For 1,551 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 The End of the Tour
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,551 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    An incisive drama about a waking nightmare.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The kind of old-fashioned, grown-up weepie in which the hearts of men and women are cracked, and the shards flutter through the story. Its directness is the movie equivalent of hot, fresh popcorn.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A sneaky and smart film noir.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Occasionally becomes pretentious and shrill -- sometimes Mr. Wright isn't aware that his material is so good that he doesn't need to comment on his characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Just know that you'll owe Master of the Flying Guillotine for the pleasure you'll get from viewing a venerable example of the kung fu genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Best and most touching when it shows how willing punk is to eat its young.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This is one of the best-photographed pictures of the year, but not ostentatiously so; the look is organic to the less-than-glamorous badlands of Sunnyside, Queens.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Sembène is a far more adroit and elegant storyteller than many may be accustomed to seeing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Moves slowly and grimly toward the moment that for the audience is the most engrossing though filled with dread: when things begin to unravel and the participants are no longer aware of the cameras. That is when your shoulders tense and you lean toward the screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The filmmakers know how potent the material is, and they don't hammer away at the obvious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Babylon is about architecture as a balm, and this is a particularly good time for such a film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. del Toro provokes your screams and shudders, but he also earns your tears.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Funny and brisk, with enough good lines to make the comedy more satisfying than the somewhat routine but still unsettling jolts to the spine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The narrative motion is tricky; first it canters, then shifts into a heady, quick gallop. What's most fascinating about Adanggaman are the scenes that feel like anecdotal rest stops but that are actually building into a nuanced and engrossing whole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Shyamalan may be the only mainstream director hankering for success with a need to understate; he is like Shaq without the tattoos. The result is a mastery of craft that may leave some hungry for more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture itself is about, yes, cycles, and as tiresome as that sounds, 10 minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A film in which nothing is what it seems, this is the kind of genre touch that Mr. González Iñárritu expands into something far more haunting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The believability comes from the casting: he has found a group of actors and nonprofessionals who interact spectacularly well.
    • 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.

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