For 1,381 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
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Inside Job
Lowest review score: 0 Seven Pounds
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The towering, lost dreaminess at the heart of the film is an unmistakable obsession of this director.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    This is historical filmmaking without the balm of right-thinking ideology, either liberal or conservative. Gangs of New York is nearly a great movie. I suspect that, over time, it will make up the distance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Praise will stick with you. It's more than worthy of its title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Be warned: it's a downer, and a knockout.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Sweet Sixteen shows that he's (Loach) as capable of anger as his protagonist and just as eager to draw attention to an unchanging problem: the blight of generational poverty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Who would have expected Ms. Zellweger --- and Miramax -- to come through in a musical? And it's one of the few Christmas entertainments to run under two hours. Who couldn't love that?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch, a gesture that doesn't normally come to mind when Tolkien's name is mentioned.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Never has a film so strongly been a product of a director's respect for its source. Mr. Jackson uses all his talents in the service of that reverence, creating a rare perfect mating of filmmaker and material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Patwardhan has located so much information and found so many willing interview subjects that his War and Peace has a riveting intelligence all its own and earns its epic title.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    A show not simply preserved by Mr. Lee’s camera, but brought, somehow, to its fullest, strangest, most electrifying realization.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    One of the pleasures of Ajami, a tough and in many ways unsparing movie, is its deep immersion in the beats and melodies of everyday life in Jaffa and beyond.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Its scrupulous, humane sympathy gives this small, sorrowful film a glow of insight and a pulse of genuine, openhearted curiosity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Ms. Abt provides an unusually honest, compassionate and challenging view of contemporary youth, neither sugarcoated nor prurient.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    By the time the final measure of rough cosmic justice is meted out, The Square has completed a tour of moral squalor that is suspenseful, invigorating and sometimes harshly funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The film is careful to avoid explicit political statement, but its reticence makes its critique of the Iranian regime all the more devastating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    A sharp, small-scale comedy of male misbehavior that turns out to be one of this dreary spring’s pleasant cinematic surprises.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Two in the Wave honors that collaboration by carefully recounting its details and arguing for its significance. The films of Truffaut and Mr. Godard stand or fall by themselves, but together they made history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The film's realism is a point of entry rather than the whole point of the exercise. Its setting is finally subordinate to the main character, as memorable and vivid a heroine as you are likely to see on screen this season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    As the war in Afghanistan returns to the front pages and the national debate, we owe the men in Restrepo, at the very least, 90 minutes or so of our attention. If nothing else, this film, in showing how much they care about one another, demands the same of us.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    At under 90 minutes, Around a Small Mountain is, by Mr. Rivette’s standards, a small vignette. It could have been —--and perhaps was -- part of something longer and more complex, but it stands as perfectly on its own as Pic St.-Loup, marvelous to contemplate and changing slightly every time you see it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    It is all perfectly dreadful and at times appallingly funny. Mr. Solondz winds thin tendrils of narrative around the dinner-table conversations, and allows everyone a chance to be earnestly foolish, unguardedly selfish and also, almost by accident, cruelly honest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The subtext of the relationship is not sexuality, as it is in "Twilight" or "True Blood," but rather the loneliness of children and their often unrecognized reservoirs of rage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Things worked out between Joe and Valerie, and for their real-life models, who are now the subjects of a terrifically entertaining movie. But that does not mean that justice was done, or that truth prevailed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    One of the reasons that Hereafter works as well as it does - it has the power to haunt the skeptical, to mystify the credulous and to fascinate everyone in between.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    With solid bodywork, clever feints and tremendous heart, it scores at least a TKO, by which I mean both that it falls just short of overpowering greatness - I can't quite exclaim, "It's a knockout!" - and that the most impressive thing about it is technique.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    You are not Doug Block, of course. Except to the extent - measured by the depth of your absorption in this remarkable film - that you are.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    A shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp satire directed by Chris Morris and written by a squad of British wits.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    This sense of intimacy makes And Everything Is Going Fine both vibrant - what amazing company this man was! - and terribly sad.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Full of ideas about sexuality - some quite provocative, even a century after their first articulation - but it also recognizes and communicates the erotic power of ideas.