Stephen Hunter

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For 933 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Dark City
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
933 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As coherent storytelling, Skins isn't that tightly wrapped, but as an excoriating look at the plight of the modern American Indian, it bites hard.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Rock is such a consistent delight, and so powerfully amused at the profound pleasure of being Chris Rock, that he shares the wealth with all of us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    An end-of-the-world movie like no other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A big, fat, gorgeous, mesmerizing mess.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As a piece of journalism then, Boiler Room is first class.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's not without moments of wit and powerful emotion, but somehow Stepmom never feels either real enough to move us deeply or bubbly enough to make us forget our woes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Manages to be profound without being pompous.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    What the movie lacks in clarity, it makes up for in honesty, toughness, relentlessness and passion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Cameron captures the majesty, the tragedy, the fury and the futility of the event in a way that supersedes his trivial attempts to melodramatize it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Until a disappointing tailspin in the last hour, Pearl Harbor is the best piece of popular entertainment to come along in years.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is both exhilarating and depressing. The trouble is, I can't figure out which is more important.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It lacks Altman's wisdom, but its sense of humor is corrosive, if dispiriting, and its willingness to show the human animal at his most disgusting has a kind of anti-grandeur to it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A lot of White Oleander is heavy sledding of the waa-waa, touchy-feely kind. But just as much of it has the sting of something so real it hurts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This one has crossover hit written all over it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Enter the world of the sociopathic killer and enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A provocative experience that lights you up even as it brutalizes you. And I don't even like Brad Pitt very much.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A surprisingly lush, well-produced film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's got a subtext but not a subplot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    [Craven's] stroke of genius is to offer the horror movie in an ironic mode. He's winking at viewers and inviting them to share a clever conspiracy that we on the cholesterol-clogged side of 30 cannot begin to understand.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Until that sugar coating at the end, Out of Time is clever, believable and gripping, and seems to be headed to a wondrous, bad place as it carefully modulates classic '40s themes.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    So good it breaks your heart for not being better. It is kept from brilliance by a soggy climax and a clumsy central narrative device.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, with its panorama of emotional epiphanies and its belief in the talent and grace of young women, is nevertheless bracing.

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