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Movie Critic Sees His Own Work on the Big Screen

<em>Washington Post</em> movie critic and novelist Stephen Hunter arrives at the Paramount Pictures premiere of the film <em>Shooter</em>, at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., March 8, 2007.
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Washington Post movie critic and novelist Stephen Hunter arrives at the Paramount Pictures premiere of the film Shooter, at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., March 8, 2007.

What happens when a movie reviewer becomes the reviewed?

Stephen Hunter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Washington Post, knows better than most.

Years ago, Hunter wrote the book Point of Impact. The popular thriller has been turned into a movie, opening this weekend: Shooter, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg.

Hunter has written many other books as well; they include Pale Horse Coming and Time to Hunt. An unofficial fan Web site calls them "some of the greatest and most under-sung novels in American literature."

Hunter speaks with Scott Simon about what it's like to be a movie critic whose own work ends up on the big screen.

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