Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 68% Adventures in Babysitting (1987) It doesn't quite work, Shue's attractiveness notwithstanding. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
44% Link (1986) It puts one in mind of the once-upon-a-time endless flood of fresh, clever, competent English horror movies from the high days of Hammer Films. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
2/4 10% Rooftops (1989) It's tempting to write that Gedrick is no Richard Beymer, but strictly speaking, that's not true -- Gedrick has about as much charisma as Beymer, which is no charisma at all. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/4 24% License to Drive (1988) It's not lightweight, it's no-weight. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
89% Testament (1983) What makes [Lynne] Littman's film so devastating --beyond, that is, the power of Jane Alexander's brilliant performance... is its icy control and its complete disavowal of sentimentality and sensationalism. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
2/5 60% Twister (1996) "Twister" is so depressingly infantile that after a bit you need to take shelter not from the winds but from all the twaddle flying through the air. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
100% Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres) (1984) This is a brilliant little movie. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
70% The Bedroom Window (1987) Guttenberg, not exactly an actor of great depth and texture, Is perfect for what the part demands, a mixture of callowness, cupidity and Boy Scout earnestness. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) [Penelope Spheeris] never preaches (the film has no narration; no pious experts are consulted; it's pure testimony) and her message is the louder for it. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
3.5/4 93% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust Is a re-creation of a lost culture and a lost time, yet done with such love and passion that what has vanished forever now seems timeless. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 87% Bhaji On the Beach (1995) It's an old standby brilliantly re-imagined, the journey movie, in which a slice of society climbs aboard the old iron pooch and sets off for a destination. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/4 76% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Little Jo is a richly amusing and satisfying movie that is attractive not because it Inverts the conventions of the genre but because it also honors them. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
78% Wayne's World (1992) The movie is a bit spotty there and here, but it has great, anarchistic fun spoofing the cheesy conventions of the cheesy TV rip-off/exploitation genre of which it is so proudly a member. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
83% Menace II Society (1993) It's a movie that takes you where you might not want to go, and makes you care about hell in a very small place. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
62% Out of Africa (1985) Out of Africa is a stunner, a freak, a rarity, a miracle. It's a genuine movie for grown-ups that's moving, sweet and deeply romantic. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/4 86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) The Joy Luck Club may be the first big-screen, multimillion-dollar movie that's primarily about voices. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
14% Howard the Duck (1986) It's wildly overproduced and grievously underwritten: it's basically a duck Joke that cost as much as a small hospital. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/4 81% Hard Eight (1996) The film doesn't rush, it's not self-absorbed in the Tarantino fashion, it just clicks along relentlessly, picking up power, particularly as threats develop to Sid's well-ordered view of the world. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/4 87% Rosewood (1997) Undoubtedly a great movie could have been made of this still unhealed scab on the body politic. But "Rosewood," John Singleton's film of these events, isn't it. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 97% The Celluloid Closet (1996) A fascinating account of how Hollywood has dealt with homosexuals and homosexuality through its history. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
21% Mercury Rising (1998) The mercury may rise but pulses never do. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 82% Liar Liar (1997) Carrey, unique among American stars, doesn't need story or writing to delight. He needs only room, and "Liar, Liar" gives him plenty. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) Folks, I really feel that seeing this one for you is the movie critic's equivalent of jumping on the grenade to save your lives. Send me medals. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
2.5/4 47% Star Trek Generations (1994) The best thing about "Star Trek Generations" is [Patrick] Stewart, as Captain Picard, and the way the movie allows this powerfully charismatic Englishman to swagger the center and take command of one of America's most cherished fables. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
85% 61* (2001) The largest grace note is the core of the film: that's the affection and bond between Mantle and Maris, men so different in temperament, so similar in culture. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
2/4 75% Candyman (1992) The movie soon enough abandons this interesting and original direction, detouring back onto familiar horror movie ground. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
49% Ravenous (1999) It's "Eating Raoul" in buckskins. But the movie is also coarse and bloody and uses far too many horror movie tricks, like the shock of the mutilated body or the unexpected plasma squirt. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
21% Airborne (1993) The movie turns out to be hyperslick, quite well made in the technical sense (beautifully photographed and designed) and somewhat shallow, another exploration of that perennial and passionate teen theme, fitting in. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 57% The Cutting Edge (1992) The Cutting Edge is an enjoyable piffle, completely divorced from any recognizable reality. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
46% The Way of the Gun (2000) It's good fun for bad boys. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
34% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Culkin, an angel-faced Terminator more potent than any assault rifle-armed Schwarzenegger, swells with empowerment and lashes out, symbolically, at the indifferent parents, the ignorant teachers, the irritable authority figures, the brutal older sibling. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 56% Immortal Beloved (1994) Da-da-da-DUMB! - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/4 34% Poetic Justice (1993) In short, the movie's pretty much of a mess, as it struggles with big themes but hasn't figured out what to do with them. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
49% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993) Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is probably the Citizen Kane of pet detective movies and 30 seconds after walking out, you won't remember anyone except Carrey. But in its relentlessly stupid way, it's very funny. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/4 42% Bad Boys (1995) Smith and Lawrence have great comic energy and for at least half an hour are sublimely enjoyable -- until the movie's spirit of bloated gargantuanism takes over. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 29% Hook (1991) P.P., phone home. Or at least, get a new agent. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
69% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) A movie that looks outward, that leads you elsewhere, out of the self, toward literature and life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
50% The First Wives Club (1996) Smart and sassy, "The First Wives Club" is funny enough to amuse even the second wives. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/4 53% Death Becomes Her (1992) But it's not enough to be merely bad; you have to be interesting as well. As the movie wears along, they become death. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 40% Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) But generally, Brooks' humor is extremely limited. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 18% Dr. Giggles (1992) In all, quite depressing. Two aspirin just won't get it done. Take three. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2/4 43% Species (1995) As cheesy exploitation, Species offers a few cheap thrills for the teen-age boys who are too young to see it but will get in anyway. For the rest of us, its untidy mixture of misogyny and gore seems to represent the DNA of sleaze. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
61% Jason's Lyric (1994) Quite convincing and gripping. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2.5/4 33% Stone Cold (1991) The movie really topples over into absolute nonsense in its last few minutes, offering a gun battle in a courthouse more violent than any engagement fought in the Persian Gulf and producing a larger body count. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
0/4 9% Dice Rules (1991) . . . the Andrew Dice Clay concert film, is unlikely to compel its repulsive star to further heights. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3% The Mod Squad (1999) Nothing really fits together and just to make it worse, the movie is ugly. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
3/4 93% Once Were Warriors (1994) It's a fine, fierce and nearly unforgettable movie. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) The Vanishing is about the power of the mind to propel its subjects along unbelievable trajectories, into risks beyond knowing, in a quest for the most disturbing of knowledge. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
68% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) The movie has the feel and flow of magic realism, and brilliant performances by Willeke van Ammelooy as the Earth Mother Antonia and Els Dottermans as her lesbian daughter are extremely vivid. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 94% Howards End (1992) Ivory, working from a script by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, has great relish in noting the smug tics in the Wilcoxes and the insipid delusions in the Schlegels. It's quietly savage. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016