For 1,422 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 All Is Lost
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,422 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Narc is convincing, an entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A heartbreakingly thoughtful minor classic, the work of a genuine and singular artist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though finally overwhelmed by a preening lassitude, Hotel is never less than fascinating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The end may be a bit of a letdown, but much of Garage Days is choice cuts indeed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    So assured in its manipulative prowess that only afterward do you realize how fully you've been worked over.
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    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A goofy and remarkable film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Enchanting and diverting documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture has a daring attention-span deficit and an epic silliness that can be awesomely entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of mythologies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Leconte gives this meeting of opposites in Claude Klotz's script a lovely, sportive élan, instead of making it register as lumpy, obvious polemics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Lin makes the anxious grasping of these kids for some kind of emotional turf -- their own need to shatter the stereotypes that bind them -- the heart of Better Luck Tomorrow, a scenario that keeps the movie's blood racing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Wickedly absorbing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Takes all the Christmas season's bad vibes and converts them into an achingly funny and corrupt dark comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The resultant mix of dreaminess, violence and politics is a bit unwieldy, but it sticks to your ribs. You'll savor pieces of Duck, You Sucker in your head much later: the mark of a work by a true voluptuary, the overspill in whose craft comes as much from enthusiasm as arrogance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    His painstakingly coordinated scenes and exquisitely timed takes are the filmmaking equivalent of wringing every single use from a paper towel and then folding it before disposal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Getting an audience so caught up is no small feat; it is a tribute to the directors' storytelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Altogether compelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. del Toro lets loose with an all-American, vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes the movie daffy, loose and lovable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The proto-punk warriors known as the MC5 left a dent that outlasts their mostly negligible record sales, and the director's curiosity is piqued by the group's sociological impact.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Yamada is confident that by taking his time and relishing the leathery arrogance that is the perquisite of a director in his 70's, his audience will follow his whims.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Rithy Panh makes telling use of a survivor whose ability to communicate lends itself to the subject. The tragedy is that Mr. Vann Nath's powers are used to illuminate these horrors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The thicket of relationships that the director, Hiner Saleem, has created and weaves his cast and camera through is so invitingly hotblooded and crowded with hilariously melodramatic incident that the snowbanks are not nearly as forbidding as they initially seem.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Yaguchi's film is so brazenly cheerful and charmingly engineered that even the sourballs in the cast are sucked in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Director Sandi Simcha DuBowski latches on to a provocative subject and invests it with a compelling tenderness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A terrifically deft picture about the thick line that separates movie glamour from the real world, and the thin line between common sense and paranoia.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though the narrative is spotty, and occasionally confounding, there is an epic warmth in the way it's rendered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Elegant and exquisitely tailored.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    hough the picture is wrenching, at times devastating, it leaves you with that buoyant feeling of having encountered a raw, authentic work of art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Suzy's marriage, Nick's divorce, Paul's work history: none of it is my or anyone else's business. But these things -- these people -- have become, through Mr. Apted's films, a vital part of modern life, which seems to grow richer every seven years, when the new "Up" movie comes out.