For 908 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
908 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    May be the most ruggedly decent film to come along in a couple of decades.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It isn't Austen, but it's delicious fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Embraces reality, humanity and compassion, as leavened by wisdom and wit.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A well-acted first effort written and directed by Jamie Thraves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Fun, if you're inclined toward cynicism, contempt, nihilism and cool stuff like that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Stars Audrey Tautou, gaminelike, waiflike, vivid and completely adorable.
    • 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?
    • 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."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the best of poems, it doesn't lend itself to easy understanding. But, like the best of poems, it's extremely provocative, to both imagination and intellect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Great picture? No. Cool picture? Oui. Not as good, I must say, as the sort of thing we moron yanks were doing on our own over here – "D.O.A." is much better.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the bitter cold in which it's set, Affliction bites hard and true.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Writer-director Kirk Jones III keeps the movie resolutely brisk and light, twisting mildly this way and that but never detouring for long.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Blondes may or may not have more fun, but in this one case, they certainly provide more fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The film, built of interviews with participants, is fast-paced, utterly absorbing and ultimately tragic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's without posturing or phony outrage, and offers instead something far more affecting: a deep sense of melancholy. This is the way it is, it says, and not much can be done about it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Such a feast of outlandish pleasures it'll send you home steam-cleaned and shrink-wrapped.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The last word you'd expect for it is "sweet," yet it is exactly the right one. That may come as no surprise to some, since the director is Jan Sverak, who brought sweetness to his breakthrough film "Koyla," but it caught me by total surprise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Phone Booth is 82 New York minutes long, all of them exciting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's the latest and one of the best entries in a genre whose highest philosophical expression is the whiplash realization that the universe doesn't play fair.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Tried hard to honor the spirit of the franchise, not exploit it, and take it to a new level and a surprising destination.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Simple, earnest and workmanlike, it sings of Olof, glad and big, and how he lost his -- well, we can't say what he lost.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    A lot of bigger movies won't provoke you half as much.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    These are great, primal stories that pull you in, make you care and put you on the edge of madness and violence.