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 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Stardom
Score distribution:
914 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    The movie builds slowly to its grinding climax, and the suspense -- the standard by which a thriller must primarily be judged -- is first-rate.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    If you're the sort of person who laughs at funerals, train wrecks, earnest political documentaries and stories about the rape of nature, you'll love Closer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Even the digressions are funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Stunningly acted by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady as the Cloneys.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    Parker stays with and even streamlines Wilde's clever manipulations of betrayals and lies and plots and counterplots. Yet the film never feels stagy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    First and best, it's got a rip-roaring story. It sweeps you along, borne effortlessly by believable if flawed characters, as it flows toward the inevitable tragedy. But it's also got a heart: It watches as a child harsh of judgment learns that judgment is too easy a posture for the world, and it's best to love with compassion. [07Nov1997 Pg G.01]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Hunter
    She is so funny she should come with a seven-day waiting period.

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