Stephen Hunter
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For 913 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 The Opposite of Sex
Lowest review score: 0 Armageddon
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't much of a movie, but it's a whale of a story.
    • 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!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a classic story in form, and in this country it used to star Jimmy Cagney.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The creepiest, clammiest, twitchiest squealfest in months. It offers, among its many pleasures, the happiness of safe fear.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Stephen Frears's stunning Liam, -- a vivid, intense evocation of another British time and place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    An exuberance, a celebration, a hoot, a kick and a half.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Huge, sprawling, and utterly absorbing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Mamet loves two things: scams and dialogue. This movie is rich with both.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Puerile, pitiful, grotesque, offensive, immature, repulsive and, of course, extremely funny.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It gets at something exquisitely human, so human that even movie stars feel it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The interplay between Glass and Lane is riveting and rigorous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie itself is a miracle: tough, smart, relentless, provocative and, above all, serious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is -- how can I say this? -- funny as hell. It's like an old Mad magazine "Scenes We'd Like to See" put together by someone on crystal meth, with a vicious streak, an existentialist streak and no mercy anywhere in his soul and only the tiniest flinch at the end, which is probably, sigh, the best way to end.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Then, finally, there are the endings, all six of them...For us outsiders, it seems like too much of a good thing...But all those are minor rants: The big fact is that The Return of the King puts you there at Waterloo, or Thermopylae or the Bulge, any desperate place where men ran low on blood and iron and ammo, but not on courage.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's not the sort of film one can be said to enjoy, but it is the sort of film that has the clarity of a dream and lingers for hours.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The summer's most rousing action picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Jon Heder in the magnificent Napoleon Dynamite, is one of the most winning movie creations in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The cutting is so sinuous and breathtaking, the music (by Danny Elfman after too much coffee) so onrushing and the camera so penetrative of the depths and heights of midtown Manhattan at cloud level, that the illusion, despite its artificiality, works. You don't believe it but you "believe" it.