For 1,822 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 The Love Guru
Score distribution:
1822 movie reviews
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Rarely has a movie worked so hard to be so inconsequential.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The action is the best thing in the picture.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    May lead to a new axiom: success has many fathers, but failure has "Project Greenlight."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    You can't get more high-concept, or less plotted, than this, and Daddy Day Care is proof.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It's the central story that's lacking.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The current version, however, like its predecessor, fails as entertainment. Mr. McTiernan's remake may be lighter on its feet -- the sober-minded original was as graceful as a tap-dancing rhino -- but it is just as boring and as obvious.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Relentlessly softheaded and softhearted.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Deeds is mostly terrible, a shambles of a comedy that looks as if it was shot by a tabloid news crew.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Backstage isn't as good as the rap documentaries "Rhyme and Reason" and "The Show," but it still casts a keen, observant eye...on this world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It lumbers from one scene to the next with the stop-and-start mistiming generally seen in the outtakes shown at the end of the "Cannonball Run" movies, which this picture resembles in spirit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    It's fleet- footed, merciless entertainment. But the mixture of laughs, bathos and brutality is a big turnoff.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A soulless compilation of thrills.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    There's so little chemistry between Mr. Wilson and Ms. Hudson that you begin to look back on what now seems like the halcyon time of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    So lacking in shame that it finally seems laughable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A film so family-safe it feels sheathed in plastic Bubble Wrap. Unfortunately, it's not even as much fun as popping the bubbles. It doesn't matter that the film is less than 90 minutes. It still feels like a prison stretch.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    High-school cafeteria soup has more flavor than this bland, tepid throwback.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    A stupefying mix of action, politics and melodrama.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    All hope is lost for those trapped in theaters with this picture.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    The worst that can be said of the first two-thirds of Tideland is that it is tiresome. Toward the end it becomes creepy, and not in a good way.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 A.O. Scott
    Our judgments, in any case, may be superfluous, since the director, Mathieu Kassovitz, has already publicly described it as "pure violence and stupidity."
    • 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?
    • 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.

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