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 21 Grams
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Since the movie is about desire -- not so much for sex as for the vitality and surprise that sex can provide -- it is also about power. Few writers can match Mr. Kureishi's knowing wit on this subject, or his skill at dissecting the shifting dynamics of longing and domination.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    While the gist of Offside is the same (as "The Circle"), its tone is more insouciant, as it celebrates the guile and toughness of its heroines while casting a sympathetic glance at the ethical quandaries facing their jailers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It is for the most part a jumpy, suspenseful caper, full of narrow escapes, improbable reversals and complicated intrigue. But it has a sinister, shadowy undertow, an intimation of dread that lingers after Irving's game is up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Part feminist fable, part romantic fairy tale, it is by turns tart and sweet, charming and tough, rather like its heroine and like Keri Russell, the plucky, pretty, nimble actress who plays her.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    By the end, Mr. To has proven himself to be a genre hack of uncommon intelligence and soul: a first-rate entertainer who can thrill you into thinking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Tsai's films are held together internally, and connected one to another, by an elusive, insistent logic that is easier to recognize than to describe. But once you do start to recognize it, each new movie offers passage to an exotic place that feels, uncannily, like home.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Shrek the Third seems at once more energetic and more relaxed, less desperate to prove its cleverness and therefore to some extent smarter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What makes Mr. Crialese's telling unusual, apart from the gorgeousness of his wide-screen compositions, is that his emphasis is on departure and transition, rather than arrival.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Schlöndorff calls the film "a ballad inspired by true events," and its occasional bouts of clumsiness and sentimentality are inseparable from its power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Sensitive, modest, thrillingly self-assured first feature by So Yong Kim, was one of the standouts of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival -- exactly the kind of thoughtful, independent work one hopes to find there and too rarely does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The result is a movie that offers uplift without phoniness, history without undue didacticism and a fair number of funny, dirty jokes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The overall mood of Hairspray is so joyful, so full of unforced enthusiasm, that only the most ferocious cynic could resist it.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though the film’s structure may be tragic, its spirit is anything but.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The Darjeeling Limited amounts finally to a high-end, high-toned tourist adventure. I don’t mean this dismissively; it would be hypocritical of me to deny the delights of luxury travel to faraway lands. And Mr. Anderson’s eye for local color — the red-orange-yellow end of the spectrum in particular — is meticulous and admiring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Has an offbeat, absurdist charm that turns a potentially creepy conceit into an odd, touching adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Curiously exhilarating. Some of this comes from the simple thrill of witnessing something, or rather everything, done well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It is one of the most engaging, morally unsettling political thrillers in quite some time, with the extra advantage of being true.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Frequently brilliant, finally baffling film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There is nonetheless a lyricism at its heart, an unsentimental, soulful appreciation of the grace that resides in even the meanest struggle for survival.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Jar City is chilly and cerebral but also morbidly and powerfully alive to grossness and physicality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    In the hands of a more literal-minded filmmaker The Tracey Fragments might well have been dreary and unbearable, a chronicle of florid self-pity justified by arbitrary cruelty. Instead it is fierce, enigmatic and affecting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Maddin's real point -- and, for admirers of this brilliant and idiosyncratic artist, the true source of the movie’s interest -- is that Winnipeg explains him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Gives a remarkably thorough and detailed account of the difficult conditions facing American soldiers in Iraq.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What keeps Bolt fresh is an unaffected exuberance, a genuine sense of fun, that is expressed above all through obsessive attention to craft.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A revelation comes near the end that is both tremendously moving and a bit disappointing, in the way that the solutions to great mysteries frequently are. This turn does not diminish the accomplishment of Ms. Scott Thomas's deep, subtle and altogether stunning performance, but it does alter the scale of the movie, turning it into a more manageable, less existentially unsettling drama.