For 1,463 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Milk
Lowest review score: 0 Shoot 'Em Up
Score distribution:
1,463 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This terrifically smart and solid piece of filmmaking lets the former Weathermen, now in their 50's and older, speak into the camera and reveal a bit of their personal histories as well as what the peace movement meant to them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Intensely appealing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    When Suddenly finds its soul in the last half-hour, the title begins to make a lovely sort of sense.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There's as much at stake in the hilarious, moody and cantankerous film adaptation of "Splendor" as there was in this summer's other movies of comic-book antiheroes like "The Hulk" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The ultimate caper, a work of brazen ebullience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Echoes its director's own deportment as a performer, alternating silky smoothness with burlap coarseness. Though Mr. Malkovich stays entirely behind the scenes, he creates a languorous but gripping story of people fighting to stay a step ahead of hopelessness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    After watching the fascinating and compelling new documentary Lost in La Mancha, you may forever wonder how it is that movies are made at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Chabrol's droll assault on petit-bourgeois security feels like a satire of "Ordinary People" directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Vivid and visually stunning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture is about victims -- but it's also a great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of "The Vanishing."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This minimalist film is slightly hobbled by its minimal plot; it's the crucial difference between a movie with moments of greatness and a great movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Effervescent and satisfying, a crowd pleaser that does not condescend.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    With Shanghai Knights, he (Chan) has come through with one of his best. This time, it's personable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Soderbergh rallies a seismic jolt of enthusiasm, and the movie is an elating blaze of flair and pride.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Amusingly gamy, an anecdotal crime film that's an antidote to the pile of overly slick robbery pictures of the past few years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Narc is convincing, an entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.

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