiatric Society hasn't even named yet, it left me behind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You may not enjoy The Mother (I certainly didn't), but it's a movie so heavy on truth, its spell cannot be denied.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    Under its scope and reach and passion, Gangs of New York is pretty ordinary stuff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This curious documentary is something rare, evincing opposites: It's both delightful and powerful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A greatly ambitious undertaking, but from the commercial point of view quite insane. The movie is ridiculously fragile: It's like a Faberge egg, and even a twitch of foreknowledge will destroy the magic of the movie utterly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is a movie that understands the larger-than-life appeal of the old-fashioned movie star and one of the movies' most primal appeals: beautiful people doing amusing things while talking about it cleverly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's not a great movie, but Yu Nan's performance is superb without being showy or melodramatic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Too bad the plot held no surprises and the acting no revelations. No actor could be said to stand out and the movie never acquires much tension or momentum.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    While it's no good time at the movies, Wonderland is an excruciatingly authentic experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie may take five extra minutes to end and could do with one less sunset but . . . other than that it's damned near perfect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    More than watchable, if less than compelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    An enigma inside a conundrum inside an escargot shell, the French puzzler La Moustache will delight some people even as it annoys others.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's tough, astringent, darkly funny and . . . well, it's also generic, untidy, condescending and mild of impact rather than stunning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    That's not to say it's great; it's not. Maybe it's not to say it's good, because it's only sort of good. It is to say, however, that it's nifty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Hunter
    The Crow, the death-haunted, mega-violent, pulpy, vigorous final film of Brandon Lee, may not qualify as much of a monument to a lost life -- what film could? -- but it's a hell of a movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Le Petit Lieutenant shows how good French movies can be when they stay French and don't try to go international.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It isn't Austen, but it's delicious fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is powerful, if numbing. What movie about a massacre isn't?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The best kind of genre filmmaking: It plays by the rules, obeys the traditions and is both familiar and fresh at once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Writer-director Kirk Jones III keeps the movie resolutely brisk and light, twisting mildly this way and that but never detouring for long.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Stephen Hunter
    The new Dutch film Black Book manages to turn World War II into a large piece of cheese. A lurid, pulpy, slightly perverse potboiler, the movie suffers mainly from its utter lack of seriousness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Marshall keeps the film lean and focused. He does have a nice taste for horror imagery.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a brilliant, profound movie, but it's almost no fun at all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It makes a great point: Love, honor and respect your father, but then get the hell out of town.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It believes, in the end, in the decency of most people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    These are great, primal stories that pull you in, make you care and put you on the edge of madness and violence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    If the movie is meant to uncover any "big scandals," it's a disappointment. The investigator, in one surprising sequence, goes through a number of alleged "torture" photos and acknowledges that the vast majority of them represent "standard operating procedure." That is supposed to be the film's kicker: not what was illegal but how much was legal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    Seems to go sideways as often as it goes forward. Altman can't help noticing things more interesting than the story.