Stephen Hunter
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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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The tension is never crushing, as it would be in an American job. Instead, it grows by increments, until you realize the movie, in its quiet way, has you snared entirely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This one has crossover hit written all over it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a celebration of young American women, finding them smarter, tougher, shrewder, more rigorous, more persistent and more honest than any movie in many a moon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The creation of teen-girl culture seems almost pitch-perfect. The flaw is the flaw of most works of muckraking when they are held to artistic standards: It's a question of proportion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Embraces reality, humanity and compassion, as leavened by wisdom and wit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film is more of an anthropological essay on the way young Americans relate while they make war, not love, and try to survive in the meantime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower is a kind of feast, an over-the-top, all-stops-pulled-out lollapalooza that means to play kitschy and grand at once.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its palette isn't primary at all: It's full of secondary shadings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    A lot of the film is illuminating; a lot of it is pointless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a terrific movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie itself is a miracle: tough, smart, relentless, provocative and, above all, serious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the best horror movies, it doesn't beat you over the head, splatter you, or fold, spindle and mutilate you. Rather, slowly and subtly, it creeps you out. You may go home and throw out your computer and lock the doors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's surface of bright, brittle patter, initially off-putting, comes finally to serve as camouflage for the sinister movement of large and powerful forces.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    The performances are so monotonic that you understand depicting authentic humanity is not the writer-director's goal: Each character has been reduced to a single unpleasant primal trait from which deviation is not permitted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is -- how can I say this? -- funny as hell. It's like an old Mad magazine "Scenes We'd Like to See" put together by someone on crystal meth, with a vicious streak, an existentialist streak and no mercy anywhere in his soul and only the tiniest flinch at the end, which is probably, sigh, the best way to end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Hunter
    It's handsome, well-populated and offers beautiful scenery and settings. But "House of Flying Daggers" it ain't; maybe "House of Fallen Arches"?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Strayed has the strange clarity of a fable. It strips everything away until only instincts and emotions are left.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie alternates between cornball and ridiculous, and the frequent violence is extremely bloody if stylized. Love it or hate it, and I'm not sure which applies to me, you've never seen and never will see anything quite like Tears of the Black Tiger.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Hunter
    Yet as sophisticated a piece of filmmaking as it is, it seems hamstrung by the banality at its center; that's why it never assembles into a satisfying whole. It's pretty -- oh, what's the word? -- stupid in its dramatization of the silly little connections that unite us, and it's somewhat selective in its choice of them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is the rare American film really about something, and almost all the performances are riveting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    With all that going for it, one must ask, why didn't they just tell it completely straight? In other words, why did they feel so compelled to create an utterly bogus Max Baer for the virtuous Jim to fight in the movie's admittedly compelling climactic, championship bout?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The result is a movie that feels weirdly disconnected from reality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's stroke of sheer genius is its wondrous ending.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its quiet way, Ride With the Devil is terrific.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This one is dumbest. And funniest, as if that matters even a little bit!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Hunter
    The New World is stately almost to the point of being static and thus has trouble finding a central story around which to arrange itself; it's not quite the thin dead line, but it's close.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This movie probably gets the Washington process better than any since Otto Preminger's underrated "Advise & Consent" in 1962. It's not about men of virtue doing the impossible, but men of flaws doing the doable, but just barely.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great sword fights, great acting, fabulous sword fights and, of course, really cool sword fights.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a new new thing, classic myth from both literature and the movies, commingled, set to great folk music, and untrammeled by any sense of predictability, urgency, realism or believability but hypnotic, graceful and seductive.