For 230 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Alien
Lowest review score: 25 Legends of the Fall
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 230
230 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    An anthropological marvel and an animal-drive movie that belongs beside the classics of the genre - Red River and Lonesome Dove.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Starbuck is unapologetic genre filmmaking with a winning performance from its lead, Huard ( Bon Cop, Bad Cop), a shambling, likeable comedian who can flip, flop and fly off a diving board while maintaining his sex appeal.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    A farther-fetched fantasy: In addition to asking we believe our loosely packed academic can play Rocky, Here Comes the Boom imagines a world in which butterball Everyman Scott and the fabulously lush Bella (Salma Hayek) might argue and bill and coo and eventually fall in love.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Bourne fans will find much to enjoy about The Bourne Legacy, even if they are forced to do without the title character.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Piranha 3DD is overcrowded and pointlessly mean. The stunt casting of David Hasselhoff playing himself, riffing off his infamous 2007 drunken home video, gets in the way of the storyline.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Stephen Cole
    Try not to be in the same room as Jesus Henry Christ. At the very least run when the first fire alarm sounds.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Dark Shadows only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor. And the kick here, as always, is watching him try on funny accents and hairdos.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    The star of Sound of My Voice is co-screenwriter, female lead Brit Marling, who plays Maggie with melancholy, amusement and scorn. Compulsively watchable, she can change who we think she is by simply turning her face. In profile, she's Vanessa Redgrave. Laughing, she becomes Debbie Reynolds. Marling might become a great character actress. Let's hope the movies use her well.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Adolescent boys will savour My Way's bombast and solemnity. Cringing adult audiences will more likely beat a retreat before final call.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The mistake filmmakers Tucker and Epperlein (Gunner Palace) make here is assuming that fighters reveal their true characters in discussing their craft, when in fact just the opposite occurs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The result, which could be entitled There's Something About Curly, is an unabashedly moronic celebration of slap shtick.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Halfway through, everyone starts drinking heavily and the film turns into agreeably sloppy fun. (Isn't that always the way – class reunions often perk up when someone spikes the punch.)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What a disappointment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    What the film needs more than anything is Perry's alter ego, Medea – a rampaging bowling ball who might knock all these stiff, upright characters spinning.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Yes, The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want – endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Stephen Cole
    Noir connoisseurs, however, will receive Moverman's latest like a double-bourbon from heaven. Rampart is the best crime-movie fix from Hollywood since "Gone Baby Gone."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    The Viral Factor is deliriously far-fetched. And one wishes director Dante Lam (The Beast Stalker) could have at least had some giddy fun smashing all his toys around. But his new film is tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Playing a blonde with her roots showing, Beckinsale seems up for a scrap, but the film gives her nothing to do but get clobbered.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Cole
    Dragonslayer documents what happened when California stopped dreaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry." They wouldn't be wrong.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    Chandor's shrewdest bit of business is figuring out how to make an A-list movie with a $3.5-million budget. Solution: buy low, sell high. Hire last decade's A-list – Spacey, Irons and Demi Moore – and give them their best parts in years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    Though beautiful to look at and graced with moments of ticklish camp, The Skin I Live In is also sluggish, arbitrarily conceived and, especially in its sagging middle, unaccountably dull.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Cole
    If 1911 doesn't impress as historical spectacle, neither does it rank high as a Jackie Chan film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Stephen Cole
    Trespass is at least a suitable rest stop for his (Cage) anguish. An unapologetic B-movie that comes with lots of flashbacks, gunplay and shouting, it can easily be savoured and forgotten inside 90 minutes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more than 15,000. Whole peer groups were happy, healthy, and then dead in months.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Stephen Cole
    Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to the Bermuda Triangle.

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