For 1,442 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 Anna Karenina
Lowest review score: 0 Blended
Score distribution:
1,442 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    A shallow yet empty action extravaganza.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    This picture is mostly a lump of run-of-the-mill profanity sprinkled with a few remarks so geared toward engendering audience sympathy that you might think he was running for office -- or trying to win over a probation officer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Wants to be everything and adds up to nothing. "War" is a film that tries to excel on several levels and falls flat on all of them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    This may be the first movie that runs under two hours and yet has no attention span. Characters are abandoned and picked up; narrative threads dissolve before your very eyes.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Couldn't be more artless.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Overplotted, hollow thriller.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Its bone-deep willingness to do anything to entertain is exhausting.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    A washout.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Feels like an early rehearsal for a play where all the movement is being coordinated but the underlying emotional notes have yet to be set.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Like its title, it's a clumsy contraption.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    The movie doesn't turn out to be as benignly right-wing as it initially suggests, though the plot turns can be spotted a mile away.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Forlorn melodrama, which is low on drama and high on mellow.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Could serve as a textbook example of what to avoid in nonfiction filmmaking.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    By interweaving several stories, the movie suffers from a peculiar multiplier effect: it deepens its shallowness.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Like a soft drink that's been sitting open too long: it's too much syrup and not enough fizz.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Filled with voyeuristic shots as the camera peers through picket fences and windows and around corners; the film looks as if it were shot with a surveillance camera from a 7-Eleven
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    The movie is like spending an idle afternoon browsing, and not buying.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    So disorganized that it seems to be pulling its conclusions out of its pockets, along with scraps of paper, matches, lint and half-forgotten junk.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    By the end the most vivid figure on the screen is the lovable doggie who goes wherever dangling fingers are waiting to give the happy pooch a scratch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Appears to be a somewhat sinister episode of "Nightline."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    It has the melancholy mildew of both "Marty" and the 1940's weepie "The Enchanted Cottage."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    A piece of moldy wax fruit if ever there was one.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    This dumb, only intermittently (though sometimes even intentionally) funny sequel presumes that since almost everything else from the 1980's has come back, why not the cynosures of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" movies?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Such few assets aren't enough to alleviate the film's shallowness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Like a zombie picture directed by one of the undead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Perhaps the directors are under the delusion that the dodging and leaping can make up for an ending that leaves the cast members of "Killer" adrift and nearly scratching their heads in puzzlement.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    This mistaken-identity picture is so film-culture referential that the final product is a ghost.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    Even the handful of moments that are amusing feel recycled from old sketches of Mr. Murphy's.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    The lip movements of the animated figures are slightly slow, so you feel as if you're watching a badly dubbed Japanese creature feature from the 1960's. The dialogue is almost as stilted, and after a while you drift into that half-dream state that inert movies can create.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 A.O. Scott
    The documentary doesn't get near the prowess of its subject; it passes through your life like a minor daydream.