Stephen Hunter

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For 916 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
916 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower is a kind of feast, an over-the-top, all-stops-pulled-out lollapalooza that means to play kitschy and grand at once.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    To see seemingly reg'lar guys utterly stripped of dignity and defense is cruel enough, but crueler still is the laughter that you cannot seem to stop from rupturing your lungs and aorta.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    It has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Hunter
    In the end, we're about a third of the way through the great Khan's life; he hasn't even begun to take down the cities of Cathay or spread his seed. That suggests two sequels. I, for one, can't wait.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This isn't a movie where story matters that much: It's a movie of character and milieu, both of which it evokes brilliantly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    You don't really watch the film; you survive it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's so gritty it'll get under your fingernails. And it harks back to one of Hill's greatest films from the '70s, "Hard Times."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's good fun for bad boys.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is postmodern folk art, a tricky transaction in which the work isn't just a story, it's a genre survey, a homage, a meditation, a parody and, oh yeah, while it's at it, still a pretty good story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great sword fights, great acting, fabulous sword fights and, of course, really cool sword fights.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So the film has this weird postmodernist taint: It has a self-aware script that cleverly plays off the reality of its own cast and their famous real-life contretemps. It's smart and knowing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Such a feast of outlandish pleasures it'll send you home steam-cleaned and shrink-wrapped.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Grant is casually fabulous and very amusing, but all power to Firth the actor. He's the compleat Darcy, and he never wavers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    He (Tobias) had a life, however, that was way off the charts in its unpredictability, and sharing it with him is fascinating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It isn't Austen, but it's delicious fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    May be the most ruggedly decent film to come along in a couple of decades.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So closely observed, so funny and so true to the junk that is everybody's real--as opposed to movie--life that it comes to feel like some kind of a miracle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Janet McTeer doesn't imitate Mary Jo Walker, and she doesn't act her. She becomes her. It's almost spooky.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its pleasures aren't so much in the inevitable plot complications, but in the passion of the performances and the spare beauty of the elegant framing and photography.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What an amazing little film. God love the French. They make movies with ideas in them, other than: How many cars can we blow up?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is a movie that understands the larger-than-life appeal of the old-fashioned movie star and one of the movies' most primal appeals: beautiful people doing amusing things while talking about it cleverly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's fun. Hey, it's almost spring, Rickman is fabulous and so is Richardson. Warren Clarke is continually funny. And Heidi Klum alone will melt the snows of yesteryear.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Fun, if you're inclined toward cynicism, contempt, nihilism and cool stuff like that.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    An Irish lark that blows in, trailing daffodils and the sniff of spring, from that adventurous releasing company Shooting Gallery Films.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its quiet way, Ride With the Devil is terrific.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    You have to see this to believe it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Held together by the intensity of its focus.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The camera, freed to glide, flows as if through the old man's memory, discovering both the glory of his life and the tragedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Demonstrates that sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and certainly possess the most moral authority. It's a film that emphasizes loyalty and sacrifice, values that have become jokes in most other films these days.

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