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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Stardom
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Charlotte Rampling takes you so far inside the pain of Marie Drillon it leaves you stirred, shaken and a little in awe.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It is in fact a traditional mystery more reminiscent of Agatha Christie than the reigning film noir aesthetic of 1947. But it's fabulously entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't much of a movie, but it's a whale of a story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Huge, sprawling, and utterly absorbing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Brilliantly played by Denzel Washington
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sad and lovely.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The tension is never crushing, as it would be in an American job. Instead, it grows by increments, until you realize the movie, in its quiet way, has you snared entirely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Mamet loves two things: scams and dialogue. This movie is rich with both.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It begins by scaring you to death by evoking a monster, and by the end it has seduced you into caring for him.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's sad, funny, shocking and completely unlike any movie in a dozen years.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    One of the year's best films.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Delightful, delicious, de-lovely.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Puerile, pitiful, grotesque, offensive, immature, repulsive and, of course, extremely funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The interplay between Glass and Lane is riveting and rigorous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I love the unsettling details.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What a good movie. Sometimes you get tired of 'splaining and you just want to say: Hey, this one's really very good. That's all, folks. It's a damn good movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A brilliantly amusing couple of hours.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Friendship matters to those of us who still claim membership in the human race, and Goldbacher's merciless autopsy on it is both illuminating and dispiriting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
    • 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!

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