For 1,503 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 Hot Tub Time Machine
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,503 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Frequently brilliant, finally baffling film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The value of Diplomacy is that it produces at least as much unsettlement as relief, compelling the viewer to remain haunted by nightmarish thoughts of what might have happened.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Johnsen offers viewers the challenge and pleasure of an important artist’s company, and a chance to appreciate anew his wisdom, his wit and his bravery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The on-camera absence of its subject and its overall indifference to matters of biography make Sol LeWitt a welcome departure from most documentaries about artists, as well as a fitting and serious tribute to his art.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    May not be perfect, but it honors its source and captures the key elements -- the humor and good sense, as well as the sheer narrative exuberance -- that have made White’s book a classic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A goofy and remarkable film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It's a mirror and a portrait, and a movie as necessary and nourishing as your next meal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The film is a short, nimble consideration of the collision between the wildness of nature and the orderly bustle of modern urban life. It is also an essay on ornithology, Japanese culture and the challenges of pest control.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Nearly every melodramatic impulse has been suppressed in favor of a calm precision that serves both to intensify and delay the emotional impact of the film’s climactic disclosures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Less an archival clip job than a late-night jam session, it is informal and inviting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The magical, metaphorical strain in The Future is what makes it powerful, unsettling and strange, as well as charming. The everyday fears and frustrations that shadow us on our awkward trip through the life cycle often feel enormous, even cosmic, and Ms. July has the audacity to find images and situations that give form to those metaphysical inklings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Garrel’s method goes beyond realism to achieve a kind of psychological intimacy that is rare and, in its low-key, meandering way, tremendously exciting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What is beyond dispute is the sheer exuberant virtuosity Ms. Seigner and Mr. Amalric bring to the material.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Its themes are a bit nostalgic and some of its technology looks dated, but there is nothing else in theaters now that feels quite as new.
    • 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
    In A Hijacking, his assured, intense second feature, the Danish director Tobias Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    You understand the different ways the members of this extended family are trapped, in physical space and in psychological patterns they don’t fully understand. But you also realize that, like house cats that venture to the door to sniff at the air outside, they don’t necessarily want to be free.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Block has put his parents’ life, and his own, into this film with such warmth and candor that it may take more than one viewing to recognize it as a work of art.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The result is captivating, but not exactly moving: Nasser-Ali's grand passion is posited rather than communicated, in spite of Mr. Amalric's exquisitely soulful performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The Beltway sniper case was solved a long time ago. But in some respects, Mr. Moors’s haunting film suggests, it is still a mystery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The filmmakers know how potent the material is, and they don't hammer away at the obvious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The brilliance of Stuff and Dough is that it wraps this powerful, disturbing drama in an anecdote from ordinary life. As is often the case in recent Romanian movies, the acting is so accomplished as to be invisible.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Modest in scope, but it feels complete, fully inhabited, in a way that more overtly ambitious movies rarely do.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    May feel redundant, but it is stylish and intelligent.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    In the end Babel, like that tower in the book of Genesis, is a grand wreck, an incomplete monument to its own limitless ambition. But it is there, on the landscape, a startling and imposing reality. It's a folly, and also, perversely, a wonder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Has the advantage of being an unusually good superhero picture. Or at least -- since it certainly has its problems -- a superhero movie that's good in unusual ways.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Villeneuve tells Nawal's story in a way that is both subtle and emphatic, and Ms. Azabal, portraying Nawal from hopeful youth to despairing middle age, gives a performance that is all the more powerful for the restrained, unshakeable sense of dignity she brings to it.

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