For 137 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Allan Hunter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Faces Places
Lowest review score: 30 ma ma
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Writer/director Benjamin Naishtat’s subtle, twisting, state-of-the-nation drama works effectively as a noir-like thriller, and as an exploration of a country that has lost its moral compass.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    The wider themes of the film grow more evident through individual elements in which nobody is prepared to listen to the other side of the story, or try to understand a different point of view.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Costa’s use of news footage, tapes of incriminating conversations that were made public and acts of self-serving betrayal gives The Edge Of Democracy the feel of an All The President’s Men-style political thriller. Further revelations about her own family and the allegiances of earlier generations turn that aspect of the story into something with the sweep of The Godfather.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    Miron’s cinema vérité approach still finds time for contemplation and appealing images of the countryside through the changing seasons. His very promising feature debut remains consistently engrossing through unexpected developments. He even surprises us with the sense of renewal and hope that suddenly blossoms from Kathy’s darkest hours.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Beneath the impish, inventive surface of On A Magical Night lies real emotions around loyalty, devotion and how to ensure love never dies. It is a film as charming as it is touching.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    It would be easy to paint him as a tragic figure but Tcheng’s film is more of a celebration than a lamentation, saluting a superstar designer whose life was a triumph of style and substance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Focused and thought-provoking, it should be welcomed as a return to form after the disappointment of The Unknown Girl.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Allan Hunter
    The abiding impression is of an intermittently fascinating film that is a minor work in the ever burgeoning Herzog canon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    An exhilarating cocktail of bloodbath violence and tar-black humour that will be catnip to Midnight Madness programmers and Miike devotees.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Allan Hunter
    An intense romance notable for the craft of the filmmaking and Diop’s original approach to complex issues of love, loss and the forces for change that can rise from the ashes of tragedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    The modest running time ... means that it does feel a little slight and underdeveloped in places. However, there are enough sparks of originality and comic invention throughout to capture those in search of something winningly offbeat and unexpected.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    The human testimony is undoubtedly the most engaging aspect of Another Day Of Life, but the animated sequences earn their place when they provide a sense of the emotional turmoil that Kapuscinski experienced as he faced the chaos and horrors of a war that would continue until 2002.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Allan Hunter
    A though-provoking journey through the search for truth and reconciliation, The Silence of Others emerges as a moving salute to the small victories of determined individuals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    A multi-layered and thought-provoking work of art.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Allan Hunter
    The film is hugely impressive in the scope of those interviewed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    Tell It To The Bees can seem a little too respectable for its own good but there are moments of pain and heartbreak that rise to the surface, especially in a tense climax that puts the fates of several characters in the balance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Allan Hunter
    Skin is a little pedestrian and obvious in its early stages, skirting with the feeling of a television production. It is the nature of the story and the scale of the mountain that Widner had to climb that finally makes it into something more compelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    A perfect primer for anyone new to Le Guin, the documentary also has enough to offer dedicated fans, confirming her place as a major figure in American literature and as a spiky, rebellious and engaging personality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    The strength of Slick Woods’ performance lies in the way she finds the plaintive grace notes beneath the brash, sassy confidence of that exterior. She brings out the vulnerability in this seemingly tireless spirit, transforming Goldie’s story into a poignant coming of age.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Jayro Bustamante offers a thoughtful, emotionally-charged exploration of a devoutly religious family man torn apart by the revelation of his love for another man.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Elegantly shot and fluidly edited, What Is Democracy? reveals Taylor’s sure instincts as she shapes the vast sprawl of often disparate, sometimes random-feeling material into a focused, thought-provoking essay that even leaves you feeling that there was so much more to say on the subject.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Understated and confidently judged, it becomes a testimony to the old-fashioned virtues of social-realist storytelling rooted in ordinary lives and timely concerns.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Allan Hunter
    Christopher Martin’s documentary adaptation of Conroy’s book is a powerful, humbling salute to a breed of fearless figures willing to risk their lives as they bear witness to history’s unfolding horrors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    The heady fusion of teenage romance, gothic fantasy and Mafia thriller becomes an immersive, atmospheric drama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Allan Hunter
    There is a mixture of styles in Dead In A Week that never quite gels.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    A timely film, capable of sparking vigorous debate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Allan Hunter
    The feature debut of Vladimir De Fontenay is an accomplished piece with a committed central performance from Imogen Poots, but the emotional impact is lessened by an air of predictability and the sense that every bit of fresh hope is destined to end in disappointment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    The wide ranging perspectives of painters, collectors, dealers and gallery owners makes for a thought-provoking and unexpectedly moving film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Allan Hunter
    Margarethe Von Trotta’s many personal connections to Ingmar Bergman lend a fresh, distinctive flavour to Searching For Ingmar Bergman. The documentary explores and champions Bergman’s artistic legacy but also captures a very human portrait of a complex man.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Allan Hunter
    John F. Donovan may revisit a lot of familiar territory for Dolan but on this form it is good to welcome him home.

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