For 1,432 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 Voyage to Italy (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,432 movie reviews
    • 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.
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    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A goofy and remarkable film.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though finally overwhelmed by a preening lassitude, Hotel is never less than fascinating.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    An incisive drama about a waking nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. del Toro provokes your screams and shudders, but he also earns your tears.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Sembène is a far more adroit and elegant storyteller than many may be accustomed to seeing.
    • 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.