For 1,709 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Woman in Berlin
Lowest review score: 0 The Love Guru
Score distribution:
1709 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Personal Shopper is sleek and spooky, seductive and suspenseful. It flirts with silliness, as ghost stories do. And also with heartbreak.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The movie's writer and director, Tom McCarthy, has such an appreciation for quiet that it occupies the same space as a character in this film, a delicate, thoughtful and often hilarious take on loneliness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    [Mr. Audiard] makes popcorn movies disguised as art films, and vice versa. Dheepan is a bit like a Liam Neeson revenge-dad action thriller directed by the Dardenne brothers. I mean that in the best possible way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    You leave with a vivid sense of the man’s living presence and a reasonably thorough account of his life, work and associations. Given the sheer volume and variety of the work in question, this is an impressive achievement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    There is something startling, even shocking, about the angle of vision Mr. Frammartino imposes by juxtaposing apparently disparate elements and lingering on what seem at first to be insignificant details. You have never seen anything like this movie, even though what it shows you has been there all along.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    There is plenty of drama in a teenager’s everyday life — no need to sensationalize — and Morris From America feels true to both the pleasures and the frustrations of its title character.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    So good because it is one of those rare documentaries that combine information with smashing entertainment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The cumulative effect is that of watching misspent lives disintegrate before your eyes. Ms. Miller's canny accomplishment is a triumph, giving the material weight and heart. This is one of the finest pictures of the year.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    It’s not so much a work of art as a triumph of craft, and therefore a reminder of the deep pleasures of old-fashioned technique and long experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The film is much more than a biography of the Clash’s guitarist and lead singer: It’s history, criticism, philosophy and politics, played fast and loud.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Extremely enjoyable, though a few degrees shy of perfection.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Almost magically, The Walk transforms itself into a beguiling caper movie, full of comic energy and nimble ingenuity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Schadenfreude and disgust may be unavoidable, but to withhold all sympathy from the Siegels is to deny their humanity and shortchange your own. Marvel at the ornate frame, mock the vulgarity of the images if you want, but let's not kid ourselves. If this film is a portrait, it is also a mirror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Bamako is something different: a work of cool intelligence and profound anger, a long, dense, argument that is also a haunting visual poem.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The contradictions of adolescence have rarely been conveyed with such authenticity and force.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    In some ways his (Anderson) most fully realized and satisfying film. Once you adjust to its stop-and-start rhythms and its scruffy looks, you can appreciate its wit, its beauty and the sly gravity of its emotional undercurrents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley's honest, sure-footed, emotionally generous second feature. Ms. Williams, one of the bravest and smartest actresses working in movies today, portrays a young woman who is indecisive and confused, but never passive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    People talk but don't say too much, and as curious and thorough as Ms. Paravel and Mr. Sniadecki are - Foreign Parts is the result of many months of patient filming - they are too polite to pry. But their tact adds to the richness of their film, which discovers a busy, complicated world within the space of few unlovely city blocks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The accomplishment of this movie is that it allows you to sympathize with them, to acknowledge the reality of their predicament, without letting them off the hook or forgetting the damage they did.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The movie is at once a giddy mixture of farce, satire and opera buffa and a closely observed drama of social dislocation and cultural confusion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Even better on a second viewing because the film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    There is no denying that Amélie is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Marcello tells a simple, touching tale that seems to contain a whole cosmos of meaning.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    If he is a self-revealing writer, it is not in the usual, confessional sense, but rather because he seems so strongly present in his books, with a personality that is both the source and aftereffect of the prose.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Packed with revelations and withheld information that comes to life; it is like an old movie castle full of false fireplaces and trap doors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Beeswax, at first glance a modest, ragged slice of contemporary life, turns out to be a remarkably subtle, even elegant movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Even as she stops at familiar stations on the road to maturity — problems at home and school, new friendships and first love — Ms. Sciamma revels in the risky, reckless exuberance of adolescence and in the sheer joy of filming it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Jarecki finds a way to show that denial and hope often grow from the same vine. Lives are built around the way they're harvested -- and this talented director has a feel for the soil.

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