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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 905
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) " The movie could also use more zing in its writing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 3, 2013
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 94% Dave (1993) " Reitman keeps coming up with bouncy new directions to take the somewhat predictable material, greatly helped by Kline's bounce." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 2, 2013
91% Face/Off (1997) " Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 96% Unforgiven (1992) " High Noon it isn't; it's more like the darkest midnight of the American soul." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2.5/4 96% Supercop (1992) " By its second half, Supercop cranks up into such an extravaganza of fighting, blowing things up, spin-kicking, punch throwing and death-defying that it all but takes your breath out of your lungs and packs it up for shipment to Hong Kong." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 90% The Lion King (2011) " Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 95% Apollo 13 (1995) " This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " It's an astonishing movie, first because despite the pathology of the relationship, it's not only about victimization; it's a celebration of spirit, both religious and human, about a woman who finally found the guts (and the faith) to say "No more."" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 96% The Fugitive (1993) " The Fugitive runs hard and true the whole way through." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) " Call it Bonfire of the Calamities." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 92% Reservoir Dogs (1992) " Reservoir Dogs is hideously ugly in its materials, but in the sure way it's made and the vividness of the performances, it's a thing of beauty." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 26, 2013
2/4 84% Safe (1995) " Frequently fascinating, it never builds into anything profound." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 24, 2013
29% Popcorn (1989) " The festival structure gives director Mark Herrier a chance to parody the delirious contrivances of '50s black and white horror to some effect, but the mock scenes are never as funny as the real thing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Usual Suspects (1995) " It may ultimately make sense; no one could tell without at least four or five viewings. What is totally commanding, however, is the level of ensemble acting [and] the adroitness of the storytelling." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 8% Spy Hard (1996) " The result is 80 brief minutes of movie skits assembled in an order that sort of resembles a plot." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/4 8% The Next Karate Kid (1994) " Amid its familiar banalities and formula twists, The Next Karate Kid comes up with one new idea for dealing with difficult American teen-agers: ship 'em off to a Buddhist monastery for two weeks!" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/4 10% House Arrest (1996) " Only Pollak and Curtis create any semblance of character in this tapestry of stereotype, but the movie doesn't give them enough to do as the louder idiots take to the fore with clumsily imagined escape gambits." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
68% Point Break (1991) " Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room?" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
40% Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (1996) " Excuse me, is this any lesson for kids? Hey, kids, if you dream hard enough, mythical heroes will step out of your fantasies and help defeat your enemies with fancy gunplay." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
1/4 11% Father Hood (1993) " The terrible problem with "Father Hood" is that no one involved seemed to have any idea of what kind of movie it should be, and one feels their conflicting visions at play throughout." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
17% Mannequin 2: On the Move (2008) " The plot is the same, only dumber." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 5, 2013
1/4 15% North (1994) " Unfunny. Boring. Endless." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 5, 2013
1/4 17% 3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994) " Loud, callow, jejune, infantile, puerile and annoying as hell." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 4, 2013
2/4 12% Surf Ninjas (1993) " Here's the concept: These ninjas surf!" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 3, 2013
2/4 16% The Super Mario Bros. (1990) " Devotees of the game may derive some pleasure from seeing its obstacles given quasi-flesh and set in motion, but that inert pleasure soon pales in a torrent of none-too-special effects, confusing story line and characters without personalities." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 3% Getting Even With Dad (1994) " Culkin is Culkin, cute and malleable, absolutely empty, absolutely precious, absolutely irritating." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 28, 2013
1/4 6% In the Army Now (1994) " This is Hollywood combat at its most irritatingly banal." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 22, 2013
1/4 8% Milk Money (1994) " A work so rancid and alienating you can only suppose it was planned as a tax loss." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 22, 2013
32% Radio Flyer (1992) " What you get in Radio Flyer is an unholy brew of whimsy and blasphemy. It flits from the unwatchable to the unbelievable, with nary a pause between them and the effect, to say the least, is unsettling." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 20, 2013
2/4 40% Newsies (1992) " Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 20, 2013
29% The House of the Spirits (1994) " It's also a wretched paradox: a big budget, star-driven art film whose very elements subvert its ambitions and turn it into the thing it least wants to be -- a listless '50s-style Hollywood melodrama." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 20, 2013
2.5/4 68% The Crucible (1996) " The physical production of the film is so authentic and compelling, you can't get beyond it, not for a second." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 17, 2013
2/4 22% Color of Night (1994) " Worst of all, the film never develops much suspense." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 17, 2013
3.5/4 94% Pulp Fiction (1994) " Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a Saturday Night Fever dream: a hot, dense, wicked disco of tough-guy posturings, vivid dips of violence and literally unbelievable plot moves." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 15, 2013
80% The Boxer (1997) " Sheridan is very good on the ways and means of the IRA." — Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2013
97% Schindler's List (1993) " It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 6, 2013
3/4 97% Groundhog Day (1993) " The movie is expertly calculated to derive maximum comic energy from Bill Murray's great, deadpan mug and his drop-dead I'm-not-impressed line readings." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 6, 2013
3.5/4 98% One False Move (1992) " One False Move doesn't make a single false move its own self: It's as tough and gripping as they come." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 6, 2013
2/4 61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) " If you didn't get it then, you're not going to get it now." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 3, 2013
4/4 98% The Wild Bunch (1969) " It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 29, 2013
3/4 78% Addams Family Values (1993) " Addams Family Values turns out to be both a trick and a treat." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/4 82% The Crow (1994) " The movie's central value and its most melancholy tone -- Lee's star presence. It's amazing and it's tragic." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 10, 2013
2/4 81% Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993) " Fans of classical animation are hereby warned to steer clear of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, for it will put them in instant vapor-lock and there aren't enough ambulances available this time of year." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 10, 2013
3/4 81% Batman Returns (1992) " It's not really a movie. It's a painting and Burton is a painter, a Hieronymus Bosch for our time. The thing seems to come straight from his subconscious and unspool in dream-logic." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 10, 2013
3/4 87% Akira (2001) " [Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 10, 2013
93% Jurassic Park (1993) " A brilliant and dynamic piece of popular movie making, Jurassic Park has a lot more bite than bark." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/4 65% Reality Bites (1993) " The best -- the brilliant -- bits of Reality Bites etch in epigram, anecdote and brittle, dazzling dialogue the inner life of young people who want desperately to believe but haven't decided in what." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 27, 2013
2/4 54% Basic Instinct (1992) " [Verhoeven] has always had a skill for storytelling, however questionable and tasteless the materials; but here he is hopelessly defeated by Ezsterhas' talky, slow-moving, and derivative script." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 25, 2013
3/4 64% Cobb (1994) " Stump is well-played by affable Robert Wuhl, who has the unenviable responsibility of representing the one sane man in Ty's crazy universe." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 20, 2013
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