For 1,468 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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 127 Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Blended
Score distribution:
1,468 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Getting an audience so caught up is no small feat; it is a tribute to the directors' storytelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Narc is convincing, an entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    With Shanghai Knights, he (Chan) has come through with one of his best. This time, it's personable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Altogether compelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ali
    We see the movie levitate when Ali and Brown chant, "Float like a butterfly," the slogan that takes on a different meaning in each context, starting off as hopeful and spry, finally becoming rueful and pointed. When the film pulls off moments like these, it's breathtaking -- a near great movie.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The end may be a bit of a letdown, but much of Garage Days is choice cuts indeed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    May feel redundant, but it is stylish and intelligent.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Soderbergh rallies a seismic jolt of enthusiasm, and the movie is an elating blaze of flair and pride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Wickedly absorbing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    His painstakingly coordinated scenes and exquisitely timed takes are the filmmaking equivalent of wringing every single use from a paper towel and then folding it before disposal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Takes all the Christmas season's bad vibes and converts them into an achingly funny and corrupt dark comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    So assured in its manipulative prowess that only afterward do you realize how fully you've been worked over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. del Toro lets loose with an all-American, vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes the movie daffy, loose and lovable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Yamada is confident that by taking his time and relishing the leathery arrogance that is the perquisite of a director in his 70's, his audience will follow his whims.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The film collects a cast of performers who know how to be funny. The success of this movie, following a formula upheld by just about any recent hit comedy you can name, lies as much with supporting players and plot-derailing set pieces as with the central story and characters.

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