For 1,597 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Voyage to Italy (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Seven Pounds
Score distribution:
1597 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The stripped-down narrative is almost an apology for the ludicrous story -- but it's just not enough of one.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Does it have to be so witless, so stupid, so openly contemptuous of the very audience it’s supposed to be pandering to?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Almost creates a sense of dread as you sit watching its raft of aimless, self-absorbed neurotics clang into one another.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Manages to squeeze in several different endings — like a bad pop song that doesn't know when to fade out. But as Mr. Schwarzenegger's stature as an action figure diminishes, his effort to retain a piece of the market is touching.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A thin line separates the magical from the preposterous, and by insisting so strenuously on its own magic, Winter’s Tale pitches helplessly into earnest ridiculousness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It's fleet- footed, merciless entertainment. But the mixture of laughs, bathos and brutality is a big turnoff.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Still never having to say you're sorry.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Something TERRIBLE is afoot. Sadly, that something turns out to be the movie itself.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Nearly every time Mr. Jordan, working from a script by Mr. Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki, tries for similar effects, he goes badly awry, so that you snicker when the movie is trying to be poignant and groan when it aims to make a joke.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    All it has in common with the original is a few dumb fun scares. In the new version, what we're left with after the scares is just plain dumb.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The film equivalent of the dark, boring period on a haunted house ride before the gondola crashes into another room filled with dirty mirrors.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The film calls attention to its own artificial status. It actually knows it’s a movie! What a clever, tricky game! What fun! What a fraud.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Whatever thoughtful instincts Mr. Castellitto might possess are undermined by his addiction to cinematic prettiness.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A supernatural soap opera.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Like many of the nonpolitical terrorist-as-villain spectaculars that have been held back after Sept. 11, has the whiff of something gone stale. Though it may have sat on the shelf for a while, this project had gone bad long before it was released.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It's the central story that's lacking.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    You might be tempted to say, "Huh?" Or, if you're in the theater, to leave. But wait -- there's less.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The action is the best thing in the picture.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    After several scenes of this tacky nonsense, you'll be wistful for the testosterone-charged wizardry of Jerry Bruckheimer productions, especially because Half Past Dead is like "The Rock" on a Wal-Mart budget. And the marked-down price tags are incredibly visible.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    May lead to a new axiom: success has many fathers, but failure has "Project Greenlight."
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    If the film were a fight, they'd have stopped it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Blends the least of Woody Allen with a plot complication out of "Love, American Style," stuck together with sitcom glue.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    You could accuse it of glamorizing the shallow hedonism it depicts, but that charge would only stick if the movie had any genuine flair, romance or imagination.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A soulless compilation of thrills.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what "Smoochy" does.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It may be too much to ask for anything more, but, on the other hand, if you’re going to go to the trouble of pretending to blow up the White House, you might also want to pretend that something was at stake.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    "Queen" is a movie that stoops to jokes like calling Lestat's CD "a monster hit"; the movie is just a plain old monster.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Rarely has a movie worked so hard to be so inconsequential.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It is all a contrivance; the cast and filmmakers were under the delusion that putting unhappy women in a room would lead to drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    If you can discern any critical distance or interesting perspective here, or even a good reason to spend 90 minutes in such company, I'm afraid the joke is on you.

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