For 1,455 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Hamlet
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,455 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    "Print the legend," Mr. Wilson says at one point, both quoting John Ford and laying the foundation for his own often fact-free fabulous fabulism. And this movie is just that -- fabulous.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    There are few concert movies that were filmed were such abiding feeling and respect. It's of a potent vintage that goes down deceptively smoother with age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    When it's over, the realization of how much the movie means to you really sinks in; you can't get it out of your heart.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Here he (Murray) supplies the kind of performance that seems so fully realized and effortless that it can easily be mistaken for not acting at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    You won't come out unaffected, because the depths of intimacy that the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu plumbs here are so rarely touched by filmmakers that 21 Grams is tantamount to the discovery of a new country.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    It's been a long time since a commercially oriented film with the scale of "King" ended with such an enduring and heartbreaking coda.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The most voluptuous comic-book movie ever made.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    New York becomes a complex character in this vital and sharply intelligent film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The easy, complacent distance that informs much historical filmmaking is almost entirely absent from this supremely intelligent, unfailingly honest movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    A few scenes serve as hinges joining this movie to "Flags of Our Fathers." While Letters From Iwo Jima seems to me the more accomplished of the two films -- by which I mean that it strikes me as close to perfect -- the two enrich each other, and together achieve an extraordinary completeness.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    A swift and accessible entertainment, blunt in its power and exquisite in its effects.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    An instant classic, a comedy that captures the sexual confusion and moral ambivalence of our moment without straining, pandering or preaching.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    A nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film. It provides the kind of deep, transporting pleasure, at once simple and sophisticated, that movies at their best have always promised.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    In Summer Palace Lou nonetheless succeeds in finding a cinematic language that does more than summarize the important events of a confusing decade. He distills the inner confusion -- the swirl of moods, whims and needs -- that is the lived and living essence of history.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    No Country for Old Men is purgatory for the squeamish and the easily spooked. For formalists -- those moviegoers sent into raptures by tight editing, nimble camera work and faultless sound design -- it’s pure heaven.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The first 40 minutes or so of Wall-E -- in which barely any dialogue is spoken, and almost no human figures appear on screen -- is a cinematic poem of such wit and beauty that its darker implications may take a while to sink in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    A movie that is almost indecently satisfying and at the same time elusive, at once intellectually lofty -- marked by allusions to Emerson, Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney as well as Nietzsche -- and as earthy as the passionate provincial family that is its heart and cosmos and reason for being.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. Milk is a marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    An entire family chronicle, along with four decades of French social and economic history, is recapitulated as a lavish, hectic dinner, complete with music and belly dancing. It will leave you stunned and sated, having savored an intimate and sumptuous epic of elation and defeat, jealousy and tenderness, life and death, grain and fish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Superior entertainment, the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Grace is also what defines Mr. Bahrani's filmmaking. I can't think of anything else to call the quality of exquisite attention, wry humor and wide-awake intelligence that informs every frame of this almost perfect film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    It is both sad and hopeful, but the film's sorrow and its optimism arise from its rarest and most thrilling quality, which is its deep and humane honesty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    In spite of its modest scale, tactful manner and potentially dowdy subject matter, is packed nearly to bursting with rich meaning and deep implication.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Iraq.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    That the film manages to be understated, calm and intelligent in spite of its wrenching subject matter is perhaps its most impressive accomplishment. In avoiding sensationalism, it feels very close to the truth.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    In its modest scope and mellow tone, 35 Shots of Rum resembles Olivier Assayas’s "Summer Hours," another recent film by a French director who has sometimes trafficked in provocation and extremity. Both movies embed extraordinary thematic richness within a simple, almost anecdotal narrative framework, and both achieve a rare eloquence about the state of the world by means of tact and reticence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    As sweet, as touching, as humane a movie as you are likely to see this summer.

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