Stephen Hunter

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For 923 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
923 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Far from great, but much farther from awful, Troy offers several popcorn buckets' worth of good old-fashioned time at the movies.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    So unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You may not enjoy The Mother (I certainly didn't), but it's a movie so heavy on truth, its spell cannot be denied.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    If you love the theater, you've got to see the film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Modest and winning.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The film boasts all the hallmarks of the '50s historic epic save the presence of Tony Curtis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    If nothing else it's a wonderful essay on the meaning of freedom and the courage it takes to wrestle it from despots. In that sense, it feels more political and cultural than religious.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't particularly scary. No, it's much harder on you than mere fright: It's . . . creepy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It is piffle done well. A (literally) lighter-than-air story, full of goofs and creeps and fools and silliness, it manages to delight without simpering, make points without lecturing and break hearts and mend them again without turning you weepy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a brilliant movie, fluent, spectacular, breathtaking and basically, uh, wrong.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's one of those "I-can't-believe-I'm-enjoying-this" kind of things.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    This is a smart movie, full of astonishing reverses and switchbacks, and it adroitly walks the thin line between too clever by half and not clever enough by three-quarters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    You may find some of the story developments melodramatic -- I did -- but the film itself is quite powerful.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    A gimmick film, but it's brought off with such verve it's great fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Surprisingly effective re-creation of a Latin American Bing and Bob on the Road to History.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Despite its generic title and flat ending, tickles most of the way through.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a GOOD Big Stupid American movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    May lack originality but makes up for it in sheer bravado and really nice clothes
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    Slick, gripping and largely believable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    As entertainment of a tawdry but compelling sort, The Contender certainly delivers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    The "Citizen Kane" of twisted-geek movies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    After an hour of brilliant, bitchy dialogue and deceit, it simply runs out of energy; or possibly the budget ran out.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's a handsome thing, familiar and new at once, thoroughly entertaining if hardly memorable.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    It's so spoofy it's difficult to call 'good' or even 'bad'; just say it's smooth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Hunter
    One of those rich girl/bad boy things that defy understanding and leave you on the outside. Fascinated, but on the outside.
    • 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?

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