Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Houston Chronicle , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , San Francisco Chronicle , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
905

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) " The result is something quite rare in professional show business: 1 1/2 hours of pure blankness. It's there but it's not there. It is but it isn't. It has nothing to offer. It's not forgettable, really, because there's nothing to forget." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) " What's missing? Zest, creativity, density, paprika, astonishment, speed. Most of all: speed. Slapstick is like basketball -- if it doesn't happen fast, it doesn't happen." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 23, 2014
0/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) " It's not just bad, it's rancid." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) " There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head?" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) " The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " You can tell that they like each other by the way they hate each other. Shakespeare may have invented the recipe, Tracy and Hepburn may have refined it, but Nolte and Roberts certainly hold their own." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 54% The Doors (1991) " The flaw in the film is its unrelenting tone of bombast. It never gives you a break. You ache for a moment of quietude, an escape from the lizard king's cranium." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 29% 3 Ninjas (1992) " 3 Ninjas isn't a movie, it's a concept for a preview." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 16, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) " So predictable it could have been written by a chimp who's watched too much TV, the huge movie is as dumb as it is loud, and it's way too loud. Watching it is like putting your head in a tin washbucket while weightlifters whack it with golf clubs." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 6, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " Hanson delivers something ever rarer in film culture, not a new film noir but an old-fashioned total movie, somehow of a single piece." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " Cracked and beautiful, stranger than strange, yet in some assuring way so pulsing with life that it embraces you as warmly as Father Knows Best." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 2, 2014
73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.5/4 80% Singles (1992) " Infernally precious." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 46% The Babe (1992) " It's a movie with a heart as big as the Babe's and a story line as untidy as his eating binges." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 9, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music." — Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) " It's an adroit manipulation of interviews and stock footage, mostly along the lines of establishing not so much what Hammerin' Hank did for himself, but what he meant to American Jews." — Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2014
2/4 57% The Sandlot (1993) " You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 7, 2014
1/4 4% Cool World (1992) " Much ballyhooed, much-advertised, the live-action/animation feature is much disaster. Not even an animated Kim Basinger dancing the hoochie-coochie can save it from its own death-wish combination of outsized ambition and undersized budget." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 4, 2014
2/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see A Stranger Among Us." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 3, 2014
2/4 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " The movie is like an advertisement for the 19 recently banned assault weapons." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 84% My Cousin Vinny (2001) " I don't want to oversell My Cousin Vinny. It's hardly brilliant. But it's easygoing and occasionally quite funny and ultimately satisfying." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3.5/4 86% Heat (1995) " This is glandular, not intellectual, movie-making but it's at the highest end of technical expressiveness." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) " In the end, and only just barely, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves delivers the goods, chiefly on the power of a thumpingly vibrant last 40 minutes and some excellent swordplay choreography." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/4 94% Fargo (1996) " It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish. Fargo is great American movie-making." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " It's a big movie that's so small on the inside it's not there." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " [White Men Can't Jump is] like a game of pick-up basketball: it's intense, raggedy and explosive, now and then yielding moments of sheer gravity-defying grace, yet just as capable of producing air balls and pratfalls." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 38% The Lawnmower Man (1992) " As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " The investigation and the clues that lead to the murderer are well thought out and continually provocative. As a narrative, the film is quite involving." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/4 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) " It's a little chaotic but director Wes Anderson and his young stars Owen C. Wilson (who co-wrote with Anderson), Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave have a gift for the human comedy." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 4, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " It restores to centrality of consciousness one of the great geniuses of our civilization. It makes us care for his greatness, for his passion, for his worth. In no uncertain terms, it tells us Willie Boy is still here." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3.5/4 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) " This film is stunningly involving, and it just races along from revelation to revelation." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) " Howard directs for speed and force. The movie moves so quickly it yanks you by too many niggling doubts and the action scenes are so good that you wonder why Opie hasn't shown this much vicious pizazz before." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) " Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 83% The English Patient (1996) " As a love story and an adventure story, The English Patient is the fastest, most powerful two hours and 40 minutes this year. It's terrific." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2.5/4 71% The Ref (1994) " The trouble with The Ref is that it keeps running out of steam, so it seems to develop a new plot wrinkle every seven minutes. Typically, it'll run through the new idea until it runs out of steam again, then invents yet another one." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " "In combat, confusion is normal," an Army manual helpfully pointed out in World War II. That same confusion seems to have infected A Midnight Clear." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/4 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " It's a long and frustrating wait, but While You Were Sleeping delivers all you can ask of a romantic comedy: the deluxe payoff." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Macabre and astonishing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 3, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/4 88% Delicatessen (1991) " The movie, take it from me, is a lot more fun to sit through than to describe in a single sentence." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " It is the most dynamic animated film ever made, and the prance of its camera, the sense of penetration into its action, the brilliantly paced editing pyrotechnics give it a crackle of life far more abundant than any feature that's come before." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2.5/4 78% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) " The production values are extraordinary." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) " It's shallow as a puddle, but lots o' fun." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2.5/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " If My Fellow Americans had ever decided which movie it wanted to be, it might have been pretty good. As it is, the good half and the bad half all but cancel each other out." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2013
1/4 80% Scream (1996) " The movie's only wrinkle is that it is, in a crude fashion, post-modernist. Pardon me while I alert the media." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 6, 2013
93% Out of Sight (1998) " Clooney is the most impressive he's been on film. Jack Foley feels real, not like some Hollywood improvisation. Foley is charming, handsome, graceful, cultured, energetic and disciplined. He just can't stop committing crimes." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2.5/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) " The movie could also use more zing in its writing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 3, 2013
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