For 1,642 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Big Short
Lowest review score: 0 Shoot 'Em Up
Score distribution:
1642 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Not quite a biopic, not really a documentary and only loosely an adaptation, Howl does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The mystery of Séraphine de Senlis -- who died in a mental hospital in 1942 and whose work survives in some of the world’s leading museums -- is left intact at the end of Séraphine. Rather than trying to explain Séraphine, the film accepts her.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    From 300 hours of material, Mr. Longley has created a collage of images, sounds and characters, an intimate, partial portrait of an unraveling nation -- a portrait that gains power partly by virtue of its incompleteness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ms. Miller’s choices are hard to argue with. She steers gracefully through a zigzagging plot, slowing down for quiet, contemplative stretches and pausing for jokes that are irrelevant but irresistible. She finds a tricky balance of farce, satire and emotional sincerity, a way of treating people as ridiculous without denying them empathy.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Coogler, with a ground-level, hand-held shooting style that sometimes evokes the spiritually alert naturalism of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, has enough faith in his actors and in the intrinsic interest of the characters’ lives to keep overt sentimentality and messagemongering to a minimum.
    • 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.
    • 83 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ms. Granik’s tact and curiosity are remarkable. So is her subject’s openness.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Like any good work of criticism, De Palma will be catnip for passionate fans while also serving as a primer and a goad for the skeptical and the curious. Mr. De Palma is remarkable company — witty, insightful and neither unduly modest nor overbearingly vain.

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