Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
47% 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 56% 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
45% The Way of the Gun (2000) It's good fun for bad boys. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
33% 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 55% Immortal Beloved (1994) Da-da-da-DUMB! - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/4 37% 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
47% 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 26% Hook (1991) P.P., phone home. Or at least, get a new agent. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
68% 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
49% 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 52% 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 17% 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 25% 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
67% 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
3/4 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) It's a terrific movie. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
2/4 41% Pure Country (1992) If Strait weren't so appealing, the movie would be easier to dismiss. Let's hope it does well enough to give him a second shot and that maybe he can find something a little bit less Vegas and a little bit more East Texas. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
2.5/4 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Beautifully mounted and shot, "Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' " still feels somewhat callow. Its title aside, it never really deals with the issues that the great Kipling raised continually in his distinguished body of work. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) Worst of all is a ride through the pipeline in some kind of vague contrivance that looks like the pneumatic tubes from old-time newsrooms when they sent remakes down to composing in the last few minutes before deadline. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) What we're left with is a kind of monotonous ordeal by muzzle blast that eventually numbs us. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
2.5/4 65% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) Johnson makes Chantel so vivid with life, so utterly without artifice, she draws you in and makes you believe, not only in Chantel's self but in her soul. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
2/4 34% Hocus Pocus (1993) As Shakespeare would have certainly written if he'd been on the movie beat, "Double, double toil and trouble, movie stink and critic bubble/'Hocus Pocus' has no focus/has no rhyme, has no reason/ and is... out of season." - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
3.5/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) Jungle Fever is so many graceful things, so many angry things, so many truly moving things that its occasional faults are the faults of excess passion, not failure of imagination. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
2.5/4 87% Fresh (1994) The movie's two instincts are at complete odds with each other. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 84% Orlando (1993) It wanders from the frozen London of the 1600s to the battlefields of World War I and has fun all the way. You haven't seen anything like it. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
2/4 94% The Crying Game (1992) The movie is at its stunning best as it comes to terms with the impact of its own most devious surprise... Still, at a certain point, it reverts to formula. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) You may feel like you need a drink and a shower when you come out of Naked, but at least you'll know you've been somewhere new. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 84% Let Him Have It (1991) It's the kind of resonant, controlled and moving film that is all but unmakeable in America today. More's the shame. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
86% The Sixth Sense (1999) You leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger. It becomes a clammy, chilly movie building toward a revelation that you cannot predict. As I say: I cannot tell you. You'd hate me if I did. I can only say, don't look now, but look sometime. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2014
2.5/4 87% Light Sleeper (1992) The movie is smart and sassy and alluring. It's like a gifted impressionist updating his material with wit and brio and respect. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
0/4 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is about a third as funny as it thinks it is. Still, that's pretty funny and about twice as funny as most American comedies these days. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 66% Maverick (1994) Somewhere about halfway through Hour Two, you might find yourself looking at your watch and wondering, 'Like, when is this movie going to begin?' - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 94% Speed (1994) Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/4 23% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Really stupid. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/4 35% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) The plot, as primitive as it is, still isn't very clear; it never acquires the spontaneity or the force of a true "story" but seems to exist mainly as a pretext for the familiar Ninja banter so beloved of the cult, as in "Cowabunga, dudes," and such forth - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
4% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
0/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) It's not just bad, it's rancid. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014