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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    It never disconnects from two values: its honesty and its intensity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The story is told so passionately that it demands as much of you as it does of its performers, all of whom are up there, giving everything.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    The sheer joy of letting go as a tale overwhelms your senses and drives the known world away -- that's the story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Hunter
    This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    But the movie has a great deal of zest and charm, and Yakusho gets so exactly that crest of melancholy that is a man’s early 40s, until he decides to go for another kind of life, that the movie is infinitely touching.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Superb.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The summer's most rousing action picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    When you think you've figured out Bielinsky's great game, that's when you're in the most trouble: He's the con, and you're just the mark.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    All in all, A Good Woman retains ye olde Wilde's zing, his sense of pace and place, but most of all his snappy one-liners, and it finds a new way to showcase them brilliantly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Stephen Frears's stunning Liam, -- a vivid, intense evocation of another British time and place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    From the very first seconds a viewer believes totally in Downfall.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    And that's the surprise of the movie, beyond even the humor and humanity of its inside look at contemporary American Indian culture. It's really the oldest and most primal story forms, the one about the old man and the boy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Down in the Valley is exactly what we don't have enough of: It's singular, unusual, unexpected, fresh and familiar at once.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I love the unsettling details.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    To see seemingly reg'lar guys utterly stripped of dignity and defense is cruel enough, but crueler still is the laughter that you cannot seem to stop from rupturing your lungs and aorta.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sad and lovely.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie becomes something quite rare and magical: a text about a text that is also full of life. In other words, it's a true first: It's both postmodern and fun!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    About as good a picture of a writer's real life as we are likely to get. It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I don't think "Queimada" is as great a movie as "Battle of Algiers," but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit.

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