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 A Simple Plan
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The best kind of genre filmmaking: It plays by the rules, obeys the traditions and is both familiar and fresh at once.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It conforms to that twisted French genius's typical opus: grisly, ironic but minuscule and sordid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A brilliantly amusing couple of hours.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Witherspoon's simply terrific, and it's amazing how quickly and easily she sheds speculation that she was too modern for the role.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    I don't think "Queimada" is as great a movie as "Battle of Algiers," but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    But the movie has a great deal of zest and charm, and Yakusho gets so exactly that crest of melancholy that is a man’s early 40s, until he decides to go for another kind of life, that the movie is infinitely touching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    You may not want to hang with the haunted Caouettes, but the movie is so compelling, it doesn't give you a choice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    In its insistence on the centrality of the war to the collective consciousness of mankind, it's of a piece with "The English Patient," rather than "Saving Private Ryan."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Delightful, delicious, de-lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie avoids sensationalism. What it requires and what it delivers is performance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    From the very first seconds a viewer believes totally in Downfall.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Anyhow, either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    He gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    For my generation, Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant consummation to a promise made a long time ago, far, far away, in a galaxy called 1977.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Nuanced, exquisite and predictable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What emerges is quite extraordinary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Superb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    As an example of the art of casting, the movie is brilliantly engineered. It allows two major stars to each play the showy villain for a time, and also for each to do an imitation of the other.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    May be too much suspense for some, but it's vividly powerful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    What is so impressive about Welcome to Sarajevo is its cool restraint: Like the best of journalism, it never stoops to sensationalize or sermonize, but merely observes. It's about the facts rather than something called The Truth. [9Jan1998 Pg. D.01]
    • Washington Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Well told, handsome, stirring and loads of fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    There are complications, extremely cleverly worked out. Jones is in just about every scene in this taut, provocative film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Laurent's crime is really the crime of being European and conquering people of color. That understood, Cache is brilliant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    All in all, A Good Woman retains ye olde Wilde's zing, his sense of pace and place, but most of all his snappy one-liners, and it finds a new way to showcase them brilliantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Water, set in 1930s India, is something pretty rare in the world of movies: an artistic muckraker. It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Down in the Valley is exactly what we don't have enough of: It's singular, unusual, unexpected, fresh and familiar at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It feels so real it hurts, and it's the perfect antidote to all those movies where all sorts of stuff blows up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Gibson may not be much of a deep thinker, but he's a heck of a storyteller. Apocalypto turns out to be not a case of Montezuma's revenge but of Gibson's: It's something entirely unexpected, a sinewy, taut poem of action.