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 Army of Shadows
Lowest review score: 0 An American Werewolf in Paris
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Memo to left-wing anti-Bushies: Stories like this work. Don't lecture. Tell stories! Much better!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's pretty funny. You don't actually watch it so much as indulge it and admire its cleverness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is one of the best American films in months and months and the best comedy since I don't know when. It even makes you sorta kinda like Matthew McConaughey.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Even as he reinvents, Aja invents. He's clearly working on a big budget for his first American film and has been told he can do anything he can think of. Visually, the movie is wildly alive, full of sure touches.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A deft, tense, pure thriller, the movie has great star turns and is brilliantly directed, but it began as an extremely well-crated screenplay by Russell Gewirtz. It's professionally entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    What you get for your entertainment dollar in Lady Vengeance is Korean director Chan-wook Park's brilliantly orchestrated story of how Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae ) got her groove back.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The Pixar people have an extreme talent for conjuring imagery that is both soaring in its majesty but also resonant -- it's a stylization but acute enough to carry emotional meaning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is an epic adventure with a rigorously moral point of view.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Macdonald has a fetching feel for the continent, and the movie has a powerful sense of what Africa looks and feels like; you can almost smell it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Though it's not as good as the brilliant "Capote," it's nevertheless a riveting, well-made picture.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So those seeking a softer approach to the realities of both child- and animal-rearing should search elsewhere. The rest of us, meanwhile, are free to enjoy a well-made family drama pitched to young adults that's honest, tough and surprisingly engaging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is completely beguiling, and it delivers joy, the beautiful spark of the gods.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The Good Shepherd is serious adult moviemaking, a truly surprising effort from De Niro, a man deeply interested in the art, craft and psychology of espionage. He seems to believe that we'd better be interested in it, because it's interested in us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    I can't remember a film that sees the here and now more precisely, one that offers total believability in the tone and motive of its characters and then goes further, showing us a whole and completely recognizable world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Director Ken Loach is full of astonishments. An avowedly leftist filmmaker, he has always seen beyond political cant to compassionate reality. He's also incredibly sensitive to what might be called the nuances of life, and he always brings a high sense of spontaneous reality to his films.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Color Me Kubrick is like a nice, deep, clear cocktail of ammonia on the rocks: bracing, comic, astonishing, all of which hide its poison center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Manufactured Landscapes makes an inelegant point elegantly. The point: Humanity is altering the landscape drastically and by implication irrevocably.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Frank (Ben Kingsley) meets Laurel (Tea Leoni), a woman who has been around the block a time or 200, and she likes Frank's directness, while he likes her unflappability. This is one of the greatest screwball relationships in years.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This movie probably gets the Washington process better than any since Otto Preminger's underrated "Advise & Consent" in 1962. It's not about men of virtue doing the impossible, but men of flaws doing the doable, but just barely.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    So childish it seems to arrive in diapers, and that's not bad; it's good.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lawrence is miraculous, as always.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Held together by the intensity of its focus.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Has a gritty authenticity to it … captures the spectacularly crazed quality of urban violence.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The two women relate brilliantly, and the movie has lots of fun creating an erotic subtext between them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Stunningly acted by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady as the Cloneys.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great sword fights, great acting, fabulous sword fights and, of course, really cool sword fights.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A portrait of a hero.

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