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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Out of Sight
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Hunter
    It's exciting and satisfying, even if the chief villain isn't terribly original and the chase scenes are overlong. Bullock is plucky and believable as an average person who must marshal her strength and smarts to get her life back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    While the movie is stupid, it is -- hooray, and let's put this in all the national ads! -- not appallingly stupid.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie isn't funny in any big way so much as recognizable in its patterns of dysfunction, delusion and futility. But you believe in it, because you believe in the small but decent lives of its characters, a rare experience for a hot weekend in June.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    5x2
    You can make a good movie about a bad marriage, as countless directors, the latest being Ozon, have discovered.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's like an enema to the soul as it probes the ways of death ? some especially grotesque in a family setting. You leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's not a great film, but in its reckless audacity -- an American director working from a British novel set in Latin America, dealing with the largest themes of Latin American art, politics and history -- it's reassuring. Someone's still willing to take a big chance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You want a happy ending? You want sunshine, sentimentality, a sense of justice and honor and duty? Me too. But you won't find it here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's all expectable, it's all enjoyable: British theatrical professionalism at the highest pitch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a GOOD Big Stupid American movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As a piece of journalism then, Boiler Room is first class.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's not fierce, it's not angry, it's not radical, it's polite and what might be called "life-affirming." But it does have a couple of attributes most movies don't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    One of those movies that's great fun to watch, even if it decomposes more totally in your mind with each step out of the auditorium.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This is one of the most becalming films ever made. The grasslands seem oddly serene, and to watch them is to feel your pulse rate flatten out -- yet another aspect of Mongolian Ping Pong's transcendent charm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Director Mary Harron may have more courage than talent -- and she's got a lot of talent. It's too bad Bettie's story isn't more dramatic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The story works, but I wish they'd teach these avatars to act.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The two starring performances are spot on. Wilson gets the tone that screenwriter Don Payne so expertly evokes: It's a weird sort of self-aware despicability...Thurman is beautiful, fearless and perfectly believable as a superhero.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Cleverness can be overrated but it can be underrated too, and the best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is.
    • 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?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    If you attend the movie with your expectations lowered by Murphy's recent films, you'll be reasonably amused.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is hilarious...there's Rock's encounter with Viagra, which I can't describe but has to be one of the funniest scenes of the decade.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The acting in this ensemble is of such a high order that the movie simply takes you in and makes you feel these lives as real.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A somewhat formulaic if nevertheless crudely effective manipulation of the figure skating themes that all of us girls love so much.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    May lack originality but makes up for it in sheer bravado and really nice clothes
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Is there anything new here? Honestly, not really. The content is the same, the plot the familiar litany of ordeals leavened by soapy interludes. But the fight that develops is taut, tough and extremely bitter; it's never showy in the grinding, big-movie Spielbergian way, but a portrait of the war's daily interface with hell in a very small space, as the four stand against a much larger unit.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Despite its generic title and flat ending, tickles most of the way through.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    So unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    For the first half-hour, the movie is pretty crummy. Even Spielberg appears bored with the script's lame setup, its quick evocation of the first movie and its wan establishment of human villains and heroes. Like any 50-year-old adolescent, he can't wait for the dinosaurs. And when he gets to them, the movie ceases to bear any relationship to conceits of narrative and becomes a sheer adrenalin spike to the brain stem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The result is a panorama of European radicalism. Depending on your politics, you may think "long live the revolution" or "curse the day the CIA ended its assassination program."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This one has crossover hit written all over it.

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