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 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
913 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The genius of the film is its utter commitment to the Pekar point of view.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a new new thing, classic myth from both literature and the movies, commingled, set to great folk music, and untrammeled by any sense of predictability, urgency, realism or believability but hypnotic, graceful and seductive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The longest, hardest sit of the season -- you are stuck there, a single tube of puckered muscle, waiting for the extremely ugly violence to occur -- but it is driven by performances of such luminous humanity that they break your heart.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a brilliant, profound movie, but it's almost no fun at all.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie may take five extra minutes to end and could do with one less sunset but . . . other than that it's damned near perfect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie's stroke of sheer genius is its wondrous ending.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The movie itself is a miracle: tough, smart, relentless, provocative and, above all, serious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It conforms to that twisted French genius's typical opus: grisly, ironic but minuscule and sordid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    That tale gets a first-class Hallmark Hall of Fame treatment in Kevin Reynolds's swaggering The Count of Monte Cristo, which is old-form moviemaking at its best.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The creepiest, clammiest, twitchiest squealfest in months. It offers, among its many pleasures, the happiness of safe fear.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It gets at something exquisitely human, so human that even movie stars feel it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The summer's most rousing action picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    A character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It's a classic story in form, and in this country it used to star Jimmy Cagney.
    • 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."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.