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 Letters from Iwo Jima
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    For rock geeks of any age or taste, the lore in this documentary will be catnip.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    When Mr. Greengrass made "United 93," his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The reason it deserves to be seen in a theater with special glasses on, rather than slapped on the DVD player when the children are acting up -- lies in those airborne sequences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The filmmakers know how potent the material is, and they don't hammer away at the obvious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Vivid and visually stunning.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    CQ
    May not make the splash it should; films about moviemaking rarely do. And that would be a shame, because the contrasts the director sets in motion and keeps playing against each other make an entertaining wrestling match.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture has a daring attention-span deficit and an epic silliness that can be awesomely entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of mythologies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The adoring and adorable documentary on the philosopher Jacques Derrida.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Intensely appealing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A sneaky and smart film noir.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Effervescent and satisfying, a crowd pleaser that does not condescend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Enchanting and diverting documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Director Sandi Simcha DuBowski latches on to a provocative subject and invests it with a compelling tenderness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A goofy and remarkable film.