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 2.1 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 Stardom
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It's a strange enough film, yet weirdly great. No movie has quite gotten the clammy weight of fear, the sense of hopelessness that would necessarily haunt underground workers. To see it is to sweat through your underclothes. It'll melt the pep out of your weekend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Stands with the best movies of this young century and the old one that preceded it: It's passionate, honest, unflinching, gripping, and it pays respects. The flag raising on Iwo might have indeed become a pseudo-event as it was processed for goals, but there was nothing pseudo about the courage of the men who did it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The genius is in the writing and in keeping all gambits created by the individual writers in sync, so the piece has a tonal consistency and a narrative flow. A lost art in Hollywood? It's really one of the best movies of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is the rare American film really about something, and almost all the performances are riveting.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    Great American movies are, these days especially, few and far between, so let's everybody take a deep breath and mark the moment: Hoop Dreams, all three hours' worth, is a great American movie. It's got the sting of drama and the ache of truth; it's even got the sting of truth and the ache of drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's funny and human and really pretty damned wonderful, all at once.
    • Washington Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's stroke of sheer genius is its wondrous ending.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I love the unsettling details.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Brilliantly played by Denzel Washington
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a brilliant, profound movie, but it's almost no fun at all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The Blue Angel it's clear to Von Sternberg, and to us, that he's connected with some pure being of cinema, whose power to ignite an audience was unstoppable. She became a great star.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's sad, funny, shocking and completely unlike any movie in a dozen years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sad and lovely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The trick of this movie is that it's so changeable: You think you've got it nailed and it slithers away to become some other new, fabulous thing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    That tale gets a first-class Hallmark Hall of Fame treatment in Kevin Reynolds's swaggering The Count of Monte Cristo, which is old-form moviemaking at its best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    This Tarzan doesn't bellow, he kvetches; he doesn't dominate, he persuades; he doesn't rule, he seeks consensus. He isn't the king of the apes, he's a citizen of the animal planet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    One of the year's best films.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The genius of the film is its utter commitment to the Pekar point of view.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a highly professional project complete with exquisite production details and superb actors, yet its subject matter is so far out of the mainstream, it feels almost radical.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The longest, hardest sit of the season -- you are stuck there, a single tube of puckered muscle, waiting for the extremely ugly violence to occur -- but it is driven by performances of such luminous humanity that they break your heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A dead-on sense of how rich kids live and talk today, a sense of the melancholy of a dysfunctional family, and some great dark laughs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.

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