Stephen Hunter

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For 920 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
920 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Like the bitter cold in which it's set, Affliction bites hard and true.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Hanson delivers something ever rarer in film culture, not a new film noir but an old-fashioned total movie, somehow of a single piece.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    This is, after all, the kind of movie in which traffic accidents not only mess up getaways but also liberate goats to wander through the airport. We need more of that stuff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Its palette isn't primary at all: It's full of secondary shadings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie is completely beguiling, and it delivers joy, the beautiful spark of the gods.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    John Waters may not be a great filmmaker, but he's usually onto something, and A Dirty Shame is onto something big.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    In its quiet way, Ride With the Devil is terrific.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie, while no fun, faces hard truths and asks hard questions.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's a document that suggests that the road to hell is paved with bad communication skills.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Held together by the intensity of its focus.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    That's the movie: It's taking us inside the burqa to the woman.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's nothing less than a spiritual journey set in New Jersey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Boasts the purest of Disney raptures: It unites the generations, rather than driving them apart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's the best kind of movie: so alive in its storytelling that only in retrospect do you realize that the ideas represent a metaphysical inquiry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Far from great but greatly entertaining.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's funny as hell, and I am proud to say that as a card-carrying white guy, I got three, or possibly even four, of the 239 jokes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's a whimsical tale of war and redemption, of faith, hope and even some charity...It's quite a treat, as a matter of fact.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    It's pretty funny. You don't actually watch it so much as indulge it and admire its cleverness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Lynch's new movie, Mulholland Drive, is a trip and a half: It's like playing Twister and Scrabble simultaneously while high on LSD. Oh, and it's dark out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Such a feast of outlandish pleasures it'll send you home steam-cleaned and shrink-wrapped.
    • 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.

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