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

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Pianist
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    An exuberance, a celebration, a hoot, a kick and a half.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Jon Heder in the magnificent Napoleon Dynamite, is one of the most winning movie creations in years.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Ferguson builds a compelling case of bad judgment, error, stubbornness and arrogance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lord God, can she take control of a scene, dominate a movie, project to the last seat, radiate power and personality unto the rafters. It's a great performance. I love the way Knightley's eyes light with furious intelligence when she cuts the pompous Darcy a new something or other.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, while no fun, faces hard truths and asks hard questions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In the last half-hour, the story, like the Japanese, loses its way; lacking any clear-cut goals except survival, the film becomes repetitive. Letters From Iwo Jima is a necessary movie; too bad it's not a great movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Turns out to be cracking good entertainment, as well as a fresh start for the perdurable 21-picture franchise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film is more of an anthropological essay on the way young Americans relate while they make war, not love, and try to survive in the meantime.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It denotes a minor movie miracle: how with intelligence, imagination and craft a small film can work in really large ways.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, though quite funny in parts, turns organically dark, and it refuses to paint a picture of a cotton-candy world. It prefers the real one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What's important is that Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's a document that suggests that the road to hell is paved with bad communication skills.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years. Okay, if that's not your part of the swamp, don't go into it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Full of astonishments, not the least of which are its ideas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The director Vaughn has a flair not merely for action and ambiance but also for character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Possibly without meaning to, the younger Wexler has made a superb examination not of professional cinematography -- really, who cares? -- but of the eternal bad business between fathers and sons.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The audience is treated to one extraordinary vision after another; the sense of a world literally being destroyed around the principal actors, the sense of their flight through panic and destruction, the sense of concussion, collapse, rubble and ruin.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lung-bloatingly funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Matthau was merely worthless, while Thornton, God bless his soul, rises to the actual level of sociopathic. I love it when that happens.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What makes the film so affecting, however, is its matter-of-fact evocation of character. Each person in the four-character cast is vivid and specific and believable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the best horror movies, it doesn't beat you over the head, splatter you, or fold, spindle and mutilate you. Rather, slowly and subtly, it creeps you out. You may go home and throw out your computer and lock the doors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Isn't quite a great espionage movie or a great Africa movie, but in a summer of heat and wind, it's the next best thing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    With a cast like this, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a superior performance vehicle and on that count alone is never less than riveting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The moral purity of After Innocence is so overwhelming that it simply leaves you with nothing to say or do. It's kind of beyond criticism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like a bouquet of poisoned flowers -- beautiful, delicate and lethal. A trio of horror films from three "extreme" Asian directors, it shows how much evil fun talented bad boys can have on a very small scale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    She is so funny she should come with a seven-day waiting period.

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